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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 5: Biographical MaterialsAdd to your cart.
The series contains biographical materials relating to Sidney Ratner's personal life, such as photographs, college materials, documentation of his birth, marriage, and death, items from his travels abroad, papers of his family members, and personal remembrances of him by others. It is divided into two sub-series. The first sub-series contains papers and photographs, and the second sub-series contains ephemera and artifacts.
Sub-Series 1: Family and PersonalAdd to your cart.
Box 32Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General biographical materials with personal information - job applications and directory entriesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Certificate of Birth - Sidney RatnerAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: "50th Wedding Anniversary" [orginal folder title]Add to your cart.
Contains correspondence.
Folder 4: Marriage CertificateAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Sidney Ratner Last Will and TestamentAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Diplomas and teaching certificatesAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Sidney Ratner's College MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: 50th Anniversary for College Graduation CertificateAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Certificate - The New York Academy of SciencesAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Certificate - The Marquis Who's Who Publications BoardAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Newspaper ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Includes book reviews of Ratner's publications.
Folder 12: 90th Birthday Celebration for John DeweyAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: 1971 Trip to IsraelAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: "Japan 1962, mainly Sidney Ratner's Diary" [original folder title]Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence w/ Martha Geesa, itineraries, manuscripts.
Folder 15: "Accounts of Trip to New York, Sept. 19 tp Sept. 22, 1945"Add to your cart.
Mentions John Dewey.
Folder 16: Photographs - MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Photographs - MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Photographs - 1964 Trips to TokyoAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Photographs - Arthur Bentley and John DeweyAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: World War II photos, Norman RatnerAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: "Louise Rosenblatt's 'Bionotes on Sidney Ratner'" [original folder title]Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Obituaries of Sidney RatnerAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: "Obituaries - William Baumol's talk for the Memorial at the Institute for Advanced Study" [original folder title]Add to your cart.
Euology of Sidney Ratner.
Folder 24: Letters of condolence to Louise Rosenblatt concerning Sidney Ratner's deathAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Letters of condolence to Louise Rosenblatt concerning Sidney Ratner's deathAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Letters of condolence to Louise Rosenblatt concerning Sidney Ratner's deathAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: "Names of (not all) those present at the Memorial for Sidney Ratner on April 14, 1996"Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Passports - Sidney, Louise and Jonathan RatnerAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Israel Ratner biographical materialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Israel Ratner Last Will and TestamentAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Ratner, Jonanthan - Personal MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: EphemeraAdd to your cart.
Box 33Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Giesha CardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: StampsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: KeyAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: OPA Red Point TokenAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Motor Vehicle ticketAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Japanese Tourist MapAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Joseph Reed pocket watchAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Sidney Ratner's pocket watchAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Uncle John's pocket watchAdd to your cart.

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