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Mortimer Adler papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1914–1995

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

223.5 linear feet (149 boxes) of material consisting of articles, correspondence, manuscripts, memoranda, newspaper clippings, notes, reading lists, reprints, and other materials relating to the career of Mortimer J. Adler, including his work with the Great Books program at the University of Chicago, Encyclopaedia Britannica, and the Institute for Philosophical Research as well as material relating to his many publications. Box 40 includes several folders of notes, lecture drafts, and other materials on the topics of art and aesthetics. The collection is open for research but is currently unprocessed and may contain information that falls into certain administrative restriction categories.

Biographical Historical Note

Mortimer Jerome Adler was a philosopher, educator, writer, and founder of the Great Books program at the University of Chicago.