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Elizabeth Ramsden Eames papers, 1885-2001 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: Elizabeth Ramsden Eames papers, 1885-2001Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1960-1980

ID: 3/RG 4/FP 17-19-F6

Primary Creator: Eames, Elizabeth Ramsden

Extent: 10.0 Cubic Feet

Date Acquired: 09/01/1991. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Affirmative action programs, American Philosophical Association. Western Division, Dewey, John, 1859-1952, Education - Philosophy, John Dewey Society., Mead, George Herbert, 1863-1931., Philosophy, American - 20th century, Philosophy - Study and teaching, Pragmatism, Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Center for Dewey Studies., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Department of Philosophy, Tufts, Cynthia Whitaker, United States. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Women's rights - United States - History, Women - Illinois - Carbondale - Societies and clubs

Forms of Material: Dewey, John, 1859-1952 - Correspondence, Mead, George Herbert, 1863-1931. - Correspondence, Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970. - Correspondence, Tufts, James Hayden, 1862-1942. - Correspondence

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Elizabeth Ramsden Eames Papers span the academic as well as the liberatory career of Elizabeth Ramsden Eames, a Philosophy Professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale from 1963-1990. Elizabeth was an active scholar, as was her husband, S. Morris Eames, who also taught philosophy at Carbondale: hence, half the collection consists of their published articles, manuscripts, drafts, bibliographies, notes, and professional correspondence. Most of the scholarly work pertains to John Dewey and other pragmatists, as well as Bertrand Russell, with whom Elizabeth had correspondence (see box 2, folder 2). Both Eames also had an interest in logic; boxes 3-5 contain tapes of their class lectures on the subject. Also included are tapes of the Winterthur Seminars in American Philosophy and entitled "Philosophy of Peirce." Several of these audio tapes have been digitized. The books produced from the seminars are (The Philosophy of George Herbert Mead; The Philosophy of William James). Also of note in the collection are copies of correspondence between John Dewey and George Herbert Mead, as well as correspondence and eulogy of James Hayden Tufts.

The other half of the collection consists of correspondence, reports, court records, and meeting minutes relating to Elizabeth’s outstanding participation in the transformation of Affirmative Action programs and discrimination policies at Southern Illinois University. Also included in this material is related LexisNexis resources, documentation of similar policies at other schools, and a wealth of employment data relating to minority demographics.

Biographical Note

Born in 1921, Elizabeth Ramsden Eames taught philosophy at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale from 1963 to 1990, obtaining the title professor emeritus upon her retirement. She received for A.B. and M.A. in Philosophy from the University in Toronto, and in 1951 her Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College. Her doctoral dissertation was focused on epistemological issues found in the works of Bertrand Russell and John Dewey. Before teaching in Carbondale, she taught at Smith College, University of Missouri, and Washington University, St. Louis. She wrote numerous articles during her academic career, most concerning Russell, or Dewey and pragmatism, the latter being an interest shared with her husband, S. Morris Eames, who was also a philosophy professor at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Both Elizabeth and her husband were dedicated teachers, as the scores of letters from appreciative students show. She also wrote Bertrand Russell’s Theory of Knowledge (1969); co-authored Logical Methods (1971) with her husband; co-authored Bertrand Russell’s Dialogue with His Contemporaries with George Kimball Plochmann; and edited Experience and Value: Essays on John Dewey and Pragmatic Naturalism. She held a Carnegie Fellowship for the study of education in Great Britain, as well as a research grant from the American Philosophy Society. She participated often in conferences, colloquiums, and seminars, from American Philosophical Association meetings, to the Winterthur Seminars on American Philosophy, the latter producing books such as The Philosophy of George Herbert Mead (to which she contributed an essay). She also went to China to deliver a series of lectures (Lectures in the Far East, 1980) with her husband.

In addition to her academic career, Elizabeth played a pivotal role in the transformation of Affirmative Action programs and discrimination policies at Southern Illinois University. She taught and worked for the liberation of women, setting up caucuses to deal with the provisions of merit, fellowship and employment opportunities from which they could be benefitted through a free and fair process. She was denied promotion in 1971, this being in addition to her relatively low salary; she filed a case with the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). Numerous other women also filed cases with HEW (and/or the Federal Employment Practices Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) throughout the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s, many doing so with the support and assistance of Elizabeth. She became a member of countless committees, sub-committees, and ad-hoc committees concerning discrimination, equal opportunity, and pay equity during this time: she was chairman of the Faculty Status and Welfare Committee; chairman of the American Philosophical Association Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession; a member of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Committee on the Education of Women; and a member of the executive committee of the Women’s Caucus of Southern Illinois University, to name a few. She eventually received back pay, a salary adjustment, and a promotion during her time at Southern Illinois University.

Elizabeth passed away 1 April 2019 in Willow Street, PA.

Subject/Index Terms

Affirmative action programs
American Philosophical Association. Western Division
Dewey, John, 1859-1952
Education - Philosophy
John Dewey Society.
Mead, George Herbert, 1863-1931.
Philosophy, American - 20th century
Philosophy - Study and teaching
Pragmatism
Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970.
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Center for Dewey Studies.
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Department of Philosophy
Tufts, Cynthia Whitaker
United States. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
Women's rights - United States - History
Women - Illinois - Carbondale - Societies and clubs

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Accruals: 4 additional accessions: #1475 (September 1, 1996); #1818 (July 2, 2002); #1864 (January 3, 2003); #1874 (June 3, 2003), all donated by Elizabeth R. Eames.

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: Accession #1241, donated by Elizabeth R. Eames

Preferred Citation: [after identification of item(s)], Elizabeth Ramsden Eames Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Finding Aid Revision History: Preliminary inventories of various accessions completed in the 1990's. Complete collection including all 5 accessions added to Archon in November 2013.


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Item 1: Tape: Lecture, Elizabeth Eames, GSC 208, 1967 September 22Add to your cart.
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Item 15: Tape: Lecture, Elizabeth Eames, GSC 208, Observation, 1967 December 1Add to your cart.
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Item 17: Tape: Lecture, Elizabeth Eames, GSC 208, 1967 December 6Add to your cart.
Item 18: Tape: Lecture, Elizabeth Eames, GSC 208, 1967 December 8Add to your cart.
Item 19: Tape: Lecture, Elizabeth(?) Eames, GSC 208, Dilemmas, 1969 November 24Add to your cart.
Item 20: Tape: Lecture, Elizabeth(?) Eames, GSC 208, 1970 January 7Add to your cart.
Item 21: Tape: Lecture, Elizabeth Eames, GSC 208, 1970 January 12Add to your cart.
Item 22: Tape: Lecture, Elizabeth Eames, GSC 208, 1970 January 16Add to your cart.
Note: Writings on this tape suggest that it may have been taped over with music.
Item 23: Tape: Lecture, Elizabeth Eames, GSC 208, 1970 January 16Add to your cart.
Item 24: Tape: Lecture, Elizabeth Eames, GSC 208, 1970 January 21Add to your cart.
Item 25: Tape: Lecture, Elizabeth Eames, GSC 208, 1970 January 26Add to your cart.
Item 26: Tape: Lecture on SyllogismAdd to your cart.
Item 27: Tape: Lecture on PrejudiceAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Comments on S. Morris Eames's "Creativity and Democracy", 1983 April 28Add to your cart.
Comments presented by Larry Cobb at the Society for the Philosophy of Creativity meeting
Folder 2: Library of Living Philosophers, 1989-2001Add to your cart.
Correspondence with Elizabeth Eames (as member of Advisory Board)
Volume 1: "The Problem of Existential Import in Dewey's Theory of Propositions", 1967Add to your cart.
By Joseph Sen Wu, Dissertation
Volume 2: "Liberty and Improvement - Rethinking Mill's Liberalism", 1993Add to your cart.
By Weihe Huang, Dissertation
Volume 3: "John Dewey's Theory of Communication and Its Implications for Democratic Change", 1992Add to your cart.
By Ralf Sommermeier, Dissertation

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