Skip to main content

Charles S. Peirce papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0179

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of one bound holographic notebook of philosopher and mathematician, Charles S. Peirce. The notebook contains a catalog of books on logic and scholastic philosophy from Peice's personal library. Peirce also noted the estimated value of each title. Most likely, Peirce compiled the notebook, 1880-1881, at a time when he hoped to find a buyer for his library. Most of the books were acquired by the Johns Hopkins University in 1881.


  • Creation: 1880-1881


Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical Note

Charles S. Peirce was a physicist, mathematician, and a logician and has been recognized as the founder of pragmatism. He was born in Cambridge, Massachussetts, in 1839. He recieved the B.S. degree (1859) and the M.A. degree (1862) from Harvard and was later employed, 1859-1860 and 1861-1891, by the U.S. Coast Survey where his discoveries in math, astronemy, and physics led to his election to ghe National Academy of Sciences in 1877. Peirce lectured at The Johns Hopkins University in logic, 1879-1884, and presented a lecture series in philosophy at Harvard and the Lowell Institute. Charles S. Peirce died in 1914.


0.167 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

There is no known acquisition information for this collection. Some material transferred from MS.0034 in Sepember 1999.

Related Materials

Material related to Peirce's library and a selection of his correspondence can be found in the Daniel Coit Gilman Papers MS.0001, Special Collections.

Processing Information

This is no known processing information for this collection.

Charles S. Peirce papers
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA