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Finding Aid for the Josiah Royce Memorial Collection, 1875-1936
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Josiah Royce Memorial Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1875-1936
    Collection number: 253
    Extent: 20 boxes (10 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Josiah Royce (1855-1916) was a professor of philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard University. His published works include: Primer of Logical Analysis for the Use of Composition Students (1881), The Religious Aspect of Philosophy (1885) and The Spirit of Modern Philosophy (1892). The collection consists of writings by and about Josiah Royce, copies of his correspondence, books, clippings and photographs.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Biography/History

    Royce was born on November 20, 1855 in Grass Valley, California; AB, University of California at Berkeley, 1875; studied at Leipzig and Göttingen Universities (1875-76), and then entered Johns Hopkins University, where he received his Ph.D in 1878; instructor in English literature and logic (1878-82), University of California at Berkeley; instructor in philosophy (1882-85), assistant professor (1885-92), professor of the history of philosophy (1892-1914), and in 1914 was named Alford professor of natural religion, moral philosophy, and civil polity, Harvard University; published works include: Primer of Logical Analysis for the Use of Composition Students (1881), The Religious Aspect of Philosophy (1885), The Spirit of Modern Philosophy (1892), The Conception of God (1895), The World and the Individual (1899, 1901), and The Problem of Christianity (2 vols., 1913); he died on September 14, 1916 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    Expanded Biographical/Historical Narrative

    In 1927 the Regents of the University of California approved a recommendation that the main classroom building on the new Westwood campus of the University be named Royce Hall in honor of the great American scholar and philosopher, Josiah Royce. The Department of Philosophy on this campus undertook the task of assembling a Josiah Royce Memorial Collection to be placed in a designated alcove of the building, known as the Josiah Royce Alcove.
    Through the generosity of Royce's family and friends, books and articles by and about Royce, originals and copies of some of his correspondence, his master's and doctor's thesis, as well as pictures, clippings and other Royce memorabilia were acquired for this collection. His own large and stately walnut bookcase was used to house the collection.
    The Royce Memorial remained in Royce Hall under the care of the Philosophy Department until December, 1954. At this time, because of the program for remodeling Royce Hall, it was transferred to the University Library's Department of Special Collections.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of writings by and about Josiah Royce, copies of his correspondence, books, clippings, photographs, a typescript copy of a journal written by his mother, Sarah Eleanor Royce entitled, Across the Plains (1849), and other Royce memorabilia collected by the UCLA Department of Philosophy in memory of Royce.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Royce, Josiah, 1855-1916--Archives.
    Philosophers--United States--Archives.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Manuscripts for publication.

    Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

    Royce, Sarah, 1819-1891.