Lewis Edwin Hahn Papers, 1921-2003
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Brief Description: The Lewis Edwin Hahn Papers consist of correspondence to and from Dr. Hahn discussing issues related to his position in the department of philosophy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, his role as a university administrator, as well as his participation and leadership in professional philosophical organizations including but not limited to the Library of Living Philosophers, The Dewey Project, and The American Philosophical Association.  Correspondence also addresses personal matters, philosophical concepts and ideas.  Besides correspondence, the papers contain teaching materials, theses, dissertations and other work by Dr. Hahn's students as well as publications, manuscripts, and presentations by Dr. Hahn and by others.  Included in the biographical series of this collection are materials pertaining to Dr. Hahn's education, his personal memberships and his stamp collection.  Finally, these papers incorporate Dr. Hahn's collection of printed materials including reprints, journals, and books.  Notable correspondents include Stephen Coburn Pepper, Jo Ann Boydson, Paul Arthur Schilpp, Charles Tenney, Huston Smith, and Ray Lepley.
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] lib.siu.edu
Record Series Number: 3/RG 4/FP 17-19-F8
Created by: Hahn, Lewis Edwin (1908-2004)
Volume: 68.0 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 06/23/2005.
Arrangement: Arranged into seven series: (1) Biographical, (2) Writings, (3) Professional Organizations, (4) Correspondence, (5) Teaching Materials, (6) Students, (7) Printed Materials.
Biographical Note for Hahn, Lewis Edwin (1908-2004) :

Dr. Hahn is the author of many articles published in professional journals as well as the author of A Contextualistic Theory of Perception, and Contextualistic Worldview: Essays. He collaborated with John Dewey, Ray Lepley, Stephen Pepper and others on Value: A Cooperative Inquiry. In addition to this collaborative enterprise, Dr. Hahn served as Chair of the John Dewey Cooperative Research Project. Dr. Hahn is perhaps, best known as the editor of the Library of Living Philosophers where he edited numerous volumes of this series published by Open Court.  Besides his publications, presentations, editorial activities, teaching, and development of courses and course material, Dr. Hahn was active in a plethora of national and international professional philosophical organizations as well as departmental, college and university committees.  He also served as a consultant for various foundations and government agencies including the U.S. Office of Education, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Program, and Educational Testing Services.

Before coming to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Dr. Hahn was a professor at the University of Missouri in Columbia from 1936 until 1949 with the exception of one term in 1947 where he taught as a visiting professor at Princeton.  From 1949 until 1963, Dr. Hahn was a professor and university administrator at Washington University in St. Louis.  He was appointed as a Research Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Philosophy at Southern Illinois University in 1963. In the fall of 1970 and the Spring of 1980, Dr. Hahn taught at Baylor University in Waco, Texas as a visiting professor.

Lewis Hahn was born on September 26, 1908 on a farm near Swenson, Texas.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree in English at the University of Texas with Phi Beta Kappa honors in 1929. Dr. Hahn wrote his Master's thesis on Emerson as a lecturer and was awarded an Oldright Fellowship for the 1930-1931 year to pursue a doctorate in English and continue his studies of the relationship between Emerson and Whitman. Early in this fellowship year, Dr. Hahn became convinced that he wanted to pursue a doctorate in Philosophy.  On the advice of Harold Chapman Brown (a collaborator with Dewey, Mead, and others on Creative Intelligence: Essays in the Pragmatic Attitude, 1917) Dr. Hahn decided to pursue a doctorate in Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley since the University of Texas did not offer a doctorate in Philosophy at the time.  Dr. Hahn completed his Doctorate in Philosophy in 1939.  In June of 1932, Dr. Hahn married Elizabeth Herring and they had three daughters, Helen, Mary Louise, and Sharon Kay. After the death of Elizabeth in 1991, Dr. Hahn married Mary Anne Stearns. He died in 2004.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
American Philosophical Association.
Dewey, John, 1859-1952
Hahn, Lewis Edwin, 1908-2004.
Library of living philosophers.
Philosophy, American - 20th century
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - Faculty
Genres/Forms of Material
Boydston, Jo Ann, 1924- - Correspondence
Clippings (information artifacts)
Hahn, Lewis Edwin, 1908-2004. - Correspondence
Hahn, Lewis Edwin, 1908-2004. - Manuscripts
Legal documents.
Lepley, Ray, 1903- - Correspondence
Manuscripts for publication.
Minutes (Records)
Pepper, Stephen C. (Stephen Coburn), 1891- - Correspondence
Radio interviews
Records (documents)
Schilpp, Paul Arthur, 1897-1993 - Correspondence
Speeches, addresses, etc.
Tenney, Charles D. (Charles Dewey) - Correspondence
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
French [fre]
German [ger]
Italian [ita]
Russian [rus]
Spanish;Castilian [spa]
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Acquisition Notes: Donation.
PreferredCitation: [Item], Lewis Edwin Hahn Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.