Benjamin Ives Gilman

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For the U.S. Representative (born 1922), see Benjamin A. Gilman.

Benjamin Ives Gilman (1852–1933) was the Secretary of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts from 1893 to 1925.

He was the son of Winthrop Sargent Gilman, and first worked for the family banking house. Then he returned to college. At the Johns Hopkins University he studied as a graduate student under Charles Sanders Peirce.[1] As "B.I. Gilman" he authored a paper published in Peirce's 1883 Studies in Logic. He became an instructor in psychology at Clark University, and then curator at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.[2]

He was the author of:

  • "Operations in Relative Number with Applications to the Theory of Probabilities", Studies in Logic (1883), C. S. Peirce, ed., pp. 107–125. Google Books Eprint. Internet Archive Eprint.
  • Manual of Italian Renaissance Sculpture (1904). Google Books Eprint. Internet Archive Eprint.
  • Hopi Songs (1908). Google Books Eprint. A Traditional Music Library Eprint (which Website says "circa 1891" but that's when Gilman began his research on the subject). Internet Archive Eprint.
  • Museum Ideals of Purpose and Method (1918). Google Books Eprint. Internet Archive Eprints.
  • "The Paradox of the Syllogism Solved by Spatial Construction", Mind, New Series, v. 32, n. 125 (Jan., 1923), pp. 38–49 (12 pages). JSTOR Eprint.

New York State Comptroller Theodore P. Gilman was his brother.


  1. ^ Introduction, Writings of Charles S. Peirce: A Chronological Edition - Volume 4: 1879–1884, see p. xxxviii. Peirce Edition Project Eprint.
  2. ^ Alexander William Gillman, Gillman (1895). Searches Into the History of the Gillman Or Gilman Family. E. Stock.