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William T. Scott Records

 Collection
Identifier: AC 0408
The William T. Scott Records consist of 1.25 cubic feet in 2 boxes and contains material from 1947-1982: Committee on the Philosophy of Inquiry records, including newsletters, grant proposals, announcements, course and seminar outlines, and recorded presentations with some transcriptions. Also included are reprints of articles by Scott and copies of presentations and lectures he gave.

Dates

  • 1947-1982

Creator

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of collection may be restricted under provisions of the state or federal law.

Extent

1.25 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)

Abstract

Collection contains Committee on the Philosophy of Inquiry records, including newsletters, grant proposals, announcements, course and seminar outlines, and recorded presentations with some transcriptions; reprints of articles by Scott, and copies of presentations and lectures given by him.

Biographical Note

William T. Scott was professor of physics at the University of Nevada, Reno, and the Desert Research Institute, 1961-1981. In addition to his work in physics, Scott worked and studied the thought and writings of Michael Polanyi, the physical chemist turned philosopher, which led Scott to develop the Committee on the Philosophy of Inquiry (COPI). Established in 1967, in 1969 it was awarded a grant to develop the Philosophy of Inquiry program which provided for a number of speakers and classes examining the values and belief systems in academic courses.

William Taussig Scott was born in 1916 in Yonkers, New York, and obtained his B.A. degree in 1937 at Scarborough School, Swarthmore College. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1941. He taught at Smith College from 1945-1961, and then became professor of physics at the University of Nevada, Reno, and the Desert Research Institute from 1961-1981. In addition to his work in physics, Scott studied and wrote about the thought and writings of Michael Polanyi, a physical chemist who became a philosopher. This interest led Scott to develop the Committee on the Philosophy of Inquiry (COPI) at the University of Nevada, Reno. Established in 1967, in 1969 COPI was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to develop the Philosophy of Inquiry Program which provided for a number of speakers and classes examining the values and belief systems in academic courses. William T. Scott died on February 22, 1999, in Santa Rosa, California.

Arrangement

Arranged in order by subject.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deed of gift from William and Ann Scott; 1995; 1999.

Related Archival Materials

William T. and Ann H. Scott papers, 95-92. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno.

William T. and Ann H. Scott papers, 97-15. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno.

William T. and Ann H. Scott papers, 97-27. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno.

William T. Scott Papers, 99-26. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno.
Title
A Guide to the Records of William T. Scott
Status
completed
Author
Betty Glass
Date
September 24, 2009
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
eng

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives Repository

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