Carolyn Eisele Collection

Carolyn Eisele Collection

Carolyn Eisele on horseCarolyn Eisele (1902-2000) taught mathematics at Hunter College for nearly 50 years. She was a renowned mathematician, historian of late 19th- and early 20th-century mathematics and science, and expert on the life and works of Charles S. Peirce. Eisele brought Peirce’s mathematical ideas to the attention of international scholars. She was awarded a Doctor of Humanities degree by Texas Tech University and an honorary Doctorate of Science by Lehigh University. Eisele wrote and edited many books, including Studies in the Scientific and Mathematical Philosophy of Charles S. Peirce (1979), Essays by Carolyn Eisele,The New Elements of Mathematics by Charles S. Peirce, and Historical Perspectives on Peirce’s Logic of Science: A History of Science (1985). Eisele was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, New York Academy of Science, American Mathematics Society, Mathematics Association of America, and the American Philosophical Association. She served as President of the Charles S. Peirce Society and was a member of the Board of Advisors for the Peirce Edition Project from 1982 until her death. She was married to Morris Halpern. The Eisele Collection is helpful to scholars researching Eisele’s life and work as well as Peirce’s writings and work on mathematics.


  • The Carolyn Eisele Collection includes numerous books in mathematics, science, history of science, philosophy, and the books that she wrote and edited.


  • Eisele’s Papers have a chronological range of 1928-1996. The papers include Eisele’s correspondence, lectures, notes, speeches, articles, drafts of her publications, galley proofs, copies of Peirce manuscripts, book reviews, newspaper clippings, copies of grant applications, conference programs, and other miscellaneous items she collected during her lifetime.