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The imprint of the scholar: an analysis of the printed books of McGill University's Raymond Klibansky Collection

Author: Peter F McNally (Supervisor); Tomm, Jillian
Publisher: McGill University 2013
Dissertation: Thesis / Dissertation ETD
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : eBook : English
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The library of Raymond Klibansky (1905-2005), historian of philosophy, was acquired by McGill University's Rare Books and Special Collections in 2005. This first study of the Raymond Klibansky Collection (RKC) provides an introduction to the approximately 7000-title collection in its main characteristics and research strengths; offers an aid to further research on the collection; and builds on what is known about
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Genre/Form: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter F McNally (Supervisor); Tomm, Jillian
Language Note: English
OCLC Number: 845025913
Notes: Doctor of Philosophy (School of Information Studies)
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The library of Raymond Klibansky (1905-2005), historian of philosophy, was acquired by McGill University's Rare Books and Special Collections in 2005. This first study of the Raymond Klibansky Collection (RKC) provides an introduction to the approximately 7000-title collection in its main characteristics and research strengths; offers an aid to further research on the collection; and builds on what is known about Klibansky and his life with books. The approach to the study was developed from a review of methods proposed in current discussion of book and library history research, and from structures and themes observed in practice in related studies. It has also been influenced by the availability of item-specific cataloguing in McGill Library's online public access catalogue (OPAC). The study builds, therefore, on the work of librarians, to produce a profile of the collection. Analysis has been guided by quantitative assessments of catalogue data, Klibansky's autobiographical and scholarly publications, selective book examination, and secondary publications. It is organized around a core set of themes: collection contents; provenance; and book organization. The book-life of Klibansky is a theme that permeates the whole. Results show a close link between Klibansky's collection and his research themes, underline his engagement with social and political issues of the mid-twentieth century and point to enduring personal interests. The collection supports his self-stated approach to learning, offering a rich laboratory for humanities studies, while the context of his intellectual biography brings coherence to a vast and varied group of texts. Provenance evidence provides a special view of his professional and personal networks beginning in his youth, adding to what can be gleaned from autobiographical publications, and constitutes a source for the broader task of mapping out twentieth-century intellectual networks. An instance of unusually heavy annotation offers new inf

En 2005, la bibliothèque des livres rares et collections spécialisées de l'Université McGill a acquis la bibliothèque de Raymond Klibansky (1905-2005), historien de la philosophie. Cette première étude de la Raymond Klibansky Collection (RKC) offre une introduction aux quelques 7 000 ouvrages de la collection, illustrant ses principales caractéristiques et son intérêt pour la recherche. L'étude sert également de point de départ pour d'autres études sur la collection en se fondant sur ce qui est connu de Klibansky et de sa vie avec les livres.L'approche de l'étude se fonde sur une revue des méthodes proposées dans la recherche actuelle sur le livre et l'histoire des bibliothèques et a été élaborée à partir de structures et de thèmes observés dans la pratique, dans des études similaires. La disponibilité de données de catalogage des ouvrages dans le catalogue interrogeable en ligne (OPAC) de l'Université McGill a également influencé l'approche. Ce profil de la collection se base ainsi sur la description des livres par les bibliothécaires. L'analyse a été guidée par une évaluation quantitative des données de catalogage, l'autobiographie et les publications savantes de Klibansky, ainsi qu'un examen de livres particuliers et de publications secondaires. Elle s'organise autours de thèmes centraux : le contenu de la collection, la provenance et l'organisation des livres. La vie « livresque » de Klibansky est un thème récurrent dans l'ensemble.Les résultats démontrent qu'il existe un lien étroit entre la collection de Klibansky et les thèmes de recherches qu'il affectionnait, soulignent son engagement pour les enjeux sociaux et politiques du milieu du XXe siècle et laissent présager des intérêts personnels persistants. La collection appuie l'approche à l'apprentissage qu'il a lui-même énoncée, offrant un riche laboratoire pour les études en arts et sciences humaines. Par ailleurs, le contexte de sa biographie intellectuelle rend cohérent un vaste et varié ensemble de textes

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