Charles Dewey Tenney Papers, 1906-1993 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Foundation for Philosophy of Creativity
Philosophy - Study and teaching
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - Administration
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - Faculty
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. School of Journalism
Whitehead, Alfred North, 1861-1947
The Charles Dewey Tenney Papers consist of correspondence to and from Dr. Tenney, biographical information and personal photographs and art collections, materials relating to his teaching career and the organization of the department of philosophy including the Collected Works of John Dewey and The Library of Living Philosophers, documents concerning his administrative roles in the university, writings authored by Tenney as well as other scholars, and documents relating to the Centennial Period and the project Resources for Tomorrow.
Correspondence concerns both professional and personal matters; notable and frequent corresponders include Paul Schilpp, Burnett Shryock (first Dean of the School of Fine Arts, son of University President Henry William Shryock), William S. Minor (Director of the Foundation for the Philosophy of Creativity), and University President Roscoe Pulliam. Biographical materials include transcripts, appointment contracts and descriptions, and letters of recommendation. Teaching materials include student writings, exam questions and answers, as well as personnel files and other departmental documents; included in the same series are files concerning the Library of Living Philosophers, for which Tenney wrote one articles, as well as files concerning the Collected Works of John Dewey. Writings include materials by Tenney, both published and unpublished, as well as writings by others. The subject files span the length of Tenney’s administrative career, and deal primarily with university organization and matters concerning the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Materials concerning The Centennial Period cover event planning and publication stipulations, as well as Tenney’s directing of the Resources for Tomorrow, a project primarily focused on the writing, compiling, and editing of his manuscript, The Discovery of Discovery.