Wayne A. R. Leys papers, 1905-1973 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Education - Aims and objectives
Education - Philosophy
Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948
Labor unions. - United States
Philosophy, American - 20th century
Roosevelt College of Chicago
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - Dissertations
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - Faculty
The 58-box collection of the papers of Wayne A. R. Leys encompasses approximately 50 years, from 1922 to 1973. The manuscript and printed materal deals with Ley's wide range of philosophical, political, administrative and religious interests. The correspondence includes many letters from many significant philosophers, political scientists, and other scholars as well as labor leaders and politicians, but contains few lengthy discussions of substance. The personal files consist largely of notes for class lectures, quotations, and clippings.
Portions of the collection not directly related to Leys' scholarly activities are: materials relating to the National War Labor Board (Region VI); papers concerning the construction of "High Pines," the Leys home near Makanda, Illinois; and travel and historical information about Southern Illinois and nearby areas. Also included are papers from Leys' participation in various research projects and conferences: the Rockefeller Foundation Project; The Operations Research Office Project; the Experimental Conference on Legal and Social Philosophy; the Summer Program in Executive Development; the Public Interest Research Project; and the National Institute of Labor Education Ethical and Moral Standards Project.
Most of the material relating to Roosevelt College was sent to Roosevelt University in May, 1973, in compliance with the donor's request. The only Roosevelt College material in the collection is that which deals with its founding and an investigation of subversive activities conducted in 1949. The early papers of Leys include class notes, essays, examinations and a dissertation written while he was a student of philosophy at the University of Chicago. Also included are sermons and other religious papers; some from the brief time when Leys was associate minister with Edward Scribner Ames. When Leys gave up the ministry for teaching in 1932, his interest in the philosophy of religion and logic gradually began to give way to an emphasis on ethics, political and legal philosophy, and the philosophy of education.