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Finding Aid to the Alfred Tarski papers, circa 1923-1985
BANC MSS 84/69 c  
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Description
Papers of Alfred Tarski (1902-1983), renowned professor of mathematics and logic at the University of California, Berkeley.
Background
Alfred Tarski (1901-1983) was professor of mathematics and logic at the University of California, Berkeley. He was born Alfred Teitelbaum in Warsaw, Poland in 1901 to Polish-Jewish parents and educated at Warsaw University. In 1923, he changed his surname from Teitelbaum to Tarski and, around the same time, converted to Catholicism. After completing his doctorate, Tarski taught logic and mathematics and served as the assistant to his former doctoral advisor Stanislaw Lesniewski. During the 1920s and 1930s, Tarski published textbooks and many important papers in mathematics, but he never obtained a professorhip in Poland. In August of 1939 (just a month before the German and Soviet invasions of Poland), Tarski came to the United States to give a series of lectures under the sponsorship of the Unity of Science movement. He remained in the United States as a refugee and would not be joined by his wife and children until after the war in 1946. Many of the members of Tarski's extended family were killed in the Holocaust.
Extent
Number of containers: 12 cartons, 2 boxes, 1 oversize folder (linear feet: 15.8)
Restrictions
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.
Availability
Collection is open for research.