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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career, including both his undergraduate and graduate dissertations; writings by others, both published and unpublished, including periodicals, newspaper clippings, and poetry; materials from the Foundation for Philosophy of Creativity, including incorporation materials,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.


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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 3: Professional Organizations, 1935-1990Add to your cart.
Series 3 houses correspondence, minutes, proceedings, pamphlets, constitutions, transcripts, papers, reports, bulletins, and publicity concerning the numerous professional organizations in which Minor participated.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 1: American Academy of Religion, 1969-1985Add to your cart.
Includes Journal of the American Academy of Religion, December 1981.
Folder 2: American Association of University Professors, 1959-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 3: American Civil Liberties Union, 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: American Friends Service Committee, 1949-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 5: American Ontoanalytic Association, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: American Philosophical Association, 1935-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 7: American Society for Aesthetics, 1950-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 8: American Society for the Philosophy of Value, 1970-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 9: American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy, 1957-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 10: American Society for Value Inquiry, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: American Society of Christian Ethics, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: American Theological Society, 1941-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Association for Humanistic Psychology, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Bicentennial Symposium of Philosophy, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 15: B'nai B'rith Hillal Foundation, 1946-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Center for Dispute Resolution, 1984-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Central Missouri Teachers of Philosophy Group, 1941-1942Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Chicago Conference on Social Action, 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Collegium: An Association for Liberal Religious Studies, 1975-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Committee on Cooperative Research in Values, circa 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Committee on World Ethics, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Creative Education Foundation at Buffalo State University, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Democracy Unlimited, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 24: The Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America, 1939-1944Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Fellowship of Reconcilliation, 1936-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Foundation of Integrated Education, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Garrett Biblical Institute, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Illinois Philosophy Conference, 1972-1979Add to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Star Island Conference (Institute/Conference on Religion in an Age of Science), 1955-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Interamerican Congress of Philosophy, 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, 1985-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 4: International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences, 1978-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 5: International Husserl and Phenomenological Research Society, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 6: International Religious Foundation, 1985Add to your cart.
As collaborrating with the International Cultural Foundation and the Advisory Council to the Unification Movement International.
Folder 7: International Society for Metaphysics, 1975-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 8: International Society for Universalism, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 9: International Society for Political Psychology, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 10: John Birch Society, circa 1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Journal of Human Relations, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Metaphysical Society of America, 1960-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Middle Atlantic College Committee, 1954-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Midwest Philosophy of Education Society, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Missouri Academy of Science, Philosophy section, 1939-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 16: National Collegiate Honors Council, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 17: National Service Board for Religious Objectors, 1943-1982Add to your cart.
In collaboration with other conscientious objectors societies
Folder 18: Ohio College Association and Allied Societies, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Planetary Congress, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Religious Education Association, 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Research Society for Creative Altruism, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Sex Information and Education Council of the United States, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Society or the Advancement of American Philosophy, 1974-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 1965-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Society for the Study of Process Philosophies, 1971-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Southern Society for Philosophy of Religion, 1955-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Tulane Colloquium on Creativity, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Unification Theological Seminary, 1979-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 29: United Nations University, 1973-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 30: (First) Unitarian Fellowship of Carbondale, 1966-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Unitarian Universalist Association, 14th Annual Assembly, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Vision 65 Conference, Southern Illinois University, 1965 OctoberAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: West Virginia Philosophical Society, 1949-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 34: West Virginia Philosophical Society Conferences, 1959-1963Add to your cart.
See Dewey folders
Folder 35: Western Conference on the Teaching of Philosophy, 1949-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Young Men's Christian Association, 1922, 1960sAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[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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