Overstreet mss., 1894-1985
Papers, 1894-1985, of Harry Allen Overstreet at the Lilly Library, Indiana
University, Bloomington, Indiana
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Overstreet, H. A. (Harry Allen),
Overstreet mss., 1894-1985
ca. 18,304 items
Materials are in English.
Consists of the correspondence, writings,
lecture material and memorabilia of Harry Allen Overstreet and his wife Bonaro Wilkinson
This collection is open for research.
Gift. 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1978, 1980.
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Philosopher Harry Allen Overstreet, 1875-1970, was born in San Francisco, California,
and attended the University of California, Berkeley, receiving his B.A. degree in
1899 and B.S. degree in 1901. He began his career as an educator and instructor in
philosophy at Berkeley in 1901. He left Berkeley in 1911 to become chair of the
Department of Philosophy and Psychology at the City College of New York, a position
he held until his retirement in 1939. He also taught in the continuing education
program of the New School for Social Research as well as adult education courses for
the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union from 1924 through 1936. In 1938
Overstreet lectured at Town Hall and was instrumental in the development of its
educational program "America's Town Meeting of the Air." Poet and psychologist Bonaro
Wilkerson Overstreet, 1902-1985, was born in Geyserville, California. She received a
B.A. from University of California, Berkeley in 1925 and an M.A. from Columbia
University. She and Harry were married in 1932, shortly after his divorce from his
first wife. Both separately and together, the Overstreets wrote books covering such
topics as psychology, philosophy, sociological studies, political science, adult
education, and poetry. Their co-authored work
What we must
know about Communism
became a national best-seller in 1958, but it was
their study of the FBI in 1969,
The FBI in our open
which received the most publicity. They also traveled and
lectured extensively across the country.
Scope and Content Note
Consists of the correspondence, writings, lecture material and memorabilia of Harry
Allen Overstreet and his wife Bonaro Wilkinson Oversteet.
Organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Writings; III.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
IUCAT, the IU Libraries' online
catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by searching the
catalog using these terms.
Federal Bureau of Investigation.
--Foreign relations --1945-1991.
Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities.
Overstreet, H. A. (Harry Allen),
Overstreet, H. A.
(Harry Allen), 1875-1970 --Correspondence.
Wilkinson, 1902- --Correspondence.
Overstreet, Bonaro Wilkinson,
Authors, American --Correspondence.
Communism --United States.
Communism --Soviet Union.
Mind and body.
A partial index of correspondents is available in the Library.
1940, Jun-1945, Mar
1945, Apr-1951, Oct
1951, Nov-1954, Aug
1954, Sep-1957, May
1957, Jun-1960, Feb.
1960, Mar-1962, Jul
1962, Aug-1964, Nov
1964, Dec- 1966
Undated correspondence, alphabetically arranged by correspondent
Correspondence, pertaining to the Overstreet's alleged Communist
connections and investigation by House Committee on Un-American Activities
"Adult education and I"
"Adventures in perfidy"
"Another Copernican revolution?"
"Art, economics, and our American future"
"As we grow older"
"An Asian affirmative"
"Born free --of bigotry"
"Calling all philosophers"
"Can this be another Renaissance?"
"Churches and the extreme right"
"Comecon and the Common Market (or free world
"Communism and the future"
"Communism's "class morality""
"Decline of communism"
"Don't let grassroots die"
"The drama of growing"
"The emotional health of the teacher"
"Evidence of song"
"The experience of poetry"
"Faces of good and evil"
"Franklin Delano Roosevelt"
"Fundamentals of Marxism-Leninism"
"The future of God"
"The great misinterpretation"
"The growing self"
"Gus Hall on campus"
"History made and in the making"
"Homo sapiens: New model"
"The how and why of the panel method"
"How to talk about communism"
"How to talk about communist agriculture"
"How to talk about communist education"
"How to talk about freedom"
"The illusion of public ownership"
"In a time of new beginnings"
"The indispensable negative"
"Is communism here to stay?"
"The language of communism"
"Learning: An adult adventure"
"Lest we all become obsolete"
"Libraries for a lifetime"
"Maginot mentality and its corrective"
"A matter of basic assumptions"
"Mind in the community"
"The mind of the negro"
"Modern man confronts the unknown god"
"More music than gold"
"A new logic of peace and war"
"No iron curtain of the mind"
"Off record - The FBI and present problems of
"On taking the initiative"
"On the morality of unbalancing the "balance of
"Philosophy behind the curtain"
"The plateaus of growth"
"The poet and the individual"
"Propaganda policy for a democracy"
"The prospects for moral autonomy"
"Proud to be human"
"The question of social ownership"
"The roots of justice"
"The self --and much more"
"Strengthening the bulwarks of democracy"
"Testament of loneliness"
"To Chautauqua, with love"
"Two people, three cities, and an age"
"What America means to me"
"What communism intends for the human
"What emotional health looks like"
"What free men can do"
"When you are called a communist"
"Why Karl Marx missed the boat"
"Words as weapons"
"The year that begins now"
"The young citizen in a world like this"
The FBI in Our Open Society.
Typescript, research and galleys15 folders
The FBI in Our Open Society (cont'd).
Hands Laid Upon the Wind.
Typescript, galleys 10 folders
The Iron Curtain.
Galleys, printer's copies11 folders
"The Mature Mind. "
Outline, promotional material, book jacket
"Mind Alive. "
Jacket design, promotional material, review
"The Mind Goes Forth. "
Promotional material, book jacket, sales figures
"Our Free Minds. "
"The Poetic Way of Release. "
Corrected typescript, reprint request, promotional material 2
"The Relation of Thought to Reality. "
dissertation...Oxford University, May 1901, by
Typescript, printer's copy, proofs, mock up, review, promotional
material, galleys6 folders and Oversize 3
"The Strange Tactics of Extremism. "
Corrected typescript, reviews, promotional materials, sales
"The War Called Peace. "
Galley proofs 2 folders
"The War Called Peace. "
Galley proofs, printer's copies, reviews, promotional
"We Move in New Directions. "
"What We Must Know About Communism. "
Miscellaneous notes, printer's copies, galley proofs, plate proofs,
contract, reviews, sales figures, promotional materials13 folders
and Oversize 4
Unknown book(s) and fragments of books
Arranged alphabetically by title
Lecture notes, including notes for BAO's poetry classes
Lecture-related materials, 1923-1971.
Includes programs, advertisements, contracts, itineraries, etc. Arranged by
Lecture-related materials (cont.), 1972-1984.
Book reviews, by HAO and BWO
Class papers written by BWO for HAO's Education 185 class, 1929-1931
Introductions and forewords, by HAO and BWO
Poetry, by BWO, including acknowledgement for anthology
Poetic aberrations, by HAO
Radio program: "Mature Mind"
Radio scripts: "The Overstreet Outlook"
Research notes, mostly on Communism
Production materials. Includes royalty payments, ads, blurbs, etc.
Writings by others.
BWO radio interview with Robert Scruton, Rome, Georgia, Nov. 11,
Reviews of books by the Overstreets
Two boys under the hammer &
by Constantin and Peter Georgescu;
Communism in the United States, by J.
Edgar Hoover (published later as
Address books (9)
Artwork (by BWO?)
Awards and certificates
1) in honor of HAO's 90th birthday
2) poems dedicated to HAO and written by his students, UC-Berkeley,
Composition books (4)
Diary of Edward Wilkinson, Dec. 24,
1892-Apr. 27, 1893
Diaries of BWO (14) 1912-1939
Includes: divorce papers, deed, powers of attorney, insurance papers,
etc. 3 folders
Includes: family tree and history, death certificates
Memorial book and other items related to HAO's death
Save the children sponsors
Transcripts; diploma from Geyserville High School (BWO)
Includes: receipts, itineraries, etc.
Includes: articles about and by HAO and BWO, reviews of books 10
Newspaper clippings (cont.)
Includes photographs of HAO and BWO, family, travel, etc.7
folders, two albums
Income tax papers, 1923-1951
Income tax papers, 1952-1980
Calendars (60), 1911-1965
Calendars (31), 1950-1984
Travel diaries (2)
Address books (5)
Reel-to-reel tapes (22)
Cassette tapes (3)
medal "Education for Democracy"
medal "...Husband and Wife of the Year, National Father's Day
medal "Parent's Magazine...1949"
pencil that belonged to "Grandmother Bonaro"
print block of HAO
plaque "The Adult Education Association USA Pioneer Award to Bonaro
Awards, certificates, photographs, etc.
What We Must Know About
Keuka College diploma (Doctor of Humane letters) and graduation
What emotional health looks like