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The Correspondence of John Dewey, 1871-1952 (I-IV) is a comprehensive electronic edition of letters to, from, and about John Dewey. Larry Hickman, Director of the Center for Dewey Studies at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, is the electronic editor.

Vol. I: 1871-1918

  • Letters of Dewey's family and the family of his first wife, Alice Chipman
  • Dewey's graduate school years and his years at the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota
  • His marriage and family life
  • His decade at the University of Chicago and the founding of the "Dewey School"
  • His move to Columbia University
  • His role as a founder of the American Association of University Professors and his political activities during World War One

Vol. II: 1919-1939

  • Correspondence pertaining to Dewey's lectures in Japan and China
  • His visits to Turkey, Mexico, and the Soviet Union
  • The death of his wife Alice
  • His first retirement from Columbia University
  • His activism during the Great Depression
  • His role as chair of the Trotsky inquiry
  • His second retirement from Columbia University

Vol. III: 1940-1953

  • Correspondence pertaining to his defense of academic freedom during World War Two and the Cold War
  • His defense of Bertrand Russell
  • His second marriage to Roberta Lowitz Grant
  • His ninetieth birthday celebration
  • His death in 1952 and the correspondence that followed

Vol. IV: 1953-2007

  • Correspondence pertaining to the disposition of Dewey's literary estate
  • The role of Dewey's second wife, Roberta, and her death in 1970
  • The John Dewey Foundation and the role of Foundation President Sidney Hook and others in the disposition of Dewey's papers and effects
  • The events that led to the publication of the 37 volumes of the Collected Works
  • Competition for the Dewey Papers and their acquisition by Southern Illinois University
  • An interview with Collected Works editor Dr. Jo Ann Boydston

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