Contents and Arrangement

Evolution of Thermodynamics, 1934-1944

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


Arranged alphabetically by publication or subject.

Collection History

Custodial History

The Alfred J. Lotka Papers were donated to the Princeton University Library Special Collections Department, through the efforts of Frank Notestein. The papers were transferred to the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library in August 2002.


The materials separated from this collection include personal papers and duplicate materials.


These papers were processed with the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Fund.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Adriane Hanson, Christopher Shannon, and Jessie Thompson in 2006. Finding aid written by Adriane Hanson in June 2006.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.

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:

Evolution of Thermodynamics; Alfred J. Lotka Papers, MC032, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 28

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Related Materials

This collection is part of a group of 28 Mudd Manuscript Library collections related to 20th century economic thought and development which were processed as part of a National Historical Publications and Records Commission funded project. Researchers wishing to access these collections should search for the subject "Economics--20th century" or related terms in the Princeton University Library Main Catalog. Three collections at the Mudd Manuscript Library of particular relevance to the Lotka Papers are the papers of Frank W. Notestein and Ansley J. Coale, both demographers at the Office of Population Research at Princeton University, and the Hugh Moore Fund Records, which include a significant section on population control.


The following sources were consulted during the preparation of the biographical note: "Lotka, Alfred J. (1880-1949)" in New Palgrave A Dictionary of Economics, eds. John Eatwell, Murray Milgate and Peter Newman, Macmillan Reference LTD, 1998. Materials from Series 1: Biographical; Alfred J. Lotka Papers; Public Policy Papers, Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

American statistical association
International Union for the Scientific Study of Population.
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company
Lotka, Alfred J. (Alfred James), 1880-1949