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  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Scope and Content
  • Historical note
  • Related Archival Materials
  • Organization

  • Title: University of Southern California School of Philosophy records
    Collection number: 5095
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 35.75 linear ft. 33 banker's boxes, 3 oversize boxes
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1903-1977
    Date (inclusive): 1889-1988
    Abstract: The University of Southern California School of Philosophy was established in 1929 by the USC Board of Trustees, replacing the Department of Philosophy. The first director of the School was Ralph Tyler Flewelling, who previously served as chair of the deparment and was instrumental in getting the School approved. These records primarily contain the administrative files of the early School directors, beginning with Flewelling, followed by Daniel S. Robinson, W.H. Werkmeister, and John Hospers, and professional files and some personal files of Flewelling and Robinson, as well as several faculty members, including B.A.G Fuller, Heinrich Gomperz, Paul Helsel, and F.C.S. Schiller. In addition, the records contain files on the James Harmon Hoose Library of Philosophy, The Personalist, and selected students. The dates of the collection are 1889-1988 (bulk dates, 1903-1977).
    English and German languages: While the bulk of the material contained in this collection are in English, there are also items in German, primarily in the Henirich Gomperz series.
    creator: Flewelling, Ralph Tyler, 1871-1960 -- Archives
    creator: Fuller, B. A. G., (Benjamin Apthorp Gould), 1879-1956 -- Archives
    creator: Gomperz , Theodor, 1832-1912
    creator: Gomperz, Heinrich, 1873-1942
    creator: Helsel, Paul R.
    creator: Hospers, John, 1918-2011
    creator: Robinson, Daniel Sommer, b. 1888
    creator: Schiller, F. C. S., (Ferdinand Canning Scott), 1864-1937
    creator: University of Southern California. School of Philosophy.
    creator: Werkmeister, W. H., (William Henry), 1901-1993

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], University of Southern California School of Philosophy records, Collection no. 5095, University Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

    Scope and Content

    The School of Philosophy, which began as the Department of Philosophy, was established by the USC Board of Trustees in 1929. The records of the University of Southern California School of Philosophy primarily document the activities of school directors and faculty members from 1929-1969. In addition, the records contain files pertaining to the professional and personal activities, including research and publications, of these individuals. In addition, the collection consists of series focusing on the James Harmon Hoose Library of Philosophy and the journal The Personalist, as well as to students applying and/or accepted for admission to the School. The records consist of brochures, clippings, correspondence, manuscripts, memorandums, photographs, programs, publications, and reports. The overall dates of the records are 1889-1978, 1988.
    The Directors represented in the records are the first director, Ralph T. Flewelling (1929-1945); Daniel S. Robinson Robinson (1946-1954); W.H. Werkmeister (1954-1966); and John Hospers (1968-1988). The files of faculty members include B.A.G. Fuller, Heinrich Gomperz, Paul Helsel, and F.C.S. Schiller.

    Historical note

    The University of Southern California (USC) School of Philosophy, which began initially as the Department of Philosophy, was officially established in May 1929. The first director of the new school was Ralph Tyler Flewelling, a professor of philosophy at USC since 1917 and head of the philosophy department at the time.
    In December 1929, the School moved into the newly completed Seeley Wintersmith Mudd Memorial Hall of Philosophy, which still serves as its home on the USC University Park Campus (UPC). In addition to offices, classrooms, and lecture halls, Mudd Memorial Hall is also home to the James Harmon Hoose Library of Philosophy named for noted USC philosophy professor and the first department head James Harmon Hoose.
    Prior to moving to Mudd Memorial Hall, the School and its predecessor were housed in the George Finley Bovard Administration Building, which opened in 1921. The north wing of the building was called the James Harmon Hoose Hall of Philosophy, and included the philosophy library.
    The School published the journal The Personalist beginning in 1920, a quarterly focusing on philosophy, religion, and literature. Flewelling was the founding editor. In 1980, the School changed the journal's name to the Pacific Philosophical Quarterly.
    Early directors of the School were Ralph Tyler Flewelling (1929-1945); Daniel Summer Robinson (1945-1954); William H. Werkmeister (1954-1966); and John Hospers (1968-1988). In addition, other notable faculty members included H. Weldon Carr, F.C.S. Schiller, B.A.G. Fuller, Heinrich Gomperz, and Paul Helsel, as well as F.A. Hoernle'.

    Related Archival Materials

    See: 1. Schiller, F.C.S., [A collection of manuscript lecture notes written and used by F.C.S. Schiller/presented to Hoose Library, University of Southern California by the School of Philosophy, University of Southern California] -- consists of 800 leaves of paper, part of which are written on both sides], located in the Hoose Library of Philosophy, University of Southern California. 2. Ferdinand Canning Scott Schiller Papers, ca. 1870-1940, Collection 191, Special Collections, Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles. 3. Theodor and Heinrich Gomperz Correspondence, [1890-1942], Collection no. 0185, Special Collections, University of Southern California. 4. Theodore and Heinrich Gomperz Collection, Collection H1959.1, Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library, Libraries of the Claremont Colleges. 5. B.A.G. Fuller Autograph Collection, 1620-1920 (MS Am 1603-1603.3). Houghton Library, Harvard University. 6. William Torrey Harris Correspondence, 1850-1910, Collection no. 0184, Special Collections, University of Southern California.

    Organization

    The collection is organized into the following series: 1) Flewelling, Ralph Tyler 2) Fuller, B.A.G. 3) Gomperz, Heinrich 4) Helsel, Paul R. 5) Hoose Library 6) Hospers, John 7) Robinson, Daniel S. 8) Schiller, F.C.S. 9) Werkmeister, W.H. 10) The Personalist 11) Student Files

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    American Philosophical Association. Western Division. -- Archives
    Flewelling, Ralph Tyler, 1871-1960 -- Archives
    Fuller, B. A. G., (Benjamin Apthorp Gould), 1879-1956 -- Archives
    Gomperz , Theodor, 1832-1912 -- Archives
    Gomperz, Heinrich, 1873-1942 -- Archives
    Harris, William Torrey, 1835-1909 -- Archives
    Helsel, Paul R. -- Archives
    Hoose Library of Philosophy .
    Hospers, John, 1918-2011 -- Archives
    Mudd, Seeley Wintersmith, 1861-1926 -- Archives
    Robinson, Daniel Sommer, b. 1888 -- Archives
    Royce, Josiah, 1855-1916 -- Archives
    Schiller, F. C. S., (Ferdinand Canning Scott), 1864-1937 -- Archives
    University of Southern California. School of Philosophy. -- Archives
    University of Southern California. School of Philosophy. -- Faculty
    Werkmeister, W. H., (William Henry), 1901-1993 -- Archives
    Brochures
    Clippings
    Correspondence
    Fund raising--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
    Manuscripts
    Memorandums
    Personalism--Archival resources
    Philosophers--United States--Archival resources
    Philosophy--Periodicals--Archival resources
    Philosophy--Study and teaching--California--Los Angeles--Archival resourcews
    Photographs
    Programs
    Publications
    Reports
    Universities and colleges--California--Los Angeles--Administration--Archival resources
    Universities and colleges--Faculty--Archival resources