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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career, including both his undergraduate and graduate dissertations; writings by others, both published and unpublished, including periodicals, newspaper clippings, and poetry; materials from the Foundation for Philosophy of Creativity, including incorporation materials,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 1: Biographical Materials, 1919-1990Add to your cart.
Series 1 contains biographical materials relating to William Sherman Minor and his family. Included are diplomas, awards, day planners, vitas, lists of writings and speeches, financial documents, medical documents, yearbooks, and photographs.
Box 25Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Biographical informationAdd to your cart.
Biographies, vitas, awards, news
Folder 2: Ephemera and souveniers, various datesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Morgantown High School ephemera, circa 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Washington and Jefferson College ephemera, 1920sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Miscellaneous personal notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Commemorative Event for William Minor: correspondence collection, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Dinner to honor the Minors, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Retirement process, 1967-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Personal finances, 1935-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Finances: Hereford Cattle purchase, 1946-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Financial records, circa 1930sAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Finances: Missouri farm sale, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Morgantown property deed, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Personal and family medical documents, various datesAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Death of William Minor: will, estate, collection, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Person financial pamphlet for Galia M. Minor, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Person financial pamphlet for William S. Minor, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 26Add to your cart.
Item 1: Day Planner, 1919-1920Add to your cart.
Item 2: Day Planner, 1922-1923Add to your cart.
Item 3: Day Planner, 1924Add to your cart.
Item 4: Day Planner, 1930-1931Add to your cart.
Item 5: Day Planner, 1931-1932Add to your cart.
Item 6: Day Planner, 1932Add to your cart.
Item 7: Day Planner, 1932Add to your cart.
Item 8: Day Planner, 1934Add to your cart.
Item 9: Day Planner, 1935Add to your cart.
Item 10: Day Planner, 1936Add to your cart.
Item 11: Day Planner, 1937Add to your cart.
Item 12: Day Planner, 1938Add to your cart.
Item 13: Day Planner, 1939Add to your cart.
Item 14: Day Planner, 1940Add to your cart.
Item 15: Day Planner, 1941Add to your cart.
Item 16: Day Planner, 1942Add to your cart.
Item 17: Day Planner, 1943Add to your cart.
Item 18: Day Planner, 1944Add to your cart.
Item 19: Day Planner, 1945Add to your cart.
Item 20: Day Planner, 1946Add to your cart.
Item 21: Day Planner, 1947Add to your cart.
Item 22: Day Planner, 1948Add to your cart.
Item 23: Day Planner, 1949Add to your cart.
Item 24: Day Planner, 1950Add to your cart.
Item 25: Day Planner, 1951Add to your cart.
Item 26: Day Planner, 1952Add to your cart.
Item 27: Day Planner, 1953Add to your cart.
Item 28: Day Planner, 1954Add to your cart.
Item 29: Day Planner, 1955Add to your cart.
Item 30: Day Planner, 1956Add to your cart.
Item 31: Day Planner, 1957Add to your cart.
Item 32: Day Planner, 1958Add to your cart.
Item 33: Day Planner, 1959Add to your cart.
Item 34: Day Planner, 1960Add to your cart.
Item 35: Day Planner, 1961Add to your cart.
Item 36: Day Planner, 1962Add to your cart.
Item 37: Day Planner, 1963Add to your cart.
Item 38: Day Planner, 1964Add to your cart.
Item 39: Day Planner, 1965Add to your cart.
Item 40: Day Planner, 1966Add to your cart.
Box 27Add to your cart.
Item 1: Day Planner, 1967Add to your cart.
Item 2: Day Planner, 1968Add to your cart.
Item 3: Day Planner, 1969Add to your cart.
Item 4: Day Planner, 1970Add to your cart.
Item 5: Day Planner, 1971Add to your cart.
Item 6: Day Planner, 1972Add to your cart.
Item 7: Day Planner, 1973Add to your cart.
Item 8: Day Planner, 1974Add to your cart.
Item 9: Day Planner, 1975Add to your cart.
Item 10: Day Planner, 1976Add to your cart.
Item 11: Day Planner, 1977Add to your cart.
Item 12: Day Planner, 1978Add to your cart.
Item 13: Day Planner, 1979Add to your cart.
Item 14: Day Planner, 1980Add to your cart.
Item 15: Day Planner, 1981Add to your cart.
Item 16: Day Planner, 1982Add to your cart.
Item 17: Day Planner, 1983Add to your cart.
Item 18: Day Planner, 1984Add to your cart.
Item 19: Day Planner, 1985Add to your cart.
Item 20: Day Planner, 1986Add to your cart.
Item 21: Day Planner, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 22: Day Planner, 1988Add to your cart.
Item 23: Day Planner, 1989Add to your cart.
Item 24: Day Planner, 1990Add to your cart.
Item 25: Day Planner, 1991Add to your cart.
Box 28Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Galia Marie Minor, degrees and awards, 1919-1945Add to your cart.
State Normal School Diploma, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, July 3, 1919; Bachelor of Expression, Byron W. King School or Oratory, August 5, 1932; Bachelor of Science in Education, University of Missouri, June 3, 1936; Master of Arts, University of Missouri, June6, 1945.
Folder 2: William Sherman Minor, degrees and awards, 1924-1985Add to your cart.
Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Washington and Jefferson College, June 9, 1924; Bachelor of Divinity, University of Chicago, 28 August, 1931; Doctor of Philosophy, University of Chcago, June 11, 1971; Semi-Centennial Certificate, Washington and Jefferson College, May 25, 1974; Student Senate Salute, Southern Illinois University, December 4, 1985.
Folder 3: William Sherman Minor ephemera, various datesAdd to your cart.
Dedication portrait by senior class of Minor; lecture flyers; unidentified photgraph
Folder 4: Childhood photographs and negatives, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Photographs from professional career, various datesAdd to your cart.
Bible College Dinner Meeting; Signing of the contract for the Foundation for the Philosophy of Creativity; class portraits, 1963-1964; Corinne Frost and Minor, 1954; portraits of Minor, Charles Hartshorne
Folder 6: Vinyl recordings, various datesAdd to your cart.
John Dewey, "Art as Our Heritage"; Henry Nelson Wieman, "This is my Faith," September 6, 1956; Henry Nelson Wieman, "The Church in the Age of Science," September 4, 1966.
Item 1: Pandora, Washington and Jefferson College Yearbook, 1924Add to your cart.
Item 2: Pandora, Washington and Jefferson College Yearbook, 1925Add to your cart.
Item 3: Plaque in appreciation of Minor, The College of Communication and Fine Arts, 1990 December 4Add 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],
[All]

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