Guide to the Philosophy Department records

Finding aid prepared by Ashley Toutain
University of San Diego, Archives and Special Collections
Copley Library
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
Telephone: 619-260-2730
Email: spcoll@sandiego.edu
© 2017


Overview of the Collection

Title: Philosophy Department records
Date (inclusive): 1968-1986
Collection number: USDA_2009_05
Creator: University of San Diego Philosophy Department
Extent: 1 box (1 linear foot)
Repository: University of San Diego, Archives and Special Collections
Copley Library
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
spcoll@sandiego.edu
Abstract: The University of San Diego Philosophy Department records include meeting minutes, transcripts of meetings, memoranda, correspondence, and news releases documenting the establishment, growth, and activities of the department. These records document discussions about curriculum, general education requirements, student outlook, and faculty standing. The bulk of these records cover the 1970s and include discussions surrounding the merging of the College for Women and College for Men as well as the changing scope of the Philosophy Department.
Languages: English

Historical Note

The College for Women and College for Men had separate Philosophy Departments until the two colleges were set to merge. The merge proved challenging largely because of the difference in teaching philosophies between College for Men Philosophy Department chairman, Father William Shipley, and the College for Women Philosophy Department chairman, Dr. Richard George. Dr. George believed student should be taught only the perennial philosophy of Aristotle and Aquinas. Father Shipley felt the program should have a historical survey of philosophers and allow students to learn diverse philosophical systems. Shipley was ultimately voted in as the chairman of the newly merged philosophy department in April 1970. While discussion of the role of the Philosophy department continued, Shipley's view were more readily incorporated.
Dr. John Swanke served as a professor in the Philosophy Department for 25 years beginning in 1968. He served as chairman of the department in 1974.
The Department of Philosophy continues to cover significant historical periods and major philosophical methods with focus in the study of ethics, values, and morals.

Scope and Content Note

The University of San Diego Philosophy Department records include meeting minutes, transcripts of meetings, memoranda, correspondence, and news releases documenting the establishment, growth, and activities of the department. These records document Philosophy Department discussions about curriculum, general education requirements, student outlook, and faculty standing. The bulk of these records cover the 1970s and include discussions surrounding the merging of the College for Women and College for Men as well as the changing scope of the department. Event materials for the National Honor Society in Philosophy, Phi Sigma Tau, are also included. The majority of these records are those of Dr. John Swanke, who served as Chairman of the Philosophy department in 1974, and who served as Philosophy professor at the University of San Diego for 25 years. Correspondence and memoranda associated with Philosophy Professor Father William Shipley are also among these materials.

Arrangement

These records consist of one series of Administrative Records. The first few files concern the separate College for Men and College for Women Philosophy Departments and are organized chronologically. The remaining files are organized alphabetically.

Access Information

These records are open for research.

Preferred citation

[Folder Title], Box # Folder #, Philosophy Department records, Copley Library, University of San Diego, Archives and Special Collections.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Tessie Camina in 2009. Additional processing was conducted by Ashley Toutain in 2017. Original order is unknown, but files were left as ordered when found in 2017.

Related Material

For more records related to the Philosophy Department, see the Father William Shipley papers.

Index Terms

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Shipley, William L.
Swanke, John

Subjects and Indexing Terms

University of San Diego
University of San Diego. College for Men
San Diego College for Women
Phi Sigma Tau

Subjects and Indexing Terms

San Diego (Calif.)

Subjects and Indexing Terms

philosophy


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I:  Administration, 1968-1986

Box/Folder: 1 / 1

Philosophy Departments of the College for Men and College for Women Meetings, 1969-1970

Scope and Content Note

[Transcripts of meetings regarding merger.]
Box/Folder: 1 / 2

Philosophy Departments Joint Philosophy Curricula Memoranda, 1969-1970

Box/Folder: 1 / 3

Coordinate Colleges Memoranda, 1969-1970

Box/Folder: 1 / 4

Coordinate Colleges Memoranda, 1970-1971

Box/Folder: 1 / 5

AART Committee Promotions, 1974

Access Information

Materials in this folder are restricted.
Box/Folder: 1 / 6

Budget, 1973-1974

Box/Folder: 1 / 7

Budget Status Report, 1973-1974

Box/Folder: 1 / 8

Chairman John Swanke File, 1974-1975

Box/Folder: 1 / 9

Chairman William Shipley Correspondence, 1972

Box/Folder: 1 / 10-12

Class Lists, 1971

Box/Folder: 1 / 13

Class Reservation, 1973 Fall

Box/Folder: 1 / 14

Class Reservation, 1974

Box/Folder: 1 / 15

Class Schedule, 1969 Spring

Box/Folder: 1 / 16

Class Schedule - John Swanke Memos and Correspondence, 1984-1986

Box/Folder: 1 / 17

Class Schedule, undated

Box/Folder: 1 / 18

Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities, 1973

Scope and Content Note

[Including Curriculum Committee materials.]
Box/Folder: 1 / 19

Dr. John Swanke Correspondence, 1973

Box/Folder: 1 / 20

Correspondence, 1974-1975

Box/Folder: 1 / 21

Course Offerings, 1973-1974

Box/Folder: 1 / 22

Curriculum Committee Requirement for Transfer Students, 1971

Box/Folder: 1 / 23

Curriculum Committee New Philosophy Courses, 1973

Box/Folder: 1 / 24

Curriculum Proposals, circa 1970s

Box/Folder: 1 / 25

Curriculum Vitae Glowienka, Emerine Frances, 1970

Box/Folder: 1 / 26

Curriculum Vitae - Phelps, Mary, 1971

Box/Folder: 1 / 27

Curriculum Vitae [Louis Tenzis], circa 1970

Box/Folder: 1 / 28

Dean of Students Memoranda, 1969, 1971

Box/Folder: 1 / 29

Faculty, 1974

Access Information

Materials in this folder are restricted.
Box/Folder: 1 / 30

Faculty Association Meeting Minutes, 1969 December 10

Box/Folder: 1 / 31

Faculty Information List, circa 1973

Box/Folder: 1 / 32

Final Examination, undated

Box/Folder: 1 / 33

Future of Department Notes, circa 1970s

Box/Folder: 1 / 34

General Education Requirement, circa 1969

Box/Folder: 1 / 35

Intersession Course Memoranda, 1972 October

Box/Folder: 1 / 36

Job Applicants, 1972-1973

Access Information

Materials in this folder are restricted.
Box/Folder: 1 / 37

Job Openings, 1972

Box/Folder: 1 / 38

Lectures, 1972-1974

Scope and Content Note

[News releases, articles and lecture information primarily for lectures planned by the Phi Sigma Tau honor society.]
Box/Folder: 1 / 39

Letter of Concern, 1969 December

Access Information

Materials in this folder are restricted.
Box/Folder: 1 / 40

Letter from a Student, 1973 May

Access Information

Materials in this folder are restricted.
Box/Folder: 1 / 41

Major's Survey, circa 1973

Box/Folder: 1 / 42

Meeting Minutes and Notes, 1971 Fall

Box/Folder: 1 / 43

Meeting Minutes, 1972-1973

Box/Folder: 1 / 44

Meeting Minutes, 1973-1974

Box/Folder: 1 / 45

Meeting Minutes, 1975 Fall

Box/Folder: 1 / 46

Memoranda, 1969

Box/Folder: 1 / 47

Memoranda on Philosophy courses, 1971 May

Box/Folder: 1 / 48

Memoranda, 1971-1972

Box/Folder: 1 / 49

Memoranda, 1972-1973

Box/Folder: 1 / 50

Memoranda, 1973-1974

Box/Folder: 1 / 51

Memoranda, 1975 Fall

Box/Folder: 1 / 52

Memoranda [Regarding Humanities Program for Adults], 1984

Box/Folder: 1 / 53

Memoranda, 1985-1986

Box/Folder: 1 / 54

Memoranda, 1987

Box/Folder: 1 / 55

Miscellaneous [Student Opinion of Education], 1969

Box/Folder: 1 / 56

News Releases, 1973-1974

Box/Folder: 1 / 57

Newspaper Clippings, 1976

Box/Folder: 1 / 58

Philosophy Department - Phi Sigma Tau, 1969-1973

Box/Folder: 1 / 59

Project Keep Committee, 1974-1975

Box/Folder: 1 / 60

Requests for Sabbatical Leave, 1972

Box/Folder: 1 / 61

Students - Philosophy Majors, 1972

Box/Folder: 1 / 62

Summer Sessions, undated

Box/Folder: 1 / 63

Teacher Evaluation, 1973

Access Information

Materials in this folder are restricted.
Box/Folder: 1 / 64

USD: The Stage Beginning with Unification, 1971

Box/Folder: 1 / 65

Undergraduate Bulletin - Philosophy, 1972-1973

Box/Folder: 1 / 66

University Holiday Schedule, 1976-1977

Box/Folder: 1 / 67

WASC Case Study Report - Memorandum, 1972

Box/Folder: 1 / 68

WASC Report, circa 1970s