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Myrtle McGraw collection of John Dewey correspondence


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Wedding Script

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Title: Myrtle McGraw collection of John Dewey correspondence, 1928-1942Add to your cart.

ID: 1/2/MSS 155

Primary Creator: Dewey, John (1859-1952)

Other Creators: McGraw, Myrtle B. (Myrtle Byram) (1899-)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged in two series, (1) Correspondence, (2) Wedding Script.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1967

Subjects: Dewey, John, 1859-1952, McGraw, Myrtle B. (Myrtle Byram), 1899-

Forms of Material: Correspondence., Dewey, John, 1859-1952 - Correspondence, Dewey, John, 1859-1952 - Speeches, addresses, etc., McGraw, Myrtle B. (Myrtle Byram), 1899- - Correspondence, Parkhurst, Helen - Correspondence, Speeches, addresses, etc.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Myrtle McGraw was a friend and correspondent of John Dewey's who maintained a close professional and personal relationship with him until his death. This collection consists of materials saved by McGraw during the time that she knew Dewey including 101 letters, five post cards and one telegram from John Dewey (JD) to McGraw, as well as a script Dewey wrote for McGraw's wedding, which he officiated in 1936. Other items in the collection include a 1928 letter from Dewey to Helen Parkhurst on McGraw's behalf, and two items sent to McGraw by other correspondents.

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

Dewey, John, 1859-1952
McGraw, Myrtle B. (Myrtle Byram), 1899-

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 Method: Special Collections acquired this correspondence from Dr. McGraw in 1967.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Myrtle McGraw collection of John Dewey correspondence, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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