Guide to the Edwin A. Burtt Papers,
1950-1988

Collection Number: 14-21-2593

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library

Contact Information:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
2B Carl A. Kroch Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-3530
Fax: (607) 255-9524
rareref@cornell.edu
http://rmc.library.cornell.edu
Compiled by:
Eun Lee
Date completed:
October 1995
EAD encoding:
Martin Heggestad, March 2003

© 2002 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Edwin A. Burtt papers, 1950-1988.
Collection Number:
14-21-2593
Creator:
Edwin A. (Edwin Arthur) Burtt, 1892-
Quantity:
2.0 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Manuscripts, articles, pamphlets, correspondence, and personal account books and tax records.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Manuscripts and other papers of Edwin A. Burtt, a Cornell University professor of philosophy.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Edwin A. Burtt was educated at Yale University, Union Theological Seminary, and Columbia University. He joined the Cornell faculty in 1932 and was named Susan Linn Sage Professor of Philosophy in 1941. He retired in 1960 and died in 1989. His long-time focus was on the history and philosophy of religion, and he was the author of many books in this field.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Unpublished manuscripts of "Philosophy, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," "The Cross of Calvary," and "Light, Love and Life" (published by Cayuga Press, 1988); "What Should Theology Be?" (1950); "Eastern Thought and Western Science" (1950); "Understanding Man in His Search for Peace" (1963); and other writings. Also included are miscellaneous articles by other scholars; correspondence with other scholars; lecture notes; typescript of "The Genius of Explanatory Ideas," n.d.; typescript work-in-progress papers related to Burtt's published work The Human Journey, including a manuscript of a book entitled "Thinking Through Confucius," by David L. Hall and Roger T. Ames; typescripts of unpublished essays; personal account books and tax records, 1960-1979; and copies of published pamphlets.
Includes a 1994 thesis by Diane Davis Villemaire "Metaphysics in the Twentieth Century: The Philosophies of History of E. A. Burtt and R. G. Collingwood;" 1994 dissertation by Francis J. Moriarty, "The Philosophy of E.A. Burtt: The Metaphysical Foundations for a World Community;" 1998 Ph.D. dissertation by Diane Villemaire, "The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Physical Science: A Window on the Life and Work of E.A. Burtt, Twentieth-Century Pragmatist and Postmodern Thinker". Letters to Diane Villemaire about Burtt from his students and colleagues at Cornell, 1995, and lecture notes from Burtt's Collingwood seminar (Philosophy 587) at Cornell, 1950-51. Also, 1976 dissertation by Jean Y. Matlack, "A Life Study of a Psychotherapist: Marjorie Murray Burtt."

SUBJECTS

Names:
Burtt, Edwin A. (Edwin Arthur), 1892-
Burtt, Marjorie Murray.
Collingwood, R. G. (Robin George), 1889-1943.
Matlack, Jean Y.
Moriarty, Francis J.
Villemaire, Diane Davis.

Subjects:
Philosophy and religion.
Philosophy--Study and teaching.
Metaphysics--Study and teaching.
Philosophers--United States.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
Box 4 is restricted.
Cite As:
Edwin A. Burtt papers, #14-21-2593. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Description
Container
Guest Book
Box 1 Folder 1
Income Tax Data
Box 1 Folder 2
Correspondence with Steve Holzner
Box 1 Folder 3
Correspondence (1)
Box 1 Folder 4
Correspondence (2)
Box 1 Folder 5
Correspondence (3)
Box 1 Folder 6
Correspondence (4)
Box 1 Folder 7
Paper by Sherwood M. Nelson Sent to Burtt
Box 1 Folder 8
Misc. Papers by Other Scholars Sent to Burtt (1)
Box 1 Folder 9
Misc. Papers by Other Scholars Sent to Burtt (2)
Box 1 Folder 10
Misc. Papers by Other Scholars Sent to Burtt (3)
Box 1 Folder 11
Misc. Papers by Other Scholars Sent to Burtt (4)
Box 1 Folder 12
Lecture Notes: God, Evil, Love (1)
Box 1 Folder 13
Lecture Notes: God, Evil, Love (2)
Box 1 Folder 14
Lecture Notes: Eastern Thought and Western Science
Box 1 Folder 15
Lecture Notes: Freedom and Determinism
Box 1 Folder 16
Lecture Notes: Religion and Moral Issues
Box 1 Folder 17
The Genesis of Explanatory Ideas (1)
Box 1 Folder 18
The Genesis of Explanatory Ideas (2)
Box 1 Folder 19
What Should Theology Be?
Box 1 Folder 20
Understanding Man in His Search for Peace
Box 1 Folder 21
The Cross of Calvary - Draft Manuscript (1)
Box 1 Folder 22
The Cross of Calvary - Original and First Copy (2)
Box 1 Folder 23
The Cross of Calvary - Changes Suggested by Pager (3)
Box 1 Folder 24
The Cross of Calvary (4)
Box 1 Folder 25
The Cross of Calvary (5)
Box 1 Folder 26
The Human Journey (1)
Box 1 Folder 27
The Human Journey (2)
Box 1 Folder 28
The Human Journey (3)
Box 1 Folder 29
The Human Journey (4)
Box 1 Folder 30
The Human Journey (5)
Box 1 Folder 31
The Human Journey (6)
Box 1 Folder 32
The Human Journey (7)
Box 1 Folder 33
Philosophy - The Original Copy (1)
Box 1 Folder 34
Philosophy - The Original Copy (2)
Box 1 Folder 35
Philosophy - Ch. 1 (3)
Box 1 Folder 36
Philosophy - Ch. 2 (4)
Box 1 Folder 37
Philosophy - Ch. 3 (5)
Box 1 Folder 38
Philosophy - Ch. 4 (6)
Box 1 Folder 39
Philosophy (7)
Box 1 Folder 40
Philosophy (8)
Box 1 Folder 41
Philosophy (9)
Box 1 Folder 42
Philosophy (10)
Box 1 Folder 43
Philosophy (11)
Box 1 Folder 44
Philosophy (12)
Box 1 Folder 45
Philosophy (13)
Box 1 Folder 46
Philosophy (14)
Box 1 Folder 47
Philosophy (15)
Box 1 Folder 48
Philosophy (16)
Box 1 Folder 49
Philosophy (17)
Box 1 Folder 50
Philosophy (18)
Box 1 Folder 51
Philosophy (19)
Box 1 Folder 52
Philosophy - Possible Revisions (20)
Box 1 Folder 53
Philosophy - Outline (21)
Box 1 Folder 54
Together in Peril and In Hope
Box 1 Folder 55
Recent Unpublished Essays (1)
Box 1 Folder 56
Recent Unpublished Essays (2)
Box 1 Folder 57
Recent Unpublished Essays (3)
Box 1 Folder 58
Copies of Published Pamphlets (1)
Box 1 Folder 59
Copies of Published Pamphlets (2)
Box 1 Folder 60
Copies of Published Pamphlets (3)
Box 1 Folder 61
Copies of Published Pamphlets (4)
Box 1 Folder 62
Healing a Sick World (1)
Box 1 Folder 63
Healing a Sick World (2)
Box 1 Folder 64
Healing a Sick World (3)
Box 1 Folder 65
Metaphysics in the Twentieth Century by Diane Villemaire; Account Book
Box 1 Folder 66
Light, Love and Life (1)
Box 2 Folder 1
Light, Love and Life (2)
Box 2 Folder 2
Light, Love and Life (3)
Box 2 Folder 3
Light, Love and Life (4)
Box 2 Folder 4
Light, Love and Life (5)
Box 2 Folder 5
Light, Love and Life (6)
Box 2 Folder 6
Light, Love and Life (7)
Box 2 Folder 7
Light, Love and Life (8)
Box 2 Folder 8
Light, Love and Life (9)
Box 2 Folder 9
Light, Love and Life (10)
Box 2 Folder 10
Light, Love and Life (11)
Box 2 Folder 11
Light, Love and Life (12)
Box 2 Folder 12
Light, Love and Life (13)
Box 2 Folder 13
Light, Love and Life (14)
Box 2 Folder 14
Light, Love and Life (15)
Box 2 Folder 15
Thinking Through Confucius by David Hall (1)
Box 2 Folder 16
Thinking Through Confucius by David Hall (2)
Box 2 Folder 17
Thinking Through Confucius by David Hall (3)
Box 2 Folder 18
Thinking Through Confucius by David Hall (4)
Box 2 Folder 19
Thinking Through Confucius by David Hall (5)
Box 2 Folder 20
Thinking Through Confucius by David Hall (6)
Box 2 Folder 21
Thinking Through Confucius by David Hall (7)
Box 2 Folder 22
Thinking Through Confucius by David Hall (8)
Box 2 Folder 23
Thinking Through Confucius by David Hall (9)
Box 2 Folder 24
Thinking Through Confucius by David Hall (10)
Box 2 Folder 25
Thinking Through Confucius by David Hall (11)
Box 2 Folder 26
Thinking Through Confucius by David Hall (12)
Box 2 Folder 27
Thinking Through Confucius by David Hall (13)
Box 2 Folder 28
Thinking Through Confucius by David Hall (14)
Box 2 Folder 29
Thinking Through Confucius by David Hall (15)
Box 2 Folder 30
Printed Material (1)
Box 2 Folder 31
Printed Material (2)
Box 2 Folder 32
Printed Material (3)
Box 2 Folder 33
Printed Material (4)
Box 2 Folder 34
Address Cards
Box 3