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Inventory of the David K. Probst Papers, 1960 - 1973
|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|
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.
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.
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|
Online Catalog Headings
These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs.
|History of science and technology.|
|Popper, Karl Raimund, Sir, 1902-1994.|
|Probst, D. K. -1945-.|
Oversize yearbooks from Probst's high school.
Detailed Description of the Collection
|1. Correspondence, 1965-1972.
About 70 items.
|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.|
|2. Karl Popper materials, 1965-1972.
About 30 items.
|Series consists primarily of correspondence from Sir Popper, with essays and a bibliography.|
|Folder 5||Popper's work and related material|
|Folder 6||Popper's work, undated|
|3. Saul Bellow materials, 1963-1968.
|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|
|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.
|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.
|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.|