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Joseph Ratner papers

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Biographical Note

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Detailed Description

Correspondence

Manuscripts, Research, and Lecture Notes

Published Material


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Collection Overview

Title: Joseph Ratner papers, 1862-1978Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 1/2/MSS 142

Primary Creator: Ratner, Joseph, (1901-)

Other Creators: Dewey, John (1859-1952)

Extent: 68.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: Arranged in three series: (1) Correspondence; (2) Manuscripts, Research, and Lecture Notes; and (3) Published Material.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1979

Subjects: Dewey, John, 1859-1952, Philosophy, American - 20th century, Ratner, Joseph, 1901-, Religion

Forms of Material: Correspondence., Manuscripts for publication., Ratner, Joseph, 1901- - Correspondence

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The extant papers of Joseph Ratner reflect the range of his scholarship in philosophy, religion, politics, and particularly his interest in the work of John Dewey.  The papers include Ratner's extensive professional and personal correspondence with Dewey, other Dewey letters collected for his intended but uncompleted biography of Dewey, and manuscripts and lecture notes by both men.

Biographical Note

Joseph Ratner was born in London in 1901.  His family left England in 1904 and settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at City College of New York in 1922 and his M.A. at Columbia University in 1923, he was granted a Moral Science Fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge University (1924-1925).  In 1926, he returned to the United States and served as a Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at Columbia University.  In 1930, he received his Ph.D. from Columbia; at various times he taught at the New School for Social Research.  He also served as an assistant editor to the Encyclopedia of Social Sciences.  From 1940 to 1945 he worked as an instructor at City College, New York.

During his doctoral studies at Columbia, Ratner met John Dewey and served as his teaching assistant.  Their friendship lasted until Dewey's death in 1952.  In addition to writing several books on Spinoza, Albert Camus, and Reinhold Niebuhr, Ratner edited a number of works by Dewey: The Philosophy of John Dewey (1928); Characters and Events (1929); Intelligence in the Modern World (1930), introduction by Ratner; Education Today (1940), foreword by Ratner; and Philosophy, Psychology, and Social Practice (1963), foreword by Ratner.  These collections, along with Ratner's introductions, several of which have been widely translated, have helped scholars develop a more comprehensive view of John Dewey's philosophy.  In 1944 Ratner started traveling to do research for a biography of Dewey, for which he collected a great deal of material, but never completed.  Joseph Ratner died at his New York City home on May 22, 1979 at the age of 78.

Subject/Index Terms

Dewey, John, 1859-1952
Philosophy, American - 20th century
Ratner, Joseph, 1901-
Religion

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Alternate Extent Statement: 66 boxes, 1 oversize box, 2 boxes of pamphlet material, 11 free standing volumes

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 Method: Special Collections acquired the Joseph Ratner Papers from the Joseph Ratner estate in 1979.  A small portion of the papers was purchased from the Lion Heart Autographs in 1980.

Related Materials: John Dewey papers.

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


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Correspondence],
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[Series 3: Published Material],
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Series 1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.

The first series contains nine boxes which span the years 1862, and 1882 to 1978. The series is divided into three sub-series. The first, arranged chronologically, includes Ratner’s correspondence with Dewey’s associates (Albert Barnes, Edward O. Sisson, Charles Beard, Grace de Laguna, William H. Kilpatrick, Arthur F. Bentley) and relates to his biographical research on Dewey. Included in this correspondence are copies of letters, 1862-1898, either written by or regarding Dewey. The letter dating 1862 is a transcript of a letter by A. S. Dewey (father of John Dewey) to Editors of the Free Press.

The second sub-series represents correspondence between Dewey and Ratner. It covers the years from 1927, when Ratner was studying at Columbia University, until Dewey’s death in 1952. This correspondence, which is arranged chronologically, largely reflects their discussions on philosophical theories and comments on articles dealing with a variety of philosophical, educational, and religious issues. In this section also is included correspondence between Ratner and the Dewey family dating from 1930 to 1956.

The third and last sub-series includes letters (photocopies and originals) between Dewey and others, mostly his correspondence with Arthur F. Bentley, Sidney Hook, and Albert C. Barnes. The Dewey-Barnes correspondence makes up the largest portion of this section and dates from 1917 to 1946. It documents their exchange of philosophical and aesthetic views. Barnes, who attended Dewey’s seminar in philosophy at Columbia University, was so impressed by Dewey’s intellect that he became Dewey’s life-long admirer and patron. Dewey, on his part, appreciated Barnes’s knowledge of the arts, particularly his studies on French Impressionism.

The collection also contains letters not placed under Series I - Correspondence that might be of special interest. For instance, letters relating to the Trotsky hearings in Mexico (1937) are located in the Dewey Published Material section, and correspondence concerning Dewey’s introduction to Elsie Clapp’s The Use of Resources in Education can be found in the Dewey Manuscripts section.

An index to correspondents in this series is available as an associated digital content document.

Sub-Series 1: Joseph RatnerAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: InventoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1862-1898Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1923-1924Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1938-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1941-1942Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1943-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1946 February-JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1946 JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1946 AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1946 SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence, 1946 October-NovemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence, 1946 DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence, 1947 JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence, 1947 FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence, 1947 MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Correspondence, 1947 April-MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence, 1947 JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence, 1947 July-AugustAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1947 September-OctoberAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1947 November-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1948 January-FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1948 March-MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1948 JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1948 July-AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1948 September-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1949 January-AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1949 May-OctoberAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1949 November-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence, 1951-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence, 1954-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence, 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence, 1960 January-JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Correspondence, 1960 August-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Correspondence, 1971-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence, 1976-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Correspondence and fragments, undatedAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Joseph Ratner - John DeweyAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1927-1931Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1932-1935Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1935 June-OctoberAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1937-1938Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1940-1941Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1943-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1946 March-SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence, 1946 October-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1948 January-MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1948 April-MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1948 August-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1949 January-MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1949 June-JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1949 AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1949 September-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1950 January-MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1950 April-MayAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1950 June-AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1950 September-1951Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence and fragments, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Ratner-Dewey Family, 1930-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Ratner-Dewey Family, 1915-1950Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Ratner-Dewey Family, 1951-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Ratner-Dewey Family, undatedAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: John DeweyAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Adams, Adlerblum, 1911-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Adlerblum, 1947-1949, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Angell, Aspinwall, BalzAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Barnes, 1917-1918 JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Barnes, 1918 July-AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Barnes, 1918 September-December, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Barnes, 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Barnes, 1920 June-SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Barnes, 1920 October-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Barnes, 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Barnes, 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Barnes, 1925 January-AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Barnes, 1925 May-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Barnes, 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Barnes, 1928-1929Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Barnes, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Barnes, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Barnes, 1932-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Barnes, 1934 January-MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Barnes, 1934 April-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Barnes, 1935-1936Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Barnes, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Barnes, 1938-1939 JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Barnes, 1939 July-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Barnes, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Barnes, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Barnes, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Barnes, 1943-1944Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Barnes, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Barnes, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Barnes, fragmentsAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Bawden, BenneAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Bentley, BlivenAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Chandler, Counts, CurtiAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: de Laguna, Dewey, The Dial, DoddAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Emin, Fain, FlechtheimAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Geiger, 1929-1937Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1939-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Gordon, Goulds Manufacturing Co., GravesAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Hantz, HarperAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: HarrisAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Haashi, Hook, HoughtonAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: LamprechtAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Manny, 1892-1896Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Manny, 1897-1899Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Manny, 1900-1903Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Manny, 1904-1906Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Manny, 1907-1910Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Manny, 1911-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Manny, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Mars, MooreAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Naess, New York Times, O'Cannell, OctaviusAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Otto, 1917-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Otto, 1934-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Otto, 1940-1941Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Otto, 1942-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Phillips, Raup, RobertAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Schulze-Gielitz, Silverman, SissonAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Southard, Stein, StevensAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Teachers College, Tomiya, Trinity College, TylerAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Vandervelde, von Jagemann, Wenley, Wolff, WrightAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Unidentified and fragmentsAdd to your cart.
Contains correspondence by Jane Addams and George Herbert Mead.

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