Richard Rorty (1931-2007) was a pragmatist philosopher, critical theorist, and public intellectual who is commonly described as one of the most important thinkers of his era. Included in this collection are electronic word-processing files, created between 1988 and 2003. The files were retrieved from Rorty's 3.5" floppy disks during processing of his personal papers and converted to PDF format in order to facilitate preservation and access.
Included are letters, many drafts of writings, lecture notes, syllabi, and exams. Also included are bibliographies of his work, a few administrative files, and a couple of documents relating to his children. This collection also contains drafts of writings done by some of his peers and colleagues. Researchers will notice some data loss and corruption has occurred in some of the earliest files.
Access to Rorty's born digital files is provided through UCIspace @ the Libraries. Researchers must submit an application to use the collection and agree to follow the Rules of Use for the Virtual Reading Room. Access may be granted in less than 5 business days.
These digital files are part of the larger collection, the Richard Rorty Papers, which are described in a finding aid in the Online Archive of California. Access to these non-digital materials is provided in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room at the UC Irvine Libraries.
Richard Rorty donated his papers to the Critical Theory Archive at the UC Irvine Libraries in 2006. Among the boxes of materials were more than 70 floppy disks containing about 1,100 word-processing files. These born-digital files were copied from the disks and saved in pdf format for long-term preservation and access. They are made available exclusively through the virtual reading room in UCIspace @ the Libraries.
This material is provided for private study, scholarship, or research. Transmission or reproduction of any material protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. The authors or their heirs retain their copyrights to the material. Contact the University of California, Irvine Libraries, Special Collections and Archives for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).