John Rothwell Slater Papers

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Collection Overview
Creator: Slater, John Rothwell, 1872-
Call Number: A.S63
Dates: 1905-1965
Physical Description: 6 boxes and 1 envelope
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation

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.

The JOHN ROTHWELL SLATER PAPERS is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduScope 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Box 6 of the collection was donated by Roberta Elliott and Charles Wantman in September 2006.Citation
[Item title, item date], JOHN ROTHWELL SLATER PAPERS, A.S63, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055

Content List
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)
16. English surnames
17. Contemporary biography
18. John Buchan
19. The swastika and the Aryans
20. Modern views of witchcraft
21. The Harvard Tercentenary
22. Bell-Partials as a factor in chiming
23. Liberal culture in an age of specialization
24. The unity of knowledge
25. Is progress a delusion?
26. Arbor Day address
27. What the new high school means
28. Making Christmas out of nothing
29. Edna St. Vincent Millay
30. Maurice Evans
31. Eve Curie
32. Phi, Beta, or Kappa - which?
33. Contemplation
34. Religion - rest or unrest?
35. Religion - revelation or discovery?
36. The freedom of the mind
37. Saint Francis of Assisi
38. Christ in crises
39. "This too will pass"
40. The good life, or the best?
41. A gentleman in overalls
42. Rush Rhees
43. Donald Bean Gilchrist
44. Destiny
45. "Bright intervals"
46. Are minorities always right?
47. 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: "Early Days of the Fortnightly Club" Pages: 1-11
Title: "Rochester Forty Years Ago" Pages: 12-29
Title: "Forty Years of Fortnightly" Pages: 30-46
Title: "Albert Schweitzer" Pages: 47-73
Title: "The Fourth Gospel" Pages: 74-88
Title: "Recent Theories of World History" Pages: 89-105
Title: "Ideas and Men" Pages: 106-125
Title: "The Diary of George Templeton Strong" Pages: 126-151
Title: "The Philosopher Whitehead" Pages: 152-165
Title: "The Dead Sea scrolls" Pages: 166-184
Title: "More Than a Century of Progress" Pages: 185-188
Title: "Program for the University of Rochester"
Title: "Centennial Community Convocation" (includes the "Centennial Ode" by John R. Slater) Pages: no page no.
Title: 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?" Pages: no page no.
Title: "The Future of Women in the University"
Title: Rochester Alumni Review (February 1954) Pages: no page no.
Title: "Lewis Henry Morgan" Pages: 189-197
Title: "Goodbye, Mr. Boody", Pages: 198-199
Title: "The Spirit of the University"
Title: Rochester Alumni Review (November 1952), Pages: no page no.
Title: "Prayer for Peace: University Observance"
Title: "Of V-E Day, May 7, 1945", Pages: 200-201
Title: "The Anderson Statue", Pages: 202-203
Title: "Goethe in Highland Park" (includes newspaper articles), Pages: 204-212
Title: "Human Dignity"
Title: Rochester Alumni Review (June-July 1949), Pages: no page no.
Title: 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
Title: Letter from Bellamy Partridge to Dr. Slater, dated June 7, 1958, Pages: 222
Title: "Fraternity Week", Pages: 223-236
Title: "Human Dignity", Pages: 237-243
Title: "What is the Use of Living?", Pages: 244-254
Title: "Man's Cosmic Significance", Pages: 255-264
Title: "Doctor Morrison and Literature", Pages: 265-273
Title: "Builders of This House: The Dedication of the First Baptist Church", Pages: no page no.
Title: Florida trip (1951), Pages: 274-293
Title: "The Soul Restored", Pages: 294-297
Title: "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
Title: "Blessed are They", Pages: 307-310
Title: "The Peaceable Kingdoms of Edward Hicks", Pages: 311-312
Title: "Releasing Llatent Energy", Pages: 313-317
Title: "On Magnanimity and Charity", Pages: 318-323
Binder 5
Title: Preface, Pages: no page no.
Title: "How to be Fair", Pages: 1-6
Title: "What is wisdom?", Pages: 6-8
Title: "Great Questions", Pages: 9-10
Title: "Destiny", Pages: 11-15
Title: "Human Dignity", Pages: 16-19
Title: "Making a Llife", Pages: 20-23
Title: "A Prayer in Wartime", Pages: 24-26
Title: "Releasing Latent Energy", Pages: 27-29
Title: "Tom Swinburne '92: Poet-Philosopher of the Genesee" (Rochester Alumni-Review)
Title: November 1951, Pages: 30-31
Title: "The Spirit of the University", Pages: 32-35
Title: "Goethe in Highland Park", Pages: 36-37
Title: "The University Meridian", Pages: 38
Title: "At the Center", Pages: 39
Envelope: Manuscript of Obiter Dicta
Articles: Preface, no page no.
Articles: "What is wisdom?", Pages: 1-3
Articles: "Great Questions", Pages: 4-5
Articles: "How to be Fair", Pages: 6-12
Articles: "Destiny", Pages: 13-18
Articles: "Human Dignity", Pages: 19-23
Articles: "Making a Life", Pages: 24-27
Articles: "Releasin Latent Energy", Pages: 28-31
Articles: "The Spirit of the University", Pages: 32-35
Articles: "The University Meridian", Pages: 36-37
Folder Book Reviews
Newspaper clippings and manuscripts from Dr. Slater's column "Today in Books" in the Rochester Times-Union:
Folder "Lively Lives" - Biographical Book Reviews:
Title: Jefferson and the Ordeal of Liberty, By Dr. Dumas Malone, Pages: 38-39
Title: In God We Trust, edited by Norman Cousins, Pages: 40-43
Title: The Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, edited by William H. Gilman, et al, Pages: 44-45
Title: The Letters of Herman Melville, edited by William H. Gilman, Pages: 46
Title: A Thoreau Profile, edited by Milton Meltzer, Pages: 47-48
Title: Focus on Infinity: A life of Phillips Brooks, by Raymond W. Albright
Title: A Rauschenbusch Reader: The Kingdom of God and the Social Gospel, edited by Benson Y. Landis, Pages: 51
Title: Mark Twain, the Man and His Work, by Edward Wagenknecht, Pages: 52
Title: Alfred Nobel, the Man and His Work, by Erik Bergengren, translated by Alan Blair, Pages: 53
Title: For Freedom and Unknown Future, by Joseph P. Lash, Pages: 54
Title: "The Uniqueness of Robert Frost." Article written by John R. Slater, Pages: 55-56
Title: Cellist in Exile, by Bernard Taper, Pages: 57
Title: George Hoyt Whipple and His Friends, by George W. Corner, Pages: 58
Title: The Essential Lippmann: A Political Philosophy for Liberal Democracy, edited by Clinton Rossiter and James Lare, Pages: 59
Title: Herbert Hoover: A Biography, by Eugene Lyons (clipping and booklet ), Pages: 60
Title: Lewis Henry Morgan, American scholar, by Carl Resek, Pages: 60a
Title: Abraham Flexner, an Autobiography, by Abraham Flexner, Pages: 60b-60d
Folder "American History" - Historical Book Reviews:
Title: The Federalist, by Alexander Hamilton, et al, edited by Benjamin F. Wright, Pages: 61
Title: Terrible Swift Sword, by Bruce Catton, Pages: 62
Title: A Narrative, Fredericksburg to Meridian, by Shelby Foote, Pages: 63
Title: Gettysburg, The Long Encampment, by Jack McLaughlin, Pages: 64
Title: 1913: America Between Two Worlds, by Alan Valentine, Pages: 65
Title: A New History of the People of the United States, by Oscar Handlin, Pages: 66
Title: The United States of America, a History, by Glyndon G. Van Deusen and Dexter Perkins, Pages: 67
Title: The Urbanization of America, 1860-1915, by Blake McKelvey, Pages: 68
Title: Changing Patterns of Prejudice: A New Look at Today's Racial, Religious and Cultural Tensions, by Alfred, J. Marrow, Pages: 69
Title: Justice Holmes: The Proving Years, 1870-1882, by Mark De Wolfe Howe, Pages: 70-71
Title: Felix Frankfurter Reminiscences, An Intimate Portrait, by Harlan B. Phillips, Pages: 72
Folder "Foreign History" - Historical Book Reviews:
Title: Elizabeth and Leicester, by Elizabeth Jenkins, Pages: 73
Title: Portrait of a Golden Age, edited by Brian Connell, Pages: 74
Title: Lord George Germain, by Alan Valentine, Pages: 75
Title: The Culture of Contemporary Canada, Edited by Julian Tark, Pages: 76
Title: Canada: Tomorrow's Giant, by Bruce Hutchison, Pages: 76
Title: Builders of Emerging Nations, by Vera Micheles Dean, Pages: 77
Title: New Patterns of Democracy in India, by Vera Micheles Dean, Pages: 78
Title: The United States and Latin America, By Milton S. Eisenhower, Pages: 79
Title: Pedro Martinez: A Mexican Peasant and His Family, by Oscar Lewis, Pages: 80
Title: The Splendor of Israel, by Robert Payne, Pages: 81-82
Folder "The Humanities" - Book Reviews
Title: A Selection of English Carols, edited By Richard L. Greene, Pages: 83
Title: One Great Society, by Howard Mumford Jones, Pages: 84
Title: The Powers of Poetry, by Gilbert Highet, Pages: 85
Title: Shakespeare for Everyman, by Louis B. Wright, Pages: 86
Title: Francis Bacon: The Temper of a Man, By Catherine Drinker Bowen, Pages: 87
Title: The Shadow of Cervantes, by D. B. Wyndham, Pages: 88
Title: Praisers of Folly, by Walter Kaiser, Pages: 89
Title: Sir Thomas Browne, by Frank Livingstone Huntley, Pages: 90-91
Title: "Goethe in Highland Park." Article written by John R. Slater, Pages: 92-92a
Folder "Science and Arts" - Book Reviews
Title: Science in the Cause of Man, by Gerard Piel, Pages: 93
Title: The Firmament of Time, by Loren Eisely, Pages: 94
Title: Music of the Spheres, by Guy Murchie, Pages: 95
Title: Harmonic Materials of Modern Music: Resources of the Tempered Scale, by Howard Hanson, Pages: 96
Title: Santayana, The Later Years: A Portrait with Letters, by Daniel Cory, Pages: 97-98
Title: The Bernard Berenson Treasury, edited by Hanna Kiel, Pages: 99-100
Title: The Three Worlds of Boris Pasternak, by Robert Payne, Pages: 101
Title: Vaughan Williams, by James Day, Pages: 102
Folder "Saving the Land" - Book Reviews:
Title: Wilderness, America's Living Heritage, edited by David Brower, Pages: 103
Title: This is the American Earth, text by Nancy Newhall, photographs by Ansel Adams, Pages: 104
Title: The Eloquent Light, by Nancy Newhall, Pages: 105
Title: "The QuietCrisis, by Stewart L. Udall, Pages: 106
"Ultima" - Book Reviews:
Title: El Morro: Inscription Rock, New Mexico, by John M. Slater, Pages: 107
Title: Reflections on Growing Old, by Father John LaFarge, Pages: 108
Title: "Magnanimity and charity." Article written by John R. Slater, Pages: 109-111
Title: The Last Great Secret, by John R. Slater, Pages: 112-115
Title: Deo gratias pro omnibus, by John R. Slater, Pages: 116
Box 4
Manuscript copy of Rhees of Rochester
2 binders
Box 5
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.
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
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.)

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