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Inventory of the David K. Probst Papers, 1960 - 1973


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Descriptive Summary
Repository: Benedictine University Library, Archives and Special Collections
Creator: David K. Probst.
Title: David K. Probst Papers, 1960 - 1973
Language of Material: Materials in English and French
Abstract: Originally from Illinois, David Karl Probststudied and conducted research at the University of Chicago and later at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. He was awarded the Hertz Foundation Fellowship in the late 1960s. Probst studied the history of science, eventually completing his doctoral thesis on "Francis Bacon and the Transformation of the Hermetic Tradition into the Rationalist Church" in 1972. He was in correspondence with a few major academics such as Karl Popper.
The collection includes correspondence, Probst's thesis, his collected writings, notes, and papers written by other people. There are also yearbooks and photographs.
Extent: 1.5 linear feet, 3 document cases

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Folder 15 contains sensitive material. Restricted for the present time.


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Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], David K. Probst Papers SC-106, Archives and Special Collections, Benedictine University, Lisle, IL, USA.


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Acquisitions Information

Received from David K. Probst, May 2007.


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Processing Information

Processed by Gail Bush, February, 2008

Encoded by Benn P. Joseph, March, 2008


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Biographical Note

Originally from Illinois, David Karl Probst studied at the University of Chicago and later at the Unisersite Libre de Bruxelles. He was awarded the Hertz Foundation Fellowship in the late 1960s.

David Karl Probst studied the history of science, eventually completing a thesis on "Francis Bacon and the Transformation of the Hermetic Tradition into the Rationalist Church" in 1972. He was in correspondence with a few major academics such as Karl Popper.


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Collection Overview

Collect consists primarily of correspondence between Probst and several figures, essays he collected and wrote, and his thesis. One item of special notice is the letter Probst received from Saul Bellow. All correspondence from Karl Popper is contained in a separate folder, which includes related items as well.

Collection Arrangement

Correspondence is arranged chronologically. The correspondence with Popper and related items are arranged chronologically in their own folder. Probst's papers and notes are arranged chronologically when possible, but the original folders are maintained when possible. Collected essays are arranged chronologically by publication year.

1. Correspondence, 1965-1972
2. Karl Popper materials, 1965-1972
3. Saul Bellow materials, 1963-1964
4. Probst's writings, 1959-1973
5. Collected writings, 1955-1972
6. Yearbooks, 1960, 1962
7. Photographs

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Online Catalog Headings

These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs.

Bellow, Saul.
History of science and technology.
Popper, Karl Raimund, Sir, 1902-1994.
Probst, D. K. -1945-.

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Separated Items

Oversize yearbooks from Probst's high school.

Yearbooks:
OS-SC-106-01: 1965
OS-SC-106-02: 1966

Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Correspondence, 1965-1972.
About 70 items.
Arrangement: chronological.
Chiefly letters from Dr. Allen Debus at the University of Chicago and Dr. Jeremy Shearmur. Several letters from a variety of people. The letters are primarily regarding Probst's doctoral thesis and planned visits to the correspondents, and include several references to Karl Popper.
Folder 1 1965-1968
Folder 2 1969-1971
Folder 3 1972
2. Karl Popper materials, 1965-1972.
About 30 items.
Arrangement: chronological.
Series consists primarily of correspondence from Sir Popper, with essays and a bibliography.
Folder 4 Correspondence
Folder 5 Popper's work and related material
Folder 6 Popper's work, undated
3. Saul Bellow materials, 1963-1968.
5 items.
Arrangement: chronological.
Contains a letter written by Saul Bellow to Probst concerning Probst's critique of Bellow's Herzog. There are also several book reviews of the aforementioned book that Probst collected and annotated.
Folder 7 Correspondence and collected materials
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4. Probst's writings, 1959-1972.
About 60 items.
Arrangement: original order.
Contains essays and notes ranging from Probst's experiences in high school to his studies in graduate school. Of note are his thesis and notes on the history of science, as well as notes containing personal advice, addressed to himself. Original order has been maintained where possible.
Folder 8 Thesis, 1972
Folder 9 Essay by Probst, 1970
Folder 10 Collected essays, 1965-1966
Folder 11 Probst's collected work, 1959-1964
Folder 12 Probst's notes and related items
Folder 13 Other notes and related material
Folder 14 Journal-style entries and related material
Folder 15 Medical information--RESTRICTED
5. Collected writings, 1963-1972.
About 35 items.
Arrangement: chronological.
Essays and related material Probst collected. They are not written by Probst himself.
Folder 16 Statistical Analysis collection, 1963
Folder 17 Essays and articles, 1955-1966
Folder 18 Essays and articles, 1967-1972
Folder 19 Essays and articles, undated
Folder 20 Essays and articles, undated
Folder 21 Essays and articles, undated
Folder 22 Essays, articles and related material, undated
6. Photographs, undated.
2 items.
Arrangement: original order.
Contains a photograph of an unidentified woman who might be Arlene Levin, and a small photo album of presumably Probst's family and himself.
Folder 23 Photographs, undated.