August 11, 2010

Dewey’s personal collection available at library

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The personal library of the late American pragmatist, philosopher, psychologist, social critic and political activist John Dewey is now completely catalogued and accessible through Morris Library at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The collection includes 1,687 works that Dewey used in his research and writing in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many include Dewey’s handwritten annotations. The collection also includes translations of Dewey’s writings in a variety of languages.

Ann Myers, special collections cataloguer, and Kenneth Noe, philosophy graduate student, have worked to catalog the complete collection, allowing people to now search online to see the various titles the collection includes. Their work concluded late this summer.

Anyone interested in education, critical thinking, philosophy or Dewey himself will find the collection of particular interest, Myers said.

To see what the John Dewey library holds, go online to Enter “John Dewey Library”, in quotes, within the SIUCat search box. This will bring up the entire catalog of the Dewey personal library. Click on any title to find out more about it.

After browsing the online catalog, you can visit the Special Collections Research Center at Morris Library to see any of the volumes from the John Dewey personal library for yourself.