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Meiklejohn papers, 1894-1924 (bulk 1912-1923).

Author: Alexander MeiklejohnDwight W MorrowWalter R AgardElisha Benjamin AndrewsWilliam Herbert Perry FaunceAll authors
Edition/Format:   Downloadable archival material : English
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The papers consist chiefly of correspondence to and from Meiklejohn during his tenure as president of Amherst College, 1912-1923. His correspondents were educators and philosophers like himself, among them W.R. Agard, Benjamin Andrews, and W.H.P. Faunce. Their letters and his display wit and personal warmth as well as extensive analysis of abstract ideas and philosophy, especially as they relate to the two dominant  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Correspondence
Named Person: Alexander Meiklejohn
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Meiklejohn; Dwight W Morrow; Walter R Agard; Elisha Benjamin Andrews; William Herbert Perry Faunce; Stanley King; George A Plimpton
OCLC Number: 49729714
Description: 11 archives boxes (5.5 linear ft.)
Other Titles: Alexander Meiklejohn papers

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The papers consist chiefly of correspondence to and from Meiklejohn during his tenure as president of Amherst College, 1912-1923. His correspondents were educators and philosophers like himself, among them W.R. Agard, Benjamin Andrews, and W.H.P. Faunce. Their letters and his display wit and personal warmth as well as extensive analysis of abstract ideas and philosophy, especially as they relate to the two dominant themes of Meiklejohn's life and career: education and freedom. Letters to and from prominent figures at Amherst College, such as Stanley King, Dwight W. Morrow and especially George A. Plimpton (with whom Meiklejohn communicated throughout his entire Amherst career) focus sharply on those themes as they relate to his administration of the College, especially to the faculty and curriculum reforms he introduced. Correspondence is also found in the remaining materials, which relate to faculty and student affairs, administration and curriculum, and to the circumstances of his resignation, requested by the trustees in 1923 when it was felt that responses to his innovative practices had polarized the faculty to a point of immobility. Correspondence concerning the resignation is grouped separately at the end of the papers; there is also a file of newspaper clippings from the period.

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