Charles L. Stevenson papers: 1841-1846, 1925-1979
Summary Information
Title: Charles L. Stevenson papers
Creator: Stevenson, Charles L. (Charles Leslie), 1908-1979
Dates: 1841-1846, 1925-1979
Extent: 5 linear feet
Abstract:
Papers, 1925-1979, of Charles L. Stevenson, professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan, and his wife, Louise Destler Stevenson. Correspondence with philosophers George E. Moore and Ludwig Wittgenstein; Stevenson-Destler courtship letters; student letters from Yale in the 1920's; also manuscripts and lecture notes on philosophy; diaries of Louise Stevenson; draft of her novel; and sermon books 1841, 1845-1846 of his great grandfather, the Rev. Isaac D. Williamson, New York state clergyman.
Call number: 85433 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Finding aid created by Bentley Historical Library staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was donated by Mrs. Nora Stevenson (donor no. 6436) in 1980. Periodic additions have been received.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is closed to research without the permission of Mrs. Nora L. Stevenson. The collection is open to the Stevenson family.

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Copyright:

Copyright is not held by the Regents of the University of Michigan. Donor retains literary rights. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Charles L. Stevenson Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Charles Leslie Stevenson was born June 27, 1908 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received in BA from Yale University, 1930 with a major in English literature and a minor in music; he next studied criticism and philosophy at Cambridge University 1930-1933, then returned to the United States for his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1935.

He was an instructor at Harvard, 1937-1939 and assistant professor at Yale, 1939-1946. In 1946, he came to the University of Michigan, first as assistant professor, 1946-1949, and from 1949 until his death in as full professor.

Professor Stevenson was the author of Ethics and Language (1944) and Facts and Values (1963)

In 1930, Stevenson married Louise Ellen Destler. She died in 1963. In 1966, he married Nora Carroll Cary.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Charles L. Stevenson papers consist of his student notebooks from Yale, Cambridge and Harvard Universities; course materials and notes for his lectures in philosophy courses at the University of Michigan and professional correspondence, including letters with Ludwig Wittgenstein and George E. Moore; professional writings; and personal and family papers. The collection is divided into the following series: Personal/biographical; Correspondence; Education: Yale, Cambridge, Harvard; Course materials and lecture notes: Yale, University of Michigan; Writings and Research Notes; Miscellaneous; Louise Destler Stevenson Papers; and Other Family Members.

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.


  • Clergy -- New York (State)
  • Philosophy.
  • Women -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Diaries.
  • Photographs.
  • University of Michigan. Dept. of Philosophy.
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • Yale University.
  • Stevenson, Charles L. (Charles Leslie), 1908-
  • Stevenson, Charles L. (Charles Leslie), 1908-
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • Moore, G. E. (George Edward), 1873-1958.
  • Stevenson, Louise Destler.
  • Williamson, I. D. (Isaac Dowd), 1807-1876.
  • Wittgenstein, Ludwig, 1889-1951.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Personal/biographical [series]
Box   1  
Clipping, citation, etc.
Box   1  
Photographs (2 folders)
 
Correspondence [series]
Box   1  
Chronological 1926-1945, 1951, 1963, 1975 (13 folders)
 
Special Correspondence

(see also scattered throughout chronological correspondence files)

Box   1  
Moore, George E.
Box   1  
Wittgenstein, Ludwig
Box   1  
With Louise Destler (later Mrs. Charles E. Stevenson) 1925-1930, undated (23 folders)
Box   2  
To and from Louise Stevenson 1957
Box   2  
Letters of CLS with his mother 1926-1928 (3 folders)
Box   2  
Letters of CLS and Louise to Mrs. Lewis W. Destler 1930-1933 (2 folders)

(mainly from daughter Louise)

Box   2  
Personal correspondence, family and friends 1932-1934 (3 folders)

(include letters to their mothers)

Box   2  
Correspondence of Louise Destler Stevenson's family, various dates
 
Education: Yale, Cambridge, Harvard [series]
Box   2  
Student essays, Yale 1926-1930 (3 volumes)
Box   2  
Accounts (Yale) 1929
Box   2  
Notes taken on the lectures of Ludwig Wittgenstein (Cambridge) to students circa 1934-1935
Box   2  
Notebook on lectures of Ludwig Wittgenstein (Cambridge) circa 1931-1933
Box   2  
Course notes from G.E. Moore's lectures on Metaphysics, Cambridge University circa 1931-1933
Box   2  
Study essays, probably Cambridge circa 1931
Box   2  
Unfinished papers, Harvard circa 1934-1935

(Broad Epistemological Problems; A Priori Knowledge; Dispositions and Cause: Contextual Definitions; and Illustrations of Heterological Paradox)

Box   2  
Course notes and essays, Harvard: Definitions 1935
Box   2  
Course notes and essays, Harvard: Propositions 1935
Box   2  
Dissertation, Harvard, draft, "The Emotive Meaning of Ethical Terms" circa 1935
 
Course materials and lecture notes: Yale, University of Michigan [series]
Box   3  
Systematic philosophy 1940-1941
Box   3  
Plato 1946-1947
Box   3  
Social philosophy 1946-1947
Box   3  
Philosophical aspects of psychology 1948
Box   3  
Introduction to philosophy 1951-1978 (2 folders)
Box   3  
Theory of knowledge 1951, 1955-1956, 1968
Box   3  
Relativism in ethics 1952
Box   3  
Ethics 1954
Box   3  
British Empiricism 1972
Box   3  
Aesthetics lectures; Philosophy of the Arts (1 folder, 1 volume)
Box   3  
Phil. 16: Ethics and Aesthetics
Box   3  
Course on Hume and others
Box   3  
Miscellaneous
 
Writings and Research Notes [series]
Box   3  
"Ethics and Language" manuscript undated
Box   4  
"The Ethical Views of John Dewey," manuscript undated
Box   4  
"Rhythm: in English Verse and in Music" manuscript and drafts undated (3 folders)
Box   4  
Logic of if 1965
Box   4  
Philosophy miscellaneous 1944-1996
Box   4  
Ethical fallibility: Ethics and Science circa 1966 (2 folders)
Box   4  
"Evaluation and Interpretation in Aesthetics" 1949
Box   4  
"On 'What is a Poem'" 1956
Box   4  
"English Verse and Musical Measures"
Box   4  
"On the Language of Fiction" (preliminary draft) 1979
Box   4  
Dewey-Mill Ends-Means ? (rough notes)
Box   4  
Intrinsic value -- Mill (rough notes) (2 folders)
Box   4  
The Place of Science in Ethics (rough notes)
Box   4  
Meaning of good; assumptions (rough notes)
Box   4  
Effusions (value) (rough notes) 1977-1978
Box   4  
"If's and Horseshoes"
Box   4  
"The status of 'If' in Standard Modal Logic"
Box   4  
"Value-Judgments: Their Implicit Generality" 1977

(paper and correspondence relating to lecture given at University of Vermont)

Box   4  
"Some questions about emotive meaning" 1951
Box   4  
"Poetry and the Aesthetic Attitude" 1957
 
Miscellaneous [series]
Box   4  
Braithwaithe's (perhaps R. B. Braithwaithe) class on Logic 1951-1952
Box   4  
Unidentified notes circa 1979
Box   4  
Outlines and quotes from books read
Box   4  
Baby Book 1908
Box   4  
Miscellaneous (3 folders)
 
Louise Destler Stevenson Papers [series]
Box   5  
Letters of Louise Destler written as history report on Revolutionary France 1925
 
Diaries
Box   5  
1935-1942
Box   5  
1942-1948
Box   5  
1948
Box   5  
1951-1962
Box   5  
1955-1956
Box   5  
Manuscript, first draft of novel, "High Holborn" re-titled "Figures in a Landscape" circa 1940-1945 (5 folders)
Box   5  
Manuscript, draft of novel, "Figures in a Landscape" by Louise Destler Stevenson circa 1940-1945 (4 folders)
Box   5  
Outline for novel on Cincinnati by Louise Destler undated
Box   5  
Account book 1939-1940
Box   5  
Account book 1940-1941
Box   5  
Reading ledger (3 volumes)
 
Other family members [series]
 
Sermon books of Rev. Isaac Williamson, great-grandfather of Charles L. Stevenson

(New York state clergyman)

Box   5  
1841
Box   5  
1845-1846
Box   5  
Miscellaneous