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Bruno V. Manno collection on Michael Polanyi

Identifier: UASC-007

Scope and Contents

The Bruno V. Manno collection on Michael Polanyi consists mainly of articles written by and about 20th century philosopher and scientist Michael Polanyi, as well as some of his lectures. Also included in the collection are materials pertaining to symposia, conferences, and workshops about Polanyi. The collection includes documents and newsletters pertaining to the Consortium for Higher Education and Religious Studies (CHER), the Polanyi Society of Explorers, Convivium, and the Polanyi Society. The collection also contains miscellaneous notes and papers of Bruno V. Manno, S.M. The collection spans 1936-2007.


  • Creation: 1936-2009


Access to Materials

This collection is open and available to the public for research. The materials are non-circulating.

Copyright Notice

The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.

Biography of Michael Polanyi and Bruno V. Manno, S.M.

Michael Polanyi was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1891. In 1913, he received his medical degree from the University of Budapest, where he also received his Ph.D. in 1917. He worked as a chemist in Germany from 1920 to 1933. When the Nazis came to power, Polanyi, who was Jewish, moved to Great Britain. He was chair of the Physical Chemistry Department at the University of Manchester from 1933 to 1948 and professor of social science from 1948 to 1958. In 1958 he became a senior research fellow at Merton College, Oxford, were he remained until his death in 1976.

Bruno V. Manno, S.M., is a UD alumnus and former faculty member . He received both a B.A. in philosophy (1970) and an M.A. in theological studies (1972) from the University of Dayton. Manno earned his Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies from Boston College in 1975. A copy of his dissertation, "The Person of Meaning: A Study in the Post-Critical Thought of Michael Polanyi," is included in the collection.

Manno was a faculty member in the Department of Religious Studies at UD from 1977 to 1980. He also worked at the National Catholic Association in Washington D.C., the United States Department of Education, and the Hudson Institute. He most recently worked at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland, and served as a trustee of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation. Manno has written a number of articles and book reviews and has co-authored two books. His specialties include charter schools, Catholic schools, parochial schools, school vouchers, and federal education programs.


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This collection contains a variety of materials regarding 20th century philosopher Michael Polanyi, including articles, lectures, correspondence, and audio recordings. The items were accumulated by Bruno V. Manno, S.M., member of the UD Religious Studies Department.


The Bruno V. Manno collection on Michael Polanyi is divided into six series.

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  1. Series 1: Works by Polanyi
  2. Series 2: Works by others
  3. Series 3: Symposia, conferences, and workshops
  4. Series 4: Organizations and newsletters
  5. Series 5: Papers of Bruno Manno
  6. Series 6: Sound recordings

Acquisition Information

Bruno V. Manno is believed to have donated this collection, since many items in the collection bear Manno's ownership stamp or signature or were addressed to him.


Additional issues of Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical are added as they are published.

Guide to the Bruno V. Manno collection on Michael Polanyi, 1936-2009
Leigh Burnham and Lisa Pasquinelli
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Repository Details

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