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Harry Woolf papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0492
Harry Woolf (1923–2003) was an American educator and historian of science who served as provost of The Johns Hopkins University and was later the fifth Director of the Institute for Advanced Study. The collection consists of correspondence, research notes, lectures, and teaching material dating from 1923-2003.

Dates

  • 1923-2003

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is not processed and therefore has not been prepared for research use. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

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.

Extent

51.25 Cubic Feet (41 record center cartons)

Biographical / Historical

Harry Woolf (August 12, 1923 – January 6, 2003) was an American educator and historian of science who served as provost of The Johns Hopkins University and was later the fifth Director of the Institute for Advanced Study.

Born in New York City, Woolf received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in 1948 and 1949 from the University of Chicago in mathematics, physics, and history. His Ph.D. in 1955 was from Cornell University in the history of science. Between 1953 and 1961, Woolf was a faculty member at Boston University, Brandeis University, and the University of Washington. In 1961 he moved to The Johns Hopkins University, where he was the Willis K. Shepard professor of the history of science, department chairman from 1961 to 1972, and finally provost (1972–1976).

Woolf's organizational talents caught the eye of the board of the Institute for Advanced Study, and he was appointed Director in 1976, succeeding Carl Kaysen and serving until 1987 when he was succeeded by Marvin L. Goldberger. During Woolf's term, the Institute grew significantly in both physical size and endowment, the latter growing from $51.7 million in 1975 to $187.9 million in 1987, the year that Woolf stepped down as Director.

Woolf was the author of The Transits of Venus: A Study of Eighteenth-Century Science (1959), and the editor of several journals and multiple monographs, including the sixteen-volume Dictionary of Scientific Biography (1964–1980). His awards and honors include the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Medal in 1990, and fellowship in the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Biographical information adapted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Woolf_(historian), accessed 2017 August 22.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, research notes, lectures, and teaching material created by Hopkins professor, Harry Woolf dating from 1923-2003.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was the gift of Harry Woolf's son, Aaron Woolf, in 2005.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Cathy Sabol.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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