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Correspondence

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American Humanist Association

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Collection Overview

Title: George E. Axtelle papers, 1924-1974Add to your cart.

ID: 3/RG 4/FP16-3-F1

Primary Creator: Axtelle, George E. (George Edward), (1893-1974)

Extent: 8.0 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: Arranged in 3 Series: (1) Correspondence; (2) University Papers; (3) American Humanist Association; (4) Publications

Date Acquired: 00/00/1975

Subjects: Dewey, John, 1859-1952, Education - Philosophy, Humanism - History - 20th century, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Center for Dewey Studies.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers of educational philosopher George E. Axtelle reflect his teaching and research while at SIUC. In addition to spearheading the establishment of both the John Dewey Society and SIU's Center for Dewey Studies, Axtelle was an active member of the American Humanist Association. The bulk of the collection contains general correspondence from 1959-1966. His university papers, concerning his teaching activities, are dated from 1960 to 1965.  So is his work on the Dewey project. There is also material pertaining to the business affairs of the American Humanist Association from 1959 to 1965 containing considerable correspondence with Edwin Wilson, a leading figure within that association.

Biographical Note

George E. Axtelle, born in Texas on November 28, 1893, was an educational philosopher and founder of the Center for Dewey Studies at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC).  He earned degrees from the University of Washington (B.S., 1923), the University of Hawaii (M.A., 1928), and the University of California (Ed. D., 1935).  From 1920 to 1924 he taught and was an administrator in a number of schools in Hawaii.  Axtelle then moved to Orlando, California, where he was principal of a junior high school for five years.  During World War II, Axtelle worked for the U.S. War Productions Board, and from 1945 to 1946 he was employed by the U.S. Office of Price Administration.

Because of Axtelle’s interest and experience in the field of education he became a professor at Northwestern University (1935-1942) and later at New York University (1946-1959) where he chaired the departments of History and Philosophy of Education.  He wrote numerous articles on educational philosophy for professional journals, and co-authored a book with Benne Raust, The Improvement of Practical Intelligence (1950).  He was also the founder and first editor of The Collected Works of John Dewey.  Axtelle served as president of the Mid-Atlantic States Philosophy of Education Society (1957-1959), was elected vice-chairman of the American Humanist Society (1959, 1961) and the New York Committee to Abolish Capital Punishment as well as chairman of the New York Liberal Party.

During his last years at NYU, Axtelle, along with Joseph Ratner and William Gruen, collaborated on an idea to develop an analytic concordance of the major philosophical terms in John Dewey’s writing.  It became clear, however, that without definitive editions of Dewey’s works, a concordance was not possible.  In 1959, Axtelle came to SIUC as a professor of education in the Department of Administration and Supervision, and as a part time professor in SIU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  A year later, he received a grant for a special research project, “The Complete Works of John Dewey,” for the purpose of editing and publishing Dewey’s complete writings, both published and unpublished.  In 1962, Axtelle became president of the executive committee of the John Dewey Society.  By 1971, the Dewey research project evolved into the Center for Dewey Studies, which is considered to be a major contributor to the history of American Philosophy.  The editions which resulted were unique in that they were the first collected editions of the writings of an American philosopher, and are still acclaimed for their scholarly textual edition.

From 1970 to 1971 Axtelle was affiliated with the United States International University, Elliot Campus, San Diego, California.  He died on August 1, 1974, in Orange, California.

Axtelle was both a humanist and a pragmatist.  He believed that education was a society’s most important social function, and worked toward a theory and practice of education, and of political and social democracy, which maintained shared humanistic ends with pragmatic problem solving.

Subject/Index Terms

Dewey, John, 1859-1952
Education - Philosophy
Humanism - History - 20th century
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Center for Dewey Studies.

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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.

Preferred Citation: [after identification of item(s)], George E. Axtelle Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, 1924-1972],
[Series 2: University Papers, 1938-1974],
[Series 3: American Humanist Association, 1958-1965],
[Series 4: Publications, 1925-1969],
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Series 1: Correspondence, 1924-1972Add to your cart.
General correspondence.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Inventory, 1959-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Appreciation to George Axtelle, 1968 May 15Add to your cart.
From collegues in the Public Affairs Research Bureau and Economics Department
Folder 3: "A" CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Plan A, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 5: A. A. U. P., 1960-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Adams, David, 1961-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Administration and Social and Philosophical Foundations Area Admissions Committee, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Amare, Germa, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 9: American Civil Liberties Union, 1959, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 10: American Educational Research AssociationAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: American Federation of Teachers, 1962-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 12: American Humanist Association, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 13: American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, 1961-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 14: American Philosophical Association, 1959-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Anderson, Archibald I., 1960-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 16: AutobiographyAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Curriculum VitaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence, 1959-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 19: "B" CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Babcock, Russell B., 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 21: BibliographyAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Birch, John Society, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Book OrdersAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Broyer, John Albin, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Bruce, Bill, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Bulletins and Notes (SIU), 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Bulletins and Notes (SIU), 1960-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Bureau of Publications, Teachers College, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 29: "C" CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: "C" Personal LettersAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Change of Grades, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Clopton, Robert W., 1959-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Class, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Clopton, Robert W., 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Committee for an Effective Congress, 1964 October 8Add to your cart.
Folder 36: "D" CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Democrats, Young, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Dewey, The John, Society, 1959-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Ditto:  Logic and Theory of KnowledgeAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: Ditto:  Shared Time Committee, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Ditto:  The Humanizing of KnowledgeAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: Ditto:  Department of Administration and SupervisionAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: Ditto:  Letter from Alonzo E. Grace, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Ditto:  Memo to Graduate Faculty from Harold Benjamin, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Ditto:  Axtelle's Reaction to Schweitzer to Candidate for Graduate Deanship, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Ditto:  Some Thoughts on the Preparations of TeachersAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: Ditto:  Report to the Committee of the Role of Teachers College, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Ditto:  Recommendations by George AxtelleAdd to your cart.
Folder 49: Ditto:  Suggested Research ProposalAdd to your cart.
Folder 50: Ditto:  Statement Concerning Gerald GutekAdd to your cart.
Folder 51: Ditto:  Memo to Doctoral Candiates in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Ditto:  Notes on Teaching as a Profession (GEA)Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Ditto:  20th Century and Education 507 B Discussion TopicsAdd to your cart.
Folder 54: Ditto:  Comprehensive PhD Exam in Social Foundations, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Ditto:  589 Spring Term Topics for Term PapersAdd to your cart.
Folder 56: Ditto:  Philosophy of Education 554 BibliographyAdd to your cart.
Folder 57: Ditto:  Bibliography History and Philosophy of Higher Education 511Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Ditto:  Seminar Topics 507A SummerAdd to your cart.
Folder 59: Ditto:  Doctoral Program in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 60: Ditto:  20th Century and Education 507Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Ditto:  Humanizing of Knowledge and Education of ValuesAdd to your cart.
Folder 62: Ditto:  Philosophy and EducationAdd to your cart.
Folder 63: Ditto:  Syllabus Fall 589 Outline for Human Nature and ConductAdd to your cart.
Folder 64: "E" CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 65: Eames, Morris, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 66: EDAD Advisement Conference, 1935-57Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Educational and Administration and Supervision, 1963-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Education, College of Graduate Faculty, 1963-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Education, College of, newsletter, 1962-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Educational Policies Commission, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Philosophy of Education Society, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Ethical Study Society, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 7: EthicsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Executive Committee for Advanced Graduate Studies in Education, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Experimentalist View of Moral Education, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Examination, 1961-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 11: "F" CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Educational Administration and Social and Philosophical Area Committee on Foundations, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Fair Employment Practices, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Feigler, HurbertAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Fishback, Woodson W., 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Educational Administration and Social and Philosophical Area Committee on Foundations, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Foundations on Education Doctoral Program, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 18: "G" CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: "G" Personal LettersAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: General Studies Program, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 21: George, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Gibson, Robert, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Grades 589 Spring, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Graduate Council Minutes, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Graduate Council, (SIU) both campuses, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Graduate DeanshipAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Graduate School, 1961-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Gray, Kenneth, 1962-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 29: "H" CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Hall, Martin, 1960-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Hawaii, International Seminar, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Hawaii, University of (general file), 1959-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Higher Education, Department of, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Henley, Father R.J., 1962-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Humanist, 1959-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Human Rights and Welfare, 1959-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 37: "I" CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: Illinois Education Association, 1959-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Improvement of Practical Intelligence, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Insurance, 1959-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Interdisciplinary Approach to Educational Planning, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 42: International University in America, 1959-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 43: "J" CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: "K" CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 45: Kappa Delta Pi, 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Kilpatrick, Wm. Hurl, 1959-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 47: 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 48: "L" CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 59: League for Industrial Democracy, 1959-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Lean, Arthur E., 1959-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Lee, Notes, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Letter to Mayor Daley, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Letter to Melby, Earnest, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Letter on TVA, 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Letter to Friends in HawaiiAdd to your cart.
Folder 56: Letter from Jean and Gea on arrival in Hawaii, 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Letters on GEA, 1972Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Letters to the New Republic, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Letters to Eleanor Roosevelt, 1944-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Liberal Party of New York State, 1959-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Library of Living Philosophers, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Lieberman, Myron (Mike), 1961-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "M" Correspondence, 1962-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Manufacturer's Trust Company, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Manuscripts, undatedAdd to your cart.
"The Case for Modern Man"
Folder 9: Michigan State University, 1959-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Minutes of the Academic Matters Committee of the Graduate Council, 1960-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Minutes, Departmental (Department of Educational Administration and Supervision), 1960-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Minutes, Faculty Council, 1960-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Minutes, General, 1960Add to your cart.
Southern Illinois University faculty meetings, Graduate Council, and Executive meetings.
Folder 14: Minutes, Graduate Faculty, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Minutes, Student Council, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Miscellaneous Manuscripts, undatedAdd to your cart.
Writings on early Christianity, "The Case for Modern Man," and writings on Plato.
Folder 17: Miscellaneous Writings, GLA, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Fan Mail, 1936-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Morris, Delyte W., Correspondence, 1961-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 20: "Mc" Correspondence, 1962-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 21: McKeefery, William J., 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 22: "N" Correspondence, 1959-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 23: New York Committee to Abolish Capital Punishment, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 24: New York University, 1959-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 25: "O" Correspondence, 1960-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 26: "P" Correspondence, 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Patriotism (Book), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Papanek, Ernst, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Peckham, Earl K., 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Phi Delta Kappa, 1960-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Philosophy Department, 1960-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Philosophy of Education Society, 1960-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Philosophy 589 "Flaw in the Educational Theory of John Dewey", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Philosophy 589 Grades, 1962-1964Add to your cart.
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Folder 35: Philosophical Problems of Contemporary Civilization, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: Photographs, 1951, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Pragmatic Theory of Education, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Preliminary Examinations, 1962Add to your cart.
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Folder 39: Project 7376, 1960-1964Add to your cart.
Dewey's Complete Works and Topical Index.
Folder 40: Promotion Policy, 1963Add to your cart.
University promotion policy committee report.
Folder 41: Pro-Seminar, 1964Add to your cart.
Committee on the Pro-seminar.
Folder 42: "R" Correspondence, 1963-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 43: "R" Personal Letters, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Raup, Bruce, 1963-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Reader's Guide, 1965Add to your cart.
Co-operative Research on Dewey Publications
Folder 46: References, 1961-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Reference, Evaluators, Placement, 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Religion, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Remington Rand Company, 1959-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Research Assistant, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Reservations, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Meeting and travel reservations
Folder 52: Reviews by George E. Axtelle, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 53: Riddle, OscarAdd to your cart.
Writings by Oscar Riddle.  "Crucial Competition with Russie in Science Education," "The Immense Failure: Delinquent Scholarship has let us Drift, Late and Unready, into the Age of Science," "Why Learning?", "Applied Atheism."
Folder 54: Roemischer, John, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Rosecrance, F. C., 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Rosengarten, Isaac, Diamond Jubilee, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Runkle, Gerald, 1959-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 58: "S" Correspondence, 1963-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 59: Salary, 1962-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 60: Schilpp, Paul A., 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Schneider, Herbert, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 62: Schnert, Frank, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 63: Statutes of Board of Trustees, Southern Illinois University (By-laws), 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 64: Southern Illinois University Correspondence and Information, 1960-1965Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Southern Illinois University Personal Report (Faculty), 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Social Case Work, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Social Security, 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Speaking Engagements, 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Speech: Aylette Villemain, 1958 December 26Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Speech: Kennedy Assassination, 1964 November 22Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Speeches: John Dewey, undatedAdd to your cart.
Speeches on John Dewey
Folder 9: Spring Conference, 1959-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Student Council - Government, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Syllabus, 1950s-1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: "T" Correspondence, 1962-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Takehashi, Genji, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Teacher Certification, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Teacher Evaluation, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Tenney Interview (University of Illinois Archivist), 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Thomas, Professor M. H., 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 18: To, Cho Yee, c. 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Travel Requisitions, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Tributes to Colleagues, undatedAdd to your cart.
Written by George Axtelle
Folder 21: "U" Correspondence, 1961-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 22: United Federation of Teachers, 1961-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 23: United Nations (Southern Illinois Assocation for...", 1964 April 6Add to your cart.
Folder 24: "V" Correspondence, 1962-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 25: "V" Personal Letters, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 26: "W" Correspondence, 1961-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Washington University, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Weil, Jean Murray, 1959 July 10Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Workshop Committee, 1964 June 10Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Wayne, John P., 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 31: "Y" Correspondence, 1962-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 32: "Z" Correspondence, 1959Add to your cart.

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[Series 3: American Humanist Association, 1958-1965],
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