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Bertalanffy Archive: Partial Estate/Teilnachlass Ludwig von Bertalanffy 1

Ludwig von Bertalanffy was a professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 1969 until his death in 1972. In 2004, his long-lost scientific estate (= partial estate/Teilnachlass Ludwig von Bertalanffy 1) turned up in an antiquarian bookshop in Buffalo, was purchased by the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science (BCSSS) as a founding act, and was added to the Bertalanffy Archive in 2005.

This part of the estate, which consists exclusively of scientific documents, is likely to be those documents (or parts of documents) that Ludwig von Bertalanffy used directly for his scientific work until the end and, it can be assumed, probably left behind in part in his last office at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

In terms of content, this partial estate thus represents a supplement to the equally exclusively scientific partial estate 3 (Collected Letters of Bertalanffy to J. H. Woodger), as well as to the extremely extensive partial estate 2, which, in addition to Bertalanffy's scientific work, also documents his private life and contains the two crypto estates, on the one hand of his wife and collaborator Maria von Bertalanffy (1904–1981) and on the other hand of his son and co-worker Felix D. Bertalanffy (1926–1999).

The partial estate 1 contains (currently still uncounted) works by Ludwig von Bertalanffy (monographs, articles, collections, etc.) in various forms and stages of elaboration (manuscripts, typescripts, books, prints and offprints), which are a supplement to the works located in the partial estate 2. The classification system (classification scheme) and inventory Catalogue are currently still being worked on. However, an overview of Bertalanffy’s published works is provided in advance by the bibliography on Ludwig von Bertalanffy compiled by the Bertalanffy Archive.

Download here: Bertalanffy_Publications_alphanumerical_BCSSS.pdf

The partial estate 1 contains 579 letters from and to Bertalanffy. They are listed in a file that can be downloaded here: TNL-LvB-1_Correspondence_Index-1.xls

Various miscellanea were found in partial estate 1. A list with brief descriptions of all miscellanea can be downloaded here: TNL-LvB-1_Miscellanea_xls35.xls

In the partipal estate (1) 211 books and journals were found, which originate from Bertalanffy’s working library and are stored as a special collection in the Bertalanffy Archive. A list can be downloaded here: TNL-LvB-1_Estate_Library_Bertalanffy_xls34.xls