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David K. Probst Papers

Identifier: SC-106

Scope and Contents

Collection consists primarily of correspondence between Probst and several figures, essays he collected and wrote, and his thesis. One item of special notice is the letter Probst received from Saul Bellow. All correspondence from Karl Popper is contained in a separate folder, which includes related items as well.


  • 1960 - 1973


Biographical / Historical

Originally from Illinois, David Karl Probst studied at the University of Chicago and later at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. He was awarded the Hertz Foundation Fellowship in the late 1960s. David Karl Probst studied the history of science, eventually completing a thesis on "Francis Bacon and the Transformation of the Hermetic Tradition into the Rationalist Church" in 1972. He was in correspondence with a few major academics such as Karl Popper.


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Correspondence is arranged chronologically. The correspondence with Popper and related items are arranged chronologically in their own folder. Probst's papers and notes are arranged chronologically when possible, but the original folders are maintained when possible. Collected essays are arranged chronologically by publication year.

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections Repository

Benedictine University
5700 College Rd.
Lisle IL 60532 United States