Max H. Fisch Library
Max Harold Fisch (1901-1995) was an internationally renowned scholar and recognized especially for his work on Charles S. Peirce and Giambattista Vico. Fisch received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1928. Fisch’s outstanding scholarship and strong leadership guided the Peirce Edition Project during his tenure as Senior Editor. The library at the Institute for American Thought has been named after Fisch in his honor. In 1959 the Philosophy Department of Harvard University invited Fisch to be the official biographer of Peirce. Fisch spent nearly forty years collecting research to write Peirce’s biography. Fisch never completed the biography project. However, he did leave a legacy of scholarly information with the Peirce Edition Project. Fisch served as President of the Western Division of the American Philosophical Association, President of the Charles S. Peirce Society, President of the Semiotic Society of America, and President of the C.S. Peirce Foundation. Fisch wrote many books, including Peirce, Semiotic and Pragmatism (1986); Philosophy in America from the Puritans to James (1939); and Classic American Philosophers: Peirce, James, Royce, Santayana, Dewey, Whitehead: Selections From Their Writings (1951, reissued 1996).
The Max H. Fisch Collection includes numerous books. Many of these books are now out of print. Fisch’s books range in topics and include philosophy (classical, medieval, modern, and contemporary), the classics, literature, history, psychology, religious studies, science, languages, Charles S. Peirce, and Giambattista Vico.
During his forty years of researching Charles S. Peirce, Max H. Fisch compiled a comprehensive Reference Catalog, which is part of the Max H. Fisch Collection. The Reference Catalog is divided by subject, chronological year, and manuscript number in accordance with the Robin Catalog. The Reference Catalog contains Peirce quotes and information about his writings, professional dealings, colleagues, family, and personal life.
The Max H. Fisch Collection contains over 110 linear feet of files and papers which include correspondence, lectures, notes, published articles, pamphlets, conference programs, newspaper clippings, and other items connected with his research.