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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

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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career, including both his undergraduate and graduate dissertations; writings by others, both published and unpublished, including periodicals, newspaper clippings, and poetry; materials from the Foundation for Philosophy of Creativity, including incorporation materials,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 6: Foundation for Philosophy of Creativity, 1957-1990Add to your cart.
Series 6 houses materials specific to Minor's involvement with the Foundation for Philosophy of Creativity, of which he was the founder. Included are meeting minutes, reports, grant proposals, correspondence, writings, program transcripts, incorporation materials, by-laws, and statues.
Box 29Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, Board of Directors, 1968-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence requesting material and membership, 1961-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence with colleges, 1965-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence with American Philosophical Association, 1965-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, Pacific Division, 1963-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, Pacific Division, 1973-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, Western Division, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, Eastern Division, 1970-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, John Broyer, business affairs, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondnce, Willis Moore, 1963-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence, Carl R. Hausman, 1979-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence, writings, and publicity, Cedric Helper, 1967-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence, Manfred O. Meitzen, 1965-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence, David L. Miller, 1968-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence, research inquiries and invitations, 1965-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Foundation history by William S. Minor, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Meeting minutes and correspondence, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Bylaws, constitution, member responsibilities, 1978-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Incorporation and charter materials, 1957-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Name change, 1965-1983Add to your cart.
From "Society for Creative Ethics" and "The Foundation for Creative Philosophy" to "The Society for Philosophy of Creativity" and "The Foundation for Philosophy of Creativity."
Folder 21: Board of Directors, correspondence, meeting minutes, 1961-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Secretarial records: minutes, proposals, monograph series planning, 1979-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Finances, 1969-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Collaboration with SIU Foundation, 1967-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Archival agreement with SIU Foundation, 1975-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Graphics design for brochures, insignia, stationary, 1967-1970Add to your cart.
Box 30Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence and plans with Vernon Sternberg, Southern Illinois University Press, 1963-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Philosophy of Creativity Monograph Series, Vol. 1, publication and publicity materials, 1970-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Planning materials for possible Wieman publications, 1966-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Projected research programs, 1969-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Grant proposals, materials, and correspondence, 1976-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship for William S. Minor, 1970-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Work with Charles F. Kettering Foundation, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Work with The Mott Foundation, 1972-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 9: W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation grant for William S. Minor, 1969-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 10: National Conference for Philosophy of Creativity: transcript of conference introductions, 1969 October 16Add to your cart.
Folder 11: National Conference for Philosophy of Creativity: transcripts of proceedings, 1969 October 16Add to your cart.
Folder 12: National Conference for Philosophy of Creativity: publicity, correspondence, reviews, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 13: National Conference for Philosophy of Creativity: correspondence and program materials, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 14: National Conference for Philosophy of Creativity: program correspondence A-J, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 15: National Conference for Philosophy of Creativity: program correspondence K-Z, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 16: National Conference for Philosophy of Creativity: post-conference correspondence, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Box 31Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Participation in the International Federation of Philosophical Societies, 1973-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Society for Creative Communication (student organization), 1983-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 3: International Colloquium on Creativity, 1978Add to your cart.
Part of the Sixteenth World Congress of Philosophy, Dusseldorf, Germany
Folder 4: Correspondence with Pacific divisions of philosophical organizations, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Collaboration with American Academy of Religion, 1969-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 6: American Academy of Religion symposium: "Creative Correlativity: Critic of the Sciences", 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Collaboration with American Philosophical Association: correspondence, conferences, 1965-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 8: American Philosophical Society symposium: "Creativity in Paul Tillich", 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 9: American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Society for Philosophy of Creativity symposium, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 10: American Philosophical Association Western Division Society for Philosophy of Creativity symposium, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 11: American Philosophical Association Western Division symposium: "Creativity in Royce", 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 12: American Philosophical Association Eastern Division symposium: "Creativity in William Ernest Hocking", 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 13: American Philosophical Association Western Division symposium: "Creativity and the Commonplace", 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 14: American Philosophical Association Eastern Division symposium: "Nietzsche's View of Creativity and Decadence", 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 15: American Philosophical Association Western Division symposium: "A Theory of Radical Creativity", 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 16: American Philosophical Association Western Division symposium: "Creativity in Marx and the Marxist Tradition", 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 17: American Philosophical Association Western Division symposium: "Creativity in Buddhism", 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 18: American Philosophical Association Western Division symposium: "Creativity in the Philosophy of Paul Weiss", 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 19: American Philosophical Association Western Division symposium: "Creativity Correlativity: Critic of the Sciences", 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 20: American Philosophical Association Eastern Division symposium: "Creativity in the Art and Sciences", 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 21: American Philosophical Association Eastern Division symposium: "Creativity in Stephen J Pepper", 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 22: American Philosophical Association and American Academy of Religion symposium: "Teaching Philosophy of Creativity", 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Conference handouts, 1988 April 28Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Bicentennial Symposium of Philosophy, Philosophy of Creativity workshop session: "Creative Interchange in the Life of a Nation", 1976 OctoberAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Photographs from Philosophy of Creativity conferences, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Society for Creative Ethics: correspondence, mostly American Philosophical Association, 1953-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Society for Creative Ethics meeting: "The Faith of John Dewey"Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Society for Creative Ethics meeting: "Philosophy of Health", 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Society for Creative Ethics: organization of Western division, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Society for Creative Ethics: correspondence and conferences with American Philosophical Association, 1961-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Society for Creative Ethics member lists, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Society for Creative Ethics meeting: "Creativity in W. E. Hocking", 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Creative Ethics Group, preliminary organizing and correspondence, 1951-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Creative Ethics Group correspondence, 1954-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Center for Creative Interchange, 1968-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Creative Education Foundation, 1967-1970Add 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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