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Henry Nelson Wieman Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Biographical Materials

Correspondence

Writings

Speeches, Lectures, and Sermons

Teaching Materials and Student Work

Posthumous Correspondence and Events

Printed Materials


Henry Nelson Wieman Papers, 1910-1994 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

By Christina M. Gould

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Collection Overview

Title: Henry Nelson Wieman Papers, 1910-1994Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1910-1975

ID: 3/RG 4/FP 17-19-F1

Primary Creator: Wieman, Henry Nelson, (1884-1975.)

Extent: 26.0 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: Arranged in seven series:  (1) Biographical Materials;  (2)Correspondence; (3)Writings; (4) Speeches, Lectures, and Sermons; (5)Teaching Materials and Student Work; (6) Posthumous Correspondence and Events, 1975-1994; and (7) Printed Materials.

Subjects: Philosophy, American, Philosophy - United States - 20th century, Wieman, Henry Nelson, 1884-1975

Forms of Material: Artifacts., Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence., Dewey, John, 1859-1952 - Correspondence, Diaries., Dissertations., Hartshorne, Charles, 1897-2000. - Correspondence, Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 - Correspondence, King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 - Correspondence, Legal documents., Manuscripts for publication., Photographs, Sound recordings, Speeches, addresses, etc., Theses, Tillich, Paul, 1886-1965. - Correspondence, Whitehead, Alfred North, 1861-1947 - Correspondence, Wieman, Henry Nelson, 1884-1975 - Correspondence, Wills., Writings.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Henry Nelson Wieman papers, spanning from 1910-1994, include correspondence to and from Dr.Wieman concerning his philosophical and theological ideas as well as personal matters. Besides correspondence, the papers contain teaching materials, theses, dissertations and work done by Dr. Wieman's students as well as publications, manuscripts, sermons, and lectures by Dr. Wieman and by others.

Along with the written versions of his sermons, lectures and speeches are some audio recordings of these. Included in the biographical series of this collection are materials pertaining to Dr. Wieman's education, his personal memberships, journals, photographs, certificates and awards.  The Henry Nelson Wieman papers also include correspondence and audio materials from conferences and other events occurring after his death and in his honor or pertaining to his ideas.

Finally, these papers incorporate Dr. Wieman's collection of printed materials including reprints, journals, and books. This collection features a letter to Dr. Wieman from Martin Luther King Jr. written on August 5, 1953.  Some other correspondents include Paul Tillich, William Ernest Hocking, John Dewey, Charles Hartshorne, and Alfred North Whitehead.

Biographical Note

Henry Nelson Wieman (1884-1975), one of America's leading theologians, was born on August 19, 1884 in Richhill, Missouri.  He received an A.B. in 1907 from Park College in Parkville, Missouri and studied at San Francisco Theological Seminary. He was awarded a fellowship to continue his research in Jena and Heidelberg, Germany under Nobel Prize winning religious philosopher Rudolf Euken.  In 1912, he returned to the U.S. and served as minister for two years in St. Joseph, Missouri and Davis, California.  Wieman then continued his studies at Harvard University, where he received a Ph.D. in philosophy in 1917.  From 1917 to 1927, Wieman taught in the philosophy department at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and then he served as a professor of religion at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago.

After his retirement from the University of Chicago in 1947, he taught at the University of Oregon, Washington University in St. Louis, Grinnell College, and at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  In 1966 Wieman retired for the second time. A prominent exponent of naturalistic theism, Wieman is best known for his attempts to apply scientific methods to religion.  His views on American theological thought came to the fore in 1926 when he published Religious Experience and the Scientific Method. In this work Wieman concluded that a proper religion must make a place for science if it is to face the facts of the contemporary world. He died in 1975.

Subject/Index Terms

Philosophy, American
Philosophy - United States - 20th century
Wieman, Henry Nelson, 1884-1975

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Accruals:

The Henry Nelson Wieman collection is now Henry Nelson Wieman Papers (FP17-19-F1). The following accessions have been incorporated to comprise one collection:

17-19-F1 (Accession #23) contains correspondence and various published and unpublished writings including books, articles, book reviews, papers, speeches, and lectures. 

17-19-F5 (Accession #316) consists largely of letters, articles, and manuscripts ranging in dates from 1910-1975.  Among these are notes and rough drafts for several unpublished books which are undated and for two of his published books.  Also included are notes from speeches, lectures and classes, book reviews written by Wieman about other books and clippings of reviews about Wieman's books.  Among correspondents are Paul Tillich, William Ernest Hocking, John Dewey, Charles Hartshorne, Alfred North Whitehead, and many other noted philosophers and theologians.  Included with the collection is a diary kept by Wieman while he traveled in Heidelberg and Jena in 1910-1911 on a traveling fellowship award from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a package of his academic hoods, along with gown and mortarboard.

Accession# 389: VFM 823; Xerox copies of two letters from Wieman to Philip Dennis, May 26 and July 19, 1972, and transcriptions of ten lectures, nine of which are by Wieman and one by John Childs. 2 TLS (Xerox), 3 pp.; 10 TMS (Xeroxed transcriptions)

Accession #401;  MISC VOL - Fitz, Erle W.; vol of transcripts of discussions with Henry Nelson Wieman Oct 1973-May 1974

Accession #480; Broyer, John; VFM - Wieman, Henry Nelson; letters, 1965-1974 from HNW to John Broyer discussing philosophical ideas (xerox)

Accession #501; Broyer, John; VFM 1354- Wieman, Henry Nelson; Articles by Weiman; "Creativity in History" and "God and the Modern World" presented to SIUC faculty, 1962 and 1963

Accession#589: Charles, Florence W.; Letters from Wieman to his daughter, Florence, 1965-1975, MSS COLLECTION 135

Accession#676: Correspondence, 1969-1974, from Henry Nelson Wieman to Creighton Peden. (See inventory for details) 23 TLS, 36 pp.; 1 ALS, 1 p.; VFM 1482

Accession #715: Letters to Wieman, on occasion of his 90th birthday, 1974; MISC VOL 140.

Accession #877: 20 tapes of Creativity Conference held after Wieman's death

Accession#1702: Wieman, Henry Nelson from Laura Wieman estate. Correspondence re acquisition in Wieman folder

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: Donation.

Original/Copies Note: Name Index to General Correspondence:  Copies of letters written by Weiman are indexed under the name of the addressee.  A few of his correspondents have sent Wieman letters to be included in the collection.

Related Materials:

MF 5      Wieman, Henry Nelson

The Organization of Interest, a dissertation, [1917], Harvard University.  Positive, 1 reel, 20 ft.

MISC VOL 117, Accession #412; Minor, William S.; dissertation "Creativity in Henry Nelson Wieman" by Minor, 1971.

VFM 1449, Accession #615: Ross, C. Philip Collection of Henry Nelson Wieman; Letters, 1966-1975, largely from Henry N. Wieman to C. Philip Ross. Also, included are a few newsclippings and photographs. 61 pieces (see inventory for more complete description)

VFM 1443, Accession #642: Some reflections on Henry Nelson Wieman by Bernard E. Meland, presented at a Memorial service at the First Unitarian Church of Chicago, Sunday, July 6, 1975. TMs, 10 pp.

MISC VOL 139, Accession #714: Bound volume containing photocopies of articles by various authors concerning Wieman's life and work.

Preferred Citation: [after identification of item(s), Henry Nelson Wieman papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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[Series 1: Biographical Materials],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1911-1994],
[Series 3: Writings],
[Series 4: Speeches, Lectures, and Sermons],
[Series 5: Teaching Materials and Student Work],
[Series 6: Posthumous Correspondence and Events, 1975-1994],
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Series 5: Teaching Materials and Student WorkAdd to your cart.
This series contains Dr. Wieman's class notes, book notes and lectures as well as student work including theses and dissertations.
Box 49Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Faculty rating forms, University of Oregon, 1949 JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Lists of course offerings, 1962-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Class Notes: History of Philosophy; Philosophy and LogicAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Class Notes: Social and Ethical Theory, Philosophy 461Add to your cart.
First half of set of notes
Folder 5: Class Notes: Social and Ethical Theory, Philosophy 461Add to your cart.
second half of set of notes
Folder 6: Class Notes: Psychology of religion 434Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Class Notes: Philosophy of science 466Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Class Notes: Ethics, Washington University, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Class Notes: Knowledge and value, 1965 FallAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Class Notes: Empirical Theology, Meadville, 1965 FallAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Class Notes: Religion in the New Age, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Class Notes: Nature of man, Lombard College, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Class Notes: Philosophy of religion. Starr King School, 1968 WinterAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Class Notes: Philosophy 331Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Class Notes: Notes on Drucker bookAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Class Notes: R-321 Religion in contemporary societyAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Class Notes: MetaphysicsAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Class Notes: Term paper instructions; Human Existence; The ruling function of religion; Philosophy of civilizationAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Class Notes: Phenomenology of ReligionAdd to your cart.
Box 50Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Class Lecture: Philosophy of historyAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Class Lecture: Introduction to PhilosophyAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Class Lecture: Philosophy of historyAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Class Lecture: Philosophy of history: MarxAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Class Lecture: Philosophy of history: Religious significance of civilizationAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Class Lecture: Philosophy of history: Walter LippmanAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Class Lecture: Religion and mental healthAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Class Lecture: Religion in educationAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Class Lecture: Semantics of religious languageAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Class Lecture: Personalism versus naturalismAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Class Lecture: What is the answer?Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Class Lecture: Questions that matter most as answered by the world's great religionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Class Lecture: Should the government have religious responsibilities?Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Lecture Notes for a course taught at Southern Illinois UniversityAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Class Lecture: Philosophy 140: Problem of good and evil, EthicsAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Class Lecture: An empirical base for ethical theoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Lecture notes from Ethics Class also used for discussion group at Universalist churchAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Class Lecture: EthicsAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Class Lecture: Judgments of value are factual judgmentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Class Lecture: Religious naturalismAdd to your cart.
Box 51Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Book Notes: A-CAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Book notes: D-HAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Book notes: H-KAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Book notes: M-PAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Book notes: SAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Book notes: S-WAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Book notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Philosophy of history syllabi and notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Comments on Howie's dissertation and 1967 appointment calendarAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Lecture notes, and appointment calendar 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Notes on lectures by Nasser, 1971 September-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Notes on creative interchange, Spengler and Toynbee, and the place of values in human relationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Class handouts and outlinesAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Class notes on Fromm, history, and educationAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Class notes and handouts on ethics, the moral law and the problem of the good lifeAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Class notes: Philosophies men live byAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Notes on creative interchange, diagram by Palmgren, and notes on Sister Minella's dissertationAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Class notes and handouts: Philosophy of historyAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Class notes: The meaning of historyAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Notes on Hirschbein's thesis, outline on religion and scienceAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Class lecture notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Handout: Project to put religious thought into the universities without sectarian dominationAdd to your cart.
Box 52Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Conlan, Allan F. Dissertation Abstract: A critique of the Philosophy of Religion of Henry Nelson Wieman in the Light of Thomistic PrinciplesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Hall, Thomas William. Dissertation abstract: "Three value theories and their implications regarding the place of religion in teacher education"Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Henderson, James G. Thesis: "Henry Nelson Wieman: His theology and his aesthetic theory and  their bearing upon modern literature, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Hirschbein, Ronald Lee. Dissertation: "The application of Henry Nelson Wieman's concept of creative interchange to the personal and interpersonal aspects of value theory"Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Rich, Charles Mark. Dissertation: "Henry Nelson Wieman's functional theism as transcending event" with Dr. Wieman's comments, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Yeager, Iver F. Dissertation abstract: "Value and General Education: A critical study of Wieman's theory of value as applied to higher education"Add to your cart.

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