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Inventory of the Friedrich Von Hugel - Jacques Maritain Letters: Frances Crane Lillie Collection, 1920 -1934
GTU 92-7-01  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Friedrich Von Hugel - Jacques Maritain Letters: Frances Crane Lillie Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1920 -1934
    Accession number: GTU 92-7-01
    Shelf location: 2/C/1
    Size: Number of containers: 1 box

    Linear feet: 2 in.
    Type of material: Correspondence, photographs, articles
    Repository: The Graduate Theological Union.
    Berkeley, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Source and Date

    This collection was given to the GTU Library by Frances Crane Lillie's daughter, Mary Prentice Barrows, in 1977.


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union 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], Friedrich Von Hugel -Jacques Maritain Letters: Frances Crane Lillie Collection, GTU 92-7-01, The Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

    Access Points

    Hugel, Baron Friedrich von
    Maritain, Jacques
    Grandmaison, Leonce de

    Biographical/Historical Description

    Frances Crane Lillie, 1870-1958, was a Chicago philanthropist, married to Frank Lillie, a zoologist and professor at the University of Chicago. (Obituaries on File, 1979) The correspondence in this collection is addressed to her from:
    1) Baron Friedrich von Hugel (1852-1925): Born in Florence, Italy of an Austrian father and Scottish mother, the family moved to England in 1867. With no formal education, von Hugel became a philosopher, author, biblical comentator, and was involved in the Catholic Modernist movement in England. He was described variously as "the missionary of Christianity to the intellects of men", "the greatest thinker after Newman", and "it is this power of holding and practising together the pastoral and philosophical sides of the spiritual life, which made him ... the most influential religious personality of our time." Of his book, The Mystical Element of Religion, it was written, "it is quite arguable that this is the most important theological work written in English in the last half-century." In 1920, he received an honorary D.D. from Oxford University, the first Catholic to be so honored since the Reformation. (Paul Clasper, The Interpretation of Christian Mysticism in the Life and Writings of Baron Friedrich von Hugel)
    2) Jacques Maritain (1882-1973): French philosopher. He became a Catholic in 1906. Attracted by the philosphy of St. Thomas Aquinas, he became the leading neo-Thomist of his time. After the fall of France in 1940, he came Canada as a professor at the Institute of Medieval Studies in Toronto, also serving as a visiting professor at both Columbia and Princeton.

    Scope and Content

    Some of the letters from von Hugel have been published in Baron Friedrich von Hugel, Selected Letters, 1896-1924, Bernard Holland, editor (1933 edition). The correspondence with Maritain centers around bringing him to the University of Chicago to give a lecture in 1933 or 34.