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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Funding
  • History of the Center
  • Scope and Content Notes
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions Collection
    Dates: 1950-1991
    Bulk Dates: 1961-1987
    Collection number: Mss 18
    Creator: Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions
    Collection Size: ca. 650 linear feet (942 boxes; 191 reels of microfilm; ca. 3,500 audiotapes, 127 reels of film, and 57 videotapes [various formats]. Online items available.
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Abstract: Records of the internationally renowned Santa Barbara-based think tank, emphasizing issues such as education, freedom of the press, international relations, public policy, religion, and science and technology in modern society. Included are materials relating to CSDI leaders such as Robert Hutchins, Harry Ashmore, Elisabeth Mann Borgese, W. H. Ferry, Frank Kelly, Stanley K. Sheinbaum, and Harvey Wheeler. Also includes papers, talks, correspondence, and other materials relating to hundreds of other well known figures such as Mortimer Adler, Alexander Comfort, William O. Douglas, Mircea Eliade, J. William Fulbright, Hubert H. Humphrey, Clark Kerr, Eugene McCarthy, Gunnar Myrdal, Reinhold Niebuhr, Linus Pauling, James A. Pike, B. F. Skinner, Adlai Stevenson, Arnold Toynbee, UN Secretary-General U Thant, and Earl Warren.
    Physical Location: Boxes 1-241, 255-269, 271, 273-880 (SRLF); Boxes 242-254, 881-942 (Annex 2); Boxes 270 and 272 transferred to Princeton University.
    Language: English.

    Access Restrictions

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions Collection. Mss 18. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Bulk of the collection donated by the Center after it ceased operations at UCSB in 1987. Subsequent donations by Harry S. Ashmore and Otis L. Graham, Jr. , which are found in their respective sections of the Administrators' Files, 1995.

    Funding

    The UCSB University Libraries wishes to express its gratitude to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and to the California State Historical Records Advisory Board, not only for much needed funding support to process the collection, but also for numerous helpful suggestions which assisted in the planning and completion of this project.

    History of the Center

    The Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions grew out of the 'Basic Issues' program of the Fund for the Republic. The Fund emerged from a desire to combat the rampant abuses of American civil liberties that characterized the McCarthy era. With a fifteen million dollar grant from the Ford Foundation, the Fund set in 1954 to provide support to church, educational, and social service organizations in their efforts to protect the rights enumerated in the first ten Amendments to the Constitution.
    In 1957, unsatisfied with administering a grant making institution, Robert Maynard Hutchins, former president of the University of Chicago, assembled a group of, in his words, "great minds" to study "the current status" of corporations, trade unions, the common defense, religion, the mass media, political parties, pressure groups, and professional associations. With a core group of twelve consultants drawn from a variety of disciplines and careers, Hutchins attempted to foster interdisciplinary discussion on these 'basic issues.' Between 1957 and 1959 the core group was joined by more than 300 scholars and experts. Over a million copies of the Funds' fifty-four pamphlets, occasional papers, transcripts, and reports to the Fund were distributed from the Basic Issues program. As the consultants were unable to devote themselves entirely to these discussions, however, the level of these exchanges failed to meet Hutchins' expectations. He persuaded the Funds' Board of Directors to devote their remaining resources to the establishment of what he called a "center of operations that would allow us to enlarge the residential group and to extend the time that non-residential members might visit headquarters and take part in the Program." Thus, in 1959, the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions was born.
    Early in the Center's existence, it entered into an agreement with the Encyclopaedia Britannica to undertake an ambitious project to revise the structure of the encyclopaedia. The project, scheduled for completion in time for the Britannica's 200th anniversary in 1968, called for the production of fifteen overarching 'Roof Articles' that would address the Political Order, the Economic Order, Religion, Philosophy, the Technological Order, the Legal Order, Nature, Human Nature, Education, Communications, Mathematics and Logic, the Social Order, the World Order, the Fine Arts, and Medicine. While the proposed restructuring of Britannica was not completed in time for the anniversary, the Roof Article project did result in the publication of Britannica Perspectives in 1968. The issues addressed by the Roof Articles, combined with the Basic Issues program, set the agenda for the Center's dialogues in the years to come.
    Over the years Hutchins tried to explain this unusual institution, the Center. In a speech at the University of Chicago in 1967, he described it this way:
    "The Center consists of twenty-five men who meet every day in a Spanish style building known to the members as El Parthenon. The men, one of whom is a woman, are writers, philosophers, scientists, social scientists, and lawyers, with two bishops and two ex-college presidents thrown in... It is not a think tank hired to do the planning that public agencies or private businesses cannot or will not do for themselves. Neither is it a refuge for scholars who want to get away from it all and do their research and write their books. It is an organized group, rather than a collection of individuals. It is an organization of men who are free of any obligation except to join in an effort to understand the subjects they have selected for study. It is a community. And, since its members are trying to think together, it may be called, at least in potentiality, an intellectual community."
    Guided by Hutchins' vision of truly interdisciplinary discourse, this intellectual community flourished and the daily dialogue discussions brought together a wide variety of individuals to investigate these issues and their relationship to the world. Practically, however, the Center struggled to establish financial independence and political harmony among the staff. Over two-thirds of the original fifteen million dollars from the Ford Foundation was distributed as grants during the early years of the Fund, with grants going to the Anti-Defamation League, the Southern Regional Council, the NAACP, the American Friends Service Committee, and other organizations working to protect basic constitutional rights. The Encyclopaedia Britannica project helped finance the Center's operations during the early years but the need to generate new sources of funds continued to plague its administration.
    Over and beyond Hutchins' intellectual vision, he demonstrated a talent for raising funds for the Center's operations. Outside of the Academic Program, many of the programs undertaken by the Center were attempts to raise capital. The Membership Program provided the Center with the means to raise funds, interact with interested individuals across the country, share some of the Center's discussions, and receive feedback from outside sources. In the latter 1960s Chester F. Carlson, inventor of the Xerox process, provided the Center with the funds, in the form of Xerox stock, to expand its publications program. This included the Center Magazine, which served as the main source of communication between the Center and its membership.
    Perhaps predictably, the administrative course of the Center was not always smooth. Hutchins was a brilliant judge of ideas, and the men (and a few women) with whom he surrounded himself met his intellectual standards. But the Center was in many ways an extension of his formidable ego and his colleagues had their own agendas, which did not always match Hutchins' conception of the Center. By 1969, internal disputes made consensus among the staff impossible and, with the support of the Board, the Center underwent reorganization.
    With reorganization, the legal authority remained vested in the Board of Directors of the Fund for the Republic, Inc., the legal entity. The offices of Chairman of the Board and the Chief Executive Officer of the Center were combined, with Hutchins assuming both roles. The status of Fellow was stratified into Senior Fellows, Visiting Fellows, Associates, and Consultants. The Senior Fellows became the governing body for the Academic Program. Hutchins appointed the first Senior Fellow and, as the group grew, each Fellow participated in the election of the other Fellows.
    The Office of President of the Center (Chief Operating Officer) answered to the Chief Executive Officer and assumed responsibility for all Center functions except the academic program. The Center's publications came under the direct control of the Editor of the Center Magazine. While the Senior Fellows determined the content of the Academic Program, from which much of the mateial for the publications was drawn, the Editor decided what material would be selected for publication.
    Center programs continued through the 1970s and Hutchins remained the Center's guiding force until his death in 1977. His one attempt to retire in 1973 met with failure when the changes proposed by his replacement, Malcolm Moos, proved unacceptable to the Board and the majority of the Senior Fellows. Moos resigned in 1975 amid controversy and Hutchins was reinstated. Without Hutchins presence and leadership after 1977, however, the Center was unable to continue as a freestanding institution.
    Further reorganization and association with the University of California, Santa Barbara, occurred in late 1979. The Center moved from its home on Eucalyptus Hill to new quarters on the UCSB campus. The Fund for the Republic was dissolved, assets transferred to the university, and the Center's name changed to the Robert Maynard Hutchins Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. The Center's programs also underwent a change, with full-time Fellows being replaced with visiting scholars. Despite some encouraging developments in the early years of the Center's association with UCSB, financial and administrative problems continued. Following a series of short-term directors, the Center closed in 1987.

    Scope and Content Notes

    The Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions Collection, 1950-1991, contains 710 linear feet of material, including paper records, microfilm, photographs, audiotapes, films, videotapes, artwork, and artifacts. The paper records, photographs and microfilm have been processed, with partial funding by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The audiovisual materials, artwork, and artifacts are largely unprocessed.
    The greatest strengths of the collection lie in areas such as the dialogue discussion papers and transcripts of taped gatherings and interviews. These offer an insider's view of the examination of basic issues confronting contemporary society from the 1950s through the 1980s, by hundreds of the most astute observers of the time. Correspondence and accompanying materials provide further insight into participants responses to their colleagues' views. The extensive photographic holdings bring to life the numerous and varied Center programs, as well as the individuals participating in them. In many regards, the microfilm holdings constitute a large, separate but related collection, particularly strong in depicting the early years of the Center and its closely associated institution, the Fund for the Republic. Finally, the raw, unedited audiotapes of hundreds of conferences, convocations, meetings and interviews, give a fascinating account of the proceedings as they actually occurred.
    The collection, however, does have some gaps. The files of many, but not all, of the Center's administrators are found in the collection. Documentation is increasingly incomplete after the Center's 1979 move to the University of California, Santa Barbara campus. There are conspicuous gaps in a number of correspondence series, particularly in cases where only a portion of an alphabetical sequence is present. Records of some conferences and convocations also are largely absent.
    The materials in the CSDI Collection are predominantly from the 1959-1987 period, when the Center was located in Santa Barbara. Most of the records of the related Fund for the Republic, Inc., 1952-1959 and to some extent, 1959-1965, are located at Princeton University. Some of the post-1961 records at Princeton were returned to UCSB in 1999. These currently are unprocessed, although an in-house box-level list is available.
    The organization of the collection generally follows the original order of the records, to the extent that it could be determined. For the most part it also reflects the administrative structure of the Center. The collection is organized by series, then sub-series. Each sub-series has received a unique alpha-numeric designation, e.g. M18-0102. 'M' indicates manuscripts, 'F' microformats, and 'P' photographic images. '18' indicates collection number 18, '01' series one, and '02' sub-series two. The collection contains the following series and sub-series, with each sub-series beginning box numbering anew. More detailed information about the individual series and sub-series is located in the container list.

    Series Description

    SERIES 01: ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS.
    SUB-SERIES M18-0101: GENERAL. (Boxes 1-45).
    Incoming/outgoing correspondence and related materials from various CSDI staff, including Robert Maynard Hutchins, Harry Ashmore, Gary M. Cadenhead, John Cogley, Hallock Hoffman, Frank K. Kelly and Donald McDonald; mainly relating to the Center Magazine and other publications business, including submission of articles, the bulk of the material ca. 1968-1974.
    SUB-SERIES M18-0102: ADMINISTRATORS' FILES.
    More detailed biographical sketches for each administrator are included in the container list. This sub-series includes files for:
    Ashmore, Harry S.
    CSDI: Member, Board of Directors, 1958-1979; Executive Vice-President, 1967-1969, 1974-1975; President, 1970-1974; Fellow of the Center, 1965-1983; Senior Fellow, 1969-1975; Associate, 1975-1983. Contains general correspondence and related material, files relating to Board of Directors, Communications Program, conferences and convocations (especially PIT II and trips to Hanoi), Mass Communications, Parvin Foundation, Senior Fellows meetings, speeches and engagements, and writings, 1959-1991. (Boxes 1-61).
    Cadenhead, Gary M.
    CSDI: Secretary/Treasurer, responsible for budget and cost control, investment management, and personnel administration, also Secretary to the Senior Fellows, 1970-1975. Fiiles include budget and financial material, correspondence, memoranda, and agenda regarding dialogue sessions, seminars, and conferences, ca. 1970-1975. (Boxes 62-65).
    Fagan, Brian M.
    CSDI: Director, 1979. Small amount of correspondence and memoranda, 1979-1980. (Box 66).
    Ginsburg, Norton Sydney.
    CSDI: Visiting Professor, 1971; Senior Fellow, 1972-1974; Dean/Director of Academic Program, 1971-1974; Associate, 1975-1983; Fellow, 1976-1983. Includes general files, with materials on Associates meetings, conference files, and correspondence, 1970-1974. (Boxes 67-96).
    Graham, Otis L., Jr.
    CSDI: Associate and Consultant, 1975-1983; Fellow, 1976-1983; Program Director, 1976-1979; Chairman, Steering Committee, 1979. Primarily files on participants and programs, the bulk from the latter 1970s. (Boxes 97-100).
    Hutchins, Robert Maynard.
    CSDI: Chief Executive Officer, 1954-1974; President, 1956-1969, 1975-1977; Member, Board of Directors, 1956-1969, 1974-1977; Chairman of the Consultants, 1958-1962; Fellow of the Center, 1965-1974; Senior Fellow, 1969-1974; Chairman, Board of Directors, 1970-1974; Chairman of Fellows, 1971-1974; Life Fellow, 1974-1977. Contains general administrative and conference files (including Pacem in Maribus and Pacem in Terris), and correspondence, 1961-1977. (Boxes 101-123).
    Kelly, Frank K.
    CSDI: Vice President, 1956-1974; Staff Administrator/Director of Mass Media Project, 1958-1967; Fellow, 1965-1969; Director of Continuing Education, 1965-1972. Correspondence and accompanying material, mainly relating to program ideas and proposals, 1964-1970. (Boxes 124-133).
    Mitchell, Maurice B.
    CSDI: Member, Board of Directors, 1977-1979; President, 1978-1979. Mostly incoming/outgoing correspondence, memoranda, agenda, minutes and reports, including Board of Directors and some University of Denver files, 1977-1979. (Boxes 134-150).
    Moos, Malcolm Charles.
    CSDI: President, 1974-1975. Files pertaining to Board members, staff, programs, Senior and Visiting Fellows, mainly 1974-1975. (Boxes 151-153).
    Sills, Deborah.
    CSDI: Program Coordinator, 1980-1981. Correspondence, memos, clippings and Reports, 1979-1983. (Boxes 154-156).
    Tagger, Peter.
    CSDI: Director of Membership Services, 1965-1970; Director of Promotion, Membership, and Development, 1971-1974; Director of Membership/Publications Program, 1975-1979; Secretary-Treasurer, 1975-1979; Consultant for Membership Services, 1979. Includes correspondence and related material pertaining to administrative matters such as Center reorganization, academic programs, conferences, contacts, fundraising, legal and financial issues, and Center property, 1966-1979. (Boxes 157-168).
    Wheeler, Harvey.
    CSDI: Staff, 1961-1964; Fellow/Senior Fellow, 1965-1975; Program Director, 1969-1975. Contains incoming/outgoing correspondence and accompanying materials relating to publications, programs and other Center business, as well as conference files, interviews, Roof Article files, and writings, ca. 1958-1975. (Boxes 169-194).
    Wilkinson, John.
    CSDI: Staff, 1962-1964; Fellow of the Center, 1965-1976; Senior Fellow, 1973-1974. Alphabetically arranged F-H files only, mainly correspondence, memos, and reports, 1962-1974. (Boxes 195-196).
    SUB-SERIES M18-0103: ANNUAL REPORTS. (Box 242).
    Contains printed reports, not always annual and lacking some years, with information on programs, plans, staff and budget, 1953-1984.
    SUB-SERIES M18-0104: BOARD OF DIRECTORS. (Boxes 243-254; 932).
    Contains Board meeting files, including minutes, indexes to minutes, attachments and related correspondence, reports and recommendations, 1952-1986. Also contains general files relating to prominent Board members such as Harry S. Ashmore, Robert M. Hutchins, and William O. Douglas, as well as files on issues such as the move to UCSB.
    SUB-SERIES M18-0105: FINANCIAL. (Boxes 255-284).
    Includes program-by-program budget files, 1962-1986; monthly and yearly financial statements, 1958-1986; tax records, 1953-1986; and files on grants, investments, and property.
    SUB-SERIES M18-0106: LEGAL. (Boxes 285-292).
    Primarily files on legal cases relating to the Chester F. Carlson estate, Alexander Comfort, and W. H. Ferry.
    SUB-SERIES M18-0107: RELATED CENTERS. (Boxes 293-298).
    Includes brochures, correspondence, flyers, reports and other literature, ca. 1978-1984.
    SUB-SERIES M18-0108: ROBERT MAYNARD HUTCHINS CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS.
    In 1979, as a result of continuing financial difficulties, the Center's status as a freestanding insitution came to an end. The Center's directors voted to dissolve the Fund for the Republic, Inc. and turn over its assets to the University of California, Santa Barbara. The UCSB chancellor, Robert Huttenback, named a new board of supervisors to oversee the reconstituted Center, which was named the Robert Maynard Hutchins Center for the Study of Democratic Instutions. A series of short term directors failed to regenerate the Center and, in 1987, the new UCSB Chancellor, Barbara Uehling, terminated university support for the Center. The files found in this series primarily represent the Center's activities while at UCSB but some earlier materials apparently were pulled and interfiled with the material from the UCSB era. This sub-series includes:
    • General. Administrative files, 1974-1987. (Boxes 299-300).
    • Administration
      Cathcart, Patricia
      CSDI: Center Magazine Editorial Assistant, 1975-1978; Associate Editor, 1978-1983; Managing Editor, 1984-1985. Contains small number of files relating to Center staff, 1979-1986. (Box 301).
      McDonald,Donald
      CSDI: Fellow, 1965-1969; Center Magazine Managing Editor, 1969; Executive Editor, 1970-1974; Editor, 1975-1986; World Issues Editor, 1978-1979. Contains correspondence, 1985-1987. (Box 302).
      Miller, James Grier
      CSDI: President, 1980-1982. Mainly files regarding appointment as President of the Center, Center reorganization, and resignation, 1979-1983. (Box 303).
      Weinstein, Allen
      CSDI: President and Editor of the Center Magazine, 1984-1985. Primarily files regarding new program initiatives, financial disagreements and departure from the Center, 1983-1985. (Box 6).
    • Board of Directors. Includes biographies, 1983-1987, and meeting files, 1979-1980. (Box 305).
    • Democracy in the World Project. Includes correspondence, contracts, and financial files, 1984-1987. (Box 306).
    • Faculty Advisory Committee. Includes memoranda and transcripts of meetings, and files on potential committee members. (Box 307).
    • Legal. Includes articles of incorporation and other documents such as the Fund for the Republic and UCSB affiliation, and the merger of The Fund for the Republic and the Robert Maynard Hutchins Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. (Box 308; 933).
    SUB-SERIES M18-0109: SENIOR FELLOWS. (Boxes 309-328).
    Contains files on activities and speeches of senior fellows, as well as meeting minutes and related material, ca. 1965-1975. Senior Fellows were in full-time residence in Santa Barbara, and they approved the general lines of program development and the appointment of all regular participants, including Visiting Fellows, in residence for periods up to one year, and Associates, engaged in Center activities on a continuing but less than full-time basis. Each Senior Fellow was responsible for an area of continuing study, with which Visiting Fellows, Associates, Consultants and special participants often were associated. The continuing studies were incorporated into the Center's ongoing dialogue discussions.
    SERIES 02: ACADEMIC PROGRAM.
    The core of the Center's academic program was the dialogue discussion. Senior and Visiting Fellows, Associates, Consultants, and invited guests gathered on an almost daily basis to discuss previously distributed papers which touched upon the major issues which they felt were shaping contemporary society.
    SUB-SERIES M18-0201: GENERAL.
    This sub-series includes:
    Program Files
    Mostly papers for dialogue discussions, conferences and other meetings, together with related material such as agenda, calendars, lists of participants, and some correspondence and financial records.
    Alphabetical
    ca. 1957-1976. (Boxes 329-435).
    Chronological
    ca. 1973-1987. Includes a few files from earlier years; also some Pacem in Terris V and Washington Office files. (Boxes 436-499).
    Program Card Files, Calendars, Program Participants, Program Possibilities, Appointment Calendars, and Visitors' Registers (Boxes 496-505).
    SUB-SERIES M18-0202: BASIC ISSUES PROGRAM. (Boxes 506-518).
    The Basic Issues Program grew out of a Hutchins proposal to form an ongoing body which would define and examine the issues underlying the theory and practice of freedom. This marked a major departure from the original limited term grant-making focus of the Fund. Hutchins assembled a distinguished group of consultants, including: A. Berle, Jr., Professor of Law at Columbia; Clark Kerr, then President of the University of California; I. I. Rabi, Nobel laureate in physics; Reinhold Niebuhr and John Courtney Murray, theologians; Eric Goldman, Princeton historian; Eugene Burdick, political scientist and novelist; George N. Shuster, then President of Hunter College; and Harrison Brown, geochemist, California Institute of Technology. Six Basic Issues studies were identified. Berle headed "The Corporation"; Rabi, "The Individual and the Common Defense"; Kerr, "The Individual and the Labor Union"; Goldman, "The Mass Media"; Burdick, "Political Parties, Pressure Groups, and Professional Associations"; and Niebuhr and Murray, "Religion in a Free Society." The Basic Issues Program produced more than 50 publications, in the form of occasional papers, pamphlets and reports. More than one million copies were distributed. This sub-series primarily contains disbound notebooks relating to individual issues, and proceedings, with meeting transcripts and related materials, ca. 1954-1960.
    SUB-SERIES M18-0203: ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA PROJECT. (Boxes 519-520).
    Throughout the history of the Center a close relationship existed between Robert Hutchins and William Benton, co-owner, publisher, and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Hutchins and Benton had known each other at Yale. While he was president at the University of Chicago, Huchins appointed Benton as one of two vice presidents, and later when Hutchins was chancellor, Benton became assistant to the chancellor. In 1943, when Benton took over Encyclopaedia Britannica, he appointed Hutchins as chairman of Britannica's Board of Editors. By 1959 the Board of Editors had concluded that Britannica required a basic reorganization, and Hutchins and Benton came to an informal agreement that the Center would be closely involved in planning the reorganization. To test the topical encyclopaedia approach, a number of Center staff and fellows were enlisted to produce lengthy essays dealing with broad scientific, social, political, educational, economic and cultural issues. These essays were entitled 'Roof Articles.' Misgivings about the saleability of the topical approach, however, led to the suspension of the project by 1964. Instead, the Roof Articles were issued as a three- volume set entitled Britannica Perspectives, which commemorated the 200th anniversary of Britannica in 1968. This sub-series contains minutes, memoranda, contracts, and drafts of essays/articles for the Encyclopaedia, 1960-1966.
    SUB-SERIES M18-0204: HEW CONTRACT STUDY OF THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN SOCIETY. (Boxes 521-523).
    In 1972 the Center contracted with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare to take part in a long-range planning initiative regarding the future of health care in America. Harvey Wheeler, director of the project, scheduled a three-day conference entitled Social Futures Relating to Health Care in the Year 2000, held May 22-24, 1972. A followup conference, The Pursuit of Well-being (Evaluation of the HEW Report), was held Oct. 30, 1972. This sub-series contains conference files and background papers, as well as reports and other files relating to HEW.
    SUB-SERIES M18-0205: WILLIAM O. DOUGLAS INQUIRY INTO THE STATE OF INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM. (Box 524).
    A continuing program of the Center, monitoring developments in the field of Bill of Rights liberties. Program plans included occasional national convocations such as the one held Dec. 7-8, 1978, in Washington, D.C. The Center also assembled a group of legal scholars and practicing attorneys, mostly former law clerks to Douglas, as a board of review. The board prepared a series of papers as background for the Washington convocation. This sub-series contains correspondence, memoranda, press releases, and other files relating to the ongoing program and the 1978 convocation.
    SERIES 03: COMMUNICATIONS PROGRAM.
    The Communications Program was one of four components of the Center's support services, the others being the Continuing Education Program, the Development Program, and the Membership Program. All four programs were interrelated and generally comprised the 'non-academic' side that conveyed Center ideas to the public and helped to secure public funding. The bulk of the files in this series pertain to the Center's publications and its tape program.
    SUB-SERIES M18-0301: GENERAL. (Box 525).
    Includes Mass Media Study proposal, 1975-1976.
    SUB-SERIES M18-0302: EDITORIAL OFFICE. (Boxes 526-532).
    Mainly correspondence, and releases for publication, 1981-1987.
    SUB-SERIES M18-0303: PUBLICATIONS.
    This sub-series primarily contains correspondence and related materials about the publications, as well as a few duplicate copies of printed items. Runs of serials such as the Center Magazine are cataloged separately and may be searched on Pegasus, the UCSB Libraries online catalog. Occasional Papers are cataloged individually and likewise may be searched on Pegasus. This sub-series includes:
    General
    Files on Center programs, proposed publications, and publishers, 1956-1987. (Boxes 533-535).
    Bulletin
    1956-1963, 1965. (Box 536).
    Center Diary
    1963-1967. (Box 537).
    Center Magazine
    Contains alphabetical subject files, correspondence, and files on permissions to reprint and sales, 1967-1987. Copies of the magazine (hard copy and microformat) are cataloged separately. (Boxes 538-560).
    Center Newsletter
    1969-1970. (Box 561).
    Center Report
    1970-1976. (Box 562).
    Occasional Papers
    ca. 1967-1984. (Box 563).
    SUB-SERIES M18-0304: TAPES.
    The Center's audiotape department recorded all dialogue sessions, meetings and conferences, then edited audiotapes of selected sessions into programs which were distributed on five-inch 3 3/4 ips, half track reel-to-reel tapes and cassettes. Audiotape program catalogs were issued on a regular basis. Tapes were distributed widely for radio broadcast, classroom use, informal discussion groups, and for individual listening. This sub-series includes:
    Transcripts
    Contains Associates, Board, Senior Fellows and Staff meetings, dialogue discussion papers, conference papers, individual and group papers, interviews and conversations, speeches and addresses. The tapes are in Series 10: Audiovisual Materials.
    Alphabetical
    ca. 1961-1981. (Boxes 564-600).
    Chronological
    1962-1987. (Boxes 601-683).
    Editorial Office
    Mostly agenda, dialogues, memos, papers, taping notes and some transcripts, arranged chronologically, 1971-1984. (Boxes 684-705).
    Sales
    Includes correspondence, financial statements, reports, and catalogs of tapes offered for sale, ca. 1964-1983. (Boxes 706-716).
    Card Files
    Includes cards arranged numerically, by speaker, and by subject. (Boxes 717-719).
    SERIES 04: CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM.
    The Continuing Education Program was developed to involve the Center's membership more closely in its activities and to encourage further support. Gatherings were organized in numerous cities around the country. Development organized local support groups which held regularly scheduled breakfasts, luncheons, dinners and other meetings. Center Fellows and staff frequently were enlisted to discuss topics related to the Center's academic program. Communications Program, Development Program, and Membership Program operations were closely associated with Continuing Education.
    SUB-SERIES M18-0401: CHICAGO OFFICE. (Boxes 720-745).
    In response to financial difficulties, Center operations at Santa Barbara were curtailed in 1975, and a plan was put forward move the dialogue to Chicago, where universities in the area could provide part-time personnel. After Hutchins death in 1977, and further worsening financial conditions, the Chicago office was closed. This sub-series contains administrative files, as well as discussion papers, program files, and transcripts pertaining to dialogues, conferences, and other Chicago programs, 1975-1977.
    SUB-SERIES M18-0402: FORCES OF CHANGE PROGRAM. (Boxes 746-750).
    The Forces of Change Program, with funding from Irving Laucks, was developed to promote and maintain voluntary discussion groups around the country. The Center provided specially prepared literature and audiotapes to help direct the discussion. This sub-series mainly contains general administrative files, with correspondence, memoranda, reports, and other related material, ca. 1964-1966.
    SUB-SERIES M18-0403: LOS ANGELES OFFICE. (Boxes 751-753).
    Primarily administrative files regarding development and support for events in California, 1971-1974.
    SUB-SERIES M18-0404: NEW YORK OFFICE. (Boxes 754-764).
    Contains files relating to Center activities, Board of Directors, foundations, fundraising, membership, and programs such as Pacem in Terris I, 1956-1966.
    SERIES 05: DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. (Boxes 765-772).
    Includes files relating to the Board of Directors, budget, Center Clubs, contacts, direct mailing efforts, Fellows of the Center, foundations, fundraising, gifts, publicity, research matters, and UCSB development, 1967-1987.
    SERIES 06: EXTERNAL AFFAIRS.
    In addition to Santa Barbara based dialogues and other programs, the Center maintained a regular schedule of public meetings around the country, and sometimes abroad. These were designed to deal with aspects of basic issues identified in the course of developing the Academic Program. They ranged from small dialogue-style conferences through large public symposia to major international convocations extending over a period of days. These public events were intended to communicate the ideas elaborated at the Center directly to those who attended, and indirectly through news coverage and commentary in the communications media.
    SUB-SERIES M18-0601: GENERAL. (Box 773).
    Small number of files relating to dinners and other activities, 1957-1984.
    SUB-SERIES M18-0602: CONFERENCES. (Boxes 774-786).
    Includes agenda, correspondence, financial records, planning materials, programs, reports, and some transcripts of presentations, mainly for Santa Barbara-based conferences such as Broadcasting and the First Amendment, The Changing Role of Religion in Contemporary Culture, and Energy Policies and the International System, ca. 1967-1981.
    SUB-SERIES M18-0603: CONVOCATIONS.
    Contains files mainly relating to major international gatherings organized by the Center. This sub-series includes:
    Pacem in Maribus (PIM)
    Four Pacem in Maribus (PIM) convocations were held between 1970 and 1973, to examine the impact of the Marine Revolution (the industrialization of the ocean) and appropriate responses to it. In addition there were a number of planning conferences and a Continuing Group for Policy Research. Contains correspondence, memoranda, programs, as well as financial and publicity files, mainly from Elisabeth Mann Borgese, chief organizer of the convocations. (Boxes 787-789).
    Pacem in Terris (PIT)
    The Pacem in Terris convocations came about as a direct response to Pope John XXII's 'Peace on Earth' Encyclical, issued in 1963. The Center organized five Pacem in Terris (PIT) convocations from 1965 to 1984. The first two, in particular, were planned as international events and were widely reported in the press.
    Preliminary Conference
    A small planning session held at Wingspread, the Johnson Foundation conference center at Racine, Wisconsin, May 17-19, 1964, to determine the feasibility of organizing a major convocaton focusing on Pacem in Terris. Files include agenda and correspondence. (Box 790).
    PIT I: Convocation on the Requirements of Peace
    Held in New York City, Feb. 18-20, 1965. Speakers included U.N. Secretary-General U Thant, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, Chief Justice Earl Warren, J. William Fulbright, Paul Hoffman, Adlai Stevenson, and Arnold Toynbee. Files include addresses and speeches, correspondence, programs, and publicity. (Boxes 791-792).
    PIT II: A Second International Convocation to Examine the Requirements for Peace
    Held in Geneva, Switzerland, May 28-31, 1967. Opening convocation with address by U.N. Secretary General U Thant. As a direct result of PIT II, two Center principals, Harry S. Ashmore and William C. Baggs, traveled twice to Hanoi in an effort to further a negotiated settlement of the war in Vietnam. Includes addresses and speeches, correspondence, financial records, and publicity. (Boxes 793-813).
    PIT III: A National Convocation to Consider New Opportunities for United States Foreign Policy
    Held in Washington, D.C., Oct. 8-11, 1973. Opening remarks by Harold Willens and Robert M. Hutchins. Sessions on The National Interests of the United States, The National Interest and Military Power, Deterrence through the Threat of Mutual Assured Destruction, Trade and Economic Competition, The Emergence of Transnational Issues, The Imperatives of Institution-Building, and The Requirements of Democratic Foreign Policy. Speakers included Clark Clifford, Sam J. Ervin, Jr., J. William Fulbright, John Kenneth Galbraith, Henry A. Kissinger, Marshall Shulman, Paul Warnke, and Herbert York. Related publications include: The Pacem in Terris III Proceedings, 4 vols., edited by Mary Kersey Harvey and Fred Warner Neal (1974). (Boxes 814-820).
    PIT IV: The Fourth in a Series of Convocations Addressed to the Search for a Charter of Practical Agreements on the Issues of War and Peace
    Held in Washington, D.C., Dec. 2-4, 1975. Sometimes entitled: A National Convocation to Consider the Foreign Policy Issues in the 1976 Presidential Campaign. Opening remarks by Robert M. Hutchins and Randolph P. Compton. Sessions on The National Interest (Detente in Practice: Problems, Opportunities and Pitfalls); National Security and the Domestic Economy; The Global Condition: The Economic Dimension of Foreign Policy; Our Military Posture and Detente; The Global Condition: The Political Dimension of Foreign Policy; Foreign Policy, National Security and the Democratic Process; and Key Foreign Policy Issues in the 1976 Campaign. Speakers included Les Aspin, John Brademas, Tom Bradley, Frank Church, William Colby, Edward M. Kennedy, Daniel P. Moynihan, James R. Schlesinger, and William E. Simon. Related publications include: Pacem in Terris IV: American Foreign Policy at Home and Abroad in the Bicentennial Year, 3 vols., edited by Fred Warner Neal (1976). (Box 821).
    PIT V : Democracy and the Pursuit of a Peaceful, Humane World
    Held at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., Nov. 8-10, 1984. Opening remarks by Timothy Healy, Allen Weinstein, and Brian Urquhart. Sessions on War and Peace: The Superpowers; War and Peace: The Developing World; and American National Interests: Human Rights & Refugees. Commentators and speakers included Elliot Abrams, Jose Maria de Areilza, Mary Bitterman, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Edwin Feulner, Leslie Gelb, Max Kampelman, Stanley Karnow, Peter G. Kelly, Jonathan Kwitny, Melvin Lasky, Eulah Laucks, Robert McFarlane, David Newsom, Edward Rowny, Jeremy Stone, Edward Teller, R. James Woolsey, and Herbert York. (Box 821).
    Tenth Anniversary Convocation: Challenges to Democracy in the Next Decade
    Held in New York, Jan. 21-22, 1963. Includes agenda, attendees, correspondence, fundraising, program, and speeches, as well as files on Mass Media, with some 1955 material apparently pulled from the Basic Issues files. (Boxes 822-823).
    University in America
    Held in Beverley Hills, California, May 8-10, 1966. Opening remarks by William O. Douglas and Robert M. Hutchins. One folder, with excerpts by some convocation participants, analysis of the convocation by Donald McDonald, and the program. (Box 823).
    SUB-SERIES M18-0604: PUBLIC PROGRAMS. (Boxes 824-828).
    Mainly administrative files on programs for Center members, conducted in cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, and New York, 1961-1985.
    SUB-SERIES M18-0605: PUBLICITY/PUBLIC RELATIONS. (Boxes 829-840).
    Mainly press clippings and press releases, 1952-1985.
    SERIES 07: MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM.
    SUB-SERIES M18-0701: GENERAL. (Boxes 841-851).
    Includes files for Center Club, gifts, mailings, and membership lists, 1959-1987.
    SUB-SERIES M18-0702: CONTRIBUTORS. (Boxes 852-880).
    Files for different levels of support for the Center, including Directors, Founding Members, Big Contributors, and California Sustaining Members, 1959-1979.
    SERIES 08: MICROFORMATS.
    The Center had many of its early administrative files microfilmed. Much of the microfilmed material for the period up to 1965 subsequently was sent by the Center to the Fund for the Republic Archives, Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University. Some material, mainly post-1961 files, was sent back to Santa Barbara in 1999. The returned material has not yet been processed and is not included in this guide. Some of the microfilmed material not sent to Princeton subsequently was dispersed and comingled with other CSDI files, while the remainder apparently was not retained. Positive copies of the following microfilm have been made and are available for research.
    SUB-SERIES F18-0801: 16MM FILM - - ADMIN - - SUBJECT FILES. (Boxes 881-883).
    Includes Basic Issues Program materials and other chronologically arranged administrative records, much of which is correspondence, ca. 1950-1969. 130 reels.
    SUB-SERIES F18-0802: 16MM FILM - - ADMIN - - MANUSCRIPTS. (Box 883).
    Includes addresses, speeches and papers delivered at conferences, convocations, dialogue discussions, lectures, symposia, and other meetings, together with related comments, correspondence, memoranda, and writings, ca. 1959-1973. 42 reels.
    SUB-SERIES F18-0803: 16MM FILM - - ADMIN - - TRANSCRIPTS. (Box 883).
    Includes transcripts from conferences, conversations, dialogue discussions, interviews, lectures, seminars, speeches, and symposia, ca. 1957-1969. 10 reels.
    SERIES 09: PHOTOGRAPHS.
    SUB-SERIES P18-0901: BLACK/WHITE PRINTS - - BIO FILES. (Boxes 884-901).
    Contains alphabetically arranged prints, generally not dated, up to 8x10 in size, with some accompanying biographical sketches.
    SUB-SERIES P18-0902: BLACK/WHITE PRINTS - - MEETINGS AND CONFERENCES. (Boxes 902-912).
    Contains prints arranged alphabetically by name of event or gathering, many dated, up to 8x10 in size, the majority being contact sheets, with occasional accompanying information.
    SUB-SERIES P18-0903: BLACK/WHITE PRINTS - - SEPARATIONS. (Boxes 913-919).
    Contains prints separated (removed) from other series in the collection; arranged in the same series and subseries order as the files from which they came. Includes photographs from Pacem in Terris I and II, Administrators' Files, such as Harry Ashmore's trips to Hanoi, and Chicago and New York offices.
    SUB-SERIES P18-0904: BLACK/WHITE PRINTS - - OVERSIZE. (Boxes 920-922).
    Contains alphabetically arranged prints for bio files and meetings/conferences, including Pacem in Terris II.
    SUB-SERIES P18-0905: BLACK/WHITE NEGATIVES. (Boxes 923-927).
    Contains 35 mm and sheet film for bio files and meetings/conferences, including Pacem in Terris II.
    SUB-SERIES P18-0906: BLACK/WHITE SLIDES (35mm). (Box 928).
    Contains a few slides of the Center.
    SUB-SERIES P18-0907: COLOR PRINTS. (Box 929).
    Contains a few 4x5 and 8x10 prints of the Center.
    SUB-SERIES P18-0908: COLOR TRANSPARENCIES. (Box 930).
    Contains a few 4x5 transparencies of the Pacem in Maribus Wingspread Preconference.
    SUB-SERIES P18-0909: COLOR SLIDES (35mm). (Box 931).
    Contains a few slides relating to the Ford Fund.
    SERIES 10: OVERSIZE. (Boxes 934-941).
    Contains artwork, mainly commissioned by the Center for Center Magazine covers. Included are some original pieces, as well as matted copies of the covers.
    SERIES 11: ARTIFACTS/EPHEMERA. (Box 942).
    Two items - a small metal sailboat presented to the Center by the Malta Government Tourist Board on the occasion of the Pacem in Maribus Convocation, June 28-July 3, 1970, and an embosser.
    SERIES 12: AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS.
    Contains ca. 3,500 audio tapes of Center conferences, convocations, meetings and interviews. Unedited tapes of proceedings, as well as edited tapes intended for sale to the public, are included in several distinct numerical sequences. Lists for the edited tapes, prepared by Center staff and corrected later by Special Collections staff, are available in a separate guide which is in working-draft form. Also 127 reels of film, and 57 videotapes in various formats. There are some listening and viewing copies. Please check with Special Collections staff regarding availability of copies and procedures for requesting that copies be made.
    SUB-SERIES A18-1201: AUDIOTAPES.
    Over 5000 primarily open reel audiotapes of CSDI events. Some tapes have been digitized.
    SUB-SERIES F18-1202: FILMS.
    127 reels of films.
    SUB-SERIES V18-1203: VIDEOTAPES.
    57 videotapes, various formats.
    The UCSB University Libraries wishes to express its gratitude to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and to the California State Historical Records Advisory Board, not only for much needed funding support to process the collection, but also for numerous helpful suggestions which assisted in the planning and completion of this project.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Albert Parvin Foundation.
    Basic Issues Program.
    Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions.
    Ford Foundation.
    B.F. Skinner Conference (1972 : Santa Barbara, Calif.)
    City Through History Conference (1973 : Santa Barbara, Calif.)
    Conference on Broadcasting and the First Amendment (1973 : Santa Barbara, Calif.)
    Conference on the Changing Role of Religion in Contemporary Culture (1974 : Santa Barbara, Calif.)
    Conference on Constitutional Principles: Their Validity and Vitality Today (1973 : Santa Barbara, Calif.)
    Conference on the Corporation and the Quality of Life (1971 : Santa Barbara, Calif.)
    Conference on Ethnicity and Historical Identity in the United States (1974 : Santa Barbara, Calif.)
    Conference on the Population Problem: Key Issues in Food, Population, and Development (1975 : Santa Barbara, Calif.)
    Conference on the Presidential Powers (1970 : Santa Barbara, Calif.)
    Conference on the Public Interest in Education (1973 : Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions)
    Conference on Social and Political Change: the Role of Women (1974 : Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions)
    Conference on Technology, Development, and Values (1972 : Santa Barbara, Calif.)
    Conference on United Nations and the Third World (1970 : Santa Barbara, Calif.)
    Lifespan Conference (1970 : Santa Barbara, Calif.)
    Pacem in Maribus Convocation.
    Pacem in Terris Convocation.
    Structuralism Conference (1970 : Santa Barbara, Calif.)
    United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea.
    "Violence in American Life" Conference (1981)
    White House Conference on Balanced National Growth and Economic Development (1978 : Washinton, D.C.)
    William O. Douglas Inquiry into the State of Individual Freedom (1978 : Washington, D.C.)
    Encyclopaedia Britannica.
    Adler, Mortimer Jerome, 1902-2001
    Ashmore, Harry S.
    Benton, William, 1900-1973
    Barr, Stringfellow, 1897-1982
    Berle, Adolf Augustus, 1895-1971
    Bohannan, Paul
    Borgese, Elisabeth Mann
    Bradford, Miles Gerald
    Brauer, Jerald C.
    Brown, Harrison, 1917-1986
    Brucan, Silviu, 1916-2006
    Buchanan, Scott Milross, 1895-1968
    Burdick, Eugene
    Calder, Ritchie, 1906-1982
    Capps, Walter H.
    Carlson, Chester Floyd, 1906-1968
    Carlson, Rick J.
    Case, Clifford P. (Clifford Philip), 1904-1982
    Clark, Ramsey, 1927-
    Cogley, John
    Comfort, Alex, 1920-2000
    Crowther, C. Edward (Clarence Edward), 1929-
    Douglas, William O. (William Orville), 1898-1980
    Downs, Hugh
    Fadiman, Clifton, 1904-1999
    Fagan, Brian M.
    Ferry, W. H. (Wilbur Hugh)
    Fingarette, Herbert
    Ginsburg, Norton Sydney
    Goldman, Eric Frederick, 1915-1989
    Gottlieb, Gerald H.
    Graham, Otis L.
    Harvey, Mary Kersey
    Hoffman, Hallock B.
    Hoffman, Paul G. (Paul Gray), 1891-1974
    Hutchins, Robert Maynard, 1899-
    Hutchins, Vesta
    Huttenback, Robert A.
    Jacobs, Paul, 1918-
    Jacoby, Neil H. (Neil Herman), 1909-1979
    Kelly, Frank K., 1914-
    Kerr, Clark, 1911-2003
    Kieffer, George David
    Laucks, I. F. (Irving Fink), b. 1882
    Lyford, Joseph P.
    McDonald, Donald
    Mayer, Milton Sanford, 1908-
    Miller, James Grier
    Mitchell, Maurice B., 1915-
    Moos, Malcolm, 1916-1982
    Mordy, Wendell A., 1920-
    Murray, John Courtney
    Myrdal, Alva Reimer, 1902-1986
    Myrdal, Gunnar, 1898-1987
    Neal, Fred Warner
    Niebuhr, Reinhold, 1892-1971
    Norris, Barnard
    Parten, J. R.
    Pauling, Linus, 1901-1994
    Perry, John L.
    Rabi, I. I. (Isidor Isaac), 1898-1988
    Roper, Elmo, 1900-1971
    Schwab, Joseph Jackson, 1909-
    Seeley, John R.
    Sheinbaum, Stanley K.
    Shuster, George Nauman, 1894-
    Skinner, B. F. (Burrhus Frederic), 1904-1990
    Tagger, Peter
    Tugwell, Rexford G. (Rexford Guy), 1891-1979
    Weinstein, Allen
    Wheeler, Harvey, 1918-2004
    Wilkinson, John, 1915-
    Fund for the Republic
    Robert Maynard Hutchins Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions (U.S.)

    Related Collections

    Additional information on the history of the Center and Robert Maynard Hutchins may be found in the following sources:
    Adler, Mortimer J. Philosopher at Large: An Intellectual Autobiography. New York: Macmillan, 1977.
    __________. Humanistic Education and Western Civilization: Essays for Robert M. Hutchins. New York, 1964.
    Ashmore, Harry S. Unseasonable Truths: The Life of Robert Maynard Hutchins. Boston: Little, Brown, 1989. Contains a detailed annotated bibliography of published and unpublished sources.
    Douglas, William O. Go East Young Man: The Early Years. New York: Random House, 1974.
    Dzuback, Mary Ann. Robert M. Hutchins: Portrait of an Educator. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991. Contains an extensive annotated bibliography of published and archival sources.
    Hyman, Sidney. The Lives of William Benton. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1969.
    Kelly, Frank K. Court of Reason: Robert Hutchins and the Fund for the Republic. New York: Free Press, 1981.
    Kogan, Herman. The Great EB: The Story of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1958.
    Macdonald, Dwight. The Ford Foundation: The Men and the Millions. New York: Reynal & Company, 1956.
    McNeill, William H. Hutchins' University: A Memoir of the University of Chicago,1929-1950. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991.
    Mayer, Milton Sanford. Robert Maynard Hutchins: A Memoir. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993.
    Reeves, Thomas. Freedom and the Foundation: The Fund for the Republic in the Era of McCarthyism. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1969.
    Materials relating to the Center and its major figures are housed in a number of other institutions, including the following [This information has come primarily from Harry S. Ashmore's Unseasonable Truths, Mary Ann Dzuback's Robert M. Hutchins, database searches, and responses by staff of individual repositories].
    • Berea College, Berea, Kentucky. Berea College Archives.
      • Hutchins [Francis S.] Papers
      • Hutchins [William James] Papers
    • Columbia University, New York, New York.
      • Oral History Research Office: Reminiscences of Richard Flacks (Lowenstein Project)
      • Rare Book and Manuscript Library: Fadiman [Clifton] Papers
    • Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. Dartmouth College Archives.
      • Ferry [Wilbur H.] Papers
    • Ford Foundation, New York, New York (includes records of Hutchins tenure as Associate Director).
      • General Correspondence
      • Grant Files
      • Office of the President
        • Gaither [H. Rowan] Papers
        • Heald [Henry T.] Papers
      • Oral History Transcripts: Clarence Faust, W. H. Ferry, Robert M. Hutchins
      • Unpublished Staff and Consultant Reports
    • Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York.
      • Tugwell [Rexford G.] Papers
    • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Houghton Library.
      • Buchanan [Scott] Papers
    • Institute for Philosophical Research, Chicago, Illinois.
      • Adler [Mortimer J.] Files (includes Hutchins correspondence)
    • Library of Congress.
      • Douglas [William O.] Papers (includes Hutchins correspondence)
    • New York Public Library, New York, New York. Rare Books and Manuscripts Division.
      • Carlson [Chester F.] Papers
    • Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. Oberlin College Library, Oberlin College Archives (includes records relating to Hutchins undergraduate days).
      • Bailey [Walter K.] Papers
      • Faculty Records
      • Fullerton [Kemper] Papers
      • Osborn [Logan Omer] Papers
      • Presidents' Papers - Henry Churchill King
      • Student Life Memorabilia (scrapbooks, albums, diaries)
      • Student Records
    • Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library.
    • Rockefeller Archive Center, Pocantico Hills, New York (includes material regarding support for the University of Chicago during the Hutchins era).
      • General Education Board Files
      • Hutchins [Robert Maynard] (some material transferred from Princeton in 1999)
      • Rockefeller [Laura Spelman] Memorial Files
      • Rockefeller Foundation Archives
    • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Rutgers University Libraries.
      • Case [Clifford P.] Papers
    • Stanford University, Stanford, California. Stanford Univesity Libraries, Department of Special Collections.
      • Sheinbaum [Stanley K.] Oral History Interview
    • State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. Archives Division.
      • Schoenbrun [David] Papers (includes material on hist 1967 tour of Asia for CSDI)
    • University of California, Berkeley. Bancroft Library.
      • Tyler [Ralph] Interview
    • University of California, Santa Barbara. Davidson Library, Special Collections.
      • Ashmore [Harry S.] Collection
      • Hutchins [Robert M.] Collection
      • Mitchel [Maurice B.] Collection
      • UCSB Oral History Program
        • Ashmore [Harry S.] Interview
        • Kelly [Frank K.] Interview
        • Mitchell [Maurice B.] Interview
      • University Archives, Public Information Office, Subject Files - Hutchins Center
    • University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. Joseph Regenstein Library, Special Collections (includes records of Hutchins' tenure as President and Chancellor).
      • Archival Biographical Files
      • Benton [William] Papers
      • Dean of the College Records
      • Dell [George] Interviews with Robert M. Hutchins, Lawrence Kimpton, Richard P. McKeon, and Ralph Tyler
      • Hutchins [Robert M.] Papers, Addenda, and Unprocessed Addenda
      • Nef [John U.] Papers
      • Presidential Papers
      • Redfield [Robert] Papers
      • Schwab [Joseph J.] Papers
      • Swift [Harold H.] Papers
    • University of Connecticut, Hartford, Connecticut. Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.
      • Roper [Elmo] Papers
    • University of Denver, University Library, Special Collections Department.
      • Mitchell [Chancellor Maurice B.] Papers
    • University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. University Archives and Records Center.
      • Miller [James Grier] Personal Papers
      • Office of the President - - James Grier Miller
    • University of Minnesota, Walter Library, University Archives.
      • Moos [Malcolm] Papers
    • Yale University
      • Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library: Wilder [Thornton] Papers (includes Hutchins correspondence)
      • Law School Library: Faculty, Governing Board, and Board of Permanent Officers' Minutes