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Richard Montague papers, 1948-1971
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  • Restrictions on Access
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement

  • Title: Richard Montague papers
    Collection number: 264
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 20.4 linear ft. (40 boxes, 1 oversize box, and 1 document box)
    Date (inclusive): 1948-1972
    Abstract: Richard Montague was a mathematician, theorist and UCLA Professor of Philosophy, known as the namesake behind Montague Grammar theory of natural language semantics. The collection consists of correspondence, lecture notes, research notes, and personal materials relating to Montague’s role as an organist.
    Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Portions of this collection are restricted. Consult finding aid for more information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Richard Montague Papers (Collection 264). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift from Edgar Montague, 1971. Addition donated by the UCLA Department of Philosophy in 2013.

    Processing Information

    Original collection processed by Manuscripts Division staff in 1997. Addition processed by Mary Priest in 2015 in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT) , with assistance from Jillian Cuellar. Processing of this collection was generously supported by the Constantine and Perina Panunzio Endowment for University Archives.


    Richard Montague was born in Stockton, California on September 20, 1930. Montague studied philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1950. During his graduate work, Montague studied mathematics and philosophy with Alfred Tarski at Bekeley. His dissertation, Contributions to the Axiomatic Foundations of Set Theory, contained groundbreaking work on axiomatic set theory and helped propel Montague’s academic career forward. Montague received his master’s degree in mathematics from Berkeley in 1953 and his doctorate in the same subject in 1957.
    Montague began teaching at UCLA in 1955 as a professor of Philosophy. While there, he continued research into natural language semantics and formed an approach that would become known as Montague grammar. His thesis was that natural languages and formal languages contain no theoretical differences in terms of comprehension of syntax and semantics.
    Montague died on March 7, 1971 in Los Angeles, California after being strangled in his home. His murder currently remains unsolved.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of professional and personal materials relating to mathematician and UCLA Professor of Philosophy, Richard Montague. The papers includes correspondence, lecture notes, research notes, and a manuscript of a monograph written by Solomon Feferman and Richard Montague. Subject files include conference notes, drafts of unpublished papers, and lecture notes from Montague’s mentor, Alfred Tarski. Personal materials include programs, announcements, and brochures relating to Montague’s role as an organist.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Collection is arranged in the following series:
    • Series 1: Feferman - Montague Monograph
    • Series 2: Lecture Notes
    • Series 3: Personal
    • Series 4: Philosophy of Language (Miscellaneous Research Notes)
    • Series 5: Subject Files
    • Series 6: Addition

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Montague, Richard, 1930-1971.
    Language and languages--Philosophy.