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Sidney Ratner Papers

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Correspondence

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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 6: MultimediaAdd to your cart.
The series contains audio, visual, and digital media stored on cassette tapes, microfilm, reel-to-reel tapes, and floppy disks. Most of the material is audio recordings of Sidney Ratner dictating his writings. Noteworthy is the recording of Ratner providing his account of uncovering, in his capacity as a government economist during World War II, Nazi influence over Swedish manufacturers of ball bearings.
Box 34Add to your cart.
Item 1: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating Essays on Dewey and Empiricism in Mathematics; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on Dewey and Empiricism in Mathematics, 1990 February 22Add to your cart.
Item 2: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on Mathematics of Princeton; Side 2: Blank, 1990 November 26Add to your cart.
Item 3: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on Dewey Mathematics at Chicago - 1893-1894; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on Dewey Mathematics at Chicago - 1893-1894, 1990 DecemberAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating Cultural Pluralism, Kallen; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating Cultural Pluralism, Kallen, 1982 October 4Add to your cart.
Item 5: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on American History, Section 6; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on American History, Section 6, 1974Add to your cart.
Item 6: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on Essays Introduction of Dewey's Collection of Works, vol. 6; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on Essays Introduction of Dewey's Collection of Works, vol. 6, 1983Add to your cart.
Item 7: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Retirement Speech; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on Agriculture 1914-1978, 1978 March 4Add to your cart.
Item 8: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey's Critique of Liveness; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey's Critique of Liveness, 1986 November 15Add to your cart.
Item 9: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating John Dewey's Philosophy of War and Peace; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating John Dewey's Philosophy of War and Peace, 1984 May 30Add to your cart.
Item 10: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating John Dewey's Philosophy of War and Peace; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating John Dewey's Philosophy of War and Peace, 1984 June 11Add to your cart.
Item 11: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating The Study of Ethical Idealism presented by John Dewey; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating The Study of Ethical Idealism presented by John Dewey, 1982 June 4Add to your cart.
Item 12: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on New Light on Origins of Dewey's Pragmatisms and Ethics; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on New Light on Origins of Dewey's Pragmatisms and Ethics, 1986 November 15Add to your cart.
Item 13: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating book on John Dewey, Chapter 6; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating book on John Dewey, Chapter 6, 1986 April 15Add to your cart.
Item 14: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 6, Footnotes; Side 2: Blank, 1986 September 6Add to your cart.
Item 15: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 5, Psychology; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 5, Psychology, 1985 December 12 and 1985 December 31Add to your cart.
Item 16: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 4; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 5, Side 1: 1985 April 26; Side 2: 1985 May 1Add to your cart.
Item 17: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 5; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 5, Side 1: 1985 May 4; Side 2: 1985 August 14 and 1982 December 6Add to your cart.
Item 18: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on "American Import Association"; Side 2: BlankAdd to your cart.
Item 19: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on Dewey Mathematics; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on Dewey Mathematics, 1990 December 2 and 1990 December 3Add to your cart.
Item 20: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on 1978 May 4 Speech; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on 1978 May 4 Speech, 1978 May 4Add to your cart.
Item 21: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 4, page 105; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 4, page 143, Side 1: 1985 March 23; Side 2: 1985 April 20-28Add to your cart.
Item 22: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on Dewey Mathematics at Chicago, second tape on this subject; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on Dewey Mathematics at Chicago final tape on this subject, Side 1: 1990 December 26-29; Side 2: 1990 December 29Add to your cart.
Item 23: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey Mathematics Empirical Methodology and Fallibilism; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey Sharing Mathematics at PrincetonAdd to your cart.
Item 24: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey Revival of Empiricism and Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey Revival of Empiricism and Philospohy of Logic and Mathematics, 1990 December 13Add to your cart.
Item 25: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 4 and 5; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter, 4 and 5, 1984 December 11Add to your cart.
Item 26: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 4; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 4, 1984 October 24 and 1984 December 12Add to your cart.
Item 27: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 4; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 4, 1984 April 22Add to your cart.
Item 28: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 2; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 2, 1963 November 6 and 1983 December 4Add to your cart.
Item 29: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 3; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 3, Side 1: 1984 April 13; Side 2: 1984 April 22Add to your cart.
Item 30: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 2; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 2, Side 1: 1983 October 13 and 1983 October 12; Side 2: 1983 October 26 and 19Add to your cart.
Item 31: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey's Philosophical Development, Chapter 1; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey's Philosophical Development, Chapter 1, 1982 July 19Add to your cart.
Item 32: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey's Philosophical Development; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey's Philosophical Development, 1982 August 19Add to your cart.
Item 33: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 2; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 2, 1983 December 25-27Add to your cart.
Item 34: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 2; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 2Add to your cart.
Item 35: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 2; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 2, 1983 August 7Add to your cart.
Item 36: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 7; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on Dewey's Early Ethics, 1988Add to your cart.
Item 37: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 2; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 2, Side 1: 1983 April 2 and 1983 May 4Add to your cart.
Item 38: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 2; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on John Dewey, Chapter 2, Side 1: 1983 October 3 and 1983 September 8Add to your cart.
Item 39: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating his book on Dewey, Chapter 2, Kallen, Pluralism; Side 2: Blank, 1982Add to your cart.
Item 40: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on Agriculture 1860-1914; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on Agriculture 1860-1914Add to your cart.
Item 41: Cassette Tape. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating about Agriculture in World War II; Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating about Agriculture in World War II, 1975Add to your cart.
Item 45: Microfilm. Gerrit J. Schipper, "The Empirical Naturalism of John Dewey" (MA thesis, Harvard University, 1942)Add to your cart.
Item 46: Microfilm. William David Stine, "The A Priori in John Dewey's Theory of Inquiry" (MA thesis, Harvard University, 1968)Add to your cart.
Item 47: Microfilm. Manuscript of John Dewey: The Later Works, 1925-1953, vol. 16, 1949-1952Add to your cart.
Item 48: Reel. Side 1: Lectures given in a series, "John Dewey in the Light of Recent Philosophy," Albert Hofstader, John Dewey Aesthetics; Side 2: Lectures given in a series, "John Dewey in the Light of Recent Philosophy," Charles Stevenson, John Dewey EthicsAdd to your cart.
Item 49: Reel. Side 1: Lectures given in a series, "John Dewey in the Light of Recent Philosophy," Max Black, Pragmatism and the Appeal to Ordinary Language; Side 2: Lectures given in a series, "John Dewey in the Light of Recent Philosophy," Morton White, Dewey's LogicAdd to your cart.
Item 50: Reel. Side 1: Lectures given in a series, "John Dewey in the Light of Recent Philosophy," Ernest Nagel, His Philosophy of ScienceAdd to your cart.
Item 51: Reel. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on New Jersey Agricultural War EconomyAdd to your cart.
Item 52: Reel. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on History of Economics World War II, 1974 AugustAdd to your cart.
Item 53: Reel. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on Rough Draft of Great American Fortunes, 1971 August 19Add to your cart.
Item 54: Reel. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Dictating on Conditions of an Economic Progress Side 2: Sidney Ratner Dictating on Research Design Conference in San Francisco, 1940Add to your cart.
Item 55A: Reel. Side 1: UnidentifiedAdd to your cart.
Item 55B: Reel. Side 1: UnidentifiedAdd to your cart.
Item 56: Reel. Side 1: Sidney Ratner on Descriptions of Economic SystemsAdd to your cart.
Item 57: Reel. Side 1: Sidney Ratner Epilogue on Fiscal Events for United States December 1941-December 1947Add to your cart.
Item 58: 5 1/2 Inch Floppy Disk. "Econ-H.XY1.", 1992 November 10Add to your cart.
Book index of Sidney Ratner book on Economic History. Digital preservation copy available.
Item 59: 5 1/2 Inch Floppy Disk. "Dewey, Chapter 5.", 1989 May 15Add to your cart.
Chapter 5 of Sidney Ratner's book on John Dewey. Digital preservation copy available.
Folder 1: Cassette tape of Sidney Ratner's account of World War II memories with letter by Clare Hintenach.Add to your cart.
Digital preservation copy available.

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