Henry Nelson Wieman Papers, 1910-1994
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Brief Description:

The Henry Nelson Wieman papers, spanning from 1910-1994, include correspondence to and from Dr.Wieman concerning his philosophical and theological ideas as well as personal matters. Besides correspondence, the papers contain teaching materials, theses, dissertations and work done by Dr. Wieman's students as well as publications, manuscripts, sermons, and lectures by Dr. Wieman and by others.

Along with the written versions of his sermons, lectures and speeches are some audio recordings of these. Included in the biographical series of this collection are materials pertaining to Dr. Wieman's education, his personal memberships, journals, photographs, certificates and awards.  The Henry Nelson Wieman papers also include correspondence and audio materials from conferences and other events occurring after his death and in his honor or pertaining to his ideas.

Finally, these papers incorporate Dr. Wieman's collection of printed materials including reprints, journals, and books. This collection features a letter to Dr. Wieman from Martin Luther King Jr. written on August 5, 1953.  Some other correspondents include Paul Tillich, William Ernest Hocking, John Dewey, Charles Hartshorne, and Alfred North Whitehead.

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Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
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Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at] lib.siu.edu
Record Series Number: 3/RG 4/FP 17-19-F1
Created by: Wieman, Henry Nelson, (1884-1975.)
Volume: 26.0 Cubic Feet

The Henry Nelson Wieman collection is now Henry Nelson Wieman Papers (FP17-19-F1). The following accessions have been incorporated to comprise one collection:

17-19-F1 (Accession #23) contains correspondence and various published and unpublished writings including books, articles, book reviews, papers, speeches, and lectures. 

17-19-F5 (Accession #316) consists largely of letters, articles, and manuscripts ranging in dates from 1910-1975.  Among these are notes and rough drafts for several unpublished books which are undated and for two of his published books.  Also included are notes from speeches, lectures and classes, book reviews written by Wieman about other books and clippings of reviews about Wieman's books.  Among correspondents are Paul Tillich, William Ernest Hocking, John Dewey, Charles Hartshorne, Alfred North Whitehead, and many other noted philosophers and theologians.  Included with the collection is a diary kept by Wieman while he traveled in Heidelberg and Jena in 1910-1911 on a traveling fellowship award from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a package of his academic hoods, along with gown and mortarboard.

Accession# 389: VFM 823; Xerox copies of two letters from Wieman to Philip Dennis, May 26 and July 19, 1972, and transcriptions of ten lectures, nine of which are by Wieman and one by John Childs. 2 TLS (Xerox), 3 pp.; 10 TMS (Xeroxed transcriptions)

Accession #401;  MISC VOL - Fitz, Erle W.; vol of transcripts of discussions with Henry Nelson Wieman Oct 1973-May 1974

Accession #480; Broyer, John; VFM - Wieman, Henry Nelson; letters, 1965-1974 from HNW to John Broyer discussing philosophical ideas (xerox)

Accession #501; Broyer, John; VFM 1354- Wieman, Henry Nelson; Articles by Weiman; "Creativity in History" and "God and the Modern World" presented to SIUC faculty, 1962 and 1963

Accession#589: Charles, Florence W.; Letters from Wieman to his daughter, Florence, 1965-1975, MSS COLLECTION 135

Accession#676: Correspondence, 1969-1974, from Henry Nelson Wieman to Creighton Peden. (See inventory for details) 23 TLS, 36 pp.; 1 ALS, 1 p.; VFM 1482

Accession #715: Letters to Wieman, on occasion of his 90th birthday, 1974; MISC VOL 140.

Accession #877: 20 tapes of Creativity Conference held after Wieman's death

Accession#1702: Wieman, Henry Nelson from Laura Wieman estate. Correspondence re acquisition in Wieman folder

Arrangement: Arranged in seven series:  (1) Biographical Materials;  (2)Correspondence; (3)Writings; (4) Speeches, Lectures, and Sermons; (5)Teaching Materials and Student Work; (6) Posthumous Correspondence and Events, 1975-1994; and (7) Printed Materials.
Biographical Note for Wieman, Henry Nelson, (1884-1975.) :

Henry Nelson Wieman (1884-1975), one of America's leading theologians, was born on August 19, 1884 in Richhill, Missouri.  He received an A.B. in 1907 from Park College in Parkville, Missouri and studied at San Francisco Theological Seminary. He was awarded a fellowship to continue his research in Jena and Heidelberg, Germany under Nobel Prize winning religious philosopher Rudolf Euken.  In 1912, he returned to the U.S. and served as minister for two years in St. Joseph, Missouri and Davis, California.  Wieman then continued his studies at Harvard University, where he received a Ph.D. in philosophy in 1917.  From 1917 to 1927, Wieman taught in the philosophy department at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and then he served as a professor of religion at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago.

After his retirement from the University of Chicago in 1947, he taught at the University of Oregon, Washington University in St. Louis, Grinnell College, and at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  In 1966 Wieman retired for the second time. A prominent exponent of naturalistic theism, Wieman is best known for his attempts to apply scientific methods to religion.  His views on American theological thought came to the fore in 1926 when he published Religious Experience and the Scientific Method. In this work Wieman concluded that a proper religion must make a place for science if it is to face the facts of the contemporary world. He died in 1975.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
Philosophy, American
Philosophy - United States - 20th century
Wieman, Henry Nelson, 1884-1975
Genres/Forms of Material
Clippings (information artifacts)
Dewey, John, 1859-1952 - Correspondence
Hartshorne, Charles, 1897-2000. - Correspondence
Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 - Correspondence
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 - Correspondence
Legal documents.
Manuscripts for publication.
Sound recordings
Speeches, addresses, etc.
Tillich, Paul, 1886-1965. - Correspondence
Whitehead, Alfred North, 1861-1947 - Correspondence
Wieman, Henry Nelson, 1884-1975 - Correspondence
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: Donation.
Other Formats: Name Index to General Correspondence:  Copies of letters written by Weiman are indexed under the name of the addressee.  A few of his correspondents have sent Wieman letters to be included in the collection.
Related Materials:

MF 5      Wieman, Henry Nelson

The Organization of Interest, a dissertation, [1917], Harvard University.  Positive, 1 reel, 20 ft.

MISC VOL 117, Accession #412; Minor, William S.; dissertation "Creativity in Henry Nelson Wieman" by Minor, 1971.

VFM 1449, Accession #615: Ross, C. Philip Collection of Henry Nelson Wieman; Letters, 1966-1975, largely from Henry N. Wieman to C. Philip Ross. Also, included are a few newsclippings and photographs. 61 pieces (see inventory for more complete description)

VFM 1443, Accession #642: Some reflections on Henry Nelson Wieman by Bernard E. Meland, presented at a Memorial service at the First Unitarian Church of Chicago, Sunday, July 6, 1975. TMs, 10 pp.

MISC VOL 139, Accession #714: Bound volume containing photocopies of articles by various authors concerning Wieman's life and work.

PreferredCitation: [after identification of item(s), Henry Nelson Wieman papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.