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Jordan, Elijah. Papers


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Title: Jordan, Elijah. Papers, 1899-1962

Primary Creator: Jordan, Elijah

Extent: 5.2 cubic feet. More info below.

Subjects: American Philosophical Association, Cornell University, Education, Fisch, Max Harold, 1900-1995, Indiana, Indiana University, Jordan, Elijah, 1875-1953, New York--Ithaca, Philosophy, Schools, Students, Teaching

Forms of Material: Personal papers, Professional papers

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Elijah Jordan (1875-1953) was raised in Elberfield, Indiana, and served as a professor of philosophy at Butler University from 1913 to 1944. Jordan published eight books and numerous articles in which he developed a philosophical system that set him apart from contemporary philosophical trends. This collection contains biographical material, draft revisions for each of Jordan's books, and personal correspondence from 1905 to 1953. Many letters refer to Jordan's graduate school experiences (at Cornell, Wisconsin and Chicago) and his difficulties in obtaining a teaching position. Other letters discuss the preparation and publication of his books and scholars' reactions to them. Frequent correspondents include J. E. Creighton, Max H. Fisch, Warner Fite, D. W. Gotshalk, Thomas Haynes, Robert D. Mack, Glenn Negley, M. C. Otto and Forrest O. Wiggins.

The collection also contains Jordan's university transcripts and class notes, photographs of Jordan and his wife Linny, and papers relating to Fisch's Jordan bibliography, compiled for Jordan's Metaphysics: An Unfinished Essay (published posthumously, 1956). Additional materials document Fisch's efforts to organize the Elijah Jordan Conferences, 1956-57, a joint initiative of the American Philosophical Association's Committee to Advance Original Work in Philosophy and the Rockefeller Foundation.

The collection was given to the University of Illinois Foundation in the 1950s after being acquired from Elijah Jordan's estate by Max Fisch, University of Illinois professor of philosophy. The collection was moved to the Illinois Historical Survey in 1971. Louise Dauner, of Indianapolis, donated additional correspondence from Jordan, as did Negley and Wiggins. The collection also includes copies of Jordan's letters to Otto in the Wisconsin Historical Society.

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American Philosophical Association
Cornell University
Fisch, Max Harold, 1900-1995
Indiana University
Jordan, Elijah, 1875-1953
New York--Ithaca

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Repository: Illinois History and Lincoln Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: and 1 reel microfilm

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URL: http://www.library.illinois.edu/ihx/inventories/ejordan.pdf

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