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Richard B. Angell Papers

Identifier: WSP002637

Scope and Content

This collection consists primarily of Angell’s philosophy papers, both published and unpublished. Also included, however, are research materials representing the work of other philosophers, Angell’s book A-Logic, professional correspondence between Angell and other philosophers, and collections of Angell’s “philosophical thoughts” and research notes. The materials in the collection are entirely professional in nature and do not relate to Angell’s personal life, with the singular exception of a file relating to Angell’s time living in the Kendall Retirement Community. The majority of the material dates from Angell’s most active professional years, from the 1940s to early 2000s. Note: Two of Dr. Angell's collected research articles are dated 1619 and 1843.


  • 1947 - 2010
  • Majority of material found within 1947 - 2002


Language of Materials

Material primarily in English, some Italian and German.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


4 Linear Feet (4 SB)


Richard Bradshaw Angell was a philosophy educator specializing in logic and ethics. Angell taught at a number of colleges over the course of his career, including Ohio Wesleyan University from 1954-1968 and Wayne State University from 1968-1989. During this time Angell produced and published a great many papers, most of which are present in this collection. Also included are general philosophical musings, correspondence, the work of other philosophers, and Angell’s 2002 book A-Logic. Many of Angell’s papers are also available online, at


Folders are listed by their location within each box, and are arranged chronologically.


This collection was donated by Angell's son, John Angell, in 2015.

Other Copies

Many of Angell’s papers are also available online, at In addition, a small library collection of books are housed at the Wayne State University Philosophy Department.

Electronic copy from available for download.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Kris Kniffen on March 24, 2016.
Guide to the Richard B. Angell Papers
Processed by Kris Kniffen.
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Repository Details

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