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Dale Riepe papers

 Collection — Box: 1-21
Identifier: 22-5F-708

Scope and Contents

The Dale Riepe Papers contains forty years of correspondence (1946-1986), included in Series I. The correspondence documents Riepe's academic and professional life, in the United States, as well as his education and teaching experience in India and Japan. Series II, Department Papers consists of Riepe's Departmental and Committee work within the University at Buffalo's Philosophy Department. Series III, Professional Papers covers philosophy conferences and professional organizations. Series IV, Publications consists of five of Riepe's important publications including drafts, notes, and related correspondence. Series V, Subject Files consists of Riepe's related subject materials, and includes photographs and correspondence with other writers such as David DeGrood, Lewis Mumford, and John C. Plott. Series VI, Children and Family Life includes artwork, school work, and scrapbooks created by Riepe's two daughters.


  • 1946-1986


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The bulk of the Dale Riepe Papers are open for research.


Copyright of 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

Dale Maurice Riepe was a Professor of Philosophy at the University at Buffalo from 1963 to 1986. He was Chairman of the Department of Social Sciences from 1963 to 1965. In 1964 he was named the first associate dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Prior to Buffalo, Riepe taught at the universities of North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, as well as at C. W. Post College where he was Associate Director of Humanities.

Riepe's research interests were in Eastern philosophies, particularly of India and Japan. He traveled extensively throughout his academic career having received a Graduate Fulbright Award to India in 1951 and a Fulbright Lectureship at the University of Tokyo in 1957. Riepe also taught as an exchange professor in the former Soviet Union and in China and served as a consultant to the Institute of Science, Technology, and Development in New Delhi, India.

Riepe published over seventy articles, making significant contributions to both Indian and American philosophies. He was editor of Chinese Studies in Philosophy and of Chinese Studies in History. Among his published books are The Naturalist Tradition in Indian Thought (1961), The Structure of Philosophy (co-editor, 1966), The Philosophy of India and Its Impact on American Thought (1970), and Phenomenology and Natural Existence: Essays in Honor of Marvin Farber (editor, 1973). Riepe also tried his hand at fiction and published a novel, The Owl Flies by Day in 1979.


Born June 22 in Tacoma, Washington.
Attended Lincoln High School in Seattle, Washington.
Studied Philosophy at the University of Washington.
Earned Master's degree in Philosophy from University of Michigan.
Awarded Graduate Fulbright to India.
Received Ph.D. from the University of Michigan with the dissertation, Early Indian Philosophical Naturalism.
Exchange Lecturer at University of Manitoba.
Received Hancock Award for Asian Studies, Yale University.
Extension Lecturer in Asian Studies, University of Michigan.
Chairman of the Society for American Philosophy.
Research Fellow at the American Institute of Indian Studies.
Published "India and American" Philosophy.
Published "Reflections on Revolution"
Published "Indian Philosophy Since Independence"
Published Objectivity and Subjectivism in the Philosophy of Science, with special reference to India
Retired from UB; named professor emeritus.


26.25 Linear Feet (21 Cartons)


Collection of materials from Dale Riepe, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy. Includes extensive correspondence, subject files, and department and related professional papers, as well as several drafts and manuscripts of Riepe's publications.


The collection is organized into six series:

I. Correspondence, II. Department Papers, III. Professional Papers, IV. Publications, V. Subject Files, and VI. Children and Family Life.

Correspondence is arranged chronologically while Departmental Papers, Professional Papers and Subject Files are arranged alphabetically. The Publications series is divided into Nonfiction and Fiction and is arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information

The University Archives acquired materials from Professor Dale Riepe over a period of nearly twenty years, from 1970-1987.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources

3/9/00-1, Riepe, Dale. "Contributions of American Sanskritists in the spread of Indian philosophy in the United States," Buffalo studies, v.3 no.1. Papers of other UB Philosophy Department Faculty: 22/5F/190, Newton Garver Papers, 1963-1991 22/5F/768, Marvin Farber Papers, circa 1920-1980 22/5F/1010, George F. Hourani Papers, 1927-1984 Related Resources in Other Repositories: Riepe, Dale. Letters to Lewis Mumford (1965-1970): Contained in Ms. Coll. 2, Lewis Mumford Papers, circa 1905-1987, Van Pelt Library Special Collections Department, University of Pennsylvania

Separated Materials

Accessions of July 31, 1978, and October 11, 1979 contained materials primarily concerning the Buffalo Chapter of United University Professions (UUP). These materials have been processed as a separate collection.

Processing Information

Collection was fully processed by Mark McGuire in May 2006. Earlier accessions processed by Archives staff upon receipt.


Finding Aid for the Dale Riepe papers
Finding aid prepared by Mark McGuire.
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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