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Series 4: David M. Armstrong Files on David Lewis, 1977-2002
Collection Description & Creator Information
- Scope and Contents
This series consists of a group of photocopies of drafts and correspondence collected by David Lewis's close friend and collaborator the Australian philosopher D. M. (David Malet) Armstrong (1926-2014) regarding Lewis, which were received along with Lewis's papers. Materials include photocopies of drafts of Armstrong's writings about Lewis, Armstrong's comments on Lewis's writings with Lewis's replies, and related correspondence, as well as a file of obituary drafts, printed materials, and email printouts regarding Lewis's legacy following his death in 2001.
Materials are not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.
- Custodial History
Stephanie R. Lewis, David Lewis's wife and the executor of his estate, maintained and arranged his papers following his death prior to the arrival of the papers at Princeton University Library. Correspondence includes files David Lewis maintained himself, as well as some originals and copies of letters David Lewis sent to others that Stephanie Lewis later solicited from their recipients and interfiled.
No materials were separated from the collection during 2016-2021 processing beyond routine appraisal practices. During processing of born-digital materials, the processing archivist deleted empty directories, a small number of files containing PII, and several directories of out-of-scope personal records.
- Processing Information
This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in February-April 2016, with assistance from Isabella Litke (GS) and Fiona Bell '18. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in April-May 2016 and updated with new materials by Kelly Bolding in December 2018, May 2019, November 2021, and February 2022. Additions made in 2018 and 2019 were integrated into the existing arrangement when possible. Additions made after the death of Stephanie Lewis in November 2019 were arranged into their own series and are minimally processed.
The born-digital materials in this collection were processed in February 2022 according to Princeton University Library's Born-Digital Processing Workflows. For more information on the workflow, please read our full Born-Digital Processing Information Note.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research. Correspondence files marked by the donor as confidential, usually due to third party privacy concerns, are restricted until 2036 (housed in boxes B-000682 through B-000684). Files containing personnel and student records are restricted until 2076 or 75 years from the date of creation (housed in boxes B-000679 through B-000681).
- Conditions Governing Use
- Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
This collection contains digital files, which may require specific software or hardware for access. Refer to our Tips on Accessing Born-Digital Content for information on how to render these file formats.
- Credit this material:
Series 4: David M. Armstrong Files on David Lewis; David Lewis Papers, C1520, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box B-000698