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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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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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