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Stephen C. Pepper papers

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

History of Stephen C. Pepper--Part II

History of Stephen C. Pepper--Part III

History of Stephen C. Pepper [holograph, original manuscript including journals] -- Part I

History of Stephen C. Pepper [holograph, original manuscript including journals] -- Part II

History of Stephen C. Pepper [holograph, original manuscript including journals] -- Part III

Miscellanies, Notebooks, Diaries, etc.

Narratives, Historical and Biographical

The Laws of Art, 1921 [mixed typed and holograph manuscript]

Science and Common Experience, Sketch of a Metaphysics, 1926-1927

Aesthetic Quality, 1937, AMs

Philosophy SS 15, 1939, TMs

General Correspondence, 1914-1972

Notes on Various Subjects, Course Bibliographies, Class Record Books

Administrative Files

Manuscripts, Articles, and Addresses

Book Reviews, Bibliographies, Student and Colleagues' work, and News Clippings

Travel Materials, Honors and Posters, and Memorabilia

Books

Correspondence

Class Notes

Journal Articles, News Clippings, Book Announcements and Reviews, Royalty Statements

Narratives, Historical and Biographical; Appointment Books; Miscellaneous


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Collection Overview

Title: Stephen C. Pepper papers, 1903-1972Add to your cart.

ID: 1/2/MSS 106

Primary Creator: Pepper, Stephen C. (Stephen Coburn), (1891-)

Extent: 38.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged in twenty two series: (1) History of Stephen C. Pepper-Part II, (2) History of Stephen C. Pepper-Part III, (3) History of Stephen C. Pepper [holograph, original manuscript including journals]-part I. (4) History of Stephen C. Pepper [holograph, original manuscript including journals]-part III, (5) Journals: [notebooks], (6) Miscellaneous, notebooks, diaries, etc. (7) Narratives, historical and biographical, (8) The laws of art, 1921 [mixed typed and holograph manuscript], (9) Science and common experience, sketch of a metaphysics, 1926-1927, (10) Aesthetic quality, 1937, AMS, (11) Philosophy SS, 15, 1939, TMS, (12) General correspondence, 1914-1972, (13) Notes on various subjects, course bibliographies, class record books, (14) Administrative files, (15) Manuscripts, articles, and addresses, (16) Book reviews, bibliographies, student and colleagues work and newsclippings, (17) Travel materials, honors and posters and memorabilia, (18) Books, (19) Correspondence, (20) Class notes, (21) Journal articles, newsclippings, book announcements, and reviews, royalty statements, (22) Narratives, historical and biographical, appointment books, miscellaneous.

Subjects: Art criticism., Pepper, Stephen C. (Stephen Coburn), 1891-, Philosophy, American - 20th century, University of California, Berkeley

Forms of Material: Audiocassettes, Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence., Diaries., Ephemera., Manuscripts for publication., Oral history, Pepper, Stephen C. (Stephen Coburn), 1891- - Correspondence

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Autobiographical and biographical material comprises over one-quarter of the papers of philosopher, Stephen Pepper; the autobiographical "History of Stephen C. Pepper" which was started when Pepper was twelve and continued throughout his life. The collection also includes correspondence with other scholars. The correspondence between Pepper and Cynthia Schuster, as well as with Judith Economos and Arthur Efron, is extensive and substantive. The collection also includes ample manuscript material documenting the development of Pepper's philosophical thought from its first expression in early essays to its flowering in his major works.

The ephemera in this collection includes diplomas, honors, posters, travel materials, and a photographic block.  There are also five tape recordings by Pepper on aesthetics, and a film entitled "Social Equilibrium."

Biographical Note

Stephen Coburn Pepper was born in 1891, the son of well-known portrait painter Charles Hovey Pepper, and the grandson of a distinguished President of Colby College. 

Pepper majored in Philosophy and received both an A.B. and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.  After teaching for a year at Wellesley College, Pepper was called to military service during World War I.  In 1919, Pepper joined the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Pepper was elected chairman of the Art Department from 1938 to 1952.  From 1939 to 1947, Pepper served as Assistant Dean of the College of Letters and Science at Berkeley, and in 1953 he became chairman of the Philosophy Department there.  Pepper was also an author of several major works in philosophy, aesthetics, and metaphysics.  His most notable works are: Aesthetic Quality, World Hypotheses, The Sources of Value, and Concept and Quality. 

Throughout his administrative years, Pepper continued to teach and was a popular lecturer.  He also continued to write on subjects both technical and non-technical, taking an interest in such current affairs as the design of the San Raphael Bridge. Periodically he would travel abroad studying art forms ranging from the primitive art of the Yucatan to the Renaissance art of Europe.

Prior to his death, Pepper completed an article on aesthetics for the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Stephen C. Pepper died of cancer on May 1, 1972.

Subject/Index Terms

Art criticism.
Pepper, Stephen C. (Stephen Coburn), 1891-
Philosophy, American - 20th century
University of California, Berkeley

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 form 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 Source: Stephen Pepper and Frances Pepper Tarson

Acquisition Method: donation

Related Materials: VFM

Preferred Citation: [Item], Stephen C. Pepper papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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[Series 1: History of Stephen C. Pepper--Part II],
[Series 2: History of Stephen C. Pepper--Part III],
[Series 3: History of Stephen C. Pepper [holograph, original manuscript including journals] -- Part I],
[Series 4: History of Stephen C. Pepper [holograph, original manuscript including journals] -- Part II],
[Series 5: History of Stephen C. Pepper [holograph, original manuscript including journals] -- Part III],
[Series 6: Miscellanies, Notebooks, Diaries, etc.],
[Series 7: Narratives, Historical and Biographical],
[Series 8: The Laws of Art, 1921 [mixed typed and holograph manuscript]],
[Series 9: Science and Common Experience, Sketch of a Metaphysics, 1926-1927],
[Series 10: Aesthetic Quality, 1937, AMs],
[Series 11: Philosophy SS 15, 1939, TMs],
[Series 12: General Correspondence, 1914-1972],
[Series 13: Notes on Various Subjects, Course Bibliographies, Class Record Books],
[Series 14: Administrative Files],
[Series 15: Manuscripts, Articles, and Addresses],
[Series 16: Book Reviews, Bibliographies, Student and Colleagues' work, and News Clippings],
[Series 17: Travel Materials, Honors and Posters, and Memorabilia],
[Series 18: Books],
[Series 19: Correspondence],
[Series 20: Class Notes],
[Series 21: Journal Articles, News Clippings, Book Announcements and Reviews, Royalty Statements],
[Series 22: Narratives, Historical and Biographical; Appointment Books; Miscellaneous],
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Series 15: Manuscripts, Articles, and AddressesAdd to your cart.
Box 23Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "The New Humanistic Philosophy,", circa 1928-1929Add to your cart.
"The New Humanistic Philosophy," TMs [ca. 1928-1929].
Folder 2: "What's the Use of Art,", 1944 July 5Add to your cart.
"What's the Use of Art," Radio Talk, TMs [mimeographed], July 5, 1944
Folder 3: [commencement address], 1948 June 16Add to your cart.
[commencement address], TMs, June 16, 1948
Folder 4: "Towards an Adjustable Society,", 1950Add to your cart.
"Towards an Adjustable Society," TMs [mimeographed], 1950
Folder 5: Conferences, 1951 March 30-31, 1952 September 11-13Add to your cart.

Conference on the Humanities, Reed College, TMs [mimeographed], March 30-31, 1951

"A Comment in Closing," Conference on Reason and Value, Mills College, TMs [mimeographed], Sept. 11-13, 1952

Folder 6: "Value and Reason,", 1952 September 11-13Add to your cart.
"Value and Reason," Conference on Reason and Value, Mills College, TMs [mimeographed], Sept. 11-13, 1952
Folder 7: "Evaluation and Discourse,", 1952Add to your cart.
"Evaluation and Discourse," TMs [mimeographed], 1952
Folder 8: Description of Plato's Republic,, 1957 August 13Add to your cart.
Description of Plato's Republic, "by request for Ellen," [Pepper's wife], AMs, August 13, 1957
Folder 9: "The Dynamics of Value,", 1958 March 5Add to your cart.
"The Dynamics of Value," lecture, TMs, March 5, 1958
Folder 10: "Man and the Landscape,", 1959 NovemberAdd to your cart.
"Man and the Landscape," address, TMsS, Nov. 1959
Folder 11: "Education and adaptability,", 1961Add to your cart.
"Education and adaptability," address, TMs [mimeographed], 1961
Folder 12: "The Responsibility of Higher Education for Developing Aesthetic Values,", 1962 May 11-12Add to your cart.
"The Responsibility of Higher Education for Developing Aesthetic Values," address, TMs [mimeographed], May 11-12, 1962.
Folder 13: "Reality, Actuality, and Fallible Opinion,", 1963 March 22-24Add to your cart.
"Reality, Actuality, and Fallible Opinion," address, TMs, March 22-24, 1963
Folder 14: "A Split in the Identity Theory,", 1968 March 10-14Add to your cart.
"A Split in the Identity Theory," Honolulu Conference on the Identity Theory, TMs, and AMs, March 10-14, 1968
Folder 15: "Autobiography of an Aesthetics,", 1969 October 23-25Add to your cart.
"Autobiography of an Aesthetics," American Society of Aesthetics, University of Virginia, comments and replies, TMs [mimeographed], Oct. 23-25, 1969
Folder 16: "A General Theory of Values Based on the Dynamics of Selective Systems", 1970 April 16Add to your cart.
"A General Theory of Values Based on the Dynamics of Selective Systems," AMs, April 16, 1970
Box 24Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "On the Question of a Rational Religion", 1971Add to your cart.
"On the Question of a Rational Religion," TMs and AMs, 1971
Folder 2: "Just the Facts, Please,", circa 1971-1972Add to your cart.
Some Remarks on Wall's "Just the Facts, Please," AMs [ca. 1971-72]
Folder 3: "Aesthetics,", 1971-1972Add to your cart.
"Aesthetics," TMs [1971-72], written for the Encyclopedia Britannica
Folder 4: "Aesthetics,", 1971-1972Add to your cart.
"Aesthetics," AMs [1971-72], written for the Encyclopedia Britannica
Folder 5: "Acquaintance with Felt Qualities and Knowledge,"Add to your cart.
"Acquaintance with Felt Qualities and Knowledge," TMs
Folder 6: "Comments on D. N. Gordinor's Paper on Space-Time and the Immediate Present,"Add to your cart.
"Comments on D. N. Gordinor's Paper on Space-Time and the Immediate Present," AMs [xeroxed]
Folder 7: "Ideals in Retrospect,"Add to your cart.
"Ideals in Retrospect," TMs
Folder 8: "A Matter of Value: Is Man Intelligent Enough?"Add to your cart.
"A Matter of Value: Is Man Intelligent Enough?" AMs and TMs
Folder 9: "Perception and Felt Qualities,", 1968 May 15-19Add to your cart.
"Perception and Felt Qualities," address, SIUC, TMs and AMs, May 15-19, 1968
Folder 10: "Santayana's Retreat from Existence,"Add to your cart.
"Santayana's Retreat from Existence," TMs and AMs
Folder 11: "Selective Action of Biological Evaluation,"Add to your cart.
"Selective Action of Biological Evaluation," AMs
Folder 12: "Root Metaphor,"Add to your cart.
"Root Metaphor," TMs and AMs
Folder 13: Abstracts of articlesAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: History of Stephen C. Pepper--Part II],
[Series 2: History of Stephen C. Pepper--Part III],
[Series 3: History of Stephen C. Pepper [holograph, original manuscript including journals] -- Part I],
[Series 4: History of Stephen C. Pepper [holograph, original manuscript including journals] -- Part II],
[Series 5: History of Stephen C. Pepper [holograph, original manuscript including journals] -- Part III],
[Series 6: Miscellanies, Notebooks, Diaries, etc.],
[Series 7: Narratives, Historical and Biographical],
[Series 8: The Laws of Art, 1921 [mixed typed and holograph manuscript]],
[Series 9: Science and Common Experience, Sketch of a Metaphysics, 1926-1927],
[Series 10: Aesthetic Quality, 1937, AMs],
[Series 11: Philosophy SS 15, 1939, TMs],
[Series 12: General Correspondence, 1914-1972],
[Series 13: Notes on Various Subjects, Course Bibliographies, Class Record Books],
[Series 14: Administrative Files],
[Series 15: Manuscripts, Articles, and Addresses],
[Series 16: Book Reviews, Bibliographies, Student and Colleagues' work, and News Clippings],
[Series 17: Travel Materials, Honors and Posters, and Memorabilia],
[Series 18: Books],
[Series 19: Correspondence],
[Series 20: Class Notes],
[Series 21: Journal Articles, News Clippings, Book Announcements and Reviews, Royalty Statements],
[Series 22: Narratives, Historical and Biographical; Appointment Books; Miscellaneous],
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