Browse: Collections Digital Content Subjects Creators Record Groups

John Dewey papers


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description


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

Email Us Contact Us About This Collection

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 ten 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, (9) Roberta Dewey Materials, and (10) Archibald Sprague Dewey's Shop Ledgers.

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Dewey papers date from 1858 to 1970 and consist of correspondence, financial records, recordings, and published and unpublished writings including original manuscripts which are published in The Poems of John Dewey.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.)
Chipman, Alice Shaw, 1832-1921.
Dewey, John, 1859-1952
Hook, Sidney, 1902-1989
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.

Physical Access Note: Ledgers in series 10 were treated for mold on 1 September 2018. Persons with mold sensitivity should use caution.

Technical Access Note: The repository does not have a projector to play the motion-picture film reels in series 4. However, select reels featuring John Dewey are digitized and available upon request.

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.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Manuscripts and Lecture Notes],
[Series 3: Financial Records],
[Series 4: Tapes, Films, and Compact Discs],
[Series 5: Published Material],
[Series 6: Memorabilia, Notes, Art, and Personal Effects],
[Series 7: Poetry, John Dewey],
[Series 8: Archivist Notecard Indexes],
[Series 9: Roberta Dewey Materials],
[Series 10: Archibald Sprague Dewey's Shop Ledgers],

Series 9: Roberta Dewey MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Box 65Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Roberta Dewey: Correspondence, 1927-1929Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Roberta Dewey: Correspondence, 1930-1931Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Roberta Dewey: Correspondence, 1932-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Roberta Dewey: Correspondence, 1934-1935Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Roberta Dewey: Correspondence, 1936-1937Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Roberta Dewey: Correspondence, 1938-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Roberta Dewey: Correspondence, 1940-1941Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Roberta Dewey: Correspondence, 1942-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Roberta Dewey: Correspondence, 1944-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Roberta Dewey: Correspondence, 1946-1947Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Roberta Dewey: Correspondence, 1948-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Roberta Dewey: Correspondence, 1950-1951Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Roberta Dewey: Correspondence, 1952-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Roberta Dewey: Correspondence, 1954-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Roberta Dewey: Correspondence, 1956-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Roberta Dewey: Correspondence, 1958-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Roberta Dewey: Correspondence, 1960-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Roberta Dewey: Correspondence, undatedAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Manuscripts and Lecture Notes],
[Series 3: Financial Records],
[Series 4: Tapes, Films, and Compact Discs],
[Series 5: Published Material],
[Series 6: Memorabilia, Notes, Art, and Personal Effects],
[Series 7: Poetry, John Dewey],
[Series 8: Archivist Notecard Indexes],
[Series 9: Roberta Dewey Materials],
[Series 10: Archibald Sprague Dewey's Shop Ledgers],

Page Generated in: 0.197 seconds (using 267 queries).
Using 3.19MB of memory. (Peak of 3.49MB.)

Powered by Archon Version 3.21 rev-2.1
Copyright ©2012 The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign