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Finding Aid for the Peter H. Hare Family Papers, 1953-2006 (1953-1982 bulk)

MS 176

State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Peter H. Hare Family Papers, 1995-2006 (1953-1982 bulk)
Creator: Hare, Peter H.
Extent: 2.92 linear feet(7 manuscript boxes)
Language of Material: Collection material in English.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives
Abstract: Personal correspondence to Peter H. Hare from his wife Daphne Kean Hare, and to Peter or to Daphne Kean Hare from family and friends, beginning in their college years through the early 1990's. Also includes some professional materials and correspondence.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Description and dates], Box/folder number, MS 176, Peter H. Hare Family Papers, 1953-2006 (1953-1995 bulk), University Archives, State University of New York at Buffalo.

See the Special Collections' preferred citations instructions for additional information.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Peter H. Hare in March, 2007.

Terms of Access

The Peter H. Hare Family Papers, 1953-2006 (1953-1995 bulk) are open for research.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Processing Information

Processed by Karen Spencer, September 2010.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Biographical Note

Peter H. Hare was born March 12, 1935, grew up on Long Island, New York, and attended the Groton School. He received his B.A. from Yale University in 1957, and his M.A. in 1961 and Ph.D. in 1965 from Columbia University. He was a faculty member in and frequent chairman of the Philosophy Department at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York from 1962 until his retirement in 2001. He was named Distinguished Service Professor in 1997. He married Daphne Kean in 1957 who died in 1995. In 2000, he married Susan Howe, a poet and specialist in American literature. Peter died on January 3, 2008. An obituary may be read here .

Peter Hare Family members include:

Mother - Jane Perry Jopling Hare (1910-1975)
Father - Michael Meredith Hare (1909-1968)
Brother - Michael S. Hare (born 1932)
Sister - Sara Perry Hare [Crane] Liebold (born 1937)
Uncle - Montgomery Hare (born 1911)
Paternal Grandmother - Constance Parsons Hare (Mrs. Montgomery Hare) (born 1873)
Wife - Daphne Kean Hare (1937-1995)
Mother-in-Law - Lucille Lawrence Kean
Brother-in-law - Kelvin L. Kean
Second Wife - Susan Howe

Daphne Joan Kean Hare was born in 1937. She received a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and a medical degree from Cornell University. She was on the faculty of the departments of Medicine and Biophysical Sciences in the School of Medicine and Biophysical Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo before serving as director of the Medical/Dental Division of the United States Veterans Administration. She died in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1995.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of personal letters from Daphne Kean Hare to Peter Hare from 1955 to 1992, and letters to Peter or Daphne Hare from friends, former teachers and professors, and family members including parents, siblings and children. Of note are some genealogical writings by Peter's father, Michael Meredith Hare (1909-1968). Also included are materials and correspondence from Peter Hare's years in the Philosophy Department, miscellaneous writings, and personal and professional files.

Container List

I.    Personal Correspondence, 1953-1992

Contains personal letters written to Peter Hare or to Peter and Daphne Hare from family and friends.

By author.

I.A.      Daphne Kean Hare, 1955-1992
Daphne's early letters while a coed at Barnard are descriptive of world events, sexism, politics, advertising, marriage, the medical profession, Gandhi, God, philosophy, the civil rights movement, pacifism and disarmament. Of particular note is a description of her attendance at meetings led by Father Divine of the International Peace Movement and Sweet Daddy Grace written on March 4th, 1957.
Box-folder Contents
December 1955 - December 1956
December 1958-February 1968
I.B.     Children, 1971-2005, undated
Box-folder Contents
Clare [Clark] Hare, 1971-1976
Gwendolyn Hare, 1976-2005, undated
I.C.     Siblings, 1953-1983, undated
Box-folder Contents
Michael S. Hare, 1953-1980
Sara Perry Hare [Crane] Liebold, 1953-1983
Kelvin L. Kean [brother-in-law], 1962-1965
I.D.     Parents, 1951-1973,
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Letters from Peter Hare during a trip to Ireland to Jane Perry Jopling Hare, July 1955

Also includes newspaper clippings of Jane Hare's obituary, June 21, 1975.

Letters from parents Michael Meredith Hare and Jane Perry Jopling Hare, 1951-1957, 1961-1973, undated
I.E.     Other family members, 1953-1998,
Box-folder Contents
William H. Hare [great uncle], 1953-1954
Montgomery Hare [uncle], 1953-1984, undated
Constance Parsons Hare (Mrs. Montgomery Hare)[grandmother], 1953-1956
Miscellaneous family correspondence & clippings, 1962-1998, undated
I.F.     Friends, Professors, Colleagues 1954-2006, undated
Box-folder Contents
Miscellaneous correspondence from friends, 1954-2006
Groton School, 1953-1976

Includes photograph from Peter's 20th reunion in May, 1973.

Yale, 1954-1983
Sheldon, Wilmon H. (Yale Professor), 1960-1962
Dissertation, 1960-1961, 1980
Job search, 1962
Madden, Edward H., 1964-2005

Includes photo, vita, correspondence, essays, and memorial for Peter Hare's longtime friend and colleague from the University at Buffalo.

II.    University at Buffalo, 1955-2005

Contains correspondence, writings, memorabilia from Peter Hare's professional career, in particular materials from when he was chair of the Philosophy Department at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

Box-folder Contents
6.1 Photos, clippings, department brochures, conference posters, 1973-2000
6.2 Correspondence, department memos, etc. 1967-1997, undated
6.3 Resignation as chair, 1975
6.4 Correspondence and notes, personal, 1964-2005
6.5 Correspondence, The Transactions of the C.S. Peirce Society journal 1993-2005
6.6 General Education Committee, clippings, 1979-1981
6.7 Donations to the University at Buffalo, 1976-2003
6.8 Miscellaneous clippngs, 1979-1981
6.9 Professional organizations, 1971-1999
6.10 Publications of Peter H. Hare, 1955-1988
III.    Miscellaneous 1953-1992

Contains biographical material, miscellaneous writings, files, and memorabilia from Peter Hare. Of particular note are the genealogical writings by his father, Michael M. Hare.

Box-folder Contents
6.11 Biographical, 1968-2001

Includes photo, passport, vita, autobiographical statements, legal separation agreement, clippings, correspondence.

6.12-6.13 Miscellaneous writings, undated

Includes some typewritten genealogical essays and other biographical essays perhaps written in Peter Hare's early years, some handwritten notes and a draft essay on feminism dated 1986.

6.14 Car rental fraud, 1974
6.15 Genealogical writings of Michael Meredith Hare, 1962
6.16 Michael Meredith Hare, 1953-1975

Includes brochures and correspondence regarding the Wisconsin Union Theatre designed by M.M. Hare, a photograph of his grave in Stow, England, and an April 1953 journal titled, College and University Business which contains an article by M.M. Hare, "Valparaiso Union - A Study of Costs and Architectural Form."

6.17 Miscellaneous, 1974-1999
6.18 Susan Howe, 2000-1006, undated
IV.    Daphne Kean Hare 1962-1997

Contains correspondence to Daphne Kean Hare from friends and her mother Lucille Lawrence Kean, and materials kept by Peter Hare about Daphne following her death.

Box-folder Contents
7.1 Letters from friends, 1962-1967
7.2-7.3 Letters from Lucille Lawrence Kean, 1962-1965
7.4 Miscellaneous clippings, letters, cards, 1971-1997
7.5 Soviet Union, 1984-1995

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Library's online catalog.


Hair family
Hare, Daphne Kean, 1937-1995
Hare, Jane J., 1910-1975
Hare, Michael M., 1909-1968
Madden, Edward H.
State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives


Hare, Daphne Kean, 1937-1995--Archives
Hare, Peter H.--Archives
State University of New York at Buffalo--Archives
State University of New York at Buffalo. Dept. of Philosophy--Archives
Women College Students--1950s


Personal correspondence

Associated Material

Related Resources

Related Resources in the University Archives

22/5F/368 , Peter Hare Papers, 1968-1997
MS 22.1 , Frank Lloyd Wright Correspondence with Michael Meredith Hare, 1933, 1940
22/5F/1008 , The Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society: Papers of Peter H. Hare (ed.), 1971-2002
19/F/862, Daphne Joan Kean Hare (1937-1995) memorial volume, 1996

Related Resources in Other Repositories

Hare Family Papers, 1873-1962 (Bulk 1884-1930) , The New York Historical Society