Guide to the David Hull Papers, 1967-2004 ASP.2005.01

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
David Hull Papers
Creator
Hull, David L.
Collection Number
ASP.2005.01
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1954-2005
Date [inclusive]
1916-2008
Extent
32.5 linear feet (62 document cases and 7 letter/legal boxes with covers)
Abstract
This material documents the philosophical activity of David L. Hull between the years 1965-2003. This time span encompasses the whole of his professional career and extends into his retirement. The material consists of letters, manuscripts, surveys, background materials for the research surveys, overheads for talks, data sheets, and other texts generated by his professional career. His works address philosophical problems in and historical explication of many areas of biology including classification, taxonomy, theoretical systematics, evolutionary theory, historical biology, and ecology.

Preferred Citation

David L. Hull Papers, 1965-2004, ASP.2005.01, Archives of Scientific Philosophy, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

The American Historian and Philosopher of Science, David Lee Hull, was born in Burnside, Illinois, on June 15, 1935 and lived in Chicago, Illinois, until his death on August 11, 2010. He was educated at Wesleyan University where he received a B.A. degree in 1960. He then attended Indiana University at Bloomington where he received the Ph.D. degree in 1964. He taught at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, from 1964 to 1984, progressing from assistant to full professor and then being appointed Distinguished Professor of Philosophy. In 1985 he was appointed a professor at Northwestern University and this appointment was followed by appointment to the Dressler Professorship in 1989. Hull remained on the Northwestern faculty until his retirement in 2000.

Hull's work encompassed both history and philosophy of biology and centered on philosophical and historical considerations in theoretical taxonomy, systematics, evolutionary biology and genetics. He contributed significantly to many areas of philosophy of biology on topics such as reductionism, philosophies of systematics, and evolutionary theory. Hull has authored many significant articles and books; among them are What Philosophy of Biology is Not (J. Historical Biology 69),  Contemporary Systematic Philosophies (Ann. Rev. of Ecology & Systematics 71), and  Reduction in genetics – philosophy or biology? (Philos. Sci. 73).

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Scope and Content Notes

The first and largest series of materials from the first donation consists of professional correspondence between David Hull and other philosophers of science as well as academics in related fields. These correspondents were in disciplines such as evolutionary biology whose work was of interest to Hull. The remaining series deal with manuscripts written by Hull.

The second donation consists of scrapbooks documenting Hull's personal and professional life. These scrap books contain material from previous generations of Hull's family as well as photos of his friends and philosophical colleagues.

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Arrangement

The records are organized into three series.

Series I. Correspondence, 1960-2004

Series II. Manuscripts and Working Papers

Series III. Photograph Scrapbooks and Miscellaneous Loose Photographs, 1916-2008

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, January 2016

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
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Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Access Restrictions

Letters of recommendation concerning living individuals have been restricted for 25 years from the date of donation. These materials will not be available until 2030. Series III, Photograph Scrapbooks and Miscellaneous Loose Photographs will be restricted until 2044.

Copyright

All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh.

Acquisition Information

The original donation of scholarly material was a gift directly from the creator, David L. Hull, in August of 2004. There was a second donation of scrapbooks documenting David Hull's social and professional life which was donated by the executor of his estate after Hull's death.

Processing Information

Terrence Henretty of the Special Collections Department began the processing of the collection in 2004-2005. John T. Sanker III and Lance Lugar then completed the processing of the manuscripts and correspondence in 2009-2010. This finding aid was prepared by Lance Lugar of the Archives for Scientific Philosophy. In 2013-2014 Amanda Peters curated the entire scrapbook collection and prepared the appropriate section in the finding aid.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Ayala, Francisco, 1906-2009
  • Beardsley, Monroe C.
  • Hull, David L.

Subject(s)

  • biology - philosophy
  • Evolution (biology) - Philosophy
  • Knowledge, Theory of
  • Natural selection
  • Natural Selection -- Philosophy
  • Science -- Methodology
  • Science -- Philosophy

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Previous Citation

David L. Hull Papers, 1965-2004, ASP.2005.01, Archives of Scientific Philosophy, Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Correspondence, 1960-2004 

Scope and Content Notes

The correspondence covers the period from 1965-2004 and contains the professional scientific and philosophical correspondence of D.L. Hull during the span of his career from his first appointment as professor to the year 2004. It contains letters to and from Hull and also manuscripts or parts of manuscripts that were sent out by Hull for critical response or were sent to him for the same purpose.

There are two major forms of organization used by Hull. Some authors are to be found only in their own folders, designated by their last name. Others are to be found in folders arranged by letter of the alphabet and then chronologically by range of years. Thus an author whose last name began with A might be found in several folders across a span of time, (e.g. A – 1965-1970, A – 1975-1980, A – 1995-2000 etc.) A correspondent who has one or more folders dedicated solely to their correspondence may then have letters spanning decades in the same folder. It is important to note that some authors may appear in both forms: they may have a folder dedicated to their correspondence but may appear in the more general alphabetical listing in several year ranges. Further, inclusion in the general alphabetic/chronological listing is not indicative of a minor correspondence. Some authors listed only in the alphabetic/chronological listings have fairly extensive correspondence. This correspondence may be limited in time, or restricted by topic, but was not therefor considered by Hull as unimportant. Hence researchers should consult both series of letters when gathering material for research.

Please note that any folder that contains a manuscript in addition to correspondence will be marked with an asterisk (*).

Subseries  1. Correspondence "A" and Abrams - Ayala, 1967-2000 

  BoxFolder
"A" Correspondence, 1967-2000 11-4
  Folder
Abrams 5
  BoxFolder
Abrams (2) 21
  Folder
Alder 2
  Folder
Amundson 3
  Folder
Ashlock 4
  Folder
Asquith 5
  Folder
Atran 6
  BoxFolder
Aungey 31
  Folder
Ayala 2

Section: Correspondence "B" and Beardsley-Burian, 1966-2003 

  Folder
"B" Correspondence, 1966-1983 3-9
  BoxFolder
"B" Correspondence, 1984-1994 41-10
  BoxFolder
"B" Correspondence, 1995-2003 51-8
  BoxFolder
Beardsley-Philosophy of Biological Sciences, 1974 61
  Folder
Beatty 2
  Folder
Becker 3
  Folder
Bock 4
  Folder
Bowler 5
  Folder
Brandon 6
  BoxFolder
Brito da Cunha 71
  Folder
Brooks 2
  Folder
Brundin/Croizal 3
  Folder
Buck 4
  Folder
Buller 5
  Folder
Burian 6

Section: Correspondence "C" and Callebaut-Cronin, 1965-2002 

  Folder
"C" Correspondence, 1965-1979 7-8
  BoxFolder
"C" Correspondence, 1980-1982 81
  Folder
"C" Correspondence, 1983-1994 2-7
  BoxFolder
"C" Correspondence, 1995-2002 91-7
  BoxFolder
Callbaut 101
  Folder
Camardi 2
  Folder
Cambell 3
  Folder
Caplan 4
  Folder
Carey 5
  Folder
Colless 6-7
  BoxFolder
Colless (2) 111
  Folder
Collier 2-3
  Folder
Cracraft 4
  Folder
Craw 5
  Folder
Croft 6
  BoxFolder
Craw/Croizat 121
  Folder
Cronin 2

Section: Correspondence "D" and Darden-Dupre, 1968-2002 

  Folder
"D" Correspondence, 1968-1998 3-9
  BoxFolder
"D" Correspondence, 1999-2002 131-2
  Folder
Darden 3
  Folder
Dawkins 4
  Folder
Desmond 5
  Folder
Donoghue 6
  Folder
Douglas, Mary 7-8
  Folder
Dounes 9
  BoxFolder
Dupre 141

Section: Correspondence "E", "F", Eldredge-Ereshefsky, Farber-Funk, 1965-2001 

  Folder
"E" Correspondence, 1965-1999 2-6
  Folder
Eldredge 7
  Folder
Engles 8
  BoxFolder
Eveshefsky 151-2
  Folder
"F" Correspondence, 1968-1985 3-4
  BoxFolder
"F" Correspondence, 1986-2001 161-6
  Folder
Farber 7
  Folder
Farris 8
  BoxFolder
Fine 171
  Folder
Ferguson 2
  Folder
Funk 3

Section: Correspondence "G" and Gayon-Ginnell, 1967-2002 

  Folder
"G" Correspondence, 1967-1992 4-8
  BoxFolder
"G" Correspondence, 1993-2001 181-3
  Folder
Gayon 4
  Folder
Geesink 5
  Folder
Ghiselin 6
  BoxFolder
Ghiselin (2) 191
  Folder
Giere 2
  Folder
Glenn 3-4
  Folder
Godfrey-Smith 5
  BoxFolder
Godfrey-Smith (2) 201
  Folder
Gould, Steve 2
  Folder
Grantham 3-4
  Folder
Greene, John 5
  Folder
Gregg 6
  Folder
Grehan 7-8
  BoxFolder
Grene 211-2
  Folder
Griesmer 3
  Folder
Griffiths 4-5
  BoxFolder
Griffiths (2) 221
  Folder
Grinnell 2

Section: Correspondence "H" and Heise-Horrath, 1967-2003 

  Folder
"H" Correspondence, 1967-1985 3-7
  BoxFolder
"H" Correspondence, 1986-1998 231-7
  BoxFolder
"H" Correspondence, 1999-2003 241-3
  Folder
Heise 4
  BoxFolder
Heyes 251-2
  Folder
Hill 3
  Folder
Hodge 4
  Folder
Hodgson 5
  Folder
Hurrath 6

Section: Correspondence "J" and "K", Johnson-Joravsky, Karabin-Kuhn, 1965-1999 

  BoxFolder
"J" Correspondence, 1976-1999 261-2
  Folder
Johnson/Johnston 3
  Folder
Jones 4
  Folder
Joravsky 5
  Folder
"K" Correspondence, 1965-1985 6-9
  BoxFolder
"K" Correspondence, 1986-1999 271-5
  Folder
Karabin (Jail) 6
  Folder
Kory 7
  Folder
Kirkish 8
  Folder
Kircsh 9
  BoxFolder
Kitcher 281
  Folder
Kitts 2
  Folder
Kludge 3
  Folder
Koertge 4-5
  BoxFolder
Kornet 281
  Folder
Kuhn 2

Section: Correspondence "L" and "M", Laland-Loyd and Maienshein-Murmann, 1960-2000 

  Folder
"L" Correspondence, 1965-1992 3-8
  BoxFolder
"L" Correspondence, 1993-2000 301-4
  Folder
Laland 5
  Folder
Langman 6
  BoxFolder
Langman (2) 311

Collection Latour 

Folder
2
  Folder
Laudan 3-4
  Folder
Little 5
  BoxFolder
Little (2) 321
  Folder
Lloyd 2-3
  Folder
"M" Correspondence, 1960-1975 4-5
  BoxFolder
"M" Correspondence, 1976-1986 331-5
  BoxFolder
"M" Correspondence, 1987-1994 341-4
  BoxFolder
"M" Correspondence, 1995-2000 351-5
  Folder
Maienschein 6
  Folder
Marshall 7
  BoxFolder
Mayr 361
  Folder
Mayr 2
  Folder
Maynard Smith 3-4
  Folder
McMullin 5
  Folder
Mendelsohn 6
  Folder
Morrison 7
  Folder
Murmann 8

Section: Correspondence "N", "O", "P", and Nelson, O'Grady-Overmann, Platnick-Plotkin 

  BoxFolder
"N" Correspondence, 1966-1999 371-4
  Folder
Nelson, G 5-7
  BoxFolder
"O" Correspondence, 1969-2004 381-3
  Folder
O'Grady 4
  Folder
Olby 5
  Folder
Oldroyd 6
  Folder
Overmann 7
  Folder
"P" Correspondence, 1966-1984 8-9
  BoxFolder
"P" Correspondence, 1985-2004 391-3
  Folder
Platnick 4-5
  BoxFolder
Plotkin 401

Section: Correspondence "R" and Rauch-Ruse, 1964-2003 

  Folder
"R" Correspondence, 1964-1982 2-4
  BoxFolder
"R" Correspondence, 1983-1995 411-6
  BoxFolder
"R" Correspondence, 1997-2003 421-4
  Folder
Rauch 5
  BoxFolder
Richards 431-2
  Folder
Rieppel 3
  Folder
Rosenberg 4
  BoxFolder
Rosenberg (2) 441
  Folder
Roll-Hansen 2
  Folder
Rosen 3
  Folder
Ruse-1968-1988, 1968-1988 4-6
  BoxFolder
Ruse-1990-2000, 1990-2000 451-5
  BoxFolder
Ruse-2001-2003, 2001-2003 461-2
  Folder
Ruse-2002-2003, 2002-2003 2

Section: Correspondence "S" and Salmon-Suppe, 1963-2003 

  Folder
"S" Correspondence, 1967-1977 3-6
  BoxFolder
"S" Correspondence, 1978-1989 471-7
  BoxFolder
"S" Correspondence, 1990-1997 481-7
  BoxFolder
"S" Correspondence, 1998-2003 491-7
  Folder
Salmon, Wes 8
  Folder
Salthe 9
  BoxFolder
Sarkar 501
  Folder
Schaffner 2-4
  Folder
Schmaus 5
  Folder
Schnell 6
  BoxFolder
Speel 511
  Folder
Squires 2
  Folder
Stevelay 3-5
  Folder
Stinchcombe 6
  Folder
Sulloway 7
  BoxFolder
Singleton 521
  Folder
Sloan 2
  Folder
Smith 3
  Folder
Sneath 4
  Folder
Sober 5-6
  Folder
Sokal 7
  Folder
Scriven/Simpson 8
  Folder
Seeskin 9
  BoxFolder
Suppe 531

Section: Correspondence "T"-"V", Van der Steen- Vincente, 1965-2004 

  Folder
"T" Correspondence, 1965-1995 2-6
  BoxFolder
"T" Correspondence, 1995-2004 541-4
  Folder
Vander Steen 5
  Folder
Van Regenmortal 6
  BoxFolder
Van Valen 551
  Folder
Van Wyhe 2
  Folder
Vasilyeva 3
  Folder
Vicente 4

Section: Correspondence "W", Waters- Wilkins 1968-2004 

  Folder
"W" Correspondence, 1967-1979 5
  BoxFolder
"W" Correspondence, 1980-1999 561-6
  BoxFolder
"W" Correspondence, 2000-2004 571-2
  Folder
Waters 3
  Folder
Walsh 4
  Folder
Wiley 5-7
  BoxFolder
Williams, Mary 581-2
  Folder
Wilson, Jack 3
  Folder
Wilson, Rob 4
  Folder
Wilson, PS+EO 5
  BoxFolder
Wimsatt 591
  Folder
Winsor 2
  Folder
Wray 3
  Folder
Wilkins 4-5

Section: Correspondence "X"-"Z", NYRB Reviews and Correspondences-Barcelona Overheads 

  BoxFolder
"X-Y-Z" Correspondence, 1996-1999 596
  Folder
"Y" Correspondence, 1973-2003 7
  BoxFolder
"Z" Correspondence, 1969-2004 601

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Series  II. Manuscripts and Working Papers 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains working documents from educational projects that Hull created and materials for articles written for non-professional journals. There are materials for some of his books such as Science as a Process. There are also overheads for talks that Hull gave and, in addition, conference data to be found here. Further, there are materials relating to book reviews written for the New York Review of Books.

  BoxFolder
NYRB Review + Corr. 602
  Folder
Bellagio Conference 3
  Folder
Data for Sciences as a Process 4
  Folder
Barcelona - Overheads 5

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Series  III. Photograph Scrapbooks and Other Photographs, 1916-2008 

Scope and Content Notes

This series is composed exclusively of photgraphic scrapbooks created by David Hull. They contain photographs of friends, relatives, and colleagues in a variety of settings. They document Hull's early life, his college education, his travels, his attendence at conferences and other topics. They were arranged chronologically by David Hull and have been left in that order.

The contents of this series have been sequestered till 2044.

Subseries  1. Scrapbooks, 1954-1959 

Access Restrictions

Scrapbooks from 1954 to 1959 are sequestered for 30 years from 2014.

Scrapbooks from 1960 to 1969 are sequestered for 30 years from 2014.

  BoxItem
RAW (Richard Wellman), Undated 611
  Item
RAW College, undated 2
  Item
Scrapbook, 1954-1956 3
  Item
Scrapbook, 1955-1959 4
  BoxItem
Scrapbook, 1960-1964 621
  Item
Scrapbook, 1964-1968 2
  Item
Scrapbook, 1968 3
  Item
Scrapbook, 1969 4
  BoxItem
Scrapbook, 1970 631
  Item
Scrapbook, 1971 2
  Item
Scrapbook, 1972 3
  Item
Scrapbook, 1973-1974 4
  BoxItem
Scrapbook, 1974-1975 641
  Item
Scrapbook, 1975-1977 2
  Item
Scrapbook, 1977-1978 3
  Item
Scrapbook, 1978 4
  BoxItem
Scrapbook, 1978-1979 651
  Item
Scrapbook, 1980 2
  File
Scrapbook, 1980-1981 3
  BoxItem
Scrapbook, 1981-1982 661
  Item
Scrapbook, 1982-1983 2
  Item
Scrapbook, 1983-1984 3
  Item
Scrapbook, 1982-1988 4
  BoxItem
Scrapbook, 1985-1988 671
  Item
Scrapbook, 1988-1989 2
  Item
Scrapbook, 1989-1990 3
  Item
Scrapbook, 1991-1993 4
  Item
Scrapbook, 1994-1996 5
  BoxItem
Scrapbook, 1996-1998 681
  Item
Scrapbook, 1999-2000 2
  Item
Scrapbook, 2000-2005 3
  Item
Scrapbook, undated 4
  BoxItem
Scrapbook, 2005-2008 691
  Item
Scrapbook - Pornography and Miscellaneous, undated 2
  Item
Scrapbook, undated 3

Subseries  10. Loose Photographs, 1916-2002 

Access Restrictions

Subseries is sequestered for 30 years from 2014.

  BoxFolder
Studio Photographs, undated 701
  Folder
David Hull and Photographs with Richard Wellman, 1935-1956, undated 2
  Folder
David Hull's Family, 1916-1985, undated 3
  Folder
Richard Wellman and Friends of David Hull, 1958-1999, undated 4
  Folder
Philosophers and Colleagues of David Hull, 1974-2002 5
  Folder
Miscellaneous Photographs and Clippings, undated 6
  Folder
Award for Greatest Colleague to David Hull, June 2000 7
  Folder
Framed Invitation to "Exploration: Under the Sea~Beyond the Stars" from President Clinton, June 12, 2000 8
  Box
RESTRICTED Photographs, undated 71

These photographs are sequestered for 30 years from 2014.

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