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Subseries 1. Administrative Files, 1950-1989

Scope and Content Notes:

The Administrative files pertain to Sellars's work at his final three academic institutions: University of Minnesota, Yale University, and University of Pittsburgh. In general, these files document Sellars's participation in University-wide committees and organizations, as well as his contributions to philosophy-based organizations, and to the department of philosophy itself. The files contain correspondence, philosophical essays and memos, financial records, meeting minutes, proposals and planning documents, and student files.

Section: Minnesota, 1950-1979

Scope and Content Notes:

Consisting of meeting minutes, correspondence, and proposals, the University Committee files document Sellars's participation in several university-wide committees.

The philosophical organizations files pertain to Sellars's involvement in the University of Minnesota's Center for the Philosophy of Science from 1952-1959. Information on the Center's establishment and early activities can be obtained from the Proposal folder and the Administrative files. The memos are rather significant, since they contain philosophical essays and critiques written primarily by the Center's members. Most notably, the memos contain entries by Wilfrid Sellars, Michael Scriven, Paul Meehl, Herbert Feigl, Rudolf Carnap, and Arthur Pap. More specifically, the memos contain several drafts of "Concept of Emergence" by Meehl and Sellars, as well as a transcript from a 1955 meeting with Bohnert, Carnap, Feigl, Meehl, and Pap.

The Philosophy Department files highlight Sellars's activity within the department, such as developing curriculum, obtaining a promotion, and departmental budgeting. The dossier details his plans for research and advanced studies. The manuscripts file is rather interesting, as it contains essays written by Sellars, his colleagues, and some essays that can not be attributed. The student files concern graduate students and primarily contain prospectuses, abstracts and outlines for theses, and some administrative correspondence between Sellars and his former students.

Section: Academic duties


Box 102
Folder 1 Committee for Lectureship in Theology, 1954-1958
Folder 2 Committee on Religion, 1953-1954
Folder 3-4 Senate Committee on Education, 1952-1956
Folder 5 Radio broadcasts, 1950

Section: Center for the Philosophy of Science

Folder 6 Proposal, 1952
Folder 7 Administrative files, 1952-1956
Folder 8 Correspondence of Paul Meehl, 1954-1955
Folder 9-11 Memos, 1951-1959

Box 103
Folder 1-7 Memos, 1951-1959

Box 104
Folder 1-5 Memos, 1951-1956

Section: Department of Philosophy

Folder 6 Administrative files, 1948-1951
Folder 7 Correspondence, 1947-1961
Folder 8 Curriculum materials and course schedules, 1949-1958
Folder 9 Dossier of Wilfrid Sellars, undated
Folder 10 Financial records, 1951-1957

Box 105
Folder 1 Self-evaluation of department performance, 1952-1954
Folder 2 Manuscripts by department members, undated
Folder 3 Minutes of department meetings, 1952-1958
Folder 4 Personnel files, 1948-1958
Folder 5 Student files, 1951-1979

Section: Yale, 1959-1967

Scope and Content Notes:

The University Committee files refer to Sellars’s work at the university level and are arranged alphabetically by committee. These files primarily contain meeting minutes that are supplemented by a few reports and proposals.

The Philosophy Department files document Sellars’s work within the department and are arranged alphabetically by record type. The correspondence files contain letters and memoranda circulated throughout the department and address issues such as faculty appointments. The Graduate Programs folder includes material pertinent to students such as qualifying and comprehensive examination questions as well as dissertation abstracts.

Section: Academic duties

Folder 6 Committee on the Humanities, 1961
Folder 7 Committee on the Study of Foreign Languages, undated
Folder 8 Executive Committee of the Graduate School, 1962-1963
Folder 9 Joint Board on Faculty Positions, 1961-1963

Section: Department of Philosophy

Folder 10-11 Correspondence, 1958-1963
Folder 12 Graduate program, 1959-1961
Folder 13 Radio broadcasts, 1959
Folder 14 Student files, 1959-1967

Section: Pittsburgh, 1963-1989

Scope and Content Notes:

The University Committee files detail Sellars’s involvement in university-wide committees and commissions. The files are arranged alphabetically and mainly consist of correspondence and reports. The correspondence files are divided into general correspondence, which occurs between Sellars and various departments, and correspondence with university officials such as the Provost, Chancellor, and various Deans.

The Philosophical Organization files detail Sellars’s participation in three organizations, the Archives of Scientific Philosophy (ASP), Center for the Philosophy of Science (CPS), and History and the Philosophy of Science (HPS). The ASP files focus primarily on the acquisition and preservation of philosophy-based archival collections, especially the papers of Rudolf Carnap. The CPS files generally document the establishment and administrative functions of the Center. The HPS files are also largely administrative in scope and contain research proposals, correspondence, agendas, minutes, and a department prospectus.

The Philosophy Department files highlight Sellars’s departmental duties, especially those of advising students, developing curriculum, and chairing the department. The folders are arranged alphabetically by record type. The Graduate Program file contains brochures, memos, placement information for students, and course descriptions for the master’s program in Philosophy. The student files concern graduate students and primarily consist of admission information, dissertation prospectuses, abstracts and outlines for theses, and some administrative correspondence between Sellars and his former students.

Section: Academic duties


Box 106
Folder 1 Administrative files, 1977-1989
Folder 2 Commission on Tenure, 1973-1978
Folder 3 Committee Work, 1973-1975
Folder 4-5 Correspondence, 1963-1985
Folder 6-7 Senate Council, 1968-1978

Box 107
Folder 1 Undergraduate policies, 1970-1983
Folder 2 Visiting professorship at the University of Arizona, 1975-1983

Section: Archives of Scientific Philosophy

Folder 3 Annual report, 1988

Section: Carnap collection

Folder 4 Acquisition information,1974-1977
Folder 5 Administrative files,1975-1979
Folder 6 Correspondence,1975-1983
Folder 7 Inventories,1980
Folder 8 National Endowment for the Humanities grant,1975
Folder 9 National Science Foundation grant,1974-1975

Box 108
Folder 1 Transcriptions, 1978
Folder 2 Ramsey collection, 1982

Section: Reichenbach collection

Folder 3 Appraisals,undated
Folder 4 General,1979-1982

Section: History and Philosophy of Science

Folder 7-8 Administrative files, 1971-1988
Folder 9 Evaluations of department performance, 1978 - 1987
Folder 10 Executive Committee, 1975-1984

Section: Department of Philosophy


Box 109
Folder 1 Activity reports completed by Sellars, 1972-1988
Folder 2-3 Correspondence, 1963-1987
Folder 4 Curriculum materials and course schedules, 1972-1985
Folder 5-6 General administrative files, 1963-1988

Box 110
Folder 1-3 Executive Committee, 1963-1984
Folder 4-6 Financial records, 1963-1988

Box 111
Folder 1 Graduate program, 1972-1984
Folder 2-4 Memos, 1970-1989
Folder 5-6 Minutes of departmental meetings, 1968-1985

Box 112
Folder 1 Personnel, 1974-1988

Section: Student files

Folder 2 A-B,1966-1986
Folder 3 C-F,1964-1982
Folder 4 G,1966-1987
Folder 5 H,1970-1982
Folder 6 I-M,1964-1984
Folder 7 N-R,1964-1980
Folder 8 S-Z,1965-1984

Box 113
Folder 1 Alpern, Kenneth, 1976-1985
Folder 2 Amaral, Pedro,1983, 1984
Folder 3 Baker, Brian,1974
Folder 4 Bonevac, Daniel,1980-1987
Folder 5 Brown, Bryson,1983
Folder 6 Buhmann, Elizabeth T.,1974, 1977
Folder 7 Chaves, Eduardo,1972-1973
Folder 8 Cohen, Margaret,1972-1974
Folder 9 Creath, Richard,1972-1984
Folder 10 Cummings, Philip,1969-1977
Folder 11 de Vries, Willem,1980-1987
Folder 12 Gordon, Roy,1972-1976
Folder 13 Kraut, Robert,1973-1976
Folder 14 Pailthorp, Charles,1964-1970
Folder 15 Sakellariadis, Spyros,1978
Folder 16 Strong, John V.,1974, 1978
Folder 17 Teggatz, Charles,1972-1973
Folder 18 Wartenberg, Thomas,1973-1982
Folder 19 Weller, Cass,1980, 1982
Folder 20 Wojick, David Eugene,1970, 1973