Slater, John Rothwell

Title: JOHN ROTHWELL SLATER PAPERS
Date range: 1905-1965
Location: A.S63
Size: 6 boxes and 1 envelope

 


 


John Rothwell Slater was born on March 14, 1872 in Marion, Virginia. He graduated from Harvard University in 1894 and then attended Newton Theological Institute. He received a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1898 and his Ph.D. in 1904 from the University of Chicago. He was the managing editor of The World Today in Chicago until 1905 when he came to the University of Rochester as an assistant professor of English. In 1908 he became a full professor and head of the English Department, a position he held until his retirement in 1942. Dr. Slater died on June 22, 1965.

The inscriptions on the interior and exterior of Rush Rhees Library are Slater's work. More information about Slater's long career at the University is available in Arthur May's History of the University of Rochester.

The John Rothwell Slater Papers consist primarily of Slater's writings, mostly typewritten copies and newspaper clippings. The order of the articles and book reviews in Box 3 (binders and envelope) was arranged by Dr. Slater himself, who planned to publish his works under the title Obiter Dicta.

Box 6 of the collection was donated by Roberta Elliott and Charles Wantman in September 2006.

 



Contents:

Box 1: Copies of articles bound in the volumes "Essays and Addresses" (cataloged and classed as LD 4750 S63) by John R. Slater:

 

 

 

  1. Boethius and the consolation of philosophy (missing?)
  2. Saint Francis of Assisi
  3. The Mysticism of Dante
  4. Sir Walter Raleigh
  5. Shakespeare's Silences
  6. John Donne
  7. Sir Thomas Browne
  8. Walter Savage Landor
  9. Browning and the ascent of man
  10. Browning as a revealer of personality
  11. Thomas Hardy
  12. Anatole France
  13. A master of sentences: Charles William Eliot
  14. Contemporary humanism

 
Box 2: Copies of articles bound in the volumes "Essays and Addresses" (cataloged and classed as LD  4750 S63) by John R. Slater: (continued)

 

 

 

 

  1. English surnames    
  2. Contemporary biography
  3. John Buchan
  4. The swastika and the Aryans
  5. Modern views of witchcraft
  6. The Harvard Tercentenary
  7. Bell-Partials as a factor in chiming
  8. Liberal culture in an age of specialization
  9. The unity of knowledge
  10. Is progress a delusion?
  11. Arbor Day address
  12. What the new high school means
  13. Making Christmas out of nothing
  14. Edna St. Vincent Millay
  15. Maurice Evans
  16. Eve Curie
  17. Phi, Beta, or Kappa - which?
  18. Contemplation
  19. Religion - rest or unrest?
  20. Religion - revelation or discovery?
  21. The freedom of the mind
  22. Saint Francis of Assisi
  23. Christ in crises
  24. "This too will pass"
  25. The good life, or the best?
  26. A gentleman in overalls
  27. Rush Rhees
  28. Donald Bean Gilchrist
  29. Destiny
  30. "Bright intervals"
  31. Are minorities always right?
  32. How to be fair

 
Other writings:

 

 

 

 

  1. Early days of the Fortnightly Club
  2. Ewald Eiserhardt
  3. The Hopeman Memorial Chime
  4. Is our language improving?
  5. Miscellaneous publications:
    1. Insight, Essays in Practical Mysticism. Rochester, Du Bois Press, (1936)
    2. "Kilbourn Hall." Poem written for the formal opening of Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y. (March 3-4, 1942)
    3. [Introduction to] Of Magnanimity and Charity, by Thomas Traherne. Edited and with an introduction by John Rothwell Slater. N.Y., King's Crown Press, 1942. 20p.
    4. Memorial service for Professor John Rothwell Slater. University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y. (March 13, 1966)
    5. "Peace for the World, a Hymn of International Peace" (1911)
    6. The Sources of Tyndale's Version of the Pentateuch. Dissertation submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate Divinity School in candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1906. 56p.
  6. Miscellaneous verse
  7. "Prayer for peace," University observance of V-E Day (May 7, 1945)
  8. "To American in Arms" (translation of a poem by Gabriele D'Annunzio, 1918).

 
Box 3: Two binders (numbered 4 and 5) and one envelope containing the writings of John R. Slater:

Binder 4:

 

 

 

 

Title
 
Pages
 
"Early Days of the Fortnightly Club"
 
1-11
 
"Rochester Forty Years Ago"
 
12-29
 
"Forty Years of Fortnightly"
 
30-46
 
"Albert Schweitzer"
 
47-73
 
"The Fourth Gospel"
 
74-88
 
"Recent Theories of World History"
 
89-105
 
"Ideas and Men"
 
106-125
 
"The Diary of George Templeton Strong"
 
126-151
 
"The Philosopher Whitehead"
 
152-165
 
"The Dead Sea scrolls"
 
166-184
 
"More Than a Century of Progress"
 
185-188
 
"Program for the University of Rochester"
 
 
"Centennial Community Convocation" (includes the "Centennial Ode" by John R. Slater)
 
no page no.
Program for the United Nations Concert given by the Eastman School of Music and the Rochester Association for the United Nations on October 24, 1958. Includes a statement written by John R. Slater titled, "For what do we listen?"
 
no page no.
 
"The Future of Women in the University"
 
 
Rochester Alumni Review (February 1954)
 
no page no.
 
"Lewis Henry Morgan"
 
189-197
 
"Goodbye, Mr. Boody"
 
198-199
 
"The Spirit of the University"
 
 
Rochester Alumni Review (November 1952)
 
no page no.
 
"Prayer for Peace: University Observance"
 
 
"Of V-E Day, May 7, 1945"
 
200-201
 
"The Anderson Statue"
 
202-203
 
"Goethe in Highland Park" (includes newspaper articles)
 
204-212
 
"Human Dignity"
 
 
Rochester Alumni Review (June-July 1949)
 
no page no.
 
Program from the Rochester Public Library Second Annual Literary Award, May 19, 1958. Address: "The Saga of Bellamy Partridge" by John R. Slater
 
213-221
 
Letter from Bellamy Partridge to Dr. Slater, dated June 7, 1958
 
222
 
"Fraternity Week"
 
223-236
 
"Human Dignity"
 
237-243
 
"What is the Use of Living?"
 
244-254
 
"Man's Cosmic Significance"
 
255-264
 
"Doctor Morrison and Literature"
 
265-273
 
"Builders of This House: The Dedication of the First Baptist Church"
 
no page no.
 
Florida trip (1951)
 
274-293
 
"The Soul Restored"
 
294-297
 
"The Peace of Jerusalem: In memory of the late Count Folke Bernadotte, United Nations mediator in Palestine, and of the late Rabbi Judah L. Magnes, President of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem"
 
298-306
 
"Blessed are They"
 
307-310
 
"The Peaceable Kingdoms of Edward Hicks"
 
311-312
 
"Releasing Llatent Energy"
 
313-317
 
"On Magnanimity and Charity"
 
318-323
 

 

 

Binder 5:
 

Title
 
Pages
 
Preface
 
no page no.
 
"How to be Fair"
 
1-6
 
"What is wisdom?"
 
6-8
 
"Great Questions"
 
9-10
 
"Destiny"
 
11-15
 
"Human Dignity"
 
16-19
 
"Making a Llife"
 
20-23
 
"A Prayer in Wartime"
 
24-26
 
"Releasing Latent Energy"
 
27-29
 
"Tom Swinburne '92: Poet-Philosopher of the Genesee" (Rochester Alumni-Review)
 
 
November 1951
 
30-31
 
"The Spirit of the University"
 
32-35
 
"Goethe in Highland Park"
 
36-37
 
"The University Meridian"
 
38
 
"At the Center"
 
39
 

Envelope: Manuscript of Obiter Dicta
 

Articles
 
Pages
 
Preface
 
no page no.
 
"What is wisdom?"
 
1-3
 
"Great Questions"
 
4-5
 
"How to be Fair"
 
6-12
 
"Destiny"
 
13-18
 
"Human Dignity"
 
19-23
 
"Making a Life"
 
24-27
 
"Releasin Latent Energy"
 
28-31
 
"The Spirit of the University"
 
32-35
 
"The University Meridian"
 
36-37
 

Book Reviews

Newspaper clippings and manuscripts from Dr. Slater's column "Today in Books" in the Rochester Times-Union:

"Lively Lives" - Biographical Book Reviews:
 

Title
 
Pages
 
Jefferson and the Ordeal of Liberty, By Dr. Dumas Malone
 
38-39
 
In God We Trust, edited by Norman Cousins
 
40-43
 
The Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, edited by William H. Gilman, et al
 
44-45
 
The Letters of Herman Melville, edited by William H. Gilman
 
46
 
A Thoreau Profile, edited by Milton Meltzer
 
47-48
 
Focus on Infinity: A life of Phillips Brooks, by Raymond W. Albright
 
 
A Rauschenbusch Reader: The Kingdom of God and the Social Gospel, edited by Benson Y. Landis
 
51
 
Mark Twain, the Man and His Work, by Edward Wagenknecht
 
52
 
Alfred Nobel, the Man and His Work, by Erik Bergengren, translated by Alan Blair
 
53
 
For Freedom and Unknown Future, by Joseph P. Lash
 
54
 
"The Uniqueness of Robert Frost." Article written by John R. Slater
 
55-56
 
Cellist in Exile, by Bernard Taper
 
57
 
George Hoyt Whipple and His Friends, by George W. Corner
 
58
 
The Essential Lippmann: A Political Philosophy for Liberal Democracy, edited by Clinton Rossiter and James Lare
 
59
 
Herbert Hoover: A Biography, by Eugene Lyons (clipping and booklet )
 
60
 
Lewis Henry Morgan, American scholar, by Carl Resek
 
60a
 
Abraham Flexner, an Autobiography, by Abraham Flexner
 
60b-60d
 

"American History" - Historical Book Reviews:
 

The Federalist, by Alexander Hamilton, et al, edited by Benjamin F. Wright
 
61
 
Terrible Swift Sword, by Bruce Catton
 
62
 
A Narrative, Fredericksburg to Meridian, by Shelby Foote
 
63
 
Gettysburg, The Long Encampment, by Jack McLaughlin
 
64
 
1913: America Between Two Worlds, by Alan Valentine
 
65
 
A New History of the People of the United States, by Oscar Handlin
 
66
 
The United States of America, a History, by Glyndon G. Van Deusen and Dexter Perkins
 
67
 
The Urbanization of America, 1860-1915, by Blake McKelvey
 
68
 
Changing Patterns of Prejudice: A New Look at Today's Racial, Religious and Cultural Tensions, by Alfred, J. Marrow
 
69
 
Justice Holmes: The Proving Years, 1870-1882, by Mark De Wolfe Howe
 
70-71
 
Felix Frankfurter Reminiscences, An Intimate Portrait, by Harlan B. Phillips
 
72
 

"Foreign History" - Historical Book Reviews:
 

Elizabeth and Leicester, by Elizabeth Jenkins
 
73
 
Portrait of a Golden Age, edited by Brian Connell
 
74
 
Lord George Germain, by Alan Valentine
 
75
 
The Culture of Contemporary Canada, Edited by Julian Tark
 
76
 
Canada: Tomorrow's Giant, by Bruce Hutchison
 
76
 
Builders of Emerging Nations, by Vera Micheles Dean
 
77
 
New Patterns of Democracy in India, by Vera Micheles Dean
 
78
 
The United States and Latin America, By Milton S. Eisenhower
 
79
 
Pedro Martinez: A Mexican Peasant and His Family, by Oscar Lewis
 
80
 
The Splendor of Israel, by Robert Payne
 
81-82
 

"The Humanities" - Book Reviews
 

A Selection of English Carols, edited By Richard L. Greene
 
83
 
One Great Society, by Howard Mumford Jones
 
84
 
The Powers of Poetry, by Gilbert Highet
 
85
 
Shakespeare for Everyman, by Louis B. Wright
 
86
 
Francis Bacon: The Temper of a Man, By Catherine Drinker Bowen
 
87
 
The Shadow of Cervantes, by D. B. Wyndham
 
88
 
Praisers of Folly, by Walter Kaiser
 
89
 
Sir Thomas Browne, by Frank Livingstone Huntley
 
90-91
 
"Goethe in Highland Park." Article written by John R. Slater
 
92-92a
 

"Science and Arts" - Book Reviews
 

Science in the Cause of Man, by Gerard Piel
 
93
 
The Firmament of Time, by Loren Eisely
 
94
 
Music of the Spheres, by Guy Murchie
 
95
 

Harmonic Materials of Modern Music: Resources of the Tempered Scale, by Howard Hanson
 

96
 

Santayana, The Later Years: A Portrait with Letters, by Daniel Cory
 
97-98
 
The Bernard Berenson Treasury, edited by Hanna Kiel
 
99-100
 
The Three Worlds of Boris Pasternak, by Robert Payne
 
101
 
Vaughan Williams, by James Day
 
102
 

"Saving the Land" - Book Reviews:
 

Wilderness, America's Living Heritage, edited by David Brower
 
103
 
This is the American Earth, text by Nancy Newhall, photographs by Ansel Adams
 
104
 
The Eloquent Light, by Nancy Newhall
 
105
 
"The Quiet Crisis, by Stewart L. Udall
 
106
 

"Ultima" - Book Reviews:
 

El Morro: Inscription Rock, New Mexico, by John M. Slater
 
107
 
Reflections on Growing Old, by Father John LaFarge
 
108
 
"Magnanimity and charity." Article written by John R. Slater
 
109-111
 
The Last Great Secret, by John R. Slater
 
112-115
 
Deo gratias pro omnibus, by John R. Slater
 
116
 

 

Box 4: Manuscript copy of Rhees of Rochester

2 binders

 
Box 5

Folders:
 

  1. Correspondence
  2. "What is the Use of Living?" Chapel address by John Rothwell Slater. (May 2, 1948)
  3. Dr. Slater's Book Reviews
  4. "Philosophies - Popular and Otherwise." Typescript carbon 10p.
  5. "The Spencer Club" Xerox of typescript 4p.
  6. Personal photographs of Slater family (c. 1905-1920) and miniature hand-lettered book of poems by Eleanor Slater
  7. Pocket Manual of Rules of Order ... by Henry Robert (Dr. Slater's copy)
  8. Correspondence re: proposed publication of his works.  
     

 


Package

 

  • Copy of "Ode to Shakespeare." Music by Henrich Jacobsen, words by John R. Slater. Written for the Shakespeare Tercentenary Pageant, Rochester, N.Y. (June 7-9, 1916)
  • Copy of "Shakespeare the Immortal." Words by John R. Slater.

 


Box 6: Essays and Personal Papers

Folders:

 

  1. Oil painting on canvas of boats at shoreline
  2. Sketch of an ankh with corresponding photograph (garden watercolor on back)
  3. Map of Pulteneyville, as surveyed by E. Phelps (1939)
  4. "A Memorial Service for John Rothwell Slater" (University of Rochester Library Bulletin, Spring 1966)
  5. Six chapel talks: "The Father of Lights," "What is the Use of Living?", "Releasing latent energy," "Blessed are they," "This too will pass"
  6. John R. Slater, "Insight: Essays on Practical Mysticism"
  7. Eleanor Slater, "A Cradle Carol" and "O Little Lord Jesus" (poems)
  8. Eleanor Slater: photos, essays, correspondence (c. 1939-1969)
  9. Eleanor Slater, Why Hold the Hound? (1941 book of poems)
  10. John R. Slater, "The Point is Made in Last Paragraph" (Rochester Times-Union, March 13, 1965)
  11. Residence floor plans
  12. Engraving of Sibley and Anderson Halls (Prince Street)
  13. Slater, The Cavalier: A Romantic Drama of the Puritan Rebellion (1914)
  14. Clippings and Obituaries (1964-65)
  15. Correspondence and Miscellanous (1954-1962)
  16. John R. Slater, Living for the Future (1916 book)
  17. Watercolor of Lakeview Cemetery in Pultneyville (n.d.)