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Guide to the Maynard Shipley Papers, ca. 1895-1955
BANC MSS 74/13 c  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Maynard Shipley Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1895-1955
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 74/13 c
    Creator: Shipley, Maynard, 1872-1931
    Extent: Number of containers: 3 boxes, 2 oversize folders Linear feet: 1.30
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Correspondence in reply to Shipley's letters and questionnaires concerning capital punishment; article based in part on replies received; studies of capital punishment in various countries; and clippings. Also included are manuscripts and reprints of Shipley's writings, material on the Shipley family and on the Science League of America, and personal papers (including letters to his wife Marian Ellen de Ford)
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

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

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Maynard Shipley papers, BANC MSS 74/13 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Maynard Shipley Papers were transferred to The Bancroft Library from Rare Books and Special Collections in July 1973. [Formerly cataloged as fHV8694 S5]

    Biographical Sketch

    Born in Baltimore, Maryland on December 1, 1872, Maynard Shipley was educated at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. A self-taught musician, Shipley gave music lessons to pay his way through college. At Stanford he specialized in the study of science and became a writer and lecturer on scientific subjects. For twenty years he lectured on astronomy and evolution, both on the platform and over the radio. In 1898 he founded the Academy of Science in Seattle, Washington and later became its second president. During the 1920s Shipley took an active part in the Fundamentalist-Modernist controversy, lecturing and debating on the side of science and liberalism. In 1924 he founded the Science League of America Inc., a national association to protect freedom in teaching and to resist attempts to unite church and state in the United States. Shipley wrote The War on Modern Science (1927), The Key to Evolution (1929), and was the author of thirty-three "Little Blue Books" on scientific subjects as well as numerous articles on science and criminology. He married Miriam Allen de Ford, a writer, in 1921. Shipley died in June 1934.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains primarily material concerning capital punishment. Included are letters written as replies to Shipley's questionnaires; an article partially based on the replies received; studies of capital punishment in various countries, and a bibliography on the subject. Also included are manuscripts and reprints of Shipley's writings, material on the Shipley family and on the Science League of America, and personal papers, including letters addressed to his wife, Miriam Allen de Ford. Two articles by Miriam de Ford about her husband and a number of music and theater programs, along with musical scores, complete the miscellany series.