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Sidney Ratner Papers

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Correspondence

Writings

Professional Materials

Print Materials

Biographical Materials

Multimedia


Sidney Ratner Papers, 1930-1996 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: Sidney Ratner Papers, 1930-1996Add to your cart.

ID: 1/2/MSS 368

Primary Creator: Ratner, Sidney (1908-1996) (1908-1996)

Extent: 34.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in six series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Writings, (3) Professional Materials, (4) Print Materials, (5) Biographical Materials, and (6) Multimedia.

Date Acquired: 03/26/2001

Subjects: Bentley, Arthur Fisher, 1870-1957., Dewey, John, 1859-1952, Economic History, Philosophy, American - 20th century, Ratner, Sidney, 1908-1996, Rutgers University, World War, 1939-1945 - Economic aspects

Languages: English, Japanese, German, French

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of Sidney Ratner's papers documenting his personal life, career as an intelligence analyst, teaching as a university professor, and writings as a philosopher and economist. The majority of the materials consists of correspondence with colleagues, manuscript drafts of his scholarly work, and World War II strategic reports related to his work with the United States government. The collection also includes manuscripts by scholars other than Ratner, books and offprints from Ratner's personal library, records of his involvement in professional conferences, course syllabi and teaching notes, photographs of Ratner's family and friends, and personal biographical materials. Other noteworthy items are photographs of Europe during World War II, photographs of John Dewey and Arthur Bentley, and correspondence with Albert Camus, Bill Clinton, Albert Einstein, Felix Frankfurter, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John F. Kennedy, Margaret Mead, Robert Oppenheimer, Willard Van Orman Quine, Bertrand Russell, and George Santayana.

Biographical Note

Sidney Ratner (1908–1996) was a government economist, economic historian, scholar of American philosophy, and professor of history. He was born in New York, NY on June 18, 1908 to Israel and Olga Ratner, who were both Russian immigrants. He majored in philosophy at The City College of New York, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1930. Subsequently, he studied history at Columbia University, earning a Masters of Arts in 1931 and a Ph.D. in 1942. In 1932, he married Louise Rosenblatt, with whom he would have one child, a son named Jonathan Ratner (1948–). Between 1938–1941, he was an instructor at Cooper Union, Sarah Lawrence College, and the New School for Social Research. During World War II, he worked as an economist for the United States government’s Board of Economic Warfare, Foreign Economic Administration, and the Planning Division of the State Department. His work focused on analyzing the economies of the European countries in order to support the Allied war effort, and he notably gained distinction for helping uncover Nazi influence over Swedish manufacturers of ball bearings, which were essential to Allied landing craft and their deployment on D-Day. In 1946, he was hired as Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Rutgers University; there he became Distinguished Professor and retired after a long career in 1978. Some of his most major publications include Taxation and Democracy in America and The Tariff in American History; and his editorial projects Arthur F. Bentley, Inquiry into Inquiries, John Dewey and Arthur Bentley: A Philosophical Correspondence, 1932—1951, and The Philosopher of the Common Man: Essays in Honor of John Dewey. He died on January 9, 1996 at the age of 87 in Princeton, N.J.

Subject/Index Terms

Bentley, Arthur Fisher, 1870-1957.
Dewey, John, 1859-1952
Economic History
Philosophy, American - 20th century
Ratner, Sidney, 1908-1996
Rutgers University
World War, 1939-1945 - Economic aspects

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Gift

Acquisition Method: The papers were donated to Morris Library by Sidney Ratner's wife.

Related Materials: Louis Rosenblatt Papers For more information please see https://archives.lib.siu.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=3373.

Preferred Citation: [item], Sidney Ratner Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Processing Information: Sidney Ratner's personal hand-written notes on his readings were heavily weeded. These were recorded on paper and index cards, the content was mostly paraphrases of the texts, and the handwriting was largely illegible.


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Series 3: Professional MaterialsAdd to your cart.
The series documents Sidney Ratner's professional and academic activities not directly related to his writing, such as his teaching, service work on university committees, participation in academic conferences, applications for grants and fellowships, and dossier materials. It is divided into two sub-series. The first sub-series contains teaching materials. The second sub-series contains all other, that is non-teaching, professional materials. The applications and curriculum vitae are useful sources of biographical information about Ratner.
Sub-Series 1: TeachingAdd to your cart.
Box 22Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Teaching Materials - Cooper Union Social Philosophy ColloqiumAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Teaching Materials - Adult School of Jewish StudiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Teaching Materials - ExamsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Teaching Materials - Class NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Teaching Materials - Class NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Teaching Materials - Class NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Teaching Materials - Class NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Teaching Materials - Syllabi and Reading ListAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Teaching Materials - Syllabi and Reading ListAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Teaching Materials - Syllabi and Reading ListAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Teaching Materials - Student WritingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Teaching Materials - Class Rosters, Grade booksAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Teaching Materials - Class Rosters, Grade booksAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Teaching Materials - Class EvaluationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Teaching Materials - Recommendation by Ratner for StudentsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Non-TeachingAdd to your cart.
Box 23Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Treasury Statement for the Kilgore CommitteeAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Conference/Meeting ProgramsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Conference/Meeting ProgramsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Applications for EmploymentAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: United States Government Grant Authorization documents for travel to Lagos, NigeriaAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Publication Contracts, certificates of copyright, royalty reports, and other financial statements related to publication salesAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: "Center for Advanced Studies - Systems Approach to Urban Problem Solving International Summer Seminar" (Yugoslavia, 1972)Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Retirement Dinner ItemsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Retirement materialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship ApplicationAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: John Dewey Centennial CommitteeAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: "Report of the Committee on Research"Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Application for award by The Center for Dewey StudiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Applications and Plans for ResearchAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: "Fulbright Fellowship Application" [original folder]Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Application for Research Grant for the Fiscal year, 1952-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Current Research InterestsAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Final report ad hoc committee on Postbaccalaureate Education, May 21, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 20: "Roster of Rutgers Faculty Interests in Industrial and Human Relations Areas"Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Second International Economic History ConferenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: "Consultative Sub-Committee on the Economic Aspects of Rice," February 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 23: "The Arthur F. Bentley Seminar "Man and/The Great Society"Add to your cart.
Folder 24: "Annual Meeting of the Economic History Association," 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Exhibit of letter from Gandhi and Soviet ExpertAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: International Economic History Conference, August 10-14, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Conference on Methods in Philosophy and the Sciences, 7 December 1947Add to your cart.
Contains manuscripts and correspondence.
Folder 28: Committee on the Undergraduate Teaching of Economics and the Training of EconomistsAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Departmental, NewslettersAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Curriculum VitaeAdd to your cart.
Includes information for promotion.
Folder 31: Rutger University, Department of History committees and business itemsAdd to your cart.
Contains correspondence.
Folder 32: Rutgers University - Faculty ServiceAdd to your cart.
Includes committee, presentation, and correspondence.

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