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Edward Grant papers, 1950-2001

Scope and Content Note

The Edward Grant papers are organized in six series-- Correspondence, Teaching, Student work, Research, Publications, and Professional activities.

The Correspondence series is arranged alphabetically with the most frequent correspondents making up their own folders. The contents of the letters include insight into Dr. Grant's publications, research, and letters from colleagues and students. Some folders are restricted because they contain detailed research proposals. The Correspondence series comprises 2 cubic feet.

The second series, Teaching, is further organized into two subseries--Dr. Grant's materials before beginning his career at Indiana University and after. The bulk of the series consists of folders relating to a variety of courses taught in the History and Philosophy of Science department at I.U. The folders are arranged by course and consist of exams, questionnaires, readings, and handwritten notes. This series comprises 7 cubic feet.

Dr. Grant's work as a student makes up the third series and consists of notes taken from his undergraduate and graduate courses. Some folders contain original research leading up to his dissertation, of which two copies are included. This series comprises 2 cubic feet.

One of the largest series, Research, is further organized into eight subseries- -Research proposals, Research for articles, Miscellaneous research, and Research for five of Grant's books: (Nicole Oresme: "De Proportionibus Proportionum" and "Ad Pauca Respicientes", Nicole Oresme and the Kinematics of Circular Motion. Tractatus de Commensurabilitate Vel Incommensurabilitate Motuum Celi, A Source Book in Medieval Science, Much Ado About Nothing, and Jordanus de Nemore's Arithmetica (unpublished). Included in this series are several National Endowment for the Humanities and National Science Foundation research proposals, microfilmed manuscripts used for his books, handwritten notes, and Xeroxes. There are five oversized folders that pertain to this series, stored in box 23 of the collection. A box of index notes containing notes from Dr. Grant's extensive research completes the series. This series comprises approximately 4 cubic feet.

The Publications series consists of three subseries--Articles, Reviews, and Materials relating to books. The articles subseries contains drafts, correspondence and some published articles. It is arranged in chronological order and there is one oversized folder stored in the last box. Similarly, the Reviews subseries is arranged chronologically and contains drafts and published reviews. The Books subseries is arranged chronologically and contains galley sheets for some of the books, published copies (not of all books), reviews, and permissions. This series comprises approximately 4.5 cubic feet.

The final series of the collection documents Dr. Grant's Professional activities. It is further organized into five subseries--Professional associations, Professional committees, Lectures, Biographical information, and Office files. The first two subseries consist of correspondence pertaining to various associations and the Committees subseries also includes appraisals of History of Science departments at a number of universities. The Lectures subseries consists of drafts of talks given at conferences, meetings, banquets, and universities. Information about Dr. Grant's various Who's Who Listings and some miscellaneous items are contained in the Biographical subseries, including honors and awards, and memorabilia from Dr. Grant's trip to England. The last subseries is comprised of Dr. Grant's files pertaining to the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science and the Department of History Included are minutes of meetings, faculty annual reports, and book acquisition information. This series comprises approximately 4.5 cubic feet.