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Ralph Barton Perry Papers


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Perry, Ralph Barton, 1876-1957

Ralph Barton Perry was a member of the Princeton University Class of 1896. Following graduation he studied philosophy at Harvard where he was student of William James, among others. He earned his PhD from Harvard in 1899 and became an instructor at that University in 1902, where he would remain a member of the faculty until his retirement in 1946.

Perry was a prolific writer, producing works on philosophy, history, and politics in his lifetime. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1936 for his two-volume biography The Thought and Character of William James.

He was notable also as one of the leaders of the New Realist movement in philosophy in the early 20th century, and he served as president of the American Philosophical Association in 1920. Perry died in 1957.

The Ralph Barton Perry Papers consist of correspondence, speeches, clippings, and other materials documenting Ralph Barton Perry's life as an alumnus of the Class of 1896. Nearly all of the documents in some way relate to Princeton. Typical topics discussed in correspondence include speeches that Perry gave at Princeton or contributed to the Princeton Alumni Weekly, as well as upcoming reunions and Barton's published work.

These papers were separated from the Class of 1896 file on December 17, 1965. Their provenance prior to that time is uknown.

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This collection was processed by Dan Brennan in 2009. Finding aid written by Dan Brennan in 2009.

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Collection Inventory

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1 box

Correspondence, 1936-1938. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence, 1941. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence, 1941-1942. 1 folder.
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1 folder

John C. Kerr, 1917-1940. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lectures and Speeches, 1941-1943. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Clippings, 1941-1946. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Printed Material, 1941-1945. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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