Catherine Roberts Papers 1952-1992

Creator
Roberts, Catherine, 1917-1993
Size
0.5 linear feet
Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff.

Call number
MC 00323

The Catherine Roberts Papers contain various writings relating to animal rights. These papers include a selection of Roberts's published writings, correspondence received by Roberts, and a collection of philosophical publications that contain articles written by some of her colleagues.

Born in California in 1917, Catherine Roberts trained as a microbiologist and geneticist, but then turned away from a career as a scientist and dedicated herself to writing about science, ethics, and religion.

Biographical/historical note

Born in 1917, Catherine Roberts was a fourth generation Californian. Trained as a microbiologist and geneticist, she received her Ph.D. in 1943 at the University of California, Berkeley. She was also a Platonist. After working for fifteen years as a researcher at the Carlsberg Laboratorium in Copenhagen, Denmark, she became dissatisfied with the attitude of the scientific community. She abandoned her successful career and devoted the rest of her life to writing in an effort to evolve a synthesis of science, ethics, and religion. She was a prolific writer, and a tireless advocate for the humane treatment of animals. Among her many published works are The Scientific Conscience (1967), Science, Animals, and Evolution (1980) and numerous articles in scientific and philosophical journals. Married to Richard Thorne, Catherine Roberts died on April 12, 1993.

Scope/content

This collection contains writings, correspondence and publications generated and collected by the esteemed animal rights advocate, Catherine Roberts. The material is in chronological order.

Physical description

1 Archival Box

Arrangement

This collection is divided into three series; Writings, Correspondence, and Collected Publications.

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Catherine Roberts Papers, MC 00323, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Related material

Source of acquisition

Donated by Mitchell Hall in 2002 (Accession no. 2002-0013).

Processing information

Processed by Michael Watts, September, 2005

Encoded by Michael Watts, September, 2005

The collection is organized into three principal series:

Writings 1962-1992
Size: 0.45 linear feet

This series contains material written by Catherine Roberts. There are typewritten and photocopied manuscripts, journal article clippings, journal reprints, and books. Includes copies of Science, Animals, and Evolution, and The Three Faces of Humanism as well as a selection of writings that were published by the Theosophical Society.

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Manuscripts 1962-1988

Typewritten and photocopied manuscripts of journal articles written by Catherine Roberts.

Box 1, Folder 1
Reprinted Journal Articles 1965-1992
Box 1, Folder 2
The Aryan Path 1972

January, September, and October 1972 issues of the Theosophical Society publication, The Aryan Path. Each contains an article by Catherine Roberts.

Box 1, Folder 3
The Aryan Path 1975-1977

Reprints of the Theosophical Society publication, The Aryan Path.

Box 1, Folder 4
Science, Animals, and Evolution 1980

Autographed book

Box 1, Folder 5
Journal Articles, undated
Box 1, Folder 6
The Scientific Conscience, undated
Box 1, Folder 7
The Three Faces of Humanism, undated
Box 1, Folder 8
Correspondence 1977

A letter dated January 31, 1977, from Henryk Skolimowski to Catherine Roberts, thanking her for her letter to Tract and telling her that he will make a formal reply. Also included is a photocopy of a poem, 1971, written by Mitchell to Catherine Roberts.

1 folder

Correspondence 1977
Box 1, Folder 9
Collected Publications 1952-1975

This series contains a collection of articles that were written by colleagues of Catherine Roberts. Includes "Justice and the Animals," by Rev. Basil Wrighton, "Vivisection and the True Aims of Education in Biology," by George K. Russell, and a 1975 report published by The Society for Animal Rights on a mass killing of blackbirds by the United States Army at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, using the chemical Tergitol.

1 folder

Publications 1952-1975
Box 1, Folder 10

Access to the collection

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Catherine Roberts Papers, MC 00323, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.