Gustav Bergmann Papers
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Scope and Contents
The papers almost entirely chronicle Gustav Bergmann's academic career at the University of Iowa but also encompass his educational and professional career in Austria and Germany prior to his arrival in the United States in 1938. The collection spans 1920 to 1991, the bulk of which is concentrated on the period of 1930 to 1985. Included are lecture notes, chapter drafts and revisions for publications, correspondence, article reprints, photographs, and personal memoirs, notably of the Vienna Circle.
- Creation: 1920-1991
- Bergmann, Gustav (1906-1987) (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Biographical / Historical
Gustav Bergmann, Ph.D., was born on May 4, 1906, in Vienna, Austria, a son of Fritz and Therese Bergmann. He received a doctorate degree in mathematics in 1928 and a law degree in 1935, both from the University of Vienna.
The rise of Nazism in Austria forced Bergmann to emigrate to the United States in 1938, joining the University of Iowa one year later as a guest lecturer in the Department of Psychology. He married Leola Nelson in 1943 in Iowa City. He was named an assistant professor in 1944, and from 1950 until his retirement in 1974 he was a professor of philosophy and psychology. In 1962, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Gothenberg in Sweden. He was president of the American Philosophical Association in 1967, and in 1972 was appointed a Carver Professor of Philosophy. He died on April 21, 1987, at age 80 following a lengthy illness.
A detailed discussion of Gustav Bergmann's life and his contributions, written by William S. Heald, appears in the journal Books at Iowa 56 (April 1992).
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A University of Iowa professor of philosophy. Class and seminar notes, correspondence, lectures and manuscript drafts. See also "From Positivism to Realism: The Philosophy of Gustav Bergmann" by William Heald in Books at Iowa 56 (April 1987). University Archives.
Method of Acquisition
Leola Bergmann donated the papers of Gustav Bergmann to the University of Iowa Archives in 1987.
- University Archives, University of Iowa Libraries
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