Myrtle McGraw collection of John Dewey correspondence, 1928-1942
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Brief Description: Myrtle McGraw was a friend and correspondent of John Dewey's who maintained a close professional and personal relationship with him until his death. This collection consists of materials saved by McGraw during the time that she knew Dewey including 101 letters, five post cards and one telegram from John Dewey (JD) to McGraw, as well as a script Dewey wrote for McGraw's wedding, which he officiated in 1936. Other items in the collection include a 1928 letter from Dewey to Helen Parkhurst on McGraw's behalf, and two items sent to McGraw by other correspondents.
Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at]
Record Series Number: 1/2/MSS 155
Created by: Dewey, John (1859-1952), McGraw, Myrtle B. (Myrtle Byram) (1899-)
Volume: 1.0 Boxes
Acquired: 00/00/1967.
Arrangement: Arranged in two series, (1) Correspondence, (2) Wedding Script.
Biographical Note for Dewey, John (1859-1952) :

John Dewey was born on October 20, 1859 in Burlington, Vermont and graduated in 1879 from The University of Vermont. Although he taught and remained primarily at Columbia University, he also taught or lectured at the University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of California, Imperial University in Tokyo, National University in Peking, and the University of Mexico. He retired from active service, and was appointed as Professor Emeritus of Philosophy in Residence at Columbia University in 1930. He also worked for the Turkish government and as an educational ad visor for the Barnes Foundation, served as chairman of the Committee for the Defense of Leon Trotsky and was elected president of the League for Industrial Democracy.

In 1935 the John Dewey Society was formed by a group of professional educators in New York City. Their mission was to promote the study of education and culture. John Dewey died in New York City on June 1st, 1952.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
Dewey, John, 1859-1952
McGraw, Myrtle B. (Myrtle Byram), 1899-
Genres/Forms of Material
Dewey, John, 1859-1952 - Correspondence
Dewey, John, 1859-1952 - Speeches, addresses, etc.
McGraw, Myrtle B. (Myrtle Byram), 1899- - Correspondence
Parkhurst, Helen - Correspondence
Speeches, addresses, etc.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.
Acquisition Notes:   Special Collections acquired this correspondence from Dr. McGraw in 1967.
PreferredCitation: [Item], Myrtle McGraw collection of John Dewey correspondence, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.