Lilly Library Manuscript Collections

OVERSTREET MSS.

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Inventory

I. Correspondence

  • A partial index of correspondents is available in the Library.
  • Box 1: 1894 - 1940, May
  • Box 2: 1940, June - 1945, Mar.
  • Box 3: 1945, Apr. - 1951, Oct.
  • Box 4: 1951, Nov. - 1954, Aug.
  • Box 5: 1954, Sept. - 1957, May
  • Box 6: 1957, June - 1960, Feb.
  • Box 7: 1960, Mar. - 1962, July
  • Box 8: 1962, Aug. - 1964, Nov.
  • Box 9: 1964, Dec. - 1966
  • Box 10: 1967 - 1971, Apr.
  • Box 11: 1971, May - 1985
  • Box 12: Undated correspondence (alphabetically arranged by correspondent (16 folders); Correspondence, 1923-1965, pertaining to the Overstreet's alleged Communist connections and investigation by House Committee on Un-American Activities (13 folders)

II. Writings

Articles

  • Box 12:
  • Adult education and I
  • Adventures in perfidy
  • American democracy
  • Another Copernican revolution?
  • Art, economics, and our American future
  • As we grow older
  • An Asian affirmative
  • Born free--of bigotry
  • Calling all philosophers
  • Can this be another Renaissance?
  • Churches and the extreme right
  • Comecon and the Common Market (or free world breakthrough)
  • Communism and the future
  • Communism's "class morality"
  • Decline of communism
  • Don't let grassroots die
  • The drama of growing
  • The emotional health of the teacher
  • Evidence of song
  • The experience of poetry
  • Faces of good and evil
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Fundamentally sound
  • Fundamentals of Marxism-Leninism
  • The future of God
  • Box 13:
  • The great misinterpretation
  • The growing self
  • Gus Hall on campus
  • History made and in the making
  • Homo sapiens: New model
  • The how and why of the panel method
  • How to talk about communism
  • How to talk about communist agriculture
  • How to talk about communist education
  • How to talk about freedom
  • The illusion of public ownership
  • In a time of new beginnings
  • The indispensable negative
  • Is communism here to stay?
  • The language of communism
  • Learning: An adult adventure
  • Lest we all become obsolete
  • Libraries for a lifetime
  • Maginot mentality and its corrective
  • A matter of basic assumptions
  • Mind in the community
  • The mind of the negro
  • Modern man confronts the unknown god
  • More music than gold
  • A new logic of peace and war
  • No iron curtain of the mind
  • Off record - The FBI and present problems of internal security
  • On taking the initiative
  • On the morality of unbalancing the "balance of terror"
  • Philosophy behind the curtain
  • The plateaus of growth
  • The poet and the individual
  • Pre-structuring
  • Propaganda policy for a democracy
  • The prospects for moral autonomy
  • Proud to be human
  • The question of social ownership
  • The roots of justice
  • The self--and much more
  • Strengthening the bulwarks of democracy
  • Testament of loneliness
  • To Chautauqua, with love
  • Two people, three cities, and an age
  • What America means to me
  • What communism intends for the human mind
  • What emotional health looks like
  • What free men can do
  • When you are called a communist
  • Why Karl Marx missed the boat
  • Words as weapons
  • The year that begins now
  • The young citizen in a world like this
  • [Ideas] (2 folders)

Major works

  • Box 13
  • The FBI in Our Open Society. Typescript, research and galleys (15 folders)
  • Box 14
  • The FBI in Our Open Society (cont'd). (3 folders)
  • Hands Laid Upon the Wind. Typescript, galleys (10 folders)
  • The Iron Curtain. Galleys, printer's copies (11 folders)
  • Box 15
  • The Mature Mind. Outline, promotional material, book jacket
  • Mind Alive. Jacket design, promotional material, review
  • The Mind Goes Forth. Promotional material, book jacket, sales figures
  • Our Free Minds. Reviews
  • The Poetic Way of Release. Corrected typescript, reprint request, promotional material (2 folders)
  • The Relation of Thought to Reality. A dissertation...Oxford University, May 1901, by H.A. Overstreet. Bound typescript
  • Signature. Typescript, printer's copy, proofs, mock up, review, promotional material, galleys (6 folders and Oversize 3)
  • The Strange Tactics of Extremism. Corrected typescript, reviews, promotional materials, sales figures (7 folders)
  • Transparencies. Typescript
  • The War Called Peace. Galley proofs (2 folders)
  • Box 16
  • The War Called Peace. Galley proofs, printer's copies, reviews, promotional material (9 folders)
  • We Move in New Directions. Promotional advertisements
  • What We Must Know About Communism. Miscellaneous notes, printer's copies, galley proofs, plate proofs, contract, reviews, sales figures, promotional materials (13 folders and Oversize 4)
  • Box 17
  • Unknown book(s) and fragments of books (8 folders)
  • II. Writings--lectures

  • Box 17
  • Lectures. Arranged alphabetically by title (29 folders)
  • Lecture notes, including notes for BWO's poetry classes (13 folders)
  • Box 18
  • Lecture-related materials, 1923-1971. Includes programs, advertisements, contracts, itineraries, etc. Arranged by year
  • Box 19
  • Lecture-related materials (cont.), 1972-1984.

Miscellaneous

  • Box 19
  • Bibliographies
  • Book reviews, by HAO and BWO (2 folders)
  • Class papers written by BWO for HAO's Education 185 class, 1929-1931
  • Introductions and forewords, by HAO and BWO
  • Poetry, by BWO, including acknowledgement for anthology (5 folders)
  • Poetic aberrations, by HAO
  • Radio program: "Mature Mind"
  • Radio scripts: "The Overstreet Outlook"
  • Research notes, mostly on Communism (16 folders)
  • Box 20
  • Research notes (15 folders)
  • Miscellaneous writings (7 folders)
  • Production materials. Includes royalty payments, ads, blurbs, etc. (10 folders)
  • Box 21
  • Writings by others. Includes: BWO radio interview with Robert Scruton, Rome, Georgia, Nov. 11, 1970; reviews of books by the Overstreets; Two boys under the hammer & sickle, by Constantin and Peter Georgescu; Communism in the United States, by J. Edgar Hoover (published later as Masters of deceit)

III. MISCELLANEOUS

  • Box 21
  • Address books - 9
  • Artwork (by BWO?)
  • Awards and certificates
  • Biographical information
  • Commemorative albums: 1) in honor of HAO's 9Oth birthday; 2) poems dedicated to HAO and written by his students, UC-Berkeley, 1929
  • Composition books (4)
  • Box 22
  • Diary of Edward Wilkinson, Dec. 24, 1892-Apr. 27, 1893
  • Diaries of BWO (14 - 1912-1939, 1945) (4 folders)
  • Documents. Includes: divorce papers, deed, powers of attorney, insurance papers, etc. (3 folders)
  • Family information. Includes: family tree and history, death certificates
  • Fiddler's Green
  • Household
  • Memorial book and other items related to HAO's death
  • Miscellaneous (2 folders)
  • Music notebooks
  • Passports
  • Save the children sponsors
  • Transcripts; diploma from Geyserville High School (BWO)
  • Travel. Includes: receipts, itineraries, etc.
  • Newspaper clippings. Includes: articles about and by HAO and BWO, reviews of books (10 folders)
  • Box 23
  • Newspaper clippings (cont.) (23 folders)
  • Photographs. Includes photographs of HAO and BWO, family, travel, etc (7 folders, two albums)
  • Box 24
  • Photographs (cont.) (6 folders)
  • Printed material (2 folders)
  • Income tax papers, 1923-1951
  • Box 25
  • Income tax papers, 1952-1980
  • Box 26
  • Calendars, 1911-1965 - 60
  • Box 27
  • Calendars, 1950-1984 - 31
  • Travel diaries - 2
  • Address books - 5
  • Ledgers - 25
  • Box 28
  • Notebooks - 69
  • Box 29
  • Reel-to-reel tapes - 22
  • Cassette tapes -3
  • Realia: medal "Education for Democracy"; medal "...Husband and Wife of the Year, National Father's Day Committee, 1959"; medal "Parent's Magazine...1949"; pencil that belonged to "Grandmother Bonaro"; print block of HAO; plaque "The Adult Education Association USA Pioneer Award to Bonaro Overstreet...1974"
  • Oversize 1 and 2: Awards, certificates, photographs, etc.
  • Oversize 3: Galleys - Signature
  • Oversize 4: Galleys - What We Must Know About Communism
  • Oversize 5: Keuka College diploma (Doctor of Humane letters) and graduation hood
  • Oversize 6: film - What emotional health looks like (2 reels)

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