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Open Court Publishing Company Records

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

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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Series 7: Organizations & EventsAdd to your cart.
The series consists of bulletins, programs, promotional literature, meeting materials, and miscellaneous material of cultural, scientific, philosophical, religious, commercial and civic, and political organizations and events - the majority of which reflect the interests to editor Paul Carus, 1880s-1920. Of particular note are substantial materials related to the World's Parliament of Religions held in 1893 at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.
Box 280Add to your cart.
Folder 1: American Academy of Political and Social ScienceAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 3: American Catholic Philosophical Association, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 4: American Committee, Olympic Games, 1908Add to your cart.
Folder 5: American Congress of  Liberal Religious Societies, 1894Add to your cart.
Folder 6: American Council Institute of Pacific Relations, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 7: American Federation of ReligionAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: American Health UniversityAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: American Mathematical Society, 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 10: American Oriental Society, 1898-1928Add to your cart.
Folder 11: American Philosophical Association, 1898-1931Add to your cart.
Folder 12: American Psychological Association, 1894, 1906Add to your cart.
Folder 13: American Society of Brewing Technology, 1915Add to your cart.
Folder 14: American Society for Extension of University TeachingAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: American Society of University Extension, 1896Add to your cart.
Folder 16: American Secular Union / Freethought Federation of America, 1894Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Applied Yoga Institute, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Archaeological InstituteAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Art Institute of ChicagoAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Authors Club, 1980, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Atlas ClubAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Balliol College Musical Society, 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Business Executives Move for Vietnam PeaceAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Bonney Club, 1868Add to your cart.
Folder 25: British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1897-1920Add to your cart.
Folder 25.1: Buddhist Shrine Restoration Society, 1906Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Buddhist Society of America, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Buddhist Society of Great Britain and Ireland, 1909, 1914Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Chicago Association of CommerceAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Chicago Commercial Association, 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Chicago Ethical Society, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Chicago Society of Biblical Research, 1904, 1909, 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Chicago Trade Press AssociationAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Church of Good Will Towards MenAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Citizens Save Our Schools Committee of Chicago, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Civic and Philanthropic ConferenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: Columbia Damen Club, 1910Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Comite Central de Co-ordination, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Comite International de Propagande, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Committee of One Hundred on National Health, 1908Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Congresso Positivista InternazionaleAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: Congress of ReligionAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: Debating Club of La Salle, Illinois, 1900Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Delegation pour L'Adoption d'une Langue Internationale, 1901-1909Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Deutsche Medicinische Gesellschaft, 1900Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Egypt Exploration Fund, 1915Add to your cart.
Folder 46: First Congressional Church of Evanston, Illinois, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 47: First Free Church of TacomaAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: Free Religious Federation, 1896Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Germanistic Society of Chicago, 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Henry George School of Social ScienceAdd to your cart.
Folder 51: The Groszmann School for Exceptional, Nervous, and Defective Children, 1897Add to your cart.
Folder 52: The Illinois Academy of Science, 1912Add to your cart.
Folder 53: The Illinois Society for Child Study, 1898Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Illinois State Library Association, 1901Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Illinois Woman's Press Association, 1889Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Illinois State Academy of Science, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 57: International Association for Promoting the Study of Quaternions and Allied Systems of Mathematics, 1899Add to your cart.
Folder 58: International Congress of Arts and Science, 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 59: International Congress of Freethinkers, 1893, 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 60: International Congress of Psychology, 1896Add to your cart.
Folder 61: International Institute of China, 1912Add to your cart.
Folder 62: The International Intelligence InstituteAdd to your cart.
Folder 63: Jewish Chautauqua SocietyAdd to your cart.
Folder 64: Maha-Bodhi Society, 1896Add to your cart.
Folder 65: Michigan State Normal SchoolAdd to your cart.
Folder 66: Milwaukee Ethical SocietyAdd to your cart.
Folder 67: National Marine League, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 68: Navy League of the United States, 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 69: New England Tariff Reform League, 1894Add to your cart.
Folder 70: The New Orient Society of America, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 71: The Nineteenth Century Club, 1894Add to your cart.
Folder 72: Oakbeach Christian Unity Conference, 1895Add to your cart.
Folder 73: Oriental Exploration Fund of the University of ChicagoAdd to your cart.
Folder 74: The Philosophy ClubAdd to your cart.
Folder 75: Press Club of Chicago, 1898Add to your cart.
Folder 76: The Rationalist Press Association, 1900Add to your cart.
Folder 77: Religious Education Association, 1912Add to your cart.
Folder 78: Ryder Memorial ChurchAdd to your cart.
Folder 79: Sakya Buddhist Youngmen's Association, 1899Add to your cart.
Folder 80: Sanghamitta Girls' SchoolAdd to your cart.
Folder 81: Socio-Legal Forum of Chicago, 1901Add to your cart.
Folder 82: The Society of Midland Authors, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 83: The Somerville Monday Evening Club, 1894Add to your cart.
Folder 84: State Normal School (Brockport NY), 1901Add to your cart.
Folder 85: The Students' ClubAdd to your cart.
Folder 86: Sunset Club, 1901Add to your cart.
Folder 87: Theosophical SocietyAdd to your cart.
Folder 88: Texas Academy of ScienceAdd to your cart.
Folder 89: Texas Fine Arts Association, 1913Add to your cart.
Folder 90: The Theistic ChurchAdd to your cart.
Folder 91: Universal Congress of Religions, 1897-1905Add to your cart.
Folder 92: University Club of Chicago, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 93: White City ClubAdd to your cart.
Folder 94: The World's Congress of Representative Women, 1893Add to your cart.
Folder 95: World Federation of Incorporated Institutions for Human Uplift and EnlightmentAdd to your cart.
Folder 96: The World's Unity LeagueAdd to your cart.
Folder 97: World-Wide Fellowship of Faiths, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 98: Young Men's Buddhist Association, 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 99: Paul Carus Memorial Symposium, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 100: Open Court Centennial Symposium, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 101: Open Court Centennial Symposium, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 102: Miscellaneous organizations and eventsAdd to your cart.
Folder 103: World's Parliament of Religions-articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 104: World's Parliament of Religions-articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 105: World's Parliament of Religions-articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 106: World's Parliament of Religion-articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 107: World's Parliament of Religion-articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 108: World's Parliament of Religion-articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 109: World's Parliament of Religion-articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 110: World's Parliament of Religion-articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 111: World's Parliament of Religion-articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 112: World's Parliament of Religion-articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 113: World's Parliament of Religion-articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 114: World's Parliament of Religion-articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 115: World's Parliament of Religion-articlesAdd to your cart.
Box 281Add to your cart.
Folder 1: World's Parliament of Religion-correspondence, 1896-1897Add to your cart.
Folder 2: World's Parliament of Religion-minutes, resolutions, and miscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: World's Parliament of Religion-programs, 1893Add to your cart.
Folder 4: World's Parliament of Religion, 1893Add to your cart.
The World's Congress Auxilary of the World's Columbian Exposition, department descriptions.
Folder 5: World's Parliament of Religion (Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions), 1993-2001Add to your cart.

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