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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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Folder 1: Newspaper clippings concerning HEW cases and sex discrimination, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Promotion policy and tenure report, 1971 JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence conerning Marisa Canut-Amoros resignation and discrimination, 1971Add to your cart.
Correspondence with American Association of University Professors, Chancellor Layer, National Organization for Women, and Southern Illinois University Affirmative Action Task Force
Folder 4: Southern Illinois University Task Force for Affirmative Action, 1971-1972Add to your cart.
Minutes; reports; surveys; correspondence
Folder 5: Affirmative Action Policy Statement and Program, circa 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Affirmative Action Program Preliminary Annual Report, 1971 JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Southern Illinois University Carbondale Salary Report, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Task Force on Affirmative Action Recommendations, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "The Status of Women at S.I.U," Linda MacLachlan, circa 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 10: American Association of University Professors - Resolution on the Status of Women at Southern Illinois University, 1972 April 7Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Summary of Canut-Amoros case, prepared for President Derge, 1972 February 1Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Press reports on HEW investigations at Southern Illinois University, 1973 AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: The Canut-Amoros sex discrimination case against Southern Illinois University, 1972 MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: The Status of Women Faculty of Southern Illinois University at CarbondaleAdd to your cart.
Summary presented at Springfield, Illinois hearing on Status of Women in Higher Education. Folder also includes salary data.
Folder 15: Southern Illinois University Affirmative Action Program - revised grievance procedures, 1972 MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Employment Data, 1969-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 17: "Summary and Overall Impressions of Seminar On Legal Aspects of Employing Women in Universities", 1972 JuneAdd to your cart.
Presented by Linda MacLachan of Southern Illinois University - Carbondale at Seminar in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Folder 18: Committee on Affirmative Action in Academic Areas, 1972 March, JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Affirmative Action Task Force - Report to Faculty Council, 1972 April 11Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Dean's Committee on Affirmative Action, 1972 March, JulyAdd to your cart.
Includes Position Paper on Affirmative Action in Academic Areas. See Box 6, Folders 18 and 19, for related documents.
Folder 21: Daily Egyptian article concerning separation of Affirmative Action programs, 1972 April 27Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Illinois Commission on Status of Women, 1973 FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Reports, correspondence
Folder 23: HEW Findings at Southern Illinois University, 1973 MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Status Report of Sex Discrimination Complaints against Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, circa 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Affirmative Action Plan of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Southern Illinois University draft reponses to HEW, 1973 SpringAdd to your cart.
Especially concerning academic areas
Folder 27: Elizabeth Eames's speech on sex discrimination at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Affirmative Action Board - Discrimination and Affirmative Action, 1973, 1974Add to your cart.
Especially concerning academic affairs. Reports and correspondence. Includes correspondence concerning the creation of the new Affirmative Action Board for Academic Affairs.
Folder 29: Affirmative Action Board for Academic Affairs, 1973 SpringAdd to your cart.
Correspondence, minutes, statements. See Box 6, Folders 28 and 30.
Folder 30: Affirmative Action Board for Academic Affairs, 1972-1973Add to your cart.
Mostly concerning the resignation of multiple members of the board, due to lack of support, guidance, and commitment. Consists of correspondence and press releases. See Box 6, Folders 28 and 29.
Folder 31: Comparative Salary and Employment Data, 1969-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Canut-Amoros Correspondence, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Illinois Commission on the Status of Women, 1973Add to your cart.
Includes: correspondence, especially with Senator Esther Saperstein, Chairperson; "Testimony of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale to the Education Committee"; Fifth Report on the Status of Women, State of Illinois; related newspaper clippings; committee meeting minutes
Folder 34: Draft report on Affirmative Action at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, circa 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Minority Recruitment, 1973Add to your cart.
Includes 1970 HEW report on minority enrollment data
Folder 36: Canut-Amoros Case, 1974, 1976Add to your cart.
Includes appeal to HEW against Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; court case; settlement
Folder 37: Complaints made to Affirmative Action Board for Academic Affairs, including responses, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Faculty Women request to Vice-President Malone, 1972-1973Add to your cart.
Includes documentation of subsequent creation of Ad-Hoc Committee on the Status of Women
Folder 39: Report on the Status of Women in Illinois Public Institutions of Higher Education, 1973 March, MayAdd to your cart.
Presented to the Board of Higher Education by the Illinois Commission on the Status of Women
Folder 40: Canut-Amoros Case, 1972-1973Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence with: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW); Illinois Fair Employment Practices Commission (FEPC). Also includes related newspaper clippings.
Folder 41: Equity Model with related salary reports, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Canut-Amoros Case with Illinois Fair Employment Practices Commission, 1974-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Report and Correspondence of the Ad-Hoc Committee on the Status of Women in Administrative and Professional Staff, 1973-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Reponse from HEW to Acting President Lesar concerning Affirmative Action Program, 1974 December 6Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Women's Task Force, Final Report, 1988 JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: Affirmative Action Report of the Master Plan Committee on Affirmative Action for the Illinois Board of Higher Education, 1975 SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: Letter from University Women to President Brandt, 1977 January 4Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Conciliation Agreement between SIU and HEW, 1978 September 15Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Changes to Affirmative Action, 1983Add to your cart.
Proposals; search for new officer
Folder 50: Illinois House of Representatives Subcommittee: Pay Equity Hearing, 1983 SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Proposals; acts; testimonies; correspondence; related newspaper clippings
Folder 51: Report on Salary Equity for Men and Women Faculty and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1989 JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 52: Faculty Senate - Affirmative Action, Diversity, Salary Equity, 1990Add to your cart.
Reports, meeting minutes
Folder 53: Liberal Arts and Sciences Committee on the Education of Women, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Newspaper clippings concerning Affirmative Action and Pay Equity, 1995, 1996Add to your cart.

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