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Willis Moore Papers, 1924-1986 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: Willis Moore Papers, 1924-1986Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1934-1975

ID: 3/RG 4/FP 17-19-F11

Primary Creator: Moore, Willis

Extent: 9.0 Cubic Feet

Date Acquired: 01/23/1987. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Academic freedom - Illinois - Carbondale, American Association of University Professors., American Philosophical Association. Western Division, College students - Political activity - United States, Philosophy - Study and teaching, Philosophy teachers - Illinois - Carbondale, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Department of Philosophy

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Willis Moore Papers consist of correspondence, teaching materials, lecture notes, committee files, clippings, letters of recommendation, and photographs documenting his career as a philosophy professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale as well as his earlier writings. Though his doctoral dissertation focused on meaning and language, his later works are primarily in social and political philosophy, particularly concerning academic freedom, education, and journalism. Most of his writings concern the philosophy of education and teaching philosophy in high school. He was an active member of the American Philosophical Association and the American Association of University Professors; much of the correspondence in the collection is between Moore and these associations, concerning Philosophy of Education, the Douglas Allen case, the 1970 closing of Southern Illinois University, and the "Carbondale 104" Lawsuit. Other correspondence is mainly between Moore and other Unitarian Universalists members, other philosophy faculty, and his students. Newspaper clippings primarily concern the controversy surrounding his appointment to the Board of Trustees and university funding.

Biographical Note

Willis Moore was a professor in both philosophy and journalism at Southern Illinois University Carbondale from 1955-1973.  He was born on January 1, 1905 in Bates County, Missouri.  He graduated from Butler High School as valedictorian in 1924.  He attended the University of Missouri from 1924-1931 and the University of California, Berkeley from 1931-1935 where he earned his Ph. D. in 1936.

Prior to his career at SIUC, Moor was a professor at the University of Missouri from 1935-1947, a professor at the University of Tennessee from 1947-1955, and a visiting professor at Columbia University in 1951.  He began his tenure at SIUC teaching philosophy from 1955-1973 and later journalism from 1965-1973.  Moore guided the development of the philosophy department’s graduate program.  His teaching, research, and professional service activities demonstrated a dedication to the teaching of value theory (especially ethics) in nontraditional settings such as high schools, trade schools, and prisons.  Much of his work focused on issues relating to academic freedom, and he was a member of the philosophy faculty during the time of the Douglas Allen vs. Leland G. Stauber case.  He was also interested in the SIUC student protests against the Vietnam War.  One of Moore’s notable experimental courses was “Report on a High School Course in Philosophy” which encouraged similar experiments in using logic and ethics to enrich secondary school curricula.

Moore was a member of the America Philosophical Association, American Association of University Professors, Illinois Philosophy Conference, the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, and numerous university committees.  After retirement in 1973, Moore was appointed to the SIU Board of Trustees and served from 1974-1979.

Subject/Index Terms

Academic freedom - Illinois - Carbondale
American Association of University Professors.
American Philosophical Association. Western Division
College students - Political activity - United States
Philosophy - Study and teaching
Philosophy teachers - Illinois - Carbondale
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Department of Philosophy

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Accruals: Willis Moore gifted additional material received as accession MSS 1310 on May 23, 1992.

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 of Willis Moore, received as accession MSS 1017.

Related Materials: <span class="highlight0 bold">Willis</span> <span class="highlight1 bold">Moore</span> Vertical File Manuscript, 1964-, VFM 197.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Willis Moore Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Processing Information: Original arrangement and description created in March 1995.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised arrangement and description, including the scope and content note, completed by Matt Gorzalski and Elizabeth Hartman in August 2013.


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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Biographical - Vita, 1924-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Biographical - University of Missouri Commencement Program, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Biographical - Faculty Reports, Sabbatical Leave, Accreditation Reports, 1947-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Biographical - Clippings, 1964-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Biographical - Testimonial Letters, Retirement, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Biographical - Honors and Awards, 1924-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 7: General Correspondence, 1948-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 8: General Correspondence, 1959-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 9: General Correspondence, 1962-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 10: General Correspondence, 1965-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 11: General Correspondence, 1969-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 12: General Correspondence, 1973-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 13: General Correspondence, 1964-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Writings - Meaning and Language (Doctoral Dissertation), 1936 AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Writings - Meaning and Language (Doctoral Dissertation), 1936 AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Writings - Book Reviews, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Writings - Speeches, 1936-1947Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Writings - Speeches, 1957-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Writings - "Freedom for What?", 1964-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Writings - Speeches, 1938-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Writings - Semons of Unitarian Universalists of Carbondale, 1959-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Writings - Sermons, Unitarian Fellowship, 1938-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Course Syllabi, 1960-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Course Materials - Philosophy of Journalism, 1962-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Education 319 Materials, 1956-1957Add to your cart.
Critical Issues in the Public Schools
Folder 26: Writings - Lecture Notes, 1960-1963Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Writings - Lecture Notes, 1940-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Writings - Lecture Notes, 1937-1944Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Writings - Lecture Notes, 1939-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Writings - Lecture Notes, 1983, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Writings - Lecture Notes, 1940sAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Writings - Lecture Notes, 1954-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Writings - Lecture Notes, 1936-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Writings - Lecture Notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Writings - Lecture Notes, 1937-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Writings - Lecture Notes, 1959, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Writings - Lecure Notes, 1940s-1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Writings - Lecture Notes, circa 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Writings - Lecture Notes on Logic, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Writings - Lecture Notes on Democracy, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Writings - Lecture Notes on Academic Freedom, 1972-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Writings - Lecture Notes on Democracy, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Writings - High School Philosophy and Studies in Philosophy and Education, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Writings - Philosophy in High School, Educiational Theory Edition, 1966-1967Add to your cart.
Edited by Willis Moore.
Folder 19: Writings - Philosophy in High School, Education Theory Edition Correspondence, 1966-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Philosophy in High School and Philosophy and Education, 1966-1979Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Writings - Lecture Notes, 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Writings - Lecture Notes, 1944-1950Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Writings - Lecture Notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Writings - Lecture Notes, 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Writings - Lecture Notes, 1931, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Writings - Lecture Notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Writings - Lecture Notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Writings - Lecture Notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Writings - Lecture Notes, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Writings - Lecture Notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Writings - Lecture Notes, 1961-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Writings - Lecture Notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: American Philosophy Association Committee on Philosophy in Education, 1957-1950Add to your cart.
University of London program correspondence.
Folder 14: American Philosophy Association Committee on Philosophy in Education, 1954-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 15: American Philosophy Association Committee on Philosophy in Education, 1956-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 16: American Philosophy Association Committee on Philosophy in Education, 1957Add to your cart.
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Folder 1: American Philosophy Association Committee on Philosophy in Education, 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 2: American Philosophy Association Committee on Philosophy in Education, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Philosophy in Education Papers and Correspondence, 1963-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Philosophy for High School Students Project, 1962-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Philosophy for High School Students Project, 1961-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Philosophy for High School Students Project, 1957-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Philosophy for High School Students Project, 1962-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 8: High School Philosophy Class Material, undatedAdd to your cart.
Teaching Ethics in High School; Report on High School Course in Philosophy
Folder 9: Philosophy for High School Students, 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 10: High School Philosophy Class Material and Correspondence, 1958-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 11: High School Philosophy Class Material and Correspondence, 1961-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 12: High School Philosophy Class Material and Correspondence, 1962-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 13: High School Philosophy and Logic Exams, 1961-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Sydney S. Greenfield Manuscript on Education Biology, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Logic in Little Words by H. D. Buchanan, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Philosophy in High Schools Report, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Southern Illinois University Philosophy Department, Douglas Allen Case, 1965-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Southern Illinois University Philosophy Department, Douglas Allen Case, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Southern Illinois University Philosophy Department, Douglas Allen Case, 1971Add to your cart.
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Folder 1: Southern Illinois University Philosophy Department, Douglas Allen Case, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Southern Illinois University Philosophy Department, Douglas Allen Case, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Campus Unrest and Closing of Southern Illinois University, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Douglas Allen Case and University Closing, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Southern Illinois University Philosophy Department Miscellaneous, 1970-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Letters of Recommendation, A-K, 1966-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Letters of Recommendation, K-S, 1965-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Letters of Recommendation, S-Z, 1965-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Letters of Recommendation, A-C, 1957-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Letters of Recommendation, D-F, 1949-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Letters of Recommendation, G-I, 1956-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Letters of Recommendation, J-L, 1949-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Letters of Recommendation, M-O, 1969-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Letters of Recommendation, P-R, 1951-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Letters of Recommendation, S-U, 1951-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Letters of Recommendation, V-Z, 1952-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Southern Illinois University Library of Living Philosophers, 1961-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence with Lewis E. Hahn, 1974-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Summer seminar on John Dewey, Lewis Hahn, 1974-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Philosophy Department General Correspondence, 1955-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Wieman's Ten Years in Carbondale, circa 1966Add to your cart.
Henry Weiman.
Folder 22: Extension Courses in Philosophy at Illinois State Penitentiary, Menard, 1959-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Southern Illinois University President's House Controversy and the Board of Trustees, 1969Add to your cart.
Controversy about the Stone House on campus and faculty concerns about SIUC governing structure.
Folder 24: Illinois Board of Higher Education Information and Policies, 1956-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Warren Brandt Campus Visit and Interview Information, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Proposed Reappointment of Dr. J. K. Leasure, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Board of Trustees Correspondence and Information on University shared Governance, 1973-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Willis Moore Appointment to Board of Trustees, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Clippings, 1974Add to your cart.
Clippings on Moore's appointment to the Board of Trustees and the Carbondale 104 faculty firing lawsuit.
Folder 30: Board of Trustees Correspondence and Notes, 1974-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Board of Trustees Lawsuit, "Carbondale 104", 1975-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Cooperative Research on Dewey Publications Project, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Cooperative Research on Dewey Publications Project, 1965-1966Add to your cart.
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Folder 1: Southern Illinois University Cooperative Research on Dewey Publications Project, 1965-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Faculty Salary and Rank Committee minutes, 1957-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Conference on Campus Turmoil, 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Committee on Freedom of Expression and Dissent within the University, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Committee on Freedom of Expression and Dissent within the University, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Committee on Freedom of Expression and Dissent within the University, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Academic Freedom, 1958-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 8: University of Tennessee Statement on Academic Freedom and Responsibility, 1954-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Faculty Welfare Committee, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Salary and Rank Committee with Survey, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Salary and Rank Committee with Survey, 1958-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Southern Illinois University Committees, 1960-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Southern Illinois University Committees, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 14: University of Missouri Committee Work, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 15: National Committee on Ethical Principles (American Association of University Professors), 1958-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 16: National Committee on Ethical Principles (American Association of University Professors), 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 17: American Association of University Professors Committee, Organization and Policy, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 18: American Association of University Professors, 1961-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 19: American Association of University Professors, 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 20: American Association of University Professors, 1961-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 21: American Association of University Professors, North Central College Investigation, 1957-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 22: American Association of University Professors, 1958-1962Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: American Association of University Professors, 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 2: American Association of University Professors, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 3: American Association of University Professors (local), 1957-1965, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 4: American Association of University Professors State Conference, 1958-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 5: American Association of University Professors State Conference, 1962-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 6: American Association of University Professors National, 1953-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 7: American Association of University Professors National, 1959-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 8: American Association of University Professors (local), 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 9: American Association of University Professors SIUAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: miscellaneous writingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Writings:  "Indoctrination versus Education", 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Writings:  "The Ethical Dimension of Cancer"Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Writings:  "Dewey's Treatment of Meaning," student papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Writings:  "Peace as a Problem," student papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Writings:  "An Examination of the Paradox of Judgment," student papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Writings:  "Epistemology Outlines:  Broad's Physics, Perception, and Reality and Lovejoy's Revolt Against Dualism," student papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Writings:  "Bradley's Theory of Relations," student papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Writings:  "Concerning the Mind," student papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Writings:  "Answer to Miss Creed's Paper," student papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Writings:  "How Propositions Are Related to What They Mean," student papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Writings:  "Language as a Source of Error," student papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Writings:  "Hume's Theory of the Self," student papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Writings:  "Brief Statement on teh Nature of my Thesis," student papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Writings:  "Plato's Theory of Ideas," student papers (Master's Thesis), 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Writings:  "Meaning and Language," student papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Writings:  "Meaning and Language," student papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Writings:  student papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Writings:  student papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Miscellaneous papers, not Moore'sAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Writings:  draftsAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Writings:  draftsAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Writings:  draftsAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Writings:  Democracy and the College Curriculum, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Writings:  DraftsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Writings:  Notes and Writings on J. McCarthy, circa 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Writings:  Some Post-war Prospects, A Partial Survey Based on Current Opinion, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Writings: Naturalism and Human ProblemsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Writings:  The Moral Dimension of a Career, published in Introduction to Home Economics, 2nd editionAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Writings:  Miscellaneous WritingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Writings:  The Role of the Institution in Creating the Democratic Attitude; The Depth Factor in Democracy; Whence Comes Morals?; Values and IdealsAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Writings:  Why Free ExpressionAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Writings:  Attitudes, Institutions and Democracy; Democracy and the College Curriculum; The Role of Philosophy in Time of Crisis; The Ethical Requirements of and Economic System; On the Justification of Ideals; Peace as a Problem; Why Philosophers are called RadicalsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Writings:  Manuscript on DemocracyAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Writings:  Educational Theory, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Writings:  ReprintsAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Writings:  Miscellaneous WritingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Writings:  Miscellaneous WritingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: John Dewey SocietyAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Conferences, SIU LecturesAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Miscellaneous Journals, OrganizationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Phi Beta Kappa Application, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Conference on Democratic TheoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Conferences:  Creative Interchange, Southern Illinois University, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Foundation for the Philosophy of CreativityAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Unitarian Universalist Association, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Unitarian Universalist Association, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Unitarian Universalist Association, 1960-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Unitarian Universalist Association, 1965Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Unitarian Universalist Association, 1961-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Unitarian Universalist Association, 1971, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Unitarian Universalist Association, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 4: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Clippings on Southern Illinois University News, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees Certificate, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Photograph, Estes Park Hazen Conference Members, 1946Add to your cart.

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