Finding aid for the Dorothy Morgenstern Thomas collection

Summary Information

Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center
Dorothy Morgenstern Thomas collection
1964, 1971, and undated
1.0 folders
Material Specific Details note
The Small Manuscripts Collection (SMC) designation is given to collections of personal papers that comprise less than 0.25 linear feet. In many cases, these collections consist of a single folder.

Preferred Citation note

The suggested citation for the material is "[item], Dorothy Morgenstern Thomas collection, From the Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA."

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Biographical note

Dorothy Morgenstern Thomas (1917-2008) was the wife of Oskar Morgenstern (1902-1977), a German-born economist who came to the United States in 1938 where he took up an academic post at Princeton University. Oskar Morgenstern befriended others in the European emigré community, including Kurt Gödel with whom he had a close relationship.

Kurt Gödel (1906-1978) was a logician, mathematician, and philosopher born in Austria-Hungary who emigrated to the United States in 1940, where he was affiliated with the Institute for Advanced Study's School of Mathematics first as a Member and later as Faculty.

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Scope and Contents note

The Dorothy Morgenstern Thomas collection consists of one letter, one document, and two photographs. The document is a four-page account written by Oskar Morgenstern in 1971 recalling highlights of Kurt Gödel's preparation for his naturalization interview and the interview itself in Trenton, New Jersey in 1947. Oskar Morgensten and Albert Einstein were the two people who accompanied Gödel to the interview. The two photographs are in slide format. One is of Kurt and his wife Adele in the backyard of their home and the other is of Gödel with The Reverend E.A. Conway, S.J., of Creighton University.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center

Historical Studies-Social Science Library
Einstein Drive
NJ, 08540

Revision Description

  November 29, 2018

Conditions Governing Access note

The collection is open without restriction.

Custodial History note

A handwritten note by Dorothy Morgenstern Thomas from 2005 was sent with the collection materials to Linda Arntzenius, who was then Publications Officer on the staff of the Institute for Advanced Study. The materials were then transferred to IAS Librarian Marcia Tucker.

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Collection Inventory


Oskar Morgenstern's account of Kurt Gödel's naturalization 

Digitized file (PDF)


Photograph of Adele and Kurt Gödel 

Digitized file (JPEG)


Photograph of Kurt Gödel and E.A. Conway, S.J. 

Digitized file (JPEG)


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