Anatol Rapoport fonds

Title: Anatol Rapoport fonds

Date of creation: 1926-2004

Physical description: 9.11 metres of textual and other material

Biographical Sketch: Anatol Rapoport was born in Lozovaya, Russia on May 22, 1911. In 1922 the family emigrated to Chicago.  He trained as a classical musician in Vienna. During World War II, he served in the United States Air Force in Alaska and India. In 1949, Rapoport married Gwen Goodrich.  They have three children, Anya, Alexander and Anthony. 

Rapoport earned a PhD in mathematics (University of Chicago, 1941). He taught mathematics at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago. He then moved to the Mental Health Research Institute in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. At the University of Toronto, Rapoport was a professor of psychology and mathematics from 1969-1976, professor emeritus of psychology from 1980, and professor of peace studies from 1984-1996. In 1980 he was appointed professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Toronto. He was director of the Institut für höhere Studien from 1979-1983. He was visiting professor at universities in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Japan, and the United States. His areas of research include general systems theory, mathematical biology, mathematical modeling of social interaction, and stochastic models of contagion.

Scope and content: Correspondence, manuscripts, reports, minutes, university teaching and administrative files, addresses, card indices, video and cassette tapes, and photographs that document Anatol Rapoport’s research, teaching, and administrative activities as a professor of mathematics, psychology, and peace studies.

Material is in English, German, Russian, French and Spanish.

Finding Aids: Series/file list available

Access: Restricted: all records are open except for letters of reference in Series 4 (box 037, files (11)-(12) and box 038) which are closed until 1 January 2020.

Accession number: B2005-0018