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Beatrice Stern research materials

Scope and Contents

The Beatrice Stern research files contain notes, typescripts, and other research materials related to Beatrice Stern's unpublished manuscript "A History of the Institute for Advanced Study, 1930-1950." In select cases, the files additionally contain original documentation gathered from individuals affiliated with Institute for Advanced Study's first twenty years that Stern collected over the course of her research. Original Institute for Advanced Study correspondence and memos date from the first twenty years of the Institute for Advanced Study from 1930-1950, while the bulk of materials from Stern's personal research date from approximately 1955-1964.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1955-1964
  • Creation: approximately 1929 -1964


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are welcome to publish, reproduce, and use the Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center’s holdings in accordance with U.S. Copyright Law. Under the Fair Use doctrine, users may freely reproduce materials for personal research, teaching, and/or scholarship. Under the same doctrine, users may cite or publish selected passages and/or quotations for comment and criticism. In accordance to U.S. Copyright Law, researchers seeking to reproduce and/or publish materials in the entirety and/or for commercial purposes will require the permission of the copyright holder.

The Institute for Advanced Study holds the copyright to materials generated by Institute employees over the course of their work for the Institute. Where the Institute for Advanced Study holds the copyright, researchers are free to reproduce materials for one-time, non-commercial purposes. For all other cases, researchers are responsible for contacting the Archives Center to request permission at: For all materials for which the Institute is not the copyright holder, researchers that choose to pursue publication and/or reproduction are responsible for determining the individual who does hold the copyright and requesting permission directly from that individual. Researchers with questions regarding the reproduction or use of archival materials can contact the Archives Center to request help at:


17.0 linear feet (12 card files boxes, 5 document boxes, 9 volumes, and 2 small boxes)

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The Beatrice Stern research files contain notes, typescripts, and other research materials related to Beatrice Stern's unpublished manuscript "A History of the Institute for Advanced Study, 1930-1950" dating from approximately 1920-1964.

Arrangement note

The collection is organized in five series: Chronological card files, Topical card files, Biographical card files, Typescripts; and Vertical files.

Custodial History

In 1955, the Institute for Advanced Study commissioned Beatrice M. Stern (1895-1987) to write a history of the Institute's first twenty years in conjunction with its 25th anniversary. As part of this work, Stern did extensive archival research and conducted interviews with Institute for Advanced Study Trustees, Faculty, and administrative staff associated with the Institute's early years. Stern titled the finished manuscript A history of the Institute for Advanced Study 1930-1950.

Following the completion of the manuscript in 1964, Stern's original research files and collected sources remained with the Institute for Advanced Study. While Stern's research preceded the creation of an official archive for the Insitute for Advanced Study, the Institute retained the collected documentation and research until it was incorporated into the Institute for Advanced Study archives in 1986.

Existence and Location of Copies

Archivists have digitized this collection. Digital copies of these materials can be accessed via the Institute for Advanced Study's digital repository: Albert.

Processing Information

Archivists have rehoused these materials in acid-free containers. Though Beatrice Stern's original order largely remains intact, archivists have arranged Stern's research into discrete series based on the Stern's method of organization. Archivists later added an additional series consisting of Sterin's original typescripts that had been dispersed to readers and returned to the archives at a later date.

Guide to the Beatrice Stern research materials
November 29, 2018
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This finding aid is written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2021-10-14: Caitlin Rizzo revised this finding aid to comply with DACS standards.