The Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults Archive Highlights

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Produced as part of the preparation for the Basic Program’s 50th Anniversary (1996–1997), four volumes of the highlights of archival material gathered from various sources concerning the origins and development of the Great Books Movement with emphasis on the role of the University of Chicago in general and the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults in particular.

  • Volume 1: Internal Documents
  • Volume 2: Public Documents
  • Volume 3: Press
  • Volume 4: 1958-59 Self-Study

Contents of Volume 1: Internal Documents

  • State of the University (1945, 1946 [excerpt], 1949 [excerpt])
  • Great Books
  • Launching the Basic Program
  • 1946–1953
  • 1954–1960
  • 1974
  • 1981
  • 1983–1991

Contents of Volume 2: Public Documents

  • St. John’s College 1937–38 Catalog
  • Flyers
  • Great Books Brochures
  • Basic Program Brochures

Contents of Volume 3: Press

  • Clippings
  • Basic Program Publications (Organon, Basic Bulletin, Quarterly Newsletter)
  • Articles
    • The American Mercury, August 1945, “A Business Man Views the Classics” by John D. Hill
    • Life, October 28, 1946, “Great Books” by Milton Mayer
    • Ladies’ Home Journal, April 1947, “How to Think a Thought!” by Gretta Palmer
    • American Journal of Economics and Sociology, October 1947, “Introductory Reading for the Great Books Course” by Francis Neilson
    • Time, November 21, 1949 [Cover Story] “Worst Kind of Troublemaker”
    • The University of Chicago Magazine, April 1950, “The Great Books Story” by John S. Harmon
    • The University of Chicago Magazine, June 1954, “The Basic Program” by Don Morris
    • Notes and Essays on Education for Adults, Number 11, 1955, “The Basic Program at Chicago” by Galway Kinnel
    • Notes and Essays on Education for Adults, Number 30, 1960, “Liberal Adult Education” by Harry L. Miller [excerpt]
    • American Heritage, February 1989, “The War of the Great Books” by Benjamin McArthur
    • Continuing Liberal Education, 199, “Non-Credit Liberal Arts Programs” by David B. House [excerpt]
    • How to Read a Book: The Art of Getting a Liberal Education, 1940 by Mortimer J. Adler [Preface and Chapter One]

Contents of Volume 4: 1958-59 Self-Study

  • Proposed Project for Self-Study [of the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults]
  • Report of the University College Self-Study Advisory Committee (October 1, 1959)
  • University College in the Post-World War II Period: A Report on Interviews with Key Administrative Staff Since 1945 (May 1959)
  • The Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults: A Self-Study Report (May 1959)
  • The Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults: A Report on Curriculum Planning for 1959–1960
  • A Conspectus to the Self-Study Project of University College, The University of Chicago (1964) edited by Robert M. Roth [excerpt]

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FINISHED: FEBRUARY 1996