Contents and Arrangement

Series 2: Correspondence, 1934-1998

24 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series consists of Church's extensive correspondence (dating from 1928 to 1995) that relates to all aspects of Church's academic life and career, including his association with the Association of Symbolic Logic (ASL) from its earliest days (1935 and onwards) and the publication of the Journal of Symbolic Logic (JSL), of which he served as editor and editor of reviews from 1936 until 1979. While the academic correspondence is primarily organized alphabetically by correspondent's or organization's names, the JSL and ASL correspondence sub-series reflects changes in office filing systems over the years. Whenever possible, the original filing systems were preserved in the organization of this series. It is therefore possible to find the letters of any one prominent scholar under several categories; for example, W. V. Quine's letters can be found organized by year in the JSL/ASL sub-series between 1936 and 1979, including in one folder labeled "JSL Correspondence 1957-59 L-Z," and by name in both the academic correspondence and the JSL office correspondence files. There is a limited amount of non-academic-related correspondence (family, friends, financial, etc.) at the end of the series.


This series is arranged into five subseries: Academic Correspondence, Journal of Symbolic Logic Correspondence, Association for Symbolic Logic Correspondence, Journal of Symbolic Logic Office Files, Miscellaneous Correspondence by Subject.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Sylvia Yu and Laura Hildago, Princeton Class of 2006 in 2004. Finding aid written by Sylvia Yu and Laura Hildago, Princeton Class of 2006 in 2004.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 2: Correspondence; Alonzo Church Papers, C0948, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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