John Rothwell Slater Papers

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John Rothwell Slater papers
Creator: Slater, John Rothwell, 1872-1965
Call Number: A.S63
Dates: 1905-1965
Physical Description: 6 boxes, 1 package
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Content List
Series I: Copies of articles bound in the volumes "Essays and addresses" by John R. Slater
Series II: Other writings of John R. Slater
Series III: Book reviews
Series IV: Family and personal papers
Collection Overview
Title: John Rothwell Slater papers
Creator: Slater, John Rothwell, 1872-1965
Call Number: A.S63
Dates: 1905-1965
Physical Description: 6 boxes, 1 package
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
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.

Scope and Content
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.

Book reviews
Slater, John Rothwell, 1872-1965
University of Rochester -- Faculty
College teachers
English teachers
Authors, American
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Box 6 of the collection was donated by Roberta Elliott and Charles Wantman in September 2006.Access
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Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055

Content List
Series I: Copies of articles bound in the volumes "Essays and addresses" by John R. Slater
Cataloged and classed as LD 4750 S63

Box 1, Folder 1Boethius and the consolation of philosophy
Box 1, Folder 2;
Box 2, Folder 37
Saint Francis of Assisi
Box 1, Folder 3The Mysticism of Dante
Box 1, Folder 4Sir Walter Raleigh
Box 1, Folder 5Shakespeare's silences
Box 1, Folder 6John Donne
Box 1, Folder 7Sir Thomas Browne
Box 1, Folder 8Walter Savage Landor
Box 1, Folder 9Browning and the ascent of man
Box 1, Folder 10Browning as a revealer of personality
Box 1, Folder 11Thomas Hardy
Box 1, Folder 12Anatole France
Box 1, Folder 13A master of sentences: Charles William Eliot
Box 1, Folder 14Contemporary humanism
Box 2, Folder 16English surnames
Box 2, Folder 17Contemporary biography
Box 2, Folder 18John Buchan
Box 2, Folder 19The swastika and the Aryans
Box 2, Folder 20Modern views of witchcraft
Box 2, Folder 21The Harvard Tercentenary
Box 2, Folder 22Bell-Partials as a factor in chiming
Box 2, Folder 23Liberal culture in an age of specialization
Box 2, Folder 24The unity of knowledge
Box 2, Folder 25Is progress a delusion?
Box 2, Folder 26Arbor Day address
Box 2, Folder 27What the new high school means
Box 2, Folder 28Making Christmas out of nothing
Box 2, Folder 29Edna St. Vincent Millay
Box 2, Folder 30Maurice Evans
Box 2, Folder 31Eve Curie
Box 2, Folder 32Phi, Beta, or Kappa - which?
Box 2, Folder 33Contemplation
Box 2, Folder 34Religion - rest or unrest?
Box 2, Folder 35Religion - revelation or discovery?
Box 2, Folder 36The freedom of the mind
Box 2, Folder 38Christ in crises
Box 2, Folder 39"This too will pass"
Box 2, Folder 40The good life, or the best?
Box 2, Folder 41A gentleman in overalls
Box 2, Folder 42Rush Rhees
Box 2, Folder 43Donald Bean Gilchrist
Box 2, Folder 44Destiny
Box 2, Folder 45"Bright intervals"
Box 2, Folder 46Are minorities always right?
Box 2, Folder 47How to be fair
Series II: Other writings of John R. Slater
Box 2, Folder 1Early days of the Fortnightly Club
Box 2, Folder 2Ewald Eiserhardt
Box 2, Folder 3The Hopeman Memorial chime
Box 2, Folder 4Is our language improving?
Box 2, Folder 5Miscellaneous publications
Insight, essays in practical mysticism
Rochester, Du Bois Press, (1936)

"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)

[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. 20 pages

Memorial service for Professor John Rothwell Slater
University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y. (March 13, 1966)

"Peace for the world, a hymn of international peace", 1911
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. 56 pages

Box 2, Folder 6Miscellaneous verse
Box 2, Folder 7"Prayer for peace," University observance of V-E Day, May 7, 1945
Box 2, Folder 8"To American in arms", 1918
Translation of a poem by Gabriele D'Annunzio

Box 3, Volume 4Writings of John R. Slater
Items are stored in a binder

"Early days of the Fortnightly Club"
Pages: 1-11

"Rochester forty years ago"
Pages: 12-29

"Forty years of Fortnightly"
Pages: 30-46

"Albert Schweitzer"
Pages: 47-73

"The fourth Gospel"
Pages: 74-88

"Recent theories of world history"
Pages: 89-105

"Ideas and men"
Pages: 106-125

"The diary of George Templeton Strong"
Pages: 126-151

"The philosopher Whitehead"
Pages: 152-165

"The Dead Sea scrolls"
Pages: 166-184

"More than a century of progress"
Pages: 185-188

"Program for the University of Rochester"
"Centennial community convocation"
Includes the "Centennial Ode" by John R. Slater. Pages: no page numbers

Program for the United Nations concert given by the Eastman School of Music and the Rochester Association for the United Nations, October 24, 1958
Includes a statement written by John R. Slater titled, "For what do we listen?" Pages: no page numbers

"The future of women in the university"
Rochester Alumni Review, February 1954
Pages: no page numbers

"Lewis Henry Morgan"
Pages: 189-197

"Goodbye, Mr. Boody"
Pages: 198-199

"The spirit of the university"
Rochester Alumni Review, November 1952
Pages: no page numbers

"Prayer for peace: university observance"
"Of V-E Day, May 7, 1945"
Pages: 200-201

"The Anderson statue"
Pages: 202-203

"Goethe in Highland Park"
Includes newspaper articles
Pages: 204-212

"Human dignity"
Rochester Alumni Review, June-July 1949
Pages: no page numbers

Program from the Rochester Public Library Second Annual Literary Award, May 19, 1958
Address: "The Saga of Bellamy Partridge" by John R. Slater
Pages: 213-221

Letter from Bellamy Partridge to Dr. Slater, June 7, 1958
Pages: 222

"Fraternity week"
Pages: 223-236

"Human dignity"
Pages: 237-243

"What is the use of living?"
Pages: 244-254

"Man's cosmic significance"
Pages: 255-264

"Doctor Morrison and literature"
Pages: 265-273

"Builders of this house: the dedication of the First Baptist Church"
Pages: no page numbers

Florida trip, 1951
Pages: 274-293

"The soul restored"
Pages: 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"
Pages: 298-306

"Blessed are they"
Pages: 307-310

"The peaceable kingdoms of Edward Hicks"
Pages: 311-312

"Releasing latent energy"
Pages: 313-317

"On magnanimity and charity"
Pages: 318-323

Box 3, Volume 5Writings of John R. Slater
Items are stored in a binder

Pages: no page numbers

"How to be fair"
Pages: 1-6

"What is wisdom?"
Pages: 6-8

"Great questions"
Pages: 9-10

Pages: 11-15

"Human dignity"
Pages: 16-19

"Making a life"
Pages: 20-23

"A prayer in wartime"
Pages: 24-26

"Releasing latent energy"
Pages: 27-29

"Tom Swinburne '92: poet-philosopher of the Genesee" (Rochester Alumni-Review)
November 1951
Pages: 30-31

"The spirit of the university"
Pages: 32-35

"Goethe in Highland Park"
Pages: 36-37

"The university meridian"
Pages: 38

"At the center"
Pages: 39

Box 3, Envelope 1Manuscript of Obiter Dicta
Includes articles

no page numbers

"What is wisdom?"
Pages: 1-3

"Great questions"
Pages: 4-5

"How to be fair"
Pages: 6-12

Pages: 13-18

"Human dignity"
Pages: 19-23

"Making a life"
Pages: 24-27

"Releasing latent energy"
Pages: 28-31

"The spirit of the university"
Pages: 32-35

"The university meridian"
Pages: 36-37

Box 4, Volume 1-2Manuscript copy of Rhees of Rochester
Manuscript stored in binders

Box 5, Folder 2"What is the use of living?" Chapel address by John Rothwell Slater, May 2, 1948
Box 6, Folder 5Six chapel talks: "The Father of Lights," "What is the Use of Living?", "Releasing latent energy," "Blessed are they," "This too will pass"
Box 5, Folder 4"Philosophies - popular and otherwise"
Typescript carbon 10 pages

Box 5, Folder 5"The Spencer Club"
Xerox of typescript, 4 pages

Box 5, Package 1"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)

Box 5, Package 1"Shakespeare the immortal"
Words by John R. Slater

Box 6, Folder 6John R. Slater, "Insight: essays on practical mysticism"
Box 6, Folder 10John R. Slater, "The point is made in last paragraph" (Rochester Times-Union, March 13, 1965)
Box 6, Folder 13Slater, The cavalier: a romantic drama of the Puritan Rebellion, 1914
Box 6, Folder 16John R. Slater, Living for the future, 1916

Series III: Book reviews
Box 3, Folder 1Newspaper clippings and manuscripts from Dr. Slater's column "Today in Books" in the Rochester Times-Union:
Box 3, Folder 2"Lively lives" - biographical book reviews
Jefferson and the ordeal of liberty, by Dr. Dumas Malone
Pages: 38-39

In God we trust, edited by Norman Cousins
Pages: 40-43

The journals and miscellaneous notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, edited by William H. Gilman, et al.
Pages: 44-45

The letters of Herman Melville, edited by William H. Gilman
Pages: 46

A Thoreau profile, edited by Milton Meltzer
Pages: 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
Pages: 51

Mark Twain, the man and his work, by Edward Wagenknecht
Pages: 52

Alfred Nobel, the man and his work, by Erik Bergengren, translated by Alan Blair
Pages: 53

For freedom and unknown future, by Joseph P. Lash
Pages: 54

"The uniqueness of Robert Frost." Article written by John R. Slater
Pages: 55-56

Cellist in exile, by Bernard Taper
Pages: 57

George Hoyt Whipple and his friends, by George W. Corner
Pages: 58

The essential Lippmann: a political philosophy for liberal democracy, edited by Clinton Rossiter and James Lare
Pages: 59

Herbert Hoover: a biography, by Eugene Lyons
Clipping and booklet, Pages: 60

Lewis Henry Morgan, American scholar, by Carl Resek
Pages: 60a

Abraham Flexner, an autobiography, by Abraham Flexner
Pages: 60b-60d

Box 3, Folder 3"American history" - historical book reviews
The federalist, by Alexander Hamilton, et al., edited by Benjamin F. Wright
Pages: 61

Terrible swift sword, by Bruce Catton
Pages: 62

A narrative, Fredericksburg to Meridian, by Shelby Foote
Pages: 63

Gettysburg, The Long Encampment, by Jack McLaughlin
Pages: 64

1913: America between two worlds, by Alan Valentine
Pages: 65

A new history of the people of the United States, by Oscar Handlin
Pages: 66

The United States of America, a history, by Glyndon G. Van Deusen and Dexter Perkins
Pages: 67

The urbanization of America, 1860-1915, by Blake McKelvey
Pages: 68

Changing patterns of prejudice: a new look at today's racial, religious and cultural tensions, by Alfred, J. Marrow
Pages: 69

Justice Holmes: the proving years, 1870-1882, by Mark De Wolfe Howe
Pages: 70-71

Felix Frankfurter reminiscences, an intimate portrait, by Harlan B. Phillips
Pages: 72

Box 3, Folder 4"Foreign history" - historical book reviews
Elizabeth and Leicester, by Elizabeth Jenkins
Pages: 73

Portrait of a golden age, edited by Brian Connell
Pages: 74

Lord George Germain, by Alan Valentine
Pages: 75

The culture of contemporary Canada, edited by Julian Tark
Pages: 76

Canada: tomorrow's giant, by Bruce Hutchison
Pages: 76

Builders of emerging nations, by Vera Micheles Dean
Pages: 77

New patterns of democracy in India, by Vera Micheles Dean
Pages: 78

The United States and Latin America, by Milton S. Eisenhower
Pages: 79

Pedro Martinez: A Mexican peasant and his family, by Oscar Lewis
Pages: 80

The splendor of Israel, by Robert Payne
Pages: 81-82

Box 3, Folder 5"The humanities" - book reviews
A selection of English carols, edited By Richard L. Greene
Pages: 83

One great society, by Howard Mumford Jones
Pages: 84

The powers of poetry, by Gilbert Highet
Pages: 85

Shakespeare for everyman, by Louis B. Wright
Pages: 86

Francis Bacon: the temper of a man, by Catherine Drinker Bowen
Pages: 87

The shadow of Cervantes, by D. B. Wyndham
Pages: 88

Praisers of folly, by Walter Kaiser
Pages: 89

Sir Thomas Browne, by Frank Livingstone Huntley
Pages: 90-91

"Goethe in Highland Park," article written by John R. Slater
Pages: 92-92a

Box 3, Folder 6"Science and arts" - book reviews
Science in the cause of man, by Gerard Piel
Pages: 93

The firmament of time, by Loren Eisely
Pages: 94

Music of the spheres, by Guy Murchie
Pages: 95

Harmonic materials of modern music: resources of the tempered scale, by Howard Hanson
Pages: 96

Santayana, the later years: a portrait with letters, by Daniel Cory
Pages: 97-98

The Bernard Berenson treasury, edited by Hanna Kiel
Pages: 99-100

The three worlds of Boris Pasternak, by Robert Payne
Pages: 101

Vaughan Williams, by James Day
Pages: 102

Box 3, Folder 7"Saving the land" - book reviews
Wilderness, America's living heritage, edited by David Brower
Pages: 103

This is the American Earth, text by Nancy Newhall, photographs by Ansel Adams
Pages: 104

The eloquent light, by Nancy Newhall
Pages: 105

The quiet crisis, by Stewart L. Udall
Pages: 106

Box 3, Folder 8"Ultima" - book reviews
El Morro: Inscription Rock, New Mexico, by John M. Slater
Pages: 107

Reflections on growing old, by Father John LaFarge
Pages: 108

"Magnanimity and charity," article written by John R. Slater
Pages: 109-111

The last great secret, by John R. Slater
Pages: 112-115

Deo gratias pro omnibus, by John R. Slater
Pages: 116

Box 5, Folder 3Dr. Slater's book reviews
Series IV: Family and personal papers
Box 5, Folder 1Correspondence
Box 5, Folder 8Correspondence re: proposed publication of his works
Box 6, Folder 15Correspondence and miscellaneous, 1954-1962
Box 5, Folder 6Personal photographs of Slater family, circa 1905-1920
Box 5, Folder 7Pocket manual of Rules of Order ... by Henry Robert
(Dr. Slater's copy

Box 6, Folder 3Map of Pulteneyville, as surveyed by E. Phelps, 1939
Box 6, Folder 4"A memorial service for John Rothwell Slater" (University of Rochester Library Bulletin, Spring 1966)
Box 5, Folder 6Miniature hand-lettered book of poems by Eleanor Slater
Box 6, Folder 7Eleanor Slater, "A cradle carol" and "O little Lord Jesus"

Box 6, Folder 8Eleanor Slater: photos, essays, correspondence, circa 1939-1969
Box 6, Folder 9Eleanor Slater, Why Hold the Hound?, 1941
Book of poems

Box 6, Folder 11Residence floor plans
Box 6, Folder 12Engraving of Sibley and Anderson Halls (Prince Street)
Box 6, Folder 14Clippings and obituaries, 1964-1965
Box 6, Folder 1Oil painting on canvas of boats at shoreline
Box 6, Folder 2Sketch of an ankh with corresponding photograph (garden watercolor on back)
Box 6, Folder 17Watercolor of Lakeview Cemetery in Pultneyville

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