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Open Court Publishing Company Records

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

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Correspondence

Manuscripts

Illustrations and Photographs

Promotional Material

Open Court Publications

Non-Open Court Publications

Organizations & Events

Financial and Business

Serials


Open Court Publishing Company Records, 1886-1998 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: Open Court Publishing Company Records, 1886-1998Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1887-1920

ID: 1/2/MSS 027

Primary Creator: Open Court Publishing Company

Other Creators: Carus, Paul (1852-1919)

Extent: 424.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged in nine series including: 1): Correspondence; 2) Manuscripts; 3) Illustrations and Photographs; 4) Promotional Material; 5) Open Court Publications; 6) Non-Open Court Publications; 7) Organizations and Events; 8) Financial and Business; 9) Serials.

Date Acquired: 12/05/1968

Subjects: Carus, Paul, 1852-1919., Hegeler, Edward C., 1835-1910., Illinois - Publishing - History, La Salle County (Ill.) - Publishing - History, Mach, Ernst, 1838-1916., Open Court Publishing Company, Open Court Publishing Company - History, Philosophical literature - Publishing - History, The Monist, Theology - Publishing - History

Forms of Material: Bell, Alexander Graham, 1847-1922 - Correspondence, Binet, Alfred, 1857-1911 - Correspondence, Boas, Franz, 1858-1942 - Correspondence, Burbank, Luther, 1849-1926 - Correspondence, Corporation records., Correspondence., Dewey, John, 1859-1952 - Correspondence, Ephemera., Hook, Sidney, 1902-1989 - Correspondence, Husserl, Edmund, 1859-1938 - Correspondence, Mach, Ernst, 1838-1916. - Correspondence, Manuscripts for publication., Mead, George Herbert, 1863-1931. - Correspondence, Peirce, Charles Sanders, 1839-1914. - Correspondence, Photographs, Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972. - Correspondence, Speeches, addresses, etc., Vries, Hugo de, 1848-1935. - Correspondence

Languages: English, German, Japanese

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The records of the Open Court Publishing Company of LaSalle, Illinois document the editorial, business, and other publishing related activities of the company from its founding in 1887 by zinc manufacturer Edward C. Hegeler.  The bulk of the records consist of correspondence, article and book manuscripts and related editorial material, and financial records produced by the company in the course of publishing its journals, The Open Court and The Monist, and books related to scientific, religious, and philosophical subjects during the editorial tenure of Paul Carus, 1887-1919. The collection also includes Open Court promotional material, photographs, scrapbooks, illustrations and other production material, and a variety of printed matter related to the company's publishing interests.

Biographical Note

Open Court Publishing Company was founded in 1887 in LaSalle, Illinois by Edward Hegeler who hired Dr. Paul Carus as editor-in-chief.  Open Court was one of the first academic presses in the United States. The goals of Open Court were to provide a forum for the discussion of philosophy, science, and religion, and to make philosophical classics widely available by making them affordable.  It also published the quarterly journals Open Court and The Monist, which is still being published today.  Hegeler and Carus were truly interested in the honest exchange of ideas whether or not they personally agreed with the contributing authors.

During the late 1880s until the 1920s, the Open Court Publishing Company produced a copious number of publications. Their catalog included a huge variety of subjects even though, Paul Carus, the editor of Open Court, dedicated his philosophical approach to Monism. Incorporating ideals of science and religion, Carus sought the opinions, ideas, thoughts, and philosophy of some of the world's greatest thinkers, scientists, and theologians. Carus published and corresponded with anthropologists, mathematicians, geologists, geographers, philosophers, biologists, zoologists, psychologists, and academics of all kinds, including many who were known throughout the world.

During this time, Open Court Publishing Company had a unique place in the publishing business.  The company was private, family owned, and did not publish dime store novels, but serious mainstream, progressive, scientific, academic, and religious writings. Other presses would print such materials; however, most of the presses were University presses. Princeton printed the Princeton Theological Review, Harvard printed the Harvard Theological Review, and some organizations printed quarterly journals such The Biblical Review Quarterly. The Open Court Publishing Company stood somewhere in the middle ground, printing academic writings, as well as books, articles, and journals for the general reading public. Diversity of subject and readership are what made Open Court Publishing Company unique in the publishing industry.  In addition, Paul Carus and Open Court Publishing Company were instrumental in printing and spreading Eastern thought in the West, bringing these ideas to the pages of all types of academic journals of the day, from Harvard and Princeton’s presses, to the journal of the Maha Bohdi Society.

Subject/Index Terms

Carus, Paul, 1852-1919.
Hegeler, Edward C., 1835-1910.
Illinois - Publishing - History
La Salle County (Ill.) - Publishing - History
Mach, Ernst, 1838-1916.
Open Court Publishing Company
Open Court Publishing Company - History
Philosophical literature - Publishing - History
The Monist
Theology - Publishing - History

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 (Hegeler Carus Foundation) and (2) the holder of the copyright (which may also be the Hegeler Carus Foundation). 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.

SIUC Special Collections Research Center shall request 2 copies from every researcher of any published materials resulting from researcher's access to the collection.  One copy will be provided to the Hegeler Carus Foundation.

Physical Access Note: Materials were cleaned of coal (and possibly zinc) dust upon their arrival to the repository. Persons with sensitivities should use caution.

Acquisition Source: Permanent loan by Hegeler Carus Foundation.

Related Materials: Open Court Publishing research library is being cataloged and individual books can be located using SIUCat.  The Open Court Journal has been digitized and is available online through Internet Archive. For more information please see http://www.archive.org/details/opencourt.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Open Court Publishing Company records, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Finding Aid Revision History: Boxes 147, 284, 285, 286, and 287 do not exist, and they receive no catalogue entries as a result.


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Newspapers and magazines dating 1938-1958. Newspapers: Unity: Freedom, Fellowship and Character in Religion (1891); Social Justice: Published in the Interest of the National Union for Social
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Item 56: Social Justice 5A, no. 13 (1940).Add to your cart.
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Item 1: Scrapbook: "Conscious du Moi. L'Idee de Dieu. The Idea of God. My Little Book of Prayer. The Napoleon Myth."Add to your cart.
Item 2: Scrapbook: "Noiré's Origin of Language. The Religion of Science and Religion of S. Lab."Add to your cart.
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Item 7: Scrapbook: "1. Thoughts on religion. 2. Dawn of a New Era. 3. Lévy Bruhl."Add to your cart.
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Item 9: Scrapbook: "1. The Prophets of Israel. 2. Fink. 3. Sacred [Jasmine]. 4. Godward. 5. Açvaghosha."Add to your cart.

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