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Arnold Berleant papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 22-5F-1292

Scope and Contents

This collection contains drafts and final versions of manuscripts, essays, articles, and lectures written by Arnold Berleant. Also included are photographs of Arnold Berleant, photographs related to manuscript illustrations, legal permissions for use of copyrighted material, travel information and other materials related to conferences attended, and correspondence with colleagues and journal editors. Much of this material is in digital format.


  • 1955-2016
  • Modified: 25 December 1991 - 6 August 2019
  • Migrated: 18 June 2019


Terms of Access

The Arnold Berleant papers, 1955-2016 are open to researchers.

Special Viewing Instructions

Access to digital materials is provided via the University Archives’ Digital Archives online repository.


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 University Archives before requesting photocopies and/or publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Once permission is obtained, most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Biographical Note

Arnold Berleant is a scholar of philosophy and music. He was born on March 4, 1932 in Buffalo, New York. He received both his Bachelors of Music and Master of Arts from the Eastman School of Music and his doctorate of philosophy from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His professional activities include his role as former Secretary-General and past President of the International Association of Aesthetics, former Secretary-Treasurer of the American Society for Aesthetics, and founding editor of the online journal Contemporary Aesthetics, a journal that focuses on contemporary theory, research, and application in aesthetics. His scholarly works in philosophy focus on the study of aesthetics, environmental aesthetics, and ethics.

Berleant has written and edited a number of books and articles. His first two major published works were, The Aesthetic Field: A Phenomenology of Aesthetic Experience, published in 1970, and Art and Engagement, published in 1991. Arnold Berleant has taught and lectured nationally and internationally, including positions at San Diego State College (currently San Diego State University), the State University of New York at Buffalo, Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of Louisville. In addition to his work in the field of philosophy, Arnold Berleant has written numerous musical compositions. He is currently Professor Emeritus, philosophy faculty, C.W. Post, Long Island University, where he taught from 1962-1992.


8.75 Linear Feet (6 cartons, 1 full manuscript box, 1 oversize box)

5 Gigabytes (Approximately 13,500 digital files)

6.182 Gigabytes (12,963 files, 1,164 folders)

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The papers of Arnold Berleant (1932-present), a musician and philosophy scholar whose works have focused on the study of aesthetics, environmental aesthetics, and ethics. This collection contains drafts and final versions of items he authored such as books, journal articles, essays, lectures; correspondence with colleagues and journal editors; research materials (newspaper clippings, journal articles, book excerpts, etc.); and materials related to professional conferences and meetings. Also included are original musical compositions.


These records are arranged in twelve series: I. Biographical; II. Book Reviews; III. Books; IV. Conferences and Events; V. Correspondence; VI. Ideas, Sketches, and Projects; VII. Interviews, Dialogues, and References to Work; VIII. Lectures; IX. Papers; X. Permissions; XI. Photographs; XII Musical scores.

Born-digital materials are integrated into their corresponding series based on content. The original order of the files is retained.

Related Digital Material

Acquisition Information

The Arnold Berleant papers were donated to the University Archives by Arnold Berleant in July 2015. Electronic files were provided in March 2016 by Arnold Berleant. Additional paper and digital files were provided in July 2019.


Temporary and deleted files were removed from this collection, according to the Library’s digital preservation and privacy policies.


No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Stephanie Barrett with assistance from Alice Wu, November 2016. Digital records processed by Sarah Pinard, December 2016. Paper additions were processed by Marie Elia, September 2019.

This collection was processed in accordance with the University Archives processing guidelines/policies. Files were normalized to preservation-standard formats according to the Library’s Digital Preservation guidelines. Some files have been redacted to protect personal identifiable information or Protected Health Information (PHI) in accordance with federal regulations and UB Libraries policies. Some folder titles were altered during processing to help researchers identify the contents of the folders. For more information, see Paper materials from the 2019 addition were incorporated into existing series and files with the exception of the musical compositions, which were added as series XII.

Storage Media Disposition

The original USB thumb drive is located in the accession file. Contents have not been removed from this storage device.

Digital files created by Arnold Berleant were transferred to the University Archives on various types of storage media including compact discs and a USB flash drive. Where possible, digital content saved on storage media was migrated from the storage media, normalized to standard preservation and access formats, and transferred to a stable preservation environment following the University Libraries' Digital Preservation guidelines. Some folder titles were altered and file arrangement reorganized to assist researchers in locating and identifying digital content.


Finding Aid for the Arnold Berleant papers
Finding aid prepared by Alice Wu and Stephanie Barrett; supervised by Sarah Pinard.
August 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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