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George E. Axtelle papers

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Correspondence

University Papers

American Humanist Association

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George E. Axtelle papers, 1924-1974 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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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.


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[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 2: University Papers, 1938-1974Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Bibliography Cards and Miscellaneous Notes, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Class Material, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Correspondence, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Dissertation Notebook, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Effectiveness as a Value Concept, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: The Humanizing of Knowledge and the Education of Values, 1966 AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: John Dewey Project, 1967-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Secret Message, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Letters from George Axtelle to Browns, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Letter form John Broyer to Philip Dennis Re: George Axtelle, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Miscellaneous Manuscripts from John Boyer to Dennis Philip Dennis, undatedAdd to your cart.
"Community as Normative Principle," "On the Improvement of Life," "The Nature and Function of Ideals," and "Diagnosis of our Time."
Folder 44: Class Lists, 1959-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Course 589, 1961 FallAdd to your cart.
Course materials
Folder 46: Education 554 Course Materials, 1962 SummerAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: Course 583 Materials, 1962 FallAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: Philosophy 589 Materials, 1962 FallAdd to your cart.
Folder 49: Higher Education 511 Course Materials and Notes, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Newspaper Clippings, 1938-1959Add to your cart.
Clippings on Axtelle's activities.
Folder 51: Class Lists, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Philosophy of Education Autobiographical Sketch of Students, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 53: 20th Century and Education Course 507 Materials, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 54: 20th Century and Education Course Materials, 1964 SpringAdd to your cart.
Folder 55: 20th Century and Education Course Materials, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Philosophy General Grad Seminar Course Materials, 1964 FallAdd to your cart.
Folder 57: Course 589 Materials, Dewey's Social and Ethical Theory, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Logic Course Materials, 1965 SpringAdd to your cart.
Folder 59: Community Development, 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Dewey Project:  Index Working Papers, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Cooperative Research on Dewey Publications, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Dewey Project Editorial Board, 1964 December 11Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Dewey Project, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Dewey Project Reader's Guide Conference, 1965 October 9Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Logic, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Ethics, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Psychology, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: General Philosophy, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Critical and Historical Essays, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Education, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Social and Politcal Commentary, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Philosophy of Religion, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Theory of Values, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Miscellaneous, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: John Dewey Society, 1961-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Doctoral Examination, 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Doctoral Program in Philosophy of Education, 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Experience and Nature, undatedAdd to your cart.
Syllabus and notes.
Folder 20: Foundations, Doctoral Exams in Summer, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Foundations, Social and Philosophical, Doctoral Exams, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Foundations, Questions for Doctoral Exams, 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Foundations, Program, 1962-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Foundations, Group, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Gill, Unity and Dynamics, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Grace, Alonzo, 1960 October 12Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Grades, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Grades, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Grades, 1962-64Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Higher Education, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Horace Mann League, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Indexing (Dewey Project), 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Institutions of Intelligence, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: James Psychology, 589, Grades, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 35: John Dewey Society, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Lew, William, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Phi Delta Kappa, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 38: President Morris, D. W., 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Notice of Appointment, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Philosophy of Education 355, 1965 July 20Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Plan A, 1961-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Plan A, Spring, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Plan A, Fall, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Raup, Beene, Smith, Axtelle, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Sociology 301, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: Social Foundations, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Saint Louis, 1959-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Transcripts, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Unitarian Fellowship, 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Values, Robert Kibler, Bibliography, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Yearbook, 1962Add to your cart.

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