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William Sherman Minor papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Biographical Materials

Career by Location

Professional Organizations

Writings by Minor

Writings by Others

Foundation for Philosophy of Creativity

Correspondence

Audio recordings


William Sherman Minor papers, 1900-1991 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

By Elizabeth Caitlin Hartman

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Collection Overview

Title: William Sherman Minor papers, 1900-1991Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1919-1991

ID: 3/RG 4/FP 17-19-F13

Primary Creator: Minor, William Sherman, (1900-1991)

Extent: 39.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged into 8 series: (1) Biographical Materials; (2) Career by location; (3) Professional Organizations; (4) Writings by Minor; (5) Writings by Others; (6) Foundation for Philosophy of Creativity; (7) Correspondence, and (8) Audio Recordings.

Date Acquired: 07/01/1993. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: American Academy of Religion, American Philosophical Association., Baptists, Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship (Carbondale, Ill.), Education - Philosophy, Foundation for Philosophy of Creativity, John Dewey Society., Philosophy, American - 20th century, Philosophy teachers - Illinois - Carbondale, Religion, University of Chicago, West Virginia University, Whitehead, Alfred North, 1861-1947, Wieman, Henry Nelson, 1884-1975

Forms of Material: King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 - Correspondence, Speeches, addresses, etc., Whitehead, Alfred North, 1861-1947 - Correspondence, Wieman, Henry Nelson, 1884-1975 - Correspondence

Languages: English, Russian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The William Sherman Minor papers consist of biographical materials; materials such as lecture notes, minutes, bulletins, and pamphlets relating to his student and teaching careers at locations such as Washington and Jefferson College, University of Chicago, University of Missouri, West Virginia University, Earlham College, and Southern Illinois University; materials relating to his involvement in professional organizations such as the American Philosophical Association and the American Academy of Religion; writings by Minor from both his student and professional career, including both his undergraduate and graduate dissertations; writings by others, both published and unpublished, including periodicals, newspaper clippings, and poetry; materials from the Foundation for Philosophy of Creativity, including incorporation materials, correspondence, meeting minutes, grant proposals, writings, and interviews; correspondence to and from Minor, including academic, professional, political, and personal matters; and audio recordings of lectures and talks by Minor and other philosophers.

Dr. Minor was interested in the philosophy of creativity, creative communication, conscription, health issues, ethics, aesthetics, political philosophy, religious philosophies and freedoms, education and pedagogy, especially religious education. His myriad research interests are well documented here, especially in Series 5.

As Dr. Minor was the founder of the Foundation for Philosophy of Creativity, this collection is especially useful for those interested in the philosophy of creativity, creative communication, or what Dr. Minor called “creative interchange.” Series 8 holds a recording of a creative interchange between Dr. Minor and Dr. John Modaff.

Correspondents of note include: Charles Hartshorne; Carl Hausman; Henry Nelson Wieman; Alfred North Whitehead; Martin Luther King Jr.; Peter Gunter; and John Modaff.

Biographical Note

William Sherman Minor, born December 4, 1900 to Anna Elizabeth Russ and William Elsworth Minor, was most notably the founder and director emeritus of the Foundation for Philosophy of Creativity, a pioneer in the field of creative communication. He was a member of the Society for the Philosophy of Creativity, the American Philosophical Association, the American Academy of Religion, the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, the American Society for Aesthetics, the American Society for Value Inquiry, the Society for the Study of Process Philosophies, the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy, the Metaphysical Society of America, and the Illinois Philosophical Association. Minor was also heavily active in his local churches, from the Carbondale Church of the Good Shepard, the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, and the First Baptist Church in Morgantown, West Virginia. In addition to co-writing several books and articles in philosophy, religion, and ethics, he was an extremely active mentor during his teaching career and gave numerous lectures, speeches, and addresses.

Minor began his college education at Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, receiving his A.B. in 1924. He then attended The University of Chicago Divinity School, where he also began teaching philosophy of creativity at The University of Chicago Chapel in 1931. During his time in Chicago, he also taught at Hyde Park People’s College, focusing mostly on vocational and adult education. He received his B.D. from Chicago in 1931 after studying religious humility, especially in relation to Saint Augustine. He would receive his PhD in Philosophy and Religion from Chicago in 1971 after finishing his dissertation, Creativity in Henry Nelson Wieman.

In 1935, Minor began a Professorship of Philosophy and Psychology of Religion at The Bible College of Missouri at The University of Missouri in Columbia, where he stayed until 1943. In 1944, he began a Professorship of Philosophy at Earlham College, where he also served as Counselor to Students.

In 1946, Minor left Earlham to be an Associate Professor of Philosophy at West Virginia University, where he taught mostly Ethics and Aesthetics. He took a leave-of-absence for research in 1964 to continue his work as the Executive Director of the Foundation for Creative Philosophy, which he helped incorporate in 1957. He would resign from West Virginia University in 1966, after his paid leave ended.

Minor came to Carbondale with his sister, Galia, in 1964 to continue the work of The Foundation for Creative Philosophy, developing collaboration between the Foundation for Creative Philosophy and the Southern Illinois University Foundation. He was an active participant in the Society for Philosophy of Creativity, sponsored by the Foundation and meeting biannually with several divisions of the American Philosophical Association. The Foundation also published Monograph Serials and Festschrifts in the philosophy of creativity.

While in Carbondale, Minor also served as an adjunct professor in the College of Communications and Fine Arts, teaching creative and analytic communication courses, holding “creative interchanges” with other faculty, and providing lectures on the philosophy of creativity.

Minor retired in 1981, and died on November 3, 1991. At the time, he was survived by his two sisters, Galia Marie Minor and Faye Minor Magill, with both of whom he corresponded frequently.

Subject/Index Terms

American Academy of Religion
American Philosophical Association.
Baptists
Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship (Carbondale, Ill.)
Education - Philosophy
Foundation for Philosophy of Creativity
John Dewey Society.
Philosophy, American - 20th century
Philosophy teachers - Illinois - Carbondale
Religion
University of Chicago
West Virginia University
Whitehead, Alfred North, 1861-1947
Wieman, Henry Nelson, 1884-1975

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Accruals: Accession #1387

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: Galia Minor

Acquisition Method: Donation.

Separated Materials: Some miscellaneous papers moved to the Foundation for the Philosophy of Creativity records, MSS160, 1995 August.

Related Materials: Foundation for the Philosophy of Creativity Records.

Preferred Citation: [Item], William Sherman Minor papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Processing Information: Preliminary inventory completed upon donation in 1993. Some papers removed from William S. Minor collection and moved to the Foundation for the Philosophy of Creativty records, MSS160, 1995 August. Another inventory completed by Lenore Langsdorf and Jason Del Gandio of the Department of Speech Communication from 1998-2000. Processed by Elizabeth Caitlin Hartman, University Archives, 2014 Fall-2015 Summer.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1919-1990],
[Series 2: Career by Location, 1920s-1990],
[Series 3: Professional Organizations, 1935-1990],
[Series 4: Writings by Minor, 1924-1990],
[Series 5: Writings by Others, 1920-1990],
[Series 6: Foundation for Philosophy of Creativity, 1957-1990],
[Series 7: Correspondence, 1919-1990],
[Series 8: Audio recordings],
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Series 4: Writings by Minor, 1924-1990Add to your cart.
Series 4 includes the writings of Dr. Minor throughout his student and professional career. His undergraduate and graduate dissertation, along with class and reading notes, can be found in Sub-Series 1.  Many of these documents were written at the University of Chicago and are about theology and humility.  Professional and published works can be found in Sub-Series 2, along with his many sermons and addresses. Box 13 houses a list of his sermons, lectures, and addresses, but it is not comprehensive.
Sub-Series 1: Student writingsAdd to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Writings on Humility, undatedAdd to your cart.
"'Humility' in Religion and the 'Ego' of Contemporary Psychology: Therapy for the Inflated Ego"; "Humility as a Religious Attitude Toward Supreme Value"
Folder 2: "Humility in the Hebrew-Christian Tradition", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: "Humility in the Hebrew-Christian Tradition," early draftAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: "Comparative study of representative interpretations of humility"Add to your cart.
Notes/writings on Aristotle and humility
Folder 5: Notes on humility in medieval thought (Benedict, Augustine, Aquinas)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Notes/writings on world history of humility (Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Notes/writings on humility, by Minor and othersAdd to your cart.
Experimentalist view of John Dewey; synthetic view of Nicolai Hartman; Wieman on Creative good as God and Man's Work and God's Work; Bernard M. Meland on Relating the teaching of religion to the culture of the human spirit
Folder 8: Notes on humility in religion and psychologyAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Notes/writings on humilityAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Notes/writings on humility in Thomas AquinasAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: "On Idea of Humility"Add to your cart.
Folder 12: "What I believe about Jesus Christ", 1931 MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: "Humility in the Confessions of St. Augustine", 1931 WinterAdd to your cart.
Christian Theology 312: History of Dogma
Folder 14: "Some contributions of organic axiology to the meaning of sins"; "John Calvin's doctrine of sin and its relation to Augustinianism"Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Notes for Introduction to Philosophy, circa 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Notes for Commercial Geology, circa 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Notes for Economics, circa 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Notes for Practical theology, circa 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Notes for Comparative Religion, circa 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Notes for Christian EthicsAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Notes for Problems in religious theory of value, 1924 SpringAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Notes/writings for Old Testament I, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Notes/writings for Old Testament II, circa 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Notes/writings for Sermonic Expression, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Notes/writings for The Christian doctrine of salvation, circa 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Notes/writings for History of Christianity, circa 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Notes/writings for The Church and Society, 1927 WinterAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Notes/writings for the Philosophy of Religion, 1929 FallAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: "A Critical Survey of Current Philosophy as to the Status of Man in the Cosmos", circa 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Notes/writings on American Church history, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Notes/writings on Luther and the German Reformation, 1930 SummerAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Notes/writings on Systematic Theology IIAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Notes/writings on Religious aspects of the theory of knowledge, 1930 FallAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Notes/writings on the Psychology of religion, 1930 FallAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: Notes/writings on History of Dogma III, 1931 SpringAdd to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Notes/writings for Public SpeakingAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Notes/writings for Public speaking voice, 1929 FallAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Language and English literature coursework, 1920sAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Logic coursework, 1920sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Elementary Ethics, 1930 WinterAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Notes/writings for Music 201, 1930 SummerAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Notes/writings on Student counseling, 1930 SummerAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Notes/writings for Mental hygiene and pastoral care, 1930 FallAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Notes/writings for Outline of the Historyof Doctrine, 1931 SummerAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Notes/writings for The Evolution of Religion, 1931 AutumnAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Notes/writings for Christian theology in relation to modern philosophical ideals, 1931 FallAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Notes/writings for Religion and theories of value (with Professor Henry Nelson Wieman), 1932 SpringAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Notes/writings for Christian ethics in relation to modern social and ethical movements, 1932 WinterAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Notes/writings for Systematic theology I, circa 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Notes/writings for Christian theology and current philosophy, 1933 SpringAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Notes/writings for course in Religious Education, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Notes/writings for Questions in Church History, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Notes/writings for Problems of Modern Theology, 1934 WinterAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Courses with Professor Hartshorne: Metaphysics, Metaphysics of Religion, 1935 August, 1936 SummerAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Notes/writings for Present Tendencies in Christian Thought, 1936 SummerAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Notes/writings for Introduction ot Sociology, circa 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Notes/writings for Religious Aspects of the Theory of Value (with Professor Henry Nelson Wieman), 1931 FallAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Notes/papers for Religion and the Problem of Value (with Professor Henry Nelson Wieman), 1944 SummerAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: History and political science courseworkAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Psychology of Religion - Objective Test on GrowthAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Miscellaneous notes and writings, circa 1920-1930Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Miscellaneous writings, circa 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Workshop on Religion in Higher Education, 1944 SummerAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Notes for PhD preliminary examination, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Miscellaneous notes and writings, circa 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Notes on JudaismAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Religious notes and fragments, circa 1920s-1930sAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Graduate and Professional WritingsAdd to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Catalog of speeches, addresses, and attended conferences, various datesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Addresses - religion, philosophy of creativity, current affairs, 1930sAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Addresses, 1940sAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Addresses, 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Radio addresses, various datesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Radio devotionals, circa 1930sAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Sermons, circa 1930sAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Sermons, circa 1940sAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Sermons/addresses, various datesAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: "A Marriage Service", 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 11: PoetryAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Miscellaneous notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence concerning publication of Minor's dissertation, 1963-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence concerning publication of Minor's dissertation, especially with Scarecrow Press, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence with Scarecrow press concerning publication of Minor's dissertation, 1976-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Comments by others on Minor's dissertation, circa 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Dissertation notes, circa 1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Creativity in Henry Nelson Wieman, draft preface, 1966-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Creativity in Henry Nelson Wieman, with editing notes, on transparencyAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Creativity in Henry Nelson Wieman, first copy (1/2)Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Creativity in Henry Nelson Wieman, first copy (2/2)Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Reviews of Creativity in Henry Nelson Wieman, 1978-1984Add to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Creativity in Henry Nelson Wieman, original manuscript (1/2), circa 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Creativity in Henry Nelson Wieman, original manuscript (2/2), circa 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "Creativity in Henry Nelson Wieman." PhD diss., University of Chicago, 1971 June.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Betrayal of Youth." Religion in the Making II:4 (1942): 308-322. Includes correspondence, 1940-1942Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "Creative Correlativity: Critic of the Sciences." Renaissance Universal Journal 2:1 (1980): 3-19.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "Creative Correlativity: Technology for Human Creativity", 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "The Creative Use of Human Conflict", 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 8: "Creativity and the sciences", circa 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "Creativity in Brand Blanshard", 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 10: "Creativity within Institutions." Dialectics and Humanism 3 (1977): 65-71., 1958, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 11: "A Critical Analysis of Some Functions Attributed to Religion", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: "Crticism of assumptions preventing intelligent belief in human freedom", 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "Determination of Value." Journal of Human Relations (1973) 21-30., 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 14: "An Essay on Freedom", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: "Ethics in the context of philosophy of creativity as creative interchange", circa 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 16: "Impression of the University of Chicago Chapel." The Christian Community: 9-10., 1934 July 21Add to your cart.
Folder 17: "Interdependence of democracy and high religion", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: "An Interpretation of the basic principles, generally known as "The Beatitudes," of Jesus of Nazareth for the creative guidance of human life", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: "Introduction." In Wieman's Philosophical Theology by Creighton Peden, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 20: "Is the doctrine of creation relevant as radical therapy for a creative reformation?", 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 21: "The Kinds of Cooperation." The Friend 118:5 (1944): 69-72.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: "Philosophic analysis of cooperation", 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 23: "Philosophy: the love of wisdom", 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 24: "Philosophy of nature", 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 25: "Public interest and ultimate commitment", 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 26: "Range and depth of creative interchange", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: "The relation of mental attitudes to habitual tone production", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: "Renewal and the Good Life", 1959-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 29: "Report on the field work as a student pastor of the First Baptist Church of Toulon, Illinois", 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 30: "Sources of religion in human nature", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: "Teaching as a professional art", 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: "Teaching philosophy of creativity as creative interchange...", 1984 AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: "Towards a synthetic Christian theology", 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 34: "Value analysis of the Frankfurter decision in the Gobitus case", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: Writings on axiology and religion, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: Miscellaneouswriting on creativity, 1970s, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Miscellaneous writings on creative communication/interchange, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: Miscellaneous notes, various datesAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: Writings on war, peace, military, 1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: Writings on creativity in institutions, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: Untitled illustrated works, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: Book review of Humiliation with Honor, 1943Add to your cart.

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[Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1919-1990],
[Series 2: Career by Location, 1920s-1990],
[Series 3: Professional Organizations, 1935-1990],
[Series 4: Writings by Minor, 1924-1990],
[Series 5: Writings by Others, 1920-1990],
[Series 6: Foundation for Philosophy of Creativity, 1957-1990],
[Series 7: Correspondence, 1919-1990],
[Series 8: Audio recordings],
[All]

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