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William T. Parry papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 22-5F-767

Scope and Contents

Papers of William Tuthill Parry (1908 1988), Professor of Philosophy, State University of New York at Buffalo, concerning his teaching, study and writing on analytic implications, modal and symbolic logic, including correspondence with C.I. Lewis, and Edward Hacker; also included is correspondence, 1936-1937, concerning the founding of the journal, Science and Society; and Parry's directorship of the Progressive Labor School in Boston, Massachusetts, 1937-1938, and his dismissal from the Massachusetts Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1940 because of Parry's membership in the Communist Party. Also included are files concerning Parry's testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1953 and the reaction of the University of Buffalo to this event.


  • circa 1919-1984


Terms of Access and Use

The William T. Parry papers, circa 1919-1984, is open to researchers.


Copyright is held by The State University of New York at Buffalo, University Archives. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Biographical Note Historical Note

1908 Born in Nutley, New Jersey 1924-28 Columbia College, New York City (B.A.) 1928-32 Harvard University (M.A., Ph.D.) 1932-33 Sheldon Traveling Fellowship from Harvard; studies at University of Vienna and Cambridge University 1933 Joins Communist Party 1933-37 Research Assistant, Assistant in Philosophy, Harvard 1936-37 First Managing Editor, Science and Society 1937-38 Director, Progressive Labor School, Boston 1938-40 WPA, Massachusetts 1942-46 US Army 1944 Married Vera Nobbs, January 22 1946 Daughter Judith born 1946 Lecturer, Hunter College 1946 Appointed Lecturer in Philosophy Department, Univ. of Buffalo 1953 Called before House Un American Activities Committee 1968-71 Chair, Philosophy Department 1979 Retires from the University of Buffalo 1988 Died, August 13 1991 Aristotelian Logic by Parry and Edward Hacker published


8 Linear Feet (5 cartons, 1 manuscript box)

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Papers of William Tuthill Parry, University at Buffalo Professor of Philosophy.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the University Archives by Mrs. William T. Parry, November 9, 1988, and August 2, 1992; Parry's letters to Edward Hacker, 1966-1970, donated by Edward Hacker, June 1993. Biographical sketch of Parry, prepared by Peter Hare at the time of Parry's retirement, donated by Dr. Hare, April 24, 1979.

Materials concerning William T. Parry and the House Un-American Activities Committee donated by Robby Cohen, March 25 and June 11, 1976; copies of the FBI file on Parry donated by Benjamin Harris, University of Wisconsin- Parkside, in May 1999.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected.

Related Materials

Files on the William T. Parry and his hearing before the Executive Committee of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1953, in 5/4/288, box 50. Consult Archivist on access to these files.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff; finding aid encoded by Grace Trimper, May 2019.


Finding Aid for the William T. Parry papers
Finding aid prepared by Archives Staff
September 1999
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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