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The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Peirce Papers

Nathan Houser

Presented to the Fourth Congress of the International Association
for Semiotic Studies, Perpignan, France, 1989. Published in
Signs of Humanity, vol. 3. Eds. Michel Balat and Janice
Deledalle-Rhodes; Gen. Ed. Gérard Deledalle. Berlin: Mouton
de Gruyter, 1992, pp. 1259-1268.

So lives Charles S. Peirce. The Universal Spirit has
him and the world that neglected him will care for
him — after many days perhaps, but most assuredly.
(Francis C. Russell 1914)

      In the morning hours of 29 December 1914 a sled drawn by two powerful horses sped over a snow-covered Pennsylvania road toward the Erie R. R. Station in Port Jervis. On the sled were secured many cases of books and manuscripts destined for the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University. This shipment was eagerly awaited by the eminent Harvard philosopher, Josiah Royce, to whose office the crates were carried upon their arrival. So began Harvard's custodianship of the literary remains and most of the professional library of America's greatest philosopher, Charles Sanders Peirce.note 1
      Everything went well, at first. That Royce was enthusiastic over the acquisition of Peirce's unpublished writings is evident from a letter of 4 January 1915 to Professor Wendell T. Bush of Columbia University, editor of the Journal of Philosophy:

We have just received at Harvard the extant logical manuscripts of Charles S. Peirce, a gift from his widow, and, as I hope, a real prize. I look forward to some arrangement for editing them. They are certainly fragmentary but also certainly inclusive of some valuable monuments of his unique and capricious genius.
      Royce and his graduate student, W. Fergus Kernan, went to work sorting and arranging the already aging papers. During Kernan's second year at Harvard (1915-1916) he was exempted from the scheduled courses and given graduate credit for devoting his full time to the study and editing of the Peirce manuscripts. It was not an easy undertaking. In a memoir about his work with Royce, Kernan describes the immensity of the task that faced him, even the comparatively minor task of preparing a catalog of the manuscripts:

No one except me had made any careful exploration of the manuscripts or had even the faintest idea of the inconceivable textual confusion that prevailed in those piles of yellowed and dog-earred pages that had reposed so long undisturbed by any other hands than mine.
   A first lecture (of the Lowell Lectures on Pragmatism) would be found, for example, at the top of one group of manuscripts prominently located on the right edge of Royce's long study table. Then three piles further on (and two days later) one would discover Lecture No. 2 firmly wedged between a lengthy dissertation on "The Doctrine of Chances" with pages unnumbered and a small, and intensely interesting, treatise "On the Prospect of Air-Sailing". (Kernan 1965: 93)
      The extent of the original disorder is not further indicated beyond these remarks, but even a budding editor would not attribute "inconceivable textual confusion" to a collection of manuscripts unless a severe disorganization prevailed. Charles Peirce, himself, in reference to his writings on logic, remarked on the disorder of his papers:

I must tell you that all that you can find in print of my work on logic are simply scattered outcroppings here and there of a rich vein which remains unpublished. Most of it I suppose has been written down; but no human being could ever put together the fragments. I could not myself do so. (MS 302)
      It is no doubt the bane of editors that they regard themselves (without ever quite saying so) as super-human in the face of such a challenge. But circumstances prevail — facts force themselves on us — so it is not surprising that Kernan was overwhelmed with the difficulty of his task. Yet painful editing has its rewards, as his further remarks reveal:

The whole business, as I look back on it after fifty years, was most engrossing, wonderful and fascinating beyond belief, and I often felt, while at work in Royce's littered and crowded office, like Cortez, "on a peak in Darien." (Kernan 1965: 03)
      Prospects for an early edition of Peirce's writings soon faded. Royce died unexpectedly in September 1916 and it soon became apparent that no one else at Harvard was prepared to carry on with Royce's work. Professor James Houghton Woods, Chairman of the Department of Philosophy, had been enthusiastic over the prospect of a Peirce edition mainly because of his devotion to Royce, but after Royce's death Wood's interest waned. Nevertheless, he made some efforts to find a successor to Royce and, failing in that, he demonstrated a continuing regard for the manuscripts by ordering up a number of sturdy filing cases and hiring Kernan to file the papers for safe keeping. This task occupied Kernan for the rest of his days at Harvard. He had nearly finished the labeling, listing, and filing when the United States declared war against Germany. When Kernan left Harvard to join the U.S. Army, Harvard's custodianship of the Peirce Papers appears to have begun a degeneration to an unenthusiastic, even somewhat burdensome, ownership.
      There is a shadowy period of about ten years after Royce's death and Kernan's departure for which there is little record of what efforts were made toward an edition. (At any rate, not much about this ten year period has turned up so far.) Lenzen made a second preliminary catalogue of the manuscripts which shows that they had been separated, presumably by Kernan, into eighty-three boxes. It is known that just after Royce's death Woods asked Bertrand Russell to edit two or three volumes of Peirce's writings, and promised to arrange for Henry Sheffer to devote most of his time to the details. Russell might have agreed to this arrangement but was unable to obtain a visa to return to the United States. And at least an overture, perhaps unofficial, was made to George Santayana, but he declined and suggested that the task be given to some young philosopher or mathematician. C. I. Lewis was brought to Harvard to work on the Papers (he said he lived with them for two years) but he decided that he could spend his time more profitably teaching and writing; and at some point during this period Morris Cohen examined the collection but declined to take on the responsibility for a full-scale edition. Cohen did publish, in 1923, Chance, Love, and Logic, the first posthumous edition of Peirce's writings. On the darker side, there are unsubstantiated rumors that original manuscripts were carried away to be studied, and worse, that now and then manuscripts were pocketed. Stacks of pages that were thought to be worthless were donated to a wartime paper drive, and there is a persistent rumor that some of Peirce's intimate letters were deliberately destroyed. It is known that some letters were removed from the Peirce Collection and placed in the William James Collection. And it is thought that a large number of the volumes from Peirce's library were given away, many to a university in Japan which had lost its library in a great fire, but some to other libraries. A few of Peirce's books, including books by Charles Babbage, Francis Bacon, Alexander Bain, and Isaac Newton, appear to have gone to Boston College. Some books were given to interested individuals. Of the more than twelve hundred books, possibly many more, from Peirce's library that Harvard received, fewer than twenty five are included in the Peirce Collection in the Houghton Library. Most of the rest that remain at Harvard are in open stacks either in the Widener or Robbins Libraries where they may be borrowed and carried away by patrons who may be entirely oblivious that the marginal comments are by one of the world's great thinkers. Looking fairly quickly through the Robbins Library one day about two years ago, I found thirty-five of Peirce's books. These include his sixteen volume Galileo, his copy of Bayle's Dictionary, the Opus Majus of Roger Bacon (in two volumes), and Schelling's Transcendental Idealism.
      I noticed few internal markings, but there were some. For example, on p. 43 of the first volume of Bacon, in response to a footnote by editor John Bridges, Peirce wrote (in an aged shaky hand): "This is absolute nominalism[.] The question to ask always is, Is a Real would-be recognized? If it is a universal is more than a mere convenientia individuorum" Such marginalia ought to be part of the record.
      Perhaps I should mention at this point that when Juliette Peirce was negotiating with Harvard about the transfer of Peirce's books and papers she was especially concerned that the library should he kept intact in a place of honor as a memorial to Peirce. Harvard was unwilling to agree fully with this request, but Juliette was assured that an appropriate bookplate would be pasted in each book and that, even if not all together, the books would be accorded places of honor. Obviously this promise was not kept.
      It is not really known how much reorganizing of Peirce's manuscripts was done during this time, but at least one unsuccessful attempt was made to redo Kernan's work and prepare a collection of papers for publication. Kernan's classification was abandoned; the papers so painstakingly sorted were removed from his labeled boxes and were resorted into a much smaller number of piles on a large table. Finally, in the late '20s, Charles Hartshorne, a Harvard graduate, was hired to prepare an edition of Peirce's papers. Hartshorne remembers being taken to the papers by Professor Lewis, and recalled the condition of the manuscripts when he received them:

They were in a small number of big piles on a large table. I don't remember whether there was any label on the top of each pile. I think there were about eleven piles. On the shelves there were, I seem to recall, just fifty-two empty boxes, each of which was labeled, showing that the manuscripts had been sorted under fifty-two categories, but my predecessor on the job had evidently taken them out of these boxes and reassorted them into a much smaller number of piles.
   There was, I think, nothing else in the room. This was the room for the Peirce papers during the three years I worked on them. I remember having the general impression that these fifty[-two] boxes were labeled in a reasonable way and that probably there'd been a pretty good classification which my predecessor had destroyed. And I remember that C. I. Lewis was angry about this. He remarked with grim satisfaction that the man had (on some other account) spent a short time in jail. (Lieb 1970: 150)
      Charles Hartshorne was soon joined by Paul Weiss, a graduate student in Philosophy, and together they succeeded in editing six volumes published by Harvard University Press under the title Collected Papers of Charles Sanders Peirce. There is some evidence that the organization of volume 3 is mainly due to Lewis, although Weiss reports that he made the arrangement. It is fully acknowledged, however, that many at Harvard contributed to the editing and publication of the Collected Papers.note 2 Even Whitehead gave Hartshorne and Weiss occasional advice about which papers and parts of papers to publishnote 3 and, according to an early plan, he was expected to contribute the introduction for the edition (MS 1600).
      The appearance of the Hartshorne-Weiss volumes in 1931-35 is a landmark event in American philosophy. These volumes, together with two final volumes edited by Arthur Burks which appeared in 1958, had an enormously stimulating influence on the study of Peirce's thought, and are still the standard source for Peirce's philosophical writings. Yet, as an event in editing, the Collected Papers have almost from the beginning been found wanting. After due consideration and appreciation is given to Hartshorne, Weiss, and Burks, for the awesome difficulties they had to overcome, the edition as a whole cannot be given unequivocal praise largely because of an unwise principle of organization. It was decided that Peirce's writings (except for most of his scientific and mathematical writings, which, though voluminous and important, were hardly considered at all) would be organized thematically according to Peirce's classification of the sciences, and to further that end chronological and textual considerations were given low priority. Lecture series were broken apart and published in separate volumes, single papers were cut in two, and under a single title might appear excerpts from writings composed more than thirty years apart. As a compendium of hitherto unavailable writings of America's greatest philosopher the Collected Papers is invaluable, but as a dependable resource for the critical study of Peirce's thought as a whole it is notoriously inadequate.
      After the publication of the Hartshorne and Weiss volumes a second dark time for the Peirce papers ensued. It is rumored that there was a general feeling at Harvard that they were now "finished" with the Peirce manuscripts and that there was no longer any use for them (or, at least, for some part of the collection). Sometime in the early '4Os (apparently in the spring of 1944) interested members and friends of the Department of Philosophy were permitted to select original Peirce manuscripts to keep as private mementos. The rumor has it that only by chance did a librarian of the Widener Library (or, perhaps, it was the Houghton) get wind of this "give-away" and raise such a strong objection that Department Chairman C. I. Lewis felt compelled to issue a recall. Some papers were returned, though no official records had been kept of the manuscripts taken.
      That this "give-away" ever occurred at all has been denied at Harvard, and both Hartshorne and Weiss have reported that they know nothing about it. (They had long since departed Harvard by this time.) However, a close examination of the sources for the Collected Papers reveals that some of the source manuscripts are indeed missing. (Weiss was astonished to hear of this. (Bernstein 181)) And it is known that some important manuscripts were quietly returned many years later by an eminent Harvard graduate who confirms that the "give-away" did occur and that he kept certain papers because he thought they would be safer in his care. Among the papers given to this single graduate were such important writings as Peirce's "A Guess at the Riddle" a manuscript on Darwinism and synechism, part of a manuscript on selfishness and political economy, a paper on religion and politics, and notebooks on phaneroscopy. All of these papers have now made their way back into the Harvard collection, but there is no way of knowing what may still be in private hands. In any case it seems that by the early '40s most of the Peirce collection (sixty-one boxes plus correspondence) had been deposited in the Archives of the Widener Library and after 1960 it was transferred to the Houghton Library, which had at some time in the interim acquired a small holding of Peirce Papers (nineteen boxes), possibly the papers that had been separated for, but which had survived, the "give-away." I have not found any indication of how the papers became separated but it must have occurred in or just before 1941 when Knight McMahan organized and catalogued the sixty-one boxes that went to the Widener. Only much later, in 1960, were the nineteen boxes in the Houghton catalogued by John Boler. In 1969 a final substantial addition was made to the Library's holdings when an old desk was found to be stuffed full of important original Peirce manuscripts which had somehow become separated from the collection.
      In 1959, shortly after the Burks volumes appeared, Max Fisch was asked by Harvard to write an intellectual biography of Peirce. Originally it was supposed that the biography would be the capstone of a ten-volume edition of the Collected Papers. It soon became apparent to Fisch that the selection and organization of the Collected Papers and, in particular, the state of disorganization of the manuscripts, made the systematic study of Peirce's thought a nearly hopeless undertaking. Fisch, together with his wife, Ruth, and his student, Don D. Roberts, began spending summers in Cambridge to work on the Papers. Other researchers, notably Richard Robin, helped with the reorganization. Murray Murphey was probably much on hand at the beginning, for he was working hard over the manuscripts for his book, The Development of Peirce's Philosophy. After several years, Fisch's group (with help from independent scholars such as Caro1yn Eisele) finally brought enough order to the manuscripts so they could be effectively used and cited by researchers. A microfilm edition of the manuscripts was produced, and Robin (making much use of the earlier catalogues, especially McMahan's) prepared an accompanying catalogue of the entire integrated collection, giving philosophers the world over access to the bulk of Peirce's published writings. But with over eighty thousand filmed manuscript pages it is a monumental task to do extensive microfilm research, and to make matters worse, a great many of the writings are undated and fragmentary.
      As Fisch continued his efforts to improve the organization of the manuscripts, and to collect Peirce papers from other collections — perhaps as many as ten thousand pages are in the National Archives alone — the need for a comprehensive chronological edition became widely recognized and in October 1973 a group of scholars met at Peirce's Milford, Pennsylvania home, Arisbe, to discuss prospects for a new edition. Fisch presented "A Plan for a New Edition of the Writings of Charles S. Peirce" which evolved into the Arisbe Plan. The first stage of the adopted plan called for an agreement with Harvard University to use the Peirce Papers. This arrangement was reached and an electroprint copy of the entire Harvard collection was obtained by Texas Tech University's Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism. In the summer of 1974 the Institute sent a group of scholars to Harvard to compare the electroprint copies with the original manuscripts in the Houghton Library and to record any information concerning paper size and type, watermarks, ink colors, faint markings or notations, or anything else that might help in the dating, organization, and transcription from the electroprint copy. In 1975, newly under the direction of Edward C. Moore, the developing project moved to Indiana University at Indianapolis with a copy of the microfilm edition of the Papers and two clear photocopied sets of the Institute's electroprint, one to be kept in the Harvard arrangement and the other to be rearranged and renumbered in chronological order. Max Fisch was installed as general editor and by July 1976, with the support of Indiana University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation, the Peirce Edition Project, with a staff of four, got under way.
      The task of the Peirce Project is to provide a definitive critical edition, in chronological arrangement, of a wide selection of Peirce's writings. While the important collections of Eisele and Ketner, as well as the Collected Papers, must not be undervalued, it has to be acknowledged that these can not be said to be definitive, for each fails to meet that standard in the identification and organization of their texts or in their editorial methods. To insure that the desired scholarly standard is achieved, the Peirce Project has developed its policies in accordance with the stipulations of the Modern Language Association's Committee on Scholarly Editions. In this way the Project hopes to produce an edition of about thirty volumes which will include numerous previously unpublished writings, exhibit the development and coherence of Peirce's thought, provide a context that will give new meaning and, perhaps, importance to previously known works, and, overall, provide the authoritative Peirce text for years to come.
      In many respects the Peirce Project faces editorial problems similar to those of any other critical edition, at least any other project that undertakes to edit the work of a polymathic figure. At a conference devoted to the problems of editing the works of polymaths, George Whalley characterized the difficulty:

I have called our polymaths "geniuses" to distinguish them from mere scholars of redoubtable learning and talent. Genius being unaccountable in its scope, force, elegance and rapidity, and obviously beyond the normal reach of mundane learning and imagination, the attempt to edit the work of a genius is an act of presumption or folly made possible only by some act of grace that supervenes upon the limitations of the inquirer to redeem the poverty of his resources. (Whalley 1963: 25)
      That Charles Peirce was a polymath can hardly be doubted. For more than thirty years Peirce was a professional scientist employed by the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey. For many of these years he was in charge of measuring gravity, but he also made notable advances in the theory of pendulum research and in methodology. But during all of his Coast Survey years, and for the nearly quarter of a century that followed his resignation from the Survey, he carried on a full philosophical and literary life. Peirce contributed to a surprisingly wide range of subject areas including mathematics, the natural and social sciences, and the humanities. He made original contributions in all of these general fields; and in several disciplines, from geodesy to formal logic, he made fundamental discoveries that helped shape the current forms of those subjects. In logic Peirce was one of the pioneers of the modern mathematical approach and was toward the end of the 19th Century regarded by the English mathematician, William Clifford, to be the second man since Aristotle to contribute materially to that subject; the other man was George Boole. (Fisch 1986: 129) In philosophy Peirce was the originator of the important doctrine called "Pragmatism" that was made so much of by William James and John Dewey and which is today experiencing a resurgence of vigor. More profound and intractable in the difficulty they pose for editors are the areas in which Peirce appears to have been a precursor, often areas of thought only in their infancy during Peirce's day. Such areas include modal logic, topology, lattice theory, hydrodynamics, comparative biography, artificial intelligence (at least the graphical modelling of intelligence), and semiotics.
      To the above list of areas to which Peirce contributed I must add the important, if somewhat less creative, areas of lexicography, review, and pedagogy. He contributed hundreds of definitions to the Century Dictionary, over three hundred book reviews to the Nation, and wrote text books in elementary mathematics (unpublished in his lifetime). And, finally, Peirce left numerous "non-verbal documents" which have rarely been considered at all, and are of as yet undetermined significance. The selection and editing difficulties faced by the editors because of the tremendous range and depth of Peirce's thought are at least matched by corresponding difficulties in reorganizing the papers themselves. Working through this material has been an enormous undertaking and has occupied many hands including those of most of the persons named in this paper but many others besides. The disorganization of the papers, partly due to Peirce himself, who frequently drew pages from one paper to modify and incorporate into another, and who even more frequently rewrote a section of a work several times without any indication of his final choice, but due also to the incompetence and astonishing disdain of some individuals who have had access to Peirce's papers after his death, has been the chief obstacle; but the accurate chronological arrangement of pages, necessary for our edition, has also been hampered by our dependence on photocopies of the Harvard and National Archive collections. While we have access to those collections for the purpose of comparing typescripts and recording technical features, we cannot lay out pages from different manuscript folders to compare and rearrange. Yet easily over a fourth of the so-called manuscripts in the Harvard collection are misarranged, often consisting of pages from separate drafts, not infrequently from different papers. We are left to labor over nearly one hundred thousand pages (including a fairly large number of pages from Harvard that were not microfilmed and perhaps as many as ten thousand pages from other collections) rendered colorless and uniform by a photocopier, but with the words and markings of one of the world's greatest minds. It is hoped that after the Peirce Project finally succeeds in rearranging the Peirce Papers in their chronological order, Harvard's Houghton Library will permit us to rearrange the original manuscripts chronologically and assign to them the new Project numbers.
      As I draw to a close, I feel bound to say a word to those who may have doubts about the value of such devotion to the entire corpus, including even the scraps, of a single writer, even one of Peirce's stature. It is inevitable, perhaps, that editors of long-lived editions will come to regard their authors as having a special place in literature or the history of thought. Certainly the editors at the Project have such a regard for Peirce. Yet for us, as for all editors, it may be therapeutic to ponder the point of view unequivocally expressed by the American philosopher Horace M. Kallen in response to a question about why he thought that anybody's place in the history of philosophy is a matter of accident. This is Kallen's reply:

Somebody gets picked up; he has vocal and persuasive disciples; a school gets set up; reports are written — they may be forgotten and lost altogether, or they may be carried on by organizations of power, the way Shakespeare is carried on, the way the Bible used to be carried on. Who reads the Bible now since the Church has lost control of education? And who would be reading Shakespeare now if there were not entrance examinations for college requiring the reading of two or three of Shakespeare's plays? The vehicles of communication and the relevancy of selected material are what make the difference. What was Peirce's place in the history of philosophy? What was it in 1910? And then along came these kids who were sure that they knew more about Peirce than Dewey and James did, and provided the correct view of Peirce, having edited his works; and Peirce now has a vogue. Well, why does he have a vogue? Why Plato or Aristotle or anybody? Somebody chooses to push the damn thing. The Madison Avenues of the world keep working. (Lamont 1959: 89-90)
      As an antidote to Kallen's interesting but rather irreverent view, I will close with an extract from a memorial notice of Peirce's death, written by Francis C. Russell for The Monist.

In the late sixties the distinguished Professor Benjamin Peirce of Harvard, lecturing before the Boston Radical Club on "The Impossible in Mathematics," spoke of his son Charles and of his expectations that the latter would develop and fertilize the vistas he had been able only to glimpse. On April 19, 1914, after at least a half century of assiduous probings into the most recondite and the most consequential of all human concerns, in a mountain hut overlooking the serene Delaware, in privation and obscurity, in pain and forsakenness, that son, Charles S. Peirce, left this world and left also a volume of product the eminent value of which will sooner or later be discovered, perhaps only after it has been rediscovered. For his issues have so far anticipated the ordinary scope of even professional intellectual exercise that most of them are still only in manuscript. Publishers want "best sellers." At least they want sellers that will pay the expenses of publication, and buyers of printing that calls for laborious mental application are scarce. Let me here with the utmost solicitude beg all to whom it falls to handle his books and papers to beware how they venture to cast away any script left by him. (Russell 1914: 469-72)
      Unfortunately, not everyone who has worked with the Peirce Papers has shared Russell's reverence for Peirce and his work. We at the Project try to adhere to Russell's admonition while pondering the sobering remarks of Horace Kallen.


Note 1:  The information for this paper was obtained from several sources, chiefly from the following: Royce and Kernan 1916; the introduction to the Collected Papers (vol. I) 1931; Kernan 1965; Lenzen 1965; the preface to Robin 1967; Lieb 1970; Bernstein 1970; Robin 1971; from Max H. Fisch in conversation and from his extensive files on Peirce which I have been permitted to examine; and from conversations with Arthur Burks. The reader is well advised to read what follows with a degree of caution, taking note that the account I give is a reconstruction from numerous sources of various degrees of dependability, that I have engaged in some cautious speculation, and, in particular, that I do not pretend to give the whole story. I know that parts of the account remain to be filled in as more information turns up. I apologize forthwith to anyone who may have played a role in the drama of the Peirce Papers which should have been related, and would be pleased to receive additional intelligence about these matters.

      All references to Peirce manuscripts are given with their Robin numbers (Robin 1967). The manuscripts are located in the Houghton Library of Harvard University and are used with the generous permission of the Harvard Department of Philosophy.

Note 2:  The following statement appears in the introduction to the Collected Papers (Vol. 1): "Nearly all the members of the Department during the last fifteen years, as well as many others who were interested in Peirce, have devoted much time to the often very intractable material of the manuscripts." Perhaps Henry S. Leonard deserves special mention for his contributions.

Note 3:  That Whitehead gave advice was reported by Hartshorne at the recent Peirce Sesquicentennial Congress (Harvard, Sept. 1989).


Bernstein, Richard, ed. (1970). Paul Weiss's Recollections of Editing the Peirce Papers (an interview by Richard Bernstein). Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 6: 161-80.

Fisch, Max H. (1986). Peirce, Semeiotic, and Pragmatism, Kenneth Laine Ketner and Christian J. W. Kloesel (eds.). Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Kernan, in F. (1965). The Peirce Manuscripts and Josiah Royce — A Memoir; Harvard 1915-1916. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 1: 90-95.

Lamont, Corliss, ed (1959). Dialogue on George Santayana. New York: Horizon Press.

Lenzen, Victor F. (1965). Reminiscences of a Mission to Milford, Pennsylvania. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 1: 3-11.

Irwin C., ed. (1970). Charles Hartshorne's Recollections of Editing the Peirce Papers (an interview by Irwin C. Lieb). Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 6, 149-59.

Robin, Richard S. (1967). Annotated Catalogue of the Papers of Charles S. Peirce. Worcester, MA: The University of Massachusetts Press.

Robin, Richard 5. (1971). The Peirce papers: A Supplementary Catalogue. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 7: 37-57.

Royce, Josiah, and Fergus Kernan (1916). Charles Sanders Peirce. The Journal of Philosophy, Psychology, and Scientific Methods 13: 701-09.

Russell, Francis C. (1914). In Memoriam Charles S. Peirce. The Monist 24: 469-72.

Whalley, George (1983). Coleridge and the Self-unravelling Clue. Editing Polymaths: Erasmus to Russell, ed. H. J. Jackson. Toronto: The Committee for the Conference on Editorial Problems, pp. 17-40.

END OF:  Houser, "The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Peirce Papers"

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