Alfred H. Lloyd papers: 1879-1926
Summary Information
Title: Alfred H. Lloyd papers
Creator: Lloyd, Alfred H. (Alfred Henry), 1864-1927
Dates: 1879-1926
Extent: 2 linear feet, 1 oversize folder
Professor of philosophy and dean of the graduate school of University of Michigan. Correspondence, speeches, manuscripts of writings, student notebooks from Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, philosophy lecture notes, and photographs.
Call number: 851697 Aa 2; UAm
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was the gift of Mrs. Alfred H. Lloyd (donor no. 2260) and came to the library in 1947.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Alfred H. Lloyd papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Alfred Henry Lloyd was born January 3, 1864 in Montclair, New Jersey. He received both his B.A. and A.M. degrees from Harvard, then went abroad to study philosophy at Göttingen University in Berlin and Heidelberg University before returning to Harvard for his Ph.D. which he received in 1893. Upon his return from Europe in 1891, Lloyd came to the University of Michigan as an instructor in philosophy. He would remain here his entire career, receiving steady promotions and eventually becoming full professor in 1906. In 1915, Lloyd also became dean of the University's graduate school. Following the death of president Marion L. Burton in 1924, Lloyd was named acting president of the University of Michigan, serving for eight months, February to September 1925.

As a philosopher, Lloyd was the author of several monographs, including Philosophy of History, The Will to Doubt, and Leadership and Progress. He died May 11, 1927.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Alfred Lloyd collection includes correspondence, speeches and writings, lecture notes. Within the correspondence, there are letters from Charles H. Cooley, July 1920, William H. Hobbs, Dec. 1918, James H. Tufts, July 1916 and Feb. 1919, the Ann Arbor Branch of the National Security League, Dec. 1918, John Dewey, Oct. 1917, Bertrand Russell, November 1925 and January 1926, and Robert M. Wenley in the years 1925 to 1927.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Photographs.
  • University of Michigan. Graduate School.
  • Lloyd, Alfred H. (Alfred Henry), 1864-1927.
  • Phillips Academy.
  • University of Michigan. Dept. of Philosophy.
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • Lloyd, Alfred H. (Alfred Henry), 1864-1927.
  • Cooley, Charles Horton, 1864-1929.
  • Dewey, John, 1859-1952.
  • Hobbs, William Herbert, 1864-1952.
  • National Security League. Ann Arbor Branch (Mich.)
  • Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970.
  • Tufts, James Hayden, 1862-1942.
  • Wenley, R. M. (Robert Mark), 1861-1929.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Correspondence [series]
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January-August 1925
Box   1  
September-October 1925
Box   1  
November-December 1925
Box   1  
1926 undated
Box   1  
January 1926
Box   1  
February 1926
Box   1  
March 1926
Box   1  
April 1926
Box   1  
May 1926
Box   1  
June 1926
Box   1  
July-August 1926
Box   1  
September-October 1926
Box   1  
November-December 1926
Box   1  
January-March 1927
Box   1  
April-June 1927
Speeches and writings [series]
Box   1  
Manuscripts of writings (2 folders)
Box   1  
Manuscript of "The History of the Humani" (Book I)
Box   1  
Manuscript of "The History of the Humani" (Book II)
Box   1  
Manuscript of "The History of the Humani" (Book III)
Box   1  
Typed draft of "The History of the Humani"
Box   1  
Manuscript of article, "facts and values"
Box   1  
Commencement addresses
Box   1  
Miscellaneous speeches and articles (3 folders)
Box   1  
Synopsis of philosophy course and examinations
Box   1  
Tribute to Alfred H. Lloyd by Arthur L. Cross, DeWitt H. Parker, and Robert M. Wenley
Box   1  
Bibliography of writings
Other materials [series]
Box   1  
Philosophy Department materials (2 folders)
Box   1  
Candidates for appointment in Philosophy
Box   2  
Lecture notes for classes in political philosophy
Box   2  
Student notes, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts
Box   2  
Photographs (portraits)

(see also oversize folder UAm)

Additional Descriptive Data
Related Material

A number of pamphlets and reprints of articles authored by Lloyd have been bound together and catalogued separately (call no. DA 2 L793 P186). Titles include:

  1. Vol. I
    • Evolution Evolved: A Philosophical Criticism. (The Monist, January, 1899)
    • Time as A Datum of History. (The Philosophical Review, January, 1899)
    • Epistemology and Physical Science. (The Philosophical Review, July, 1898)
    • The Stages of Knowledge. (The Psychological Review, March, 1897)
    • A Psychological Interpretation of Certain Doctrines in Formal Logic. (The Psychological Review, July, 1896)
    • The Thinker's Idea of God. (The Inlander, February, 1899)
    • The Reaction. (The Inlander, June, 1895)
  2. Vol II.
    • Evolution and Immortality. (The Monist, April, 1900)
    • The Organic Theory of Society: Passing of the Contract Theory. (The American Journal of Sociology, March, 1901)
    • The Contribution of The Theory of Evolution to The Science of Teaching. (New York Teachers' Monographs, undated)