Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Preliminary Guide to the Harvey Wheeler Papers
Mss 201  
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (135.87 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Materials in UCSB Special Collections

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Harvey Wheeler Papers
    Dates: ca. 1940s-1990s
    Bulk Dates: 1950s-1970s
    Collection number: Mss 201
    Creator: Wheeler, Harvey, 1918-2004
    Collection Size: ca. 30 linear feet (26 cartons, 13 open reel audiotapes, 8 audiocassettes, 2 audograms).
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Abstract: Correspondence, writings, and administrative files, mainly relating to Wheeler's long-term association with the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions.
    Physical location: SRLF (Boxes 1-26); Annex 2 (Audiovisual).
    Languages: English

    Access Restrictions

    None. Materials 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

    Harvey Wheeler Papers. Mss 201. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Harvey Wheeler, 2003' Wheeler family, 2005.


    The following information is drawn primarily from the Harvey Wheeler section of the CSDI Collection (Mss 18):
    Born: John Harvey Wheeler, Waco, Texas, Oct. 17, 1918; died: Santa Barbara, California, September 6, 2004. CSDI: Staff, 1961-1964; Fellow/Senior Fellow, 1965-1975; Program Director, 1969-1975. Taught political science at Harvard, Johns Hopkins and Washington & Lee University before coming to the Center. Publications include: Fail-Safe (novel, with Eugene Burdick, 1962), Harvey Wheeler on the Restoration of Politics (CSDI Occasional Paper, 1965), Harvey Wheeler on the Rise and Fall of Liberal Democracy (CSDI Occasional Paper, 1966), Democracy in a Revolutionary Era: The Political Order Today (1968), The Politics of Revolution (1971), Beyond the Punitive Society; Operant Conditioning: Social and Political Aspects (1973), and Goethe and the Sciences (editor, with Frederick Amrine and Francis J. Zucker, 1987).

    Scope and Content of Collection


    The collection contains the following series:
    • Biographical / Personal. Includes biographical essays, curriculum vitae, lists of works by HW, PhD dissertation. Box 1.
    • C-MODE. Papers and files relating to the electronic classroom / distance learning. Box 1.
    • Correspondence. Includes related articles, documents, and notes. Box 1.
    • CSDI (Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions) Files. Mainly materials created or collected by HW, especially during the reorganization periods of the late 1960s and mid 1970s. Includes transcripts of interviews by HW. Boxes 2-4.
    • Institute for Higher Studies [IHS]. Institute created by HW in the 1970s to, as described in the HIS publicity, "... engage in the study of the structures and systems that underlie and influence basic biolocial and social processes in order to arrive at policies that may provide solutions to pressing problem" and to disseminate findings resulting from those studies. Included a number of resident and non-resident fellows formerly associated with the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. Box 5.
    • Journal of Social and Biological Structures. Book review, publisher, and editorial correspondence, ca. 1980-1987. HW was chief editor of the journal, along with James F. Danielli. Box 5.
    • Research / Project / Subject Files. Includes related correspondence, notes, old writings on a subject, new thoughts and ideas, articles by others - much of the work through the 1970s done while HW was at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. Boxes 6-21.
    • Writings by HW. Includes typescript (many with corrections) and printed copies of articles (some for The Center Magazine), papers, chapters of works, contributions to edited works, speeches, many undated, along with some related notes, research materials, and reviews; much of this done while at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. Boxes 22-26.
    • Audio-Visual. Contains small number of audio tapes - open reel, audiocassettes, and audograms (disks).
    Acronyms used in the guide:
    • CSDI = Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions
    • HW = Harvey Wheeler
    • IHS = Institute for Higher Studies

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Wheeler, Harvey, 1918-2004
    Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions.

    Related Materials in UCSB Special Collections

    Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions [CSDI] Collection (Mss 18). Includes correspondence, papers/articles, and other material by and to HW.
    Wheeler [Harvey] Oral History (OH 102).