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John Dewey papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Correspondence

Manuscripts and Lecture Notes

Financial Records

Tapes, Films, and Compact Discs

Published Material

Memorabilia, Notes, Art, and Personal Effects

Poetry, John Dewey

Archivist Notecard Indexes

Roberta Dewey Materials

Archibald Sprague Dewey's Shop Ledgers


John Dewey papers, 1858-1970 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: John Dewey papers, 1858-1970Add to your cart.

ID: 1/2/MSS 102

Primary Creator: Dewey, John (1859-1952)

Extent: 73.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The collection is arranged into nine series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Manuscripts and Lecture Notes, (3) Financial Records, (4) Tapes, Films, and Compact Discs, (5) Published Material, (6) Memorabilia, Notes, Art, and Personal Effects, (7) Poetry, John Dewey, (8) Archivist Notecard Indexes, and (9) Roberta Dewey Materials.

Subjects: Barnes, Albert., Bentley, Arthur Fisher, 1870-1957., Chicago (Ill.), China., Chipman, Alice Shaw, 1832-1921., Dewey, John, 1859-1952, Hook, Sidney, 1902-1989, Japan, Kagawa, Toyohiko, 1888-1960, Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940., University of Chicago

Forms of Material: Artifacts., Audiocassettes, Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence., Dewey, John, 1859-1952 - Correspondence, Ledgers (account books), Manuscripts for publication., Records (documents), Sound recordings, Speeches, addresses, etc., Writings.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The John Dewey papers date from 1858 to 1970 and consist of correspondence, financial records, recordings, and published and unpublished writings including original manuscripts which are published in The Poems of John Dewey. The majority of the correspondence is familial, including letters between Dewey and Alice Chipman before their marriage.  Other personal letters include those Dewey wrote Roberta Dewey from Mexico in 1937, telling of the Trotsky hearings by the Preliminary Commission of Inquiry. Correspondence dating after Dewey's death (1952) is primarily Roberta Dewey's while she was acting as an executrix of Dewey's estate. 

There is also a large portion of professional correspondence including several letters of administrative nature from Dewey's University of Chicago days, correspondence between Dewey and Arthur F. Bentley, and letters concerning the work of Adelbert Ames in Hanover, New Hampshire.  Other miscellaneous, significant material includes:  Abstract of paper of Dewey's "Essays in Experimental Logic"; Schedules of lectures and readings; The Ethical Theory of John Dewey; names of members of the National Committee to Honor John Dewey; and the death certificate of John Dewey.

The recordings in this collection consist of tapes of family conversations, interviews with Dewey, reminiscences of Dewey and some of his lectures as well as films of family trips in the United States and abroad, recordings of Dewey's telephone conversations, and interviews with Dewey at the University of Pittsburgh (1949).

Writings by Dewey, Albert Barnes, Arthur F. Bentley, Sidney Hook, and Toyohiko Kagawa are also in this collection as well as a number of personal artifacts including Dewey's academic regalia, miscellaneous artwork, and Underwood typewriter.

Biographical Note

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Barnes, Albert.
Bentley, Arthur Fisher, 1870-1957.
Chicago (Ill.)
China.
Chipman, Alice Shaw, 1832-1921.
Dewey, John, 1859-1952
Hook, Sidney, 1902-1989
Japan
Kagawa, Toyohiko, 1888-1960
Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940.
University of Chicago

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

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.

Related Materials: John Dewey Syllabi and Lectures (MSS 22); Sidney Hook collection of John Dewey manuscript (MSS 23); John Rothman collection of John Dewey (MSS 93); Joseph Ratner papers and collection of John Dewey (MSS 142); Sidney Hook collection of John Dewey (MSS 142); Myrtle McGraw collection of John Dewey correspondence (MSS  155); John Dewey Society (MSS 251)

Preferred Citation: [Item], John Dewey papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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Series 3: Financial RecordsAdd to your cart.
Box 40Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Account book, Peking, 1919-1921Add to your cart.
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Folder 5: Miscellaneous Checks, 1947-1949Add to your cart.
Item 1: Notebook, tax deductions, 1942-1947Add to your cart.
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Item 3: Checkbook (Roberta Dewey), 1946 November-1947 AprilAdd to your cart.
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Item 1: "Spend and Save: Household Budget and Expense Records," 1950Add to your cart.
Possibly "Tax records, 1950"
Item 2: Checkbook, 1948 December 23-1949 September 2Add to your cart.
Item 3: Checkbook, 1949 January-1949 December 19Add to your cart.
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Item 5: Checkbook, 1947 December 18-1948 September 11Add to your cart.
Item 6: Checkbook, 1944 December 14-1945 August 23Add to your cart.
Item 7: Rotary address fileAdd to your cart.
Missing
Item 8: Checkbook of Estate of John Dewey, 1957-1958Add to your cart.

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