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George E. Axtelle papers

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Correspondence

University Papers

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


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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 3: American Humanist Association, 1958-1965Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 52: American Humanist Association, 1959-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 53: American Humanist Association, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 54: American Humanist Association Expenses Report, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 55: American Humanist Association, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 56: American Humanist Association, 1958-1965Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Various Chapters, 1959-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Albuquerque Chapter, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Addresses, 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Advance Committee, 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Committee on Awards, 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Barnes, Harry Elmer, 1958-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Board Meetings, 1959-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Board Meeting, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 9: American Humanist Board Meetings, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 10: American Humanist Association Board of Directors, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Book Orders, 1959-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Bowman, Leroy, 1959-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Burnett and Barnette, 1959-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Chambers, Jerry, 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Chapters Officers, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Chicago Chapter, 1959-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Committee on the American Humanist Association, 1959-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Committee on Church and State, 1959-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Council of Southern California, Minutes, 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence, General, American Humanist Association, 1959-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Cromie, Peter, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 22: "D" Correspondence, 1959-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Democratic Conference, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Dodd, Stuart G., 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Election, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 26: English, Charles B., 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Finance Committee, 1961-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Forrest, Lester, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Free Mind, 1959-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Grades, 1961-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Greene, Maxine, Literary editor of hte AHA, "Humanist", 1961-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Gregory, Michael, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Hardebeck, John W., M.D., 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Hilton, Randall, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Hornbeck, James F., 1960-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Housing Committee, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Huber, Elizabeth P., 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Hutchinson, James M., 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Intergroup Relations, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 40: International Humanist and Ethical Union, 1959-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 41: American Jewish Committee, 1959-61Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Jolly, Walter C., undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: Kallen, Horace M., 1959-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Kessler, 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Kirkpatrick, William H., 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Kirk, John, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Klien, Donald, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Koch, Leo, 1959-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Kroiter, Harry, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Kuensli, A. E., 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 51: "L" Correspondence, 1959-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 52: "M" Correspondence, 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Marain, Mary, and Lloyd, 1960-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Morgan, Ernest, 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Mueller, Hermann J., 1959-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 56: "Mc" Correspondence, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 57: McCarroll, Tolbert H., 1961-65Add to your cart.
Folder 58: McCollum, Mrs. Vashti, 1960-1964Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Nathanson, Ethical Union, 1961-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Nominating Committee, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Nominating Committee, American Humanist Association, 1962-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Overstreet, Harry A., 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Personnel Committee, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Planning Committee, 1962-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Pohl, Stewart, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 8: President's Letter to Membership, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Project Worth, Committee On, 1959-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Publications Committee, 1960-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Public Education, Committee on, 1959-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Racial Equality, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Rafton, Harold, 1959-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Raup, Bruce, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Richards, D. A., 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Risk, Robert G., 1959-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Robertson, Priscilla, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Robertson, Priscilla (Memorandum to Dr. Hermann J. Mueller), 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Rocca, B. T., 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Rosenfeld, Herbert, 1959-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 21: "S" Correspondence, 1959-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Sabiston, Campbell (Pam), 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Sargent, Doris, 1961-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Sheridan, Jack, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Shielan, Ronald, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Smith, W. A., 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Stenographic Service, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Tax Case before Ohio Supreme Court, 1963 MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Copies, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 30: "T" Correspondence, 1961-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Toledo Humanist, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Toore, Herbert, 1960 February 24Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Trip to West Coast, 1961 SpringAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Unitarian Fellowship, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 35: University of Unified Knowledge, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 36: "V" Correspondence, 1961 MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: "W" Correspondence, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Wendt, Charles, 1959-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Wilkie, Loyd, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Williams, Roger, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Wilson, Edwin, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Wilson, Edwin, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Wilson, Edwin, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Wilson, Edwin, 1962-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 45: World Humanism Committee, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Yellow Springs, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 47: PlaqueAdd to your cart.

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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