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Series 3: Topical notebooks, 1912-1974 May
Collection Description & Creator Information
- Scope and Contents
Includes school exercise books, university course notes, vocabulary notebooks, notes for Gödel's lectures at Vienna and Notre Dame, and several series of notebooks on mathematical logic, philosophy, and current events. Among the notebooks are sixteen "Arbeitshefte" (mathematical workbooks), fourteen labelled "Allgemeine Bildung," nine history notebooks, six designated as "Logic and foundations" and four as "Results on foundations," and fifteen philosophical notebooks including material from before May 1941 until the end of Gödel's life. The philosophical notebooks are designated as "Max 0-XV," of which volume XIII is missing; the second of three theological notebooks is also lost.
Many of the notebooks were filled from both directions, with one subject or sequence beginning on the first page and proceeding toward the back of the notebook and another beginning on the last page and proceeding toward the front of the notebook. These notebooks are designated in the finding aid as written both directions. Gödel also habitually filed separate pages with notebooks in three different manners described in the finding aid as follows:
Boxes 5b-7a. Filed alphabetically by subject or by Gödel's title (as indicated in the finding aid). Mostly in Gabelsberger shorthand.
- Custodial History
The papers of Kurt Gödel (1906-1978) were bequeathed by him to his wife Adele, who donated them to the Institute for Advanced Study in his memory prior to her death in 1981. Under terms of her will, literary rights to the papers are also vested in the Institute for Advanced Study. In 1985, the papers were placed on deposit in Princeton University Library.
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- Processing Information
This collection was processed by John W. Dawson, Jr. in 1984. Finding aid written by John W. Dawson, Jr. in 1984. Revised by Rebecca Schoff in 1997.
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- Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
- Conditions Governing Use
Single copies may be made for research purposes. No further duplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original.
The Institute for Advanced Study reserves all copyrights and other literary rights to the materials, which may not be reproduced in any form without the prior written permission of the Institute. Please contact the Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center, email@example.com, for permissions and additional information.
- Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
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- Credit this material:
Series 3: Topical notebooks; Kurt Gödel Papers, C0282, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 5-7; 5b; 5c; 5d; 6a; 6b; 6c; 7a
- Existence and Location of Copies
Note on the 1998 Preservation Microfilm:
In 1998, the Kurt Gödel Papers were microfilmed for the purpose of preservation. Funded by the Sloan Foundation Grant (95-10-14) in support of the Collected Works of Kurt Gödel, Oxford University Press, the preservation microfilm includes the entire collection, excepting only a few items which are listed below. These items are largely photocopies of original material from other collections, preserved by other institutions. Also omitted are Gödel's collection of the preprints and offprints of his colleagues' work, and a small collection of cancelled checks, stubs and debits, most blank and physically difficult to film. The microfilm reels of Kurt Gödel's papers are available at the Historical Studies Library of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and in the Special Collections Department of Princeton University's Firestone Library. The preservation microfilm does not constitute a microfilm edition, and is subject to the same copyright restrictions as the original material.
Portions not Filmed: Only the following items have been omitted from the 1998 filming of the Kurt Gödel Papers:
Series / Box(es) / Folder
IV -- 7a -- 3 -- TMs [photocopy] of the final typescript of Gödel's doctoral dissertation, . Original is deposited at Universität Wien.
IX -- 13b -- 12 -- Cancelled checks, stubs, and debits.
XIII -- 15 -- 6 -- LsS [photocopies] from the Gödel/Paul Bernays correspondence. Originals are stored at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zurich.
XIII -- 15 -- 8 -- LsS [photocopies] from the Gödel/Arend Heyting correspondence. Originals are stored at the Heyting Archief, Entschede.
XV -- 17-23 -- Gödel's collection of the preprints and offprints of his colleagues' work (the entirety of Series XV).
References Dawson, John W., "The Published Work of Kurt Gödel: An Annotated Bibliography," Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, 24 (1983), 255-284; Addenda and corrigenda Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, 25 (1984), 283-287. Dawson, John W., "Kurt Gödel in Sharper Focus," The Mathematical Intelligencer, 6:4 (1984), 9-17. Dawson, John W., Logical Dilemmas: The Life and Work of Kurt Gödel, Wellesley, Mass.: A. K. Peters, Ltd., 1997. Gödel, Kurt, Collected Works, edited by Solomon Feferman, editor-in-chief; prepared under the auspices of the Association for Symbolic Logic: Vol. I, "Publications 1929-1936," edited by Solomon Feferman, John W. Dawson, Jr., Stephen C. Kleene, Gregory H. Moore, Robert M. Solovay, and Jean van Heijenoort, 1986; Vol. II, "Publications 1938-1974." edited by Soloman Feferman, John W. Dawson, Jr. [et al], 1990; Vol. III, "Unpublished Essays and Lectures: Selections from the Nachlass," edited by Solomon Feferman, John W. Dawson, Jr., [et al], New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994. Kreisel, Georg, "Kurt Gödel, 1906-1978, elected For. Mem. R.S. 1968," Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, 26 (1980), 148-224; corrigenda, 27 (1981), 697; further corrigenda, 28 (1982), 697.
- Gödel, Kurt, 1906-1978