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Eric Temple Bell manuscripts

Call Number: MS 154


Photocopies of unpublished works of science-fiction and poetical drama, and of a history of the philosophy of mathematics. The manuscripts are largely typescripts, with manuscript annotations and additions. They are essentially in the order in which received.


  • Creation: 1920s-1930s


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Eric Temple Bell (1883-1960)

Bell was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and came to the United States in 1902. He became a research mathematician and Professor of Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology in 1927, which position he held until his retirement in 1953. He wrote popular and learned works on mathematics. He also wrote science fiction in the 1920s and 1930s under the pseudonym "John Taine."


2.25 Linear Feet (5 document cases)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

MS 154

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Vaughan Foundation.

Existence and Location of Originals

Manuscripts of late drafts and fair copies of 9 unpublished works are at the University of California-Santa Cruz; the manuscript of the poetical drama Scarlet Night was as of the 1970s owned by Bell's heir, Dr. T.T. Bell of Watsonville, California. The Vaughan Foundation of Houston, Texas, aided by Dr. Bell and UC-Santa Cruz, made arrangements to distribute photocopies of these manuscripts as a gift to 12 libraries in the U.S, so that Taine researchers could consult them conveniently.

Guide to the American Science Fiction Collection
Eric Temple Bell manuscripts
Finding aid prepared by alh, March 15, 1978. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2005.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Eric Temple Bell manuscripts, MS 154, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States