J.T. Fraser Personal Papers and Collection of International Society for the Study of Time Records MS109

Finding aid prepared by Clay Stalls
Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University
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2013


Title: J.T. Fraser Personal Papers and Collection of International Society for the Study of Time Records
Identifier/Call Number: MS109
Contributing Institution: Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University
Language of Material: English
Language of Material: German English
Physical Description: 3.0 Boxes
Date (inclusive): 1958-2009
Abstract: This collection contains the personal papers of J. T. Fraser and records of the International Society for the Study of Time, which he founded.
Creator: Fraser, J. T. (Julius Thomas), 1923-2010

Conditions Governing Access Note

Collection is open to research under the terms of use of the Department of Archives and Special Collections.

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Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Series number, Box and Folder number, J.T. Fraser Personal Papers and Collection of International Society for the Study of Time Records, MS109, Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Jane Fraser, 2013. Accession Number: 2012.40.

Collection Description

The collection consists of records of the International Society for the Study of Time (ISST) that J. T. Fraser collected; Fraser founded the society in 1966. The collection also contains personal materials of Mr. Fraser, often interspersed with materials relating to the work of the International Society for the Study. For example, Box 1, Folder 4, contains correspondence between George Ford and Fraser concerning the ISST but also personal cards. Other personal materials of Fraser include an award-winning paper that he wrote as an undergraduate (Box 3, Folder 1) and his patents (Box 2, Folder 6).
Important International Society for the Study of Time records include drafts of the constitution (Box 1, Folder 7) and records of its reorganization in Box 3, Folder 1. There are also some group photographs of ISST meetings (eg, Box 2, Folder 1).
Materials include incoming and outgoing correspondence (both copies and originals), hard copies of e-mails, photographs, ISST newsletters and minutes, journals, and biograpies of J. T. Fraser. The dates of the materials span the years from 1958 though 2009.
The materials were pulled from the original folders in which Fraser housed them; most of these folders had titles assigned by Fraser. In the collection guide the titles are recorded at the beginning of an entry in the description field and are followed by a colon.

J. T. Fraser Biography

J. T. (Julius Thomas) Fraser (1923-2010), a social scientist, was born in Budapest, Hungary, and lived there until immigrating to the United States after World War II. He attended Cooper Union in New York City and worked as a research scientist at General Precision Laboratory in Pleasantville, New York.
Fraser received his Ph.D. from the University of Hannover in 1969; his disseration built upon his previous work on concepts and hierarchies of time. These themes, interest, and research had already led him to found in 1966 the International Society for the Study of Time, whose mission is "to foster the interdisciplinary study of time."
Over the next four decades, Fraser authored numberous works, including Of time. Passion, and Knowledge (1975; second edition 1990), and The Genesis and Evolution of Time: a Critique of Interpretations in Physics (1982). These works reflected his belief that the "study" of time should be interdisciplinary.
His journal Kronoscope, a Brill publication and a child of the International Society for the Study of Time, also evidenced this interdisciplinary approach, for the journal "invites critical contributions from all disciplines."
J. T. Fraser died in 2010, acknowledged as a giant in the field that he pioneered, the study of time.

Arrangement

This small collection has no series, and its original order was not clear on receipt of the materials. It is arranged in three archival document boxes; each folder in the boxes contains the material originally housed in a folder by J. T. Fraser. His folder titles (when applicable) begin each entry in the contents field and are followed by a colon.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
International Society for the Study of Time.
Space and Time
Space and Time -- Congresses


Box and Folder List

 

Box and Folder List 1958-2009

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 3.0 Boxes
Box-folder 1:1-2

Macey, Sam: Correspondence and hard copies of e-mails from J. T. Fraser to Sam Macey re publications of Sam Macey, International Society for the Study of Time, and Kronoscope, periodical of the International Society for the Study of Time. 1977-2005

Physical Description: 2.0 Folders
Box-folder 1:3

Encyclopedia: Correspondence, rough draft of articles re Garland Encyclopedia of Time. 1992-1994

Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box-folder 1:4

Ford, George: Incoming and outgoing correspondence, including to and from J. T. Fraser; newspaper clippings (photocopies); personal cards. 1967-1997 (dates broken)

Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box-folder 1:5

Michon: International Society for the Study of Time outgoing correspondence, memorandum, and meeting points; hardcopies of e-mails; John Michon biography. 1973-2002 (dates broken)

Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box-folder 1:6

International Society for the Study of Time newsletters. 1975-1998

Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box-folder 1:7

Constitution: Different versions of the constitution of the International Society for the Study of Time. Minutes of the ad-hoc steering committe, International Society for the Study of Time. 1973-1994 (dates broken)

Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box-folder 2:1

Photographs (color and black and white) of J.T. Frazser, wife Jane Fraser, International Study of Time Society members, and International Study of Time conference at Bellagio, Italy. 1991, 1996

Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box-folder 2:2

Group photograph of attendees at International Society for the Study of Time conference. 2010

Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box-folder 2:3

"Founders" Columns and Christmas Circulars: Rough drafts of columns by J. T. Fraser; hard copies of e-mails to J. T. Fraser from fellow members of the International Society for the Study of Time. 1974-2006 (dates broken)

Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box-folder 2:4

Journal of the Franklin Institute (1961). Archipielago (1992). Journals with articles by J. T. Fraser. 1961, 1992

Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box-folder 2:5

Rough drafts copies of book reviews by J. T. Fraser. Proposal for Center for the Study of Time. Funeral eulogy given by J. T. Fraser. 1980s-2009

Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box-folder 2:6

Book reviews (originals and rough drafts) of book reviews by J. T. Fraser. Patent applications of J. T. Fraser. 1958-1987 (dates broken)

Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box-folder 3:1

ISST Constitution, Reorganization, Early circulars, Listings: Abstracts (?) of papers for International Society for the Study of Time conference. J. T. Fraser papers, including undergraduate award winning paper. Correspondence re reorganizaton of the International Society for the Study of Time. Meeting minutes and treasurer's report. List of presidents of International Society for the Study of Time and editors of Kronos. 2 floppy disks. 1975-2001 (dates broken)

Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box-folder 3:2

ISST Organization: Meeting minutes of International Society for the Study of Time. Correspondence re acceptance of conference papers. 1989-1992

Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box-folder 3:3

Lestienne, Remy: Correspondence (copies) and hardcopies of e-mails re work of Remy Lestienne with International Society for the Study of Time. 1999-2008 (dates broken)

Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box-folder 3:4

Mueller, Gert H.: Postcards, obituaries, correspondence, curriculum vitae re death and work with International Society for the Study of Time. 1967-2007 (dates broken)

Language of Material: German
Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box-folder 3:5

Park, David: Incoming and outgoing orrespondence (copies) with J. T. Fraser re personal matters and study of time. 1964-2007 (dates broken)

Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box-folder 3: 6

Rowell, Lewis E.: Postcards, incoming and outgoing correspondence (copies) with J. T. Fraser re professional matters and business of the International Society for the Study of Time. 1974-1994

Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box-folder 3:7

TIMELINE: Hardcopies of e-mail re "TIMELINE" database. 2004-2005

Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box-folder 3: 8-9

Whitrow, G.J.: correspondence, obituary, eulogies re death of Gerald J. Whitrow. Incoming and outgoing correspondence with J. T. Fraser re personal matters and business of International Society for the Study of Time. 1961-2004 (dates broken)

Physical Description: 2.0 Folders
Map-case Folder

Black and white group photograph of International Society for the Study of Time conference participants. 1986

Physical Description: 1.0 Folder