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University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services Ian Hacking fonds Series
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Research and subject files

Series consists of research material and correspondence with colleagues and scholars collected by Dr. Hacking in the course of his academic activity. Records included are predominantly reprints, though also include press clippings, emails, written correspondence, transparencies, and notebooks. Material is grouped by subject as well as author.

Subject matter encompasses a broad range of topics including the history of mathematics, physics (in particular, Bose-Einstein condensates), genetics, classification and taxonomies, porphyrian trees, medieval illustration, autism, body augmentation, suicide terrorism, and psychoanalysis. Authors represented include Ludwig Wittgenstein, Hilary Putnam, Saul Kripke, Willard Van Orman Quine, Michel Foucault, Lorraine Daston, Peter Galison, Bruno Latour, and Noam Chomsky. Correspondence included within the research files is noted in the scope and content field. Additional content such as partial manuscripts and correspondence can be found on the verso of records as Dr. Hacking frequently reused paper.

Lectures, talks, and conferences

Series consists of records documenting lectures and presentations given by Dr. Hacking as both a lecturer and invited speaker. Records consist of primarily lecture notes and drafts from the 2000’s, however series also includes records from early in Dr. Hacking’s career and those for the Tarner Lectures at Cambridge University. Subjects of the presentations include autism, the body and corporeality, ultracold atoms, mathematical proof and reasoning.

Writing and publishing

Series consists of records related to I. Hacking’s publishing activity and is divided into the following sub-series:
5.1: Reviews
5.2: Publishing agreements and correspondence
5.3 Manuscripts and drafts
5.4 Articles
5.5 Reviews of I. Hacking’s publications

Material includes reprints of articles and reviews written by Dr. Hacking in addition to press clippings that provide commentary on his work. Also included within the series are correspondence and publishing agreements. The subject matter reflected in the series broadly covers the philosophy of science and mathematics, natural kinds and categorization, rhetoric, logic, psychiatric disorders and trauma.

Notebooks, diaries, and day planners

Series consists of diaries, day planners, and notebooks that document the daily activities and reflections of Ian Hacking at various points in his adult life. The early diaries record aspects of his relationship with Judith Baker and as well as his former marriages.

Education (PhD / Cambridge University)

Series consists of two bound essays on mathematical logic presented as part of Ian Hacking’s doctorate at Cambridge University. The essays are entitled Part 1: Proof and Part 2: Strict Implication and Natural Deduction.

Correspondence

Series consists of personal and professional correspondence between Ian Hacking and various individuals, including academic colleagues, students, publishers, friends, and family. The records document Ian Hacking’s relationships with both scholars, many of whom provide feedback on his writing, and with administrators. One file includes letters of recommendation for a lectureship at Cambridge University. Personal correspondence includes letters, greeting and postcards.

Personal and biographical

Series consists of textual records and graphic material documenting Ian Hacking’s personal life and career, with eight files related to the histories of both the Hacking and MacDougall families. Records include a passport, birth and marriage certificates, family snapshots, drawings by his children, as well as correspondence detailing financial contributions made to various charities and initiatives. Ian Hacking’s professional and academic activity is reflected in written and photographic documentation of awards and honours received, including the Killam Prize for the Humanities, the Companion to the Order of Canada, and the Holberg International Memorial Prize. Also included in the series is an autobiographical document written by Dr. Hacking detailing the orientation of his research.