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Preliminary Guide to the Robert Maynard Hutchins Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Robert Maynard Hutchins Collection
    Dates: ca. 1951-1991
    Collection number: Mss 154
    Creator: Hutchins, Robert Maynard, 1899-1977.
    Collection Size: 5.3 linear feet (4 cartons and 1 oversize box).
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Abstract: Correspondence, memoranda, reports, programs, and other materials mainly regarding Hutchins’ role as founder and long-time chief executive officer of the Center for Democratic Institutions (CSDI).
    Physical location: Boxes 1-4 (Annex 2); Box 5 (Del Sur Oversize).
    Languages: English

    Access Restrictions

    Bulk of collection is stored off-site; advance notice required for retrieval.

    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

    Robert Maynard Hutchins Collection. Mss 154. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Donation by Barbara Hutchins, 1996, 1998.


    From the CSDI Collection (Mss 18) description:
    Hutchins, Robert Maynard. Born: Brooklyn, Jan. 17, 1899. Died: May 14, 1977. 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. Oberlin College, student, 1915-1917. Yale, A.B.,1921; A.M., 1922; LL.B., 1925. Yale Law School, Lecturer,1925-1927; Professor of Law, 1927-1929; Acting Dean, 1927-1928; Dean, 1928-1929. President, University of Chicago, 1929-1945; Chancellor, 1945-1951. Associate Director, Ford Foundation, 1951-1954. Board of Editors, Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1946-1974; Director, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., 1947-1974; Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Inc., 1947-1974. Publications include: The Higher Learning in America (1936), No Friendly Voice (1936), Education for Freedom (1943), Great Books of the Western World (Editor in Chief, 1948-1957), St. Thomas and the World State (1949), Morals, Religion and Higher Education (1950), The Democratic Dilemma (1951), The Great Conversation: The Substance of a Liberal Education (Great Books of the Western World, v. 1, 1952), The Conflict in Education in a Democratic Society (1953), The University of Utopia (1953), Great Books, the Foundation of a Liberal Education (1954), Freedom, Education, and the Fund: Essays and Addresses, 1946-1956 (1956), Some Observations on American Education (1956), The Learning Society (1968), Zuckerlandl! (1968), and Contemporary Ideas in Historical Perspective (edited with Mortimer Adler, 1977).
    RMH = Robert Maynard Hutchins.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, programs, and other materials mainly regarding Hutchins' role as founder and long-time chief executive officer of the Center for Democratic Institutions (CSDI).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Hutchins, Robert Maynard, 1899-1977.
    Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions.
    Ford Foundation.
    Pacem in Maribus Convocation