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George S. Counts papers, 1907-1974 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: George S. Counts papers, 1907-1974Add to your cart.

ID: 1/2/MSS 134

Primary Creator: Counts, George S. (George Sylvester), (1889-1974.)

Extent: 14.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged in thirteen series: (1) Biographical mattter, (2) Correspondence (1907-1974), (3) Speeches, (4) Manuscripts, (5) Classroom materials, (6) Russian memorabilia, (7) Conference material, (8) Printed materials by Counts, (9) Printed materials by others, (10) Awards, (11) Newspaper clippings, (12) Miscellaneous, (13) Standing volumes.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1978

Subjects: Counts, George S. (George Sylvester), 1889-1974., Russia - Description and travel

Forms of Material: Correspondence., Counts, George S. (George Sylvester), 1889-1974. - Correspondence, Counts, George S. (George Sylvester), 1889-1974. - Manuscripts, Diaries., Ephemera., Manuscripts for publication., Photographs, Postcards, Records (documents)

Languages: English, Russian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The George S. Counts Papers consist of letters to Counts, manuscripts, articles by Counts and other authors, awards Counts received, classroom material, and material relating to organizations in which Counts was active. The collection also includes Russian memorabilia Counts collected during his three trips to the Soviet Union: a diary from his 1929 auto tour, postcards of Russian paintings, Russian newspapers, and Russian printed matter.

Biographical Note

George Sylvester Counts was born on a farm near Baldwin City, Kansas, on December 9, 1889.  His BA from Baker University (1911) in classical studies included the study of history, philosophy, and the natural sciences.  He then taught for two years in two high schools in Kansas and in 1913 went to the University of Chicago (1913-1916) where he was awarded a Ph.D. magna cum laude, in education and social sciences.  Thereafter, he embarked upon a teaching career that took him to various American colleges and universities including Yale University, the University of Chicago, and Teachers College, Columbia University (1927-1955).  Upon his retirement from Columbia, he taught at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Colorado, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, and finally came to Southern Illinois University as Visiting Distinguished Professor in the College of Education (1962-1974).

George S. Counts wrote numerous books, monographs, and hundreds of articles on education and social affairs.  The New Russian Primer (1931) was selected by the Book of the Month Club and The Challenge of Soviet Education, was given the Liberty and Justice Award by the American Library Association, "adjudged the most distinguished book of 1957 in contemporary problems and affairs."  Some of his other books include The Principles of Education (1924), The Soviet Challenge to America (1931), A Ford Crosses Soviet Russia (1931), The Social Foundation of Education (1934), The Prospects of American Democracy (1938), The Country of the Blind (1949), Education and American Civilization (1952), and Education and the Foundations of Human Freedom (1963).  These books reflected his concern for the problems of the relation of education to society and civilization.  Counts was active in several professional and political organizations such as the American Federation of Teachers (President, 1939-1942); the American Liberal Party of New York State; the American Historical Association, where he became a close colleague of Charles A. Beard; the National Academy of Education; and the American Civil Liberties Union.

George Counts died on November 10, 1974, in Belleville, Illinois.

Subject/Index Terms

Counts, George S. (George Sylvester), 1889-1974.
Russia - Description and travel

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.

Acquisition Source: Gift

Preferred Citation: [Item], George S. Counts papers, Special Collections Resarch Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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Folder 1: PostcardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Series VIII  Conference Material, 1954-1966 MayAdd to your cart.

Alumni Conference, Teachers College, Columbia 1954;

The Role of Teachers College, 1955;

Administration and Foundations Graduate Faculty of College of Education, 1964;

Executive Council Meeting of the National Academy of Education, 1965;

Annual Proceedings, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1965-1966

Folder 3: Correspondence, 1966-1970 JulyAdd to your cart.

Education Improvement Project, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1966;

Seventy-first Annual Meeting, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1966;

Cleveland Conference, 1970

Folder 7: Printed Material by CountsAdd to your cart.

The Social Status of Occupation: A Problem in Vocational Guidance, The School Review, Jan. 1925.;

Procedures in Evaluating Extra-Curriculum Activities, The School Review, June, 1926.;

The Educational Program of Soviet Russia, Bulletin of National Association of Secondary School Principals, March, 1928.;

Education, The American Journal of Sociology, July, 1928.;

Changing the High School Curriculum, Progressive Education, Oct., 1928

Folder 8: Printed Material by CountsAdd to your cart.

Selection as a Function of American Secondary Education, Bulletin of the Department of Secondary School Principals, March, 1929.;

What is a School Education?, Teachers College Record, April, 1929.;

Education and the Five Year Plan of Soviet Russia, The Journal of Educational Sociology, Sept., 1930.;

Address, The Consensus, May, 1931.

Education and the Soviet Planning in Soviet Russia, Proceedings of the Association of History Teachers of the Middle States and Maryland, 1931;

The Teaching of Philosophies and the Principles of Education, April, 1932;

Dare Progressive Education Be Progressive, Progressive Education, April, 1932.;

Education-For What? Ten Fallacies of the Educators, The New Republic, May 18, 1932.;

Secondary Education and the Social Problems, School Executive Magazine, August, 1932.;

Redrawing the Boundaries of Local Government, Nov. 1932;

What Has Happened to the American Family, 1933.;

Presentday Reasons for Requiring a Longer Period of Pre-Service Preparation for Teachers, The American Association of Teachers Colleges, 1935.;

The Opportunity of the Social Studies Teachers, Proceedings of the Middle States Association of History Teachers, 1935

Folder 9: Printed Material by CountsAdd to your cart.

The Opportunity of the Social Studies Teachers, The Social Studies, Jan., 1936.;

How Free Should Our Schools Be?, American Town Meeting of the Air, 1937.;

Relations of Public Education and Private Enterprise, Nov. 11, 1937.;

A Program for American Education, Educational Trends, 1938.;

Education and Democracy, 1939.;

Theses for Discussion at the Monday Session, 1939;

The Current Challenge to Our Democratic Heritage, Progressive Education, 1939.;

Labor's Stake in a Victory, The Nation, Feb. 3, 1941.;

Presidential Address, The District Teacher, Oct. 1941.;

Education in an Age of Decision, Curriculum Journal, Nov., 1942.;

The Retiring President's Report to the Gary Convention, The American Teacher, Oct., 1942.;

Report of the United States Education Mission to Japan, March 30, 1946.;

The Second World War in a Soviet High School History, Dec., 1946.;

Are the Soviets Modifying Marxian Doctrine?, Jan., 1947.;

Socio-economic forces in a Teacher's Strike, April, 1947.;

The End of a Myth About Education and Democracy, Vital Speeches of the Day, Feb. 15, 1949.;

The Soviet System of Mind Control, July 15-Dec. 15, 1949.;

Meeting the Communist Challenge, The Elks Magazine, March, 1950.;

The Central Idealogical Conflict of Our Time, Educational Leadership, Dec., 1951.;

Education and Our American Values, June, 1952.;

Moral Foundations of American Civilization, University of Pennsylvania Bulletin, 1953.;

A Proposal for Improving the Quality of Instruction and Discipline in the Public Schools, Progressive Education, 1953.;

Let's Enter the Twentieth Century, American Unity, 1953.;

Freedom of Teaching, Vital Speeches of the Day, Aug. 15, 1954.;

A Rational Faith in Education, Teachers College Record, Feb., 1958.;

Education and the Technological Revolution, Teachers College Record, March, 1958 (annotated);

Education and the Foundations of Liberty, Teachers College Record, April, 1958.;

Meeting the Soviet Challenge, April 1958.;

The Spirit of American Education, Teachers College Record, May 1958.;

Meeting the Challenge of Soviet Russia, The American Teacher, Dec., 1958.;

Meeting the Challenge of Soviet Education, Studies in Contemporary Education Thought, Nov., 1960.;

Education and Professional Employment in the U.S.S.R., 1962.;

Dare the Schools Build a Great Society, 1962;

The Learning Society, 1968.;

A Rational Faith in Education, The College of Education Newsletter, 1972.;

Can the Schools Build Democracy in Japan?, n.d.;

The Right to Make Mistakes, (annotated).


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