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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career, including both his undergraduate and graduate dissertations; writings by others, both published and unpublished, including periodicals, newspaper clippings, and poetry; materials from the Foundation for Philosophy of Creativity, including incorporation materials,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 2: Career by Location, 1920s-1990Add to your cart.
Minor studied and taught in a variety of locations. In some cases, he was both a student and an instructor within the same institution. Hence, both Minor's student and professional career are arranged by location, in chronological order. Box 17 houses some materials that are arranged subject-specific rather than location-specific, such as correspondence with students, letters of recommendations, or transcripts. Box 21 houses materials from the Westminster Foundation Lowry Hall Reading Room. Types of materials include lecture notes, other teaching materials, faculty meeting minutes, administrative documents, employment records, and reports. Not included in Series 2 are writings by Minor during his student and professional career: these materials can be found in Series 4.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Letters of recommendation for Minor, 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Transcripts and degree preparation, circa 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Applications/letters for fellowships, 1931-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Letters of recommendation by Minor (1/2), various datesAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Letters of recommendation by Minor (2/2), various datesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Micellanous correspondence with students, various datesAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Teaching judgment test, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Honors programs, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Peters Township High School (teaching), circa 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Washington and Jefferson, correspondence, 1920s, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Rochester Theological Seminary, 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1926-1927Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Stephens College - Burral Bible Class, 1935-1936Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence, addresses concerning Baptist churches and conferences, 1950-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Pamphlets, correspondence concerning Unitarian Churches, 1930s, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Miscellaneous church pamphlets, various datesAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Earlham College - news, faculty meeting minutes, 1944-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Earlham College - teaching materials (mostly logic), evaluations, recommendations, circa 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Earlham College - lecture notes (philosophy, religion, history), 1946-1947Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Earlham College - teaching materials, 1937-1945Add to your cart.
Philosophy of religion; personal philsophy; social philosophy; current philosophy; modern philosophy; medieval philosophy
Folder 21: Earlham Post, 1944-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 22: The Earlhamite, 1939, 1942-1945, 1963Add to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 1: University of Chicago Divinity School: correspondence, programs, 1940s, 1964-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 2: University of Chicago Divinity School, financial and employment records, 1929-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 3: University of Chicago Divinity School: PhD requirements/information, 1950-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 4: University of Chicago Divinity School and Chapel: publications, programs, correspondence, 1928-1933, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 5: University of Chicago Chapel: service, reports, 1931-1935Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Chicago Theological Seminary and University of Chicago Chapel Order of Worship programs, 1930sAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Chicago Theological Seminary and University of Chicago Chapel worship materials, 1930sAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: University of Chicago field work - Warne Class of the Ingleside Methodist Episcopal Church, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 9: University of Chicago: graduate discussion group on religion, 1933-1935Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Chicago Theological Seminary: religious drama fellowship, circa 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 11: University of Chicago: convocation materials, 1931, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 12: University of Chicago: ephemera, programs, various datesAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: The Chicago Theological Seminary Register, 1944, 1958, 1959, 1964-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 14: The Divinity School News, 1935-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 15: University of Chicago Magazine, 1971, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Philosophy: A Quarterly Student Journal at The University of Chicago I:2, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Hyde Park People's College: teaching, vocational counseling, adult education, 1924-1935Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Meadville Theological School: bulletins, course catalogs, correspondence, news, transcript, 1926-1931, 1961-1962Add to your cart.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Folder 1: University of Missouri: faculty correspondence, course descriptions, 1931-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 2: University of Missouri: ephemera, news, 1937-1942Add to your cart.
Folder 3: University of Missouri: conferences, workshops, retreats, 1936-1941Add to your cart.
Folder 4: University of Missouri student groups: Student Forum, Student Religious Council, University Club, 1931-1937Add to your cart.
Folder 5: University of Missouri: Extension Division teaching materials, 1942-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 6: University of Missouri: library reserves and requests, 1935-1941Add to your cart.
Folder 7: University of Missouri: curriculum preparation for graduate study in religion, 1941-1942Add to your cart.
Folder 8: The Bible College of Missouri: press and information materials, 1940sAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: The Bible College of Missouri: enrollment records, 1935-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 10: The Bible College of Missouri: administrative documents, syllabi, news, 1935-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 11: The Bible College of Missouri: organization of classes, 1937-1942Add to your cart.
Folder 12: The Bible College of Missouri: Walter Williams class, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 13: The Bible College of Missouri: philosophy of religion term papers, 1935 FallAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: The Bible College of Missouri: fundamental religious and moral values teaching materials, 1937-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 15: The Bible College of Missouri: psychology of religion for University Students, 1939-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 16: University of Missouri: Religious Emphasis Week, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Missouri: psychology of religion for ministers and laymen, 1935-1936Add to your cart.
Folder 18: The Bible College of Missouri, The University of Missouri, and The Christian Rural Fellowship: conference on relation between seminaries and rural ministers, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Missouri Council of Church: State-Wide Minister's Convocation, 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Missouri Conference on Religion in Higher Education, 1938-1941Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Missouri: church work, 1938-1942Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Missouri School of Religion, 1966-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Missouri Student Philosophy Association, 1942-1943Add to your cart.
Box 20Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Westminster Foundation at The University of Missouri: administrative materials, 1928-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Westminster Foundation: correspondence, 1936-1944Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Westminster Foundation: annual reports, 1935-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Westminer Foundation: annual reports, 1940-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Westminster Foundation: promotional materials and ephemera, 1940sAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Westminster Foundation Service, 1942-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Westminster Foundation scrapbook, circa 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Westminster Foundation: Lowry Hall Reading Room materialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Westminster Foundation: Lowry Hall Reading Room materialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Westminster Foundation: Lowry Hall Reading Room materialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Westminster Foundation: Lowry Hall Reading Room materialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Westminster Foundation: Lowry Hall Reading Room materialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Westminer Forum with Presbyterian Student Association: corespondence, reports, ephemera, 1935-1937Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Presbyterian Student Association: social activities, student work, social service, missions, 1930sAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Presbyterian Church, Columbia, Missouri: correspondence, 1935-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Pesbyterian Church, Columbia, Missouri: Board of Pensions, 1936-1944Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Presbyterian Church with Board of Christian Education: correspondence, reports, minutes, various datesAdd to your cart.
Box 21Add to your cart.
Box 22Add to your cart.
Folder 1: West Virginia University teaching career: finances, appointments, contracts, retirement, 1946-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 2: West Virginia University: teaching and administrative materials, 1950s, 1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Writings on general education and forgeign languages at West Virgina University, 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: West Virginia University: student lists, 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: West Virginia University: establishment of philosophy and religion departments, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 6: West Virginia University: textbooks used, 1948-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 7: West Virginia University: miscellaneous lecture notes, 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: West Virginia University: Philosophy 108, Social Ethics, 1949-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 9: West Virginia University: Philosophy 107, Fundamentals of Ethics, 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: West Virginia University: Philosophy 118, Aesthetics, 1953-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 11: West Virginia University: Business Ethics and Social Ethics, 1955-1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: West Virginia Univeristy: Philosophy 221, Axiology, 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: West Virginia University: Humanities courses, 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: West Virginia University: teaching materials, Contemporary Philosophy, 1950-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 15: West Virginia Philosophy: teaching materials, Introduction Philosophy, 1950-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 16: West Virginia University Philosophy Society, 1950-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 17: West Virginia Philosophical Society with Phi Sigma Tau West Virginia Alpha Chapter, 1963Add to your cart.
Box 23Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Southern Illinois University: ephemera and promotional materials, various datesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Southern Illinois University: Student Move Group Seminar on Creativity, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Southern Illinois University: Center for Creative Communication, 1983-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Southern Illinois University: philosophy department materials, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Southern Illinois University: communication/speech department materials, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Southern Illinois University: University Scholars courses, 1982-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Southern Illinois University: student writings on creative communication and John Dewey, circa 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Southern Illinois University: creative communication courses involving John Dewey and Henry Nelson Wieman, 1983-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Southern Illinois University: creative communication course materials, 1983-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Southern Illinois University: creative communication courses handouts, notes, exam questions, 1984-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Southern Illinois University: creative communication courses materials, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Southern Illinois University: synergistic creative communication courses, tests and student writings, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Southern Illinois University: creative communication courses, student writings, 1985-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Southern Illinois University: analytic creative communicatioin course materials, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Southern Illinois University: analytic creative communication, student exams, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Southern Illinois University: creative communication course materials, notes, handouts, exams, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Southern Illinois University: creative communication courses, handouts, student writings, 1987 FallAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Southern Illinois University: creative communication courses, student exams, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Southern Illinois University: creative communication courses, exam questions, handouts, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Southern Illinois University: creative communication courses, student exams, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Soutehrn Illinois University: Creative Evolution of Human Life course materials, 1988 SpringAdd to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Southern Illinois University: analytic creative communication, student exams, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Southern Illinois University: synergetic creative communication, student writings, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Southern Illinois University: synegetic creative communication course materials, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Southern Illinois University: creative communication courses, class materials, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Southern Illinois University: student writings, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Southern Illinois University: Phillip Kimble, assistant to Minor, 1985-1987Add 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],
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