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Theodore Meyer Greene papers (M013)

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Title:
Theodore Meyer Greene papers
Creator:
Greene, Theodore Meyer, 1935-1969
ID:
M013
Date [inclusive]:
1935-1969
Extent:
2.25 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
The collection, ranging from 1935 to 1969, consists of various published writings, class lectures and notes, formal lectures, writings and research related to Dr. Greene's "Indian Dialogues," correspondence with students, and miscellaneous ephemera.
Access Restrictions:

Series M013.5, Correspondence, restricted until 2045. All other series carry no restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Theodore Meyer Greene Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine

Theodore Meyer Greene was born on January 25, 1897 in Constantinople, Turkey. He obtained his A.B. degree in Philosophy at Amherst College in 1918, and he received his Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh in 1924. Awarded honorary degrees by seven colleges, Dr. Green became an honorary member of Bowdoin's Class of 1968 and an honorary graduate of the College. He began his teaching career at Forman Christian College at the University of India, Punjab, in 1919, after which he joined the Princeton University faculty in 1923, teaching there as professor of philosophy for 22 years. In 1958-1959 he studied in India under a Ford Foundation grant. He also taught as a visiting professor at various other colleges, including Yale University, Rice Institute, New Asia College, Scripps College. He was Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Bowdoin College during the years of 1966-1969, after which he became involved with Bowdoin's Senior Center; he acted as an advisor to seniors and resided with his wife at the Senior Center while at Bowdoin. Dr. Greene's works include The Arts and the Art of Criticism and Moral, Aesthetic, and Religious Insight, as well as numerous other books and journal articles. He was survived by two daughters from his first marriage.

The collection, ranging from 1935 to 1969, consists of various published writings, class lectures and notes, formal lectures, writings and research related to Dr. Greene's "Indian Dialogues," correspondence with students, and miscellaneous ephemera. The published writings include mostly journal articles on topics including philosophy, aesthetics, and the role of religion in education. His class lectures and notes cover similar material, but they also include notes on existentialism and ethics. His formal lectures chiefly address the role of Christianity in education and the philosophy of art. Several interviews from Dr. Greene's study in India and two editions of his Indian dialogues are included.

Series Description:

Published writings, consisting of 18 journal articles and papers published between 1935 and 1966 on topics such as the importance of spirituality in education, general philosophy, and philosophy of art.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

"Anxiety and the Search for Meaning" from The Texas Quarterly v.2 no.3 (1958)

Box 1 Folder 1

"The Art of Responsible Conversation" from The Journal of General Education v.VIII no.1 (1954)

Box 1 Folder 2

"Beauty in Art and Nature" from The Sewanee Review v.LXIX no.2 (April-June, 1961)

Box 1 Folder 3

"Christianity, Culture, and Academic Integrity" from The Christian Scholar v.XXXVI no.3 (Sept., 1953)

Box 1 Folder 4

"A Critical Examination of Mr. Stace's Solipsism" from The Journal of Philosophy v.XXXII no.8 (April 11, 1935)

Box 1 Folder 5

"Life, Value, Happiness" from The Journal of Philosophy v.LIII no.10 (1956)

Box 1 Folder 6

"Man's Experience of Reality" from The Emory University Quarterly v.XXII no.2 (Summer, 1966)

Box 1 Folder 7

"The Middle Road..." from Yale Scientific (March, 1953)

Box 1 Folder 8

"The Necessity for Spiritual Revival" from The Sewanee Review (1944)

Box 1 Folder 9

"On Going to College" - articles with annotations

Box 1 Folder 10

"The Ontological Dimension of Experience" from Thought v.XXIX no.114 (Autumn 1954)

Box 1 Folder 11

"A Philosophical Appraisal of..." from Pacific Historical Review v.XXVI no.2 (May, 1957)

Box 1 Folder 12

"Philosophy and the Life of the Spirit" from The Christian Scholar v.XXXVIII no.1 (March, 1955)

Box 1 Folder 13

"The Philosophy of Life Implicit in Faulkner's The Mansion" from Univ. of Texas... v.2 no.4 (1961)

Box 1 Folder 14

"The Problem of Meaning in Music..." from The Journal of Aesthetics... v.V no.4 (June, 1947)

Box 1 Folder 15

"Religion and Modern Science..." from The Yale Scientific Magazine v.XXIII no.5 (Feb., 1949)

Box 1 Folder 16

"Religious Perspectives of College Teaching"

Box 1 Folder 17

"Selections from Kant" - Appendix

Box 1 Folder 18

Series Description:

Greene's class lectures and notes, including about 500 pages about art and philosophy, and about philosophers such as Beyson, Bosanquet, Descartes, Dewey, Kant, Matchette, Plato, Rockwell, and Miriam Drucker and Jack Nelson.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Aesthetics notes

Box 1 Folder 19

Art - "Analysis of a Work of Art"

Box 1 Folder 20

Art - "Hegel: Introduction to the Philosophy of Fine Art"

Box 1 Folder 21

Beyson lectures

Box 1 Folder 22

Descartes lectures

Box 1 Folder 23

Ethics lectures (1 of 4)

Box 2 Folder 1

Ethics lectures (2 of 4)

Box 2 Folder 2

Ethics lectures (3 of 4)

Box 2 Folder 3

Ethics lectures (4 of 4)

Box 2 Folder 4

Ethics lectures - Dewey

Box 2 Folder 5

Ethics lectures - Kant

Box 2 Folder 6

Existentialism notes (1 of 2)

Box 2 Folder 7

Existentialism notes (2 of 2)

Box 2 Folder 8

Existentialism notes - Quinnipiac College Matchette lectures (1951)

Box 2 Folder 9

Philosophy lectures

Box 2 Folder 10

Philosophy lectures - Athens

Box 2 Folder 11

Philosophy lectures - Bosanquet

Box 2 Folder 12

Philosophy lectures - Kant

Box 2 Folder 13

Philosophy lectures - Plato

Box 2 Folder 14

Philosophy lectures - various

Box 2 Folder 15

Philosophy of Art

Box 2 Folder 16

Philosophy of Art - Old Lectures

Box 2 Folder 17

Philosophy - "A Philosopher's View of the Hazards and Resources of..."

Box 2 Folder 18

Philosophy - "Must Philosophers Disagree?"

Box 2 Folder 19

Philosophy - "Western Philosophy in Eleven Stages"

Box 2 Folder 20

"Moral Obligation", a seminar

Box 2 Folder 21

Rockwell lectures (1953)

Box 2 Folder 22

"The Arts in Our Society"

Box 2 Folder 23

Miriam Drucker and Jack Nelson notes

Box 2 Folder 24

"The Nature of Moral Obligation", a Senior Seminar (1968)

Box 2 Folder 25

"Reason, Intuition, Faith" - U.S.C. (Feb. 19, 1957)

Box 2 Folder 26

"Tillich - Courage to Be"

Box 2 Folder 27

Series Descriptions:

Twenty-four of Greene's formal lectures, given between 1940 and 1966, including conference lectures and convocation addresses on the following topics: the role of spirituality, faith, and religion (particularly Christianity) in education and life; philosophy of art; and, morality.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

"Toward an Honorable World", Wilson College (Oct. 12, 1940)

Box 3 Folder 1

"The Christian Liberal Arts College in the Postwar World" (April 17, 1944)

Box 3 Folder 2

"Some Academic Illustions", Western College Associate (Nov. 10, 1945)

Box 3 Folder 3

"The Basic Tenets of a Liberal Christian Theology", The 1949 Reinecker Lectures, Virginia Theological Seminary (1949)

Box 3 Folder 4

address given at the Bard Symposium (Feb., 1952)

Box 3 Folder 5

"Redeeming the Average Way" (Sept. 12, 1952)

Box 3 Folder 6

"The Challenge of Our Times", Remsen Bird Lectures, Occidental College (1954)

Box 3 Folder 7

"The Rationality of the Christian Faith", John Herschel Morron Lecture Series (1954-1955)

Box 3 Folder 8

"The Surface and Substance of Education", Scripps College Convocation (1955)

Box 3 Folder 9

"The University and the Community", M.D. Anderson Lectures (Jan., 1956)

Box 3 Folder 10

"Psychiatric 'Concern' and Hebraic-Christian 'Love'" (Dec. 1956)

Box 3 Folder 11

"The Quality of Scholarship", address to Phi Beta Kappa, Emory University (Dec. 2, 1965)

Box 3 Folder 12

"The Wisdom of Humility", Investiture (1965)

Box 3 Folder 13

address given at the SIASG Convention (April 15, 1966)

Box 3 Folder 14

"Art as the Vehicle for Religious Worship," n.d.

Box 3 Folder 15

"Beauty in Art and Nature," n.d.

Box 3 Folder 16

"Certain Philosophical Considerations on the Art of Music," n.d.

Box 3 Folder 17

"A Faith to Live By in Our Time" (3 lectures), n.d.

Box 3 Folder 18

"The Hallmarks and Criteria of a Vital and Valid Faith," n.d.

Box 3 Folder 19

"Man, In the Twilight, Need Not Falter," n.d.

Box 3 Folder 20

"Psychiatric 'Concern' and Hebraic-Christian 'Love'" from The Nature and Needs of Personhood, n.d.

Box 3 Folder 21

"Some Implications of a Vital Christian Faith," n.d.

Box 3 Folder 22

"Whitehead's Theology," n.d.

Box 3 Folder 23

segment of a convocation[?] lecture, n.d.

Box 3 Folder 24

Series Descriptions:

Contains five notebooks of interviews from Dr. Greene's study in India, as well as copies of the table of contents, introduction, conclusion, and appendices to the "Indian Dialogues." Also included are typescript copies of "Indian Dialogues I" and "Indian Dialogues II," and one research-related item on Indian handicrafts.

Arrangement:

Arranged by material type.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Interviews I, "Indian Dialogues"

Box 4 Folder 1

Interviews II, "Indian Dialogues"

Box 4 Folder 2

Interviews III, "Indian Dialogues"

Box 4 Folder 3

Interviews IV, "Indian Dialogues"

Box 4 Folder 4

Interviews V, "Indian Dialogues"

Box 4 Folder 5

"Indian Dialogues," Table of Contents, Introduction, Conclusion, Appendices

Box 4 Folder 6

"Indian Dialogues," Contents, Introduction

Box 4 Folder 7

"Indian Dialogues," Conclusion (1 of 2)

Box 4 Folder 8

"Indian Dialogues," Conclusion (2 of 2)

Box 4 Folder 9

"Indian Dialogues I," (1 of 4)

Box 4 Folder 10

"Indian Dialogues I," (2 of 4)

Box 4 Folder 11

"Indian Dialogues I," (3 of 4)

Box 4 Folder 12

"Indian Dialogues I," (4 of 4)

Box 4 Folder 13

"Indian Dialogues II," (1 of 3)

Box 4 Folder 14

"Indian Dialogues II," (2 of 3)

Box 4 Folder 15

"Indian Dialogues II," (3 of 3)

Box 4 Folder 16

"Indian Handicrafts," research material

Box 4 Folder 17

Series Descriptions:

The correspondence, 1954 to 1969, consists mainly of letters from students pertaining to recommendations and graduate school acceptances. Also included are personal letters from colleagues and students, as well as a number of business letters about upcoming lectures and publications. Two early 20th-century photographs of "Maine wilderness" and the Greene family are included.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

Restricted until 2045.

[May 12, 1954 - Jan. 27, 1968]

Box 5 Folder 1

[March 2, 1968 - Nov. 12, 1968]

Box 5 Folder 2

[Nov. 15, 1968 - Jan. 7, 1969]

Box 5 Folder 3

[Jan. 9, 1969 - March 20, 1969]

Box 5 Folder 4

[no date]

Box 5 Folder 5

Correspondence restricted until 2045.

Box 5 Folder 1-2

Series Descriptions:

Contains: return cards from letters of recommendation sent by Dr. Greene, notes and clippings for research purposes, an American Philosophical Association member list (including Dr. Greene's name), reviews of "Moral, Aesthetic, and Religious Insight," a typescript lecture by Arthur Sewell with notes written by Dr. Greene, and a number of Dr. Greene's house blueprints.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Return cards for reference letters (1967-1969)

Box 5 Folder 6

Notes and clippings for research

Box 5 Folder 7

American Philosophical Association Member List with reference and handwritten notes (1962)

Box 5 Folder 8

Reviews of "Moral, Aesthetic, and Religious Insight"

Box 5 Folder 9

Typescript lecture by Arthur Sewell with handwritten notes

Box 5 Folder 10

House blueprints

Box 5 Folder 11
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