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British Library of Political and Economic Science

POPPER, Sir Karl Raimund, 1902-1994, Knight, philosopher


Reference code(s): GB 0097 POPPER

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: POPPER, Sir Karl Raimund, 1902-1994, Knight, philosopher

Date(s): 1896-1987

Level of description: collection

Extent: 564 reels (29 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Popper, Sir Karl Raimund, 1902-1994, Knight, philosopher


Administrative/Biographical history:

Karl Raimund Popper, 1902-1994, was born in Vienna, Austria, and gained a PhD from the University of Vienna in 1926. From 1930 to 1935, he worked as a schoolteacher in Vienna, and from 1937 to 1945, he was senior lecturer in Philosophy at Canterbury University College, University of New Zealand, Christchurch. In 1945, he became Reader in Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics, and in 1949, he became Professor of Logic and Scientific Method, a post that he held until 1969 when he became Emeritus Professor. He also held the posts of Guest Professor in the Theory of Science at the University of Vienna and Senior Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University from 1986, and was President of the Aristotelian Society, 1958-1959, and President of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science, 1959-1961. He was a prolific author and published many works on the philosophy of science, historicism and political thought.


Scope and content/abstract:

Microfilms of the Popper papers held at Stanford University, California, including Popper's speeches and writings, correspondence, course material, subject files, biographical files, index cards with the addresses of acquaintances, and selected writings by others.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

This collection is arranged by box number:

1 - 254, 459 - 460. Speeches and writings, 1928 - 1986, including conference papers, drafts of books, essays, notes, reviews, speeches, and related correspondence (arranged chronologically).

255 - 365, 460. Correspondence, 1932 - 1987 (arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent).

366 - 382. Course material, 1937 - 1970, including correspondence, examination questions, memoranda, notes, roll lists, and syllabuses (arranged alphabetically by university).

383 - 394. Subject files, 1945 - 1985, including curricula vitae, letters of recommendation, notes, correspondence, conference proceedings, minutes, reports, studies, manuals, rosters, directories, bylaws, programs, newsletters, circulars, brochures, press cuttings, and other printed matter (arranged alphabetically by subject).

395 - 407, 460. Biographical files, 1936 - 1985, including address lists, bibliographies, biographies, correspondence, decorations, honorary degrees, lists, memberships, notes, prizes, schedules, tributes, press cuttings, and other printed matter (arranged alphabetically by physical form).

408 - 458, 460. Writings by others, 1896 - 1985, including articles, chapters of books, and doctoral dissertations (arranged alphabetically by author).

461 - 462. Index cards, nd, giving names and addresses of acquaintances (arranged alphabetically).

463. Oversize file, 1937 - 1984, including sheet music, calendars and press cuttings.


464 - 511. Speeches and writings, 1933 - 1998, articles, conference papers, drafts of books, essays, lectures, speeches, and related correspondence (arranged chronologically by title).

512 - 568. Correspondence, 1932 - 1995 (arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent).

568 - 573. Biographical files, 1936 - 1994, including articles, autobiographical sketch, awards, bibliographies, biographical data, press cuttings, contracts, copyright certificates, correspondence, honorary degrees, printed matter, and speeches (arranged alphabetically by form).

573 - 581. Writings by others, 1946 - 1993, including articles, correspondence, drafts of books, and essays (arranged alphabetically by name of author).

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Finding aids:

Printed handlist available.


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Archival history:

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Existence and location of originals:

Correspondence and papers held at Hoover Institution on War Revolution and Peace, Stanford University, California (see National Register of Archives for further details).

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Related material:

LSE holds additional material relating to Popper in the Lakatos and Gellner papers.

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on July 15, 2002

Date(s) of descriptions: July 15, 2002

Higher education | Educational levels
Philosophy of history | History
Political philosophy | Political science
Science philosophy | Science of science

Personal names
Popper | Sir | Karl Raimund | 1902-1994 | Knight | philosopher

Corporate names