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Subseries 1. Correspondence and General Files, 1899-1988

Scope and Content Notes:

While the majority of these files center on Sellars' personal pursuits, the bibliographies, biographical material, and curriculum vitae provide succinct summaries of Sellars' professional career. The core of the personal files is the correspondence, which emphasizes the friendships that Sellars developed during his years in Europe. A large portion of the correspondence occurs between Sellars and his first wife and details the early development of their relationship. Researchers interested in understanding Sellars' personal associations with other philosophers should refer to the professional correspondence in Subseries IV. In addition to correspondence, there are financial records that are arranged topically and pertain to matters such as his salary, real estate purchases, and royalty earnings. The military service files detail his enrollment, training, and service in the United States Navy during World War II. This section also contains the personal papers of Sellars' mother and first wife. These personal papers contain legal documents relating to their estates and entrance to the United States, as well as their interest in writing.

Oversize Awards and certificates, 1959-1987

Box 1
Folder 1 Bibliographies, 1951-1987
Folder 2 Biographies and profiles, 1964-1982
Folder 3-5 Colloquium on Sellarsian Philosophy, 1987

Section: Correspondence

Folder 6 Andler, Pierre, 1935-1950
Folder 7 Downie, Susanna, 1967-1986
Folder 8 Extended family, 1952-1973
Folder 9 Holiday greetings, 1954-1978
Folder 10-12 Miscellaneous, 1931-1986
Folder 13 Oxonian, 1964-1984

Box 2
Folder 1-3 Sellars, Gertrude Mary, 1937-1970
Folder 4 Sellars, Helen, 1937-1962
Folder 5 Sleeth, Charles, 1936-1987
Folder 6 Curriculum vitae, 1969-1984
Folder 7-8 Day planners and address books, 1959-1977
Folder 9 Family records, 1931-1963

Section: Financial records


Box 3
Folder 1-2 Correspondence on salary, 1938-1988
Folder 3 Medical bills, 1950-1979
Folder 4 Real estate in Connecticut, 1959-1963
Folder 5 Real estate in Minnesota, 1948-1961
Folder 6-8 Real estate in Pittsburgh, 1964-1986
Folder 9 Real estate rentals, 1967-1978
Folder 10-14 Royalty statements, 1964-1987
Folder 15 Forms of identification, 1912-1967
Folder 16 Genealogical research, 1981-1983
Folder 17 Memoir of 1932 Mexico trip, 1997

Section: Military service


Box 4
Folder 1 Enrollment materials, 1942-1943
Folder 2 General, 1944-1951
Folder 3 Orders and directives, 1943-1945
Folder 4 Training booklets, 1943-1944
Folder 5 Miscellaneous files, 1951-1985
Folder 6 Newsletters from University High School, 1971-1983
Folder 7 Newspaper clippings, 1934-1987

Section: Papers of Gertrude Mary Sellars

Oversize Caricature, undated
Folder 8 Marriage license, will and estate, 1938-1971
Folder 9 Miscellaneous, 1935-1960s
Folder 10 Naturalization papers and passports, 1934-1966
Folder 11 Short story materials, 1947-1959

Section: Papers of Helen Sellars


Box 5
Folder 1 Legal, 1899-1982
Folder 2 Miscellaneous writings, undated
Folder 3-8 Translation of "Philosophy of Art," undated