MC 00323 Guide to the Catherine Roberts Papers, 1952 - 1992

This collection is divided into three series; Writings, Correspondence, and Collected Publications.
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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.
[Box 1, Folder 1] Manuscripts, 1962 - 1988
Typewritten and photocopied manuscripts of journal articles written by Catherine Roberts.
[Box 1, Folder 2] Reprinted Journal Articles, 1965 - 1992
[Box 1, Folder 3] 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 4] The Aryan Path, 1975 - 1977
Reprints of the Theosophical Society publication, The Aryan Path.
[Box 1, Folder 5] Science, Animals, and Evolution, 1980
Autographed book
[Box 1, Folder 6] Journal Articles, undated
[Box 1, Folder 7] The Scientific Conscience, undated
[Box 1, Folder 8] The Three Faces of Humanism, undated
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.
[Box 1, Folder 9] Correspondence, 1977
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.
[Box 1, Folder 10] Publications, 1952 - 1975


Roberts, Catherine, 1917-1993


0.5 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

1 Archival Box


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Acquisitions Information

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


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Scope and Content Note

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

Bigraphical 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.

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