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|Genre/Form:||Electronic Thesis or Dissertation|
|Material Type:||Document, Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Internet Resource, Computer File|
|All Authors / Contributors:||Peter F McNally (Supervisor); Tomm, Jillian|
|Notes:||Doctor of Philosophy (School of Information Studies)
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.