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Title: Wayne A. R. Leys papers, 1905-1973Add to your cart.

ID: 3/RG 4/FP17-19-F3

Primary Creator: Leys, Wayne A. R. (Wayne Albert Risser)

Extent: 30.0 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: Arranged into 5 Series: Series I - Correspondence (boxes 1-8); Series II - Manuscripts (boxes 8-16); Series III - Printed Materials (boxes 16-19); Series IV - Files (boxes 20-47); Series V - Miscellaneous (boxes 47-60).

Date Acquired: 05/01/1973

Subjects: Christian Century Foundation., Education - Aims and objectives, Education - Philosophy, Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948, Labor unions. - United States, Philosophy, American - 20th century, Roosevelt College of Chicago, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - Dissertations, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - Faculty

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The 58-box collection of the papers of Wayne A. R. Leys encompasses approximately 50 years, from 1922 to 1973.  The manuscript and printed materal deals with Ley's wide range of philosophical, political, administrative and religious interests.  The correspondence includes many letters from many significant philosophers, political scientists, and other scholars as well as labor leaders and politicians, but contains few lengthy discussions of substance.  The personal files consist largely of notes for class lectures, quotations, and clippings.

Portions of the collection not directly related to Leys' scholarly activities are:  materials relating to the National War Labor Board (Region VI); papers concerning the construction of "High Pines,"  the Leys home near Makanda, Illinois; and travel and historical information about Southern  Illinois and nearby areas. Also included are papers from Leys' participation in various research projects and conferences: the Rockefeller Foundation Project; The Operations Research Office Project; the Experimental Conference on Legal and Social Philosophy; the Summer Program in Executive Development; the Public Interest Research Project; and the National Institute of Labor Education Ethical and Moral Standards Project.

Most of the material relating to Roosevelt College was sent to Roosevelt University in May, 1973, in compliance with the donor's request.  The only Roosevelt College material in the collection is that which deals with its founding and an investigation of subversive activities conducted in 1949.  The early papers of Leys include class notes, essays, examinations and a dissertation written while he was a student of philosophy at the University of Chicago.  Also included are sermons and other religious papers;  some from the brief time when Leys was associate minister with Edward Scribner Ames.  When Leys gave up the ministry for teaching in 1932, his interest in the philosophy of religion and logic gradually began to give way to an emphasis on ethics, political and legal philosophy, and the philosophy of education.

Collection Historical Note

Wayne Albert Risser Leys was born June 29, 1905 in Bloomington, Illinois.  He began making public speeches in high school and during his senior year decided that he would become a minister.  During his years at Illinois Wesleyan University (1922-26) he delivered numerous sermons, and upon graduation became associate pastor of the First Christian Church of Bloomington.  He believed himself to be a Dewey-ite, and though not exactly a reformer, undoubtedly, a reconstructionist.  His study of philosophy and the psychology of religion only augmented his general Dewey-ism.  While working on his Ph.D. dissertation he began to deviate from pragmatism, drifting toward realism.  In 1931, after receiving his Ph.D., he accepted a position as acting minister of the University Church of the Disciples of Christ in Chicago.  He continued there for a year while the minister, Edward Scribner Ames, took a leave of absence.  In 1932 Leys became a professor of philosophy at Central Y.M.C.A. College, Chicago.  In 1944 he became Dean of Arts and Sciences, and it was while he was in this position that Leys joined the leaders of a mass faculty resignation protesting racial discrimination (Spring 1965).  That same year the faculty succeeded in establishing Roosevelt College with Leys as the first Dean of Faculties.

Between 1943 and 1945 Leys served as a public panel member of the National War Labor Board (Region VI), and in 1949 he became Vice President of Roosevelt College.  In 1955 he resigned as Vice President and Dean of Faculties to become Dean of the Graduate Division, and returned to teaching philosophy.  During this same period, he was a Trustee of the College (1945-1950 and 1953-1959), and he also accepted visiting appointments in philosophy at John Hopkins University (Summer 1950), Northwestern University (Summer 1954) and the University of Michigan (1955).  Leys was a consultant to the Operations Research Office, John Hopkins University (1953-1960), and the Research Analysis Corporation (after 1960).  He was also a lecturer at the University of Chicago in the executive training program for federal administrators (1955-1962).  In 1956 and 1957 Leys was a contributing editor to the Christian Century.

Leys received two grants from the Rockefeller Foundation; the first grant (1950-1951) resulted in the publication of Ethics for Policy Decisions, and the second (1958-1959) was an examination of the meaning of the "the public interest."  The latter was a project of the Committee to Advance Original Work in Philosophy, Western Division, American Philosophical Associatino, of which Leys was the chairman.  In 1960-61 Leys was a resident director of the Ethical Standards Research Project, sponsored by the National Institute of Labor Education adn the Ford Foundation.  The State Department awarded Leys an American Specialist grant for the summer of 1962 to lecture in Venezuela, Columbia, and Brazil.  He also prepared lectures for a similar tour in 1967, but the State Department declined to sponsor the trip.

When he was teaching philosophy at Southern Illinois University (1964-1973), Leys became a member of the editorial board of the Dewey publication project, and beginning in 1970 he was a member of the board of directors of the Library of Living Philosophers.  He also served on several university committees, including the Gandhi Centennial Committee and the Committee on Tenure, Promotion, and Salary.

Wayne A. R. Leys died March 7, 1973, at his home near Makanda, Illinois.

Subject/Index Terms

Christian Century Foundation.
Education - Aims and objectives
Education - Philosophy
Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948
Labor unions. - United States
Philosophy, American - 20th century
Roosevelt College of Chicago
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - Dissertations
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - Faculty

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 Source: Accession MSS 239, donated by Mrs. Wayne Leys.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Wayne A.R. Leys research papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Processing Information: Processed April 14, 1974.

Finding Aid Revision History: Description revised by Khani Begum, September 1983.  Additional accessions were added by Beth Martell and Elizabeth Hartman in October 2013.


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