Johns Hopkins University Josiah Royce collection
Scope and Contents
The Royce Collection spans the years from 1878 to 1916 and includes correspondence with members of the George B. Coale family (chiefly Mr. Coale, 1878 - 1887), his unpublished Hopkins dissertation, several manuscript compositions, photographs and lecture notes by a student in one of Royce's philosophy classes at Harvard.
The correspondence with the Coale family, with whom Royce became intimate while at Hopkins, concerns family matters (congratulations and condolences) reactions to California, discussions of current literature, philosophical musings and information related to the publication of The Religious Aspect of Philosophy which was dedicated to George B. Coale (Coale's inscribed copy is in Special Collections).
The Royce dissertation suggests his developing interest in philosophy, even though Hopkins had no formal training in the subject. His poem, "The Six Little Realists" suggest Royce's humor, and the lecture notes provide a clear picture of his style in the classroom.
- 1878 to 1916
- Royce, Josiah, 1855-1916 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.
Collection is open for use.
Conditions Governing Use
Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.
Josiah Royce was born on November 20, 1855 in Grass Valley, California. In 1866 the Royces moved to San Francisco where Josiah developed an interest in math that ultimately led to a B.A. at California (Berkeley) in 1875. Following a year of study at Gottingen and Leipzig, he joined the first goup of twenty Fellows at Johns Hopkins, receiving his PhD. in 1878. Upon his graduation Royce reluctantly returned to teach English at California, where he married Katherine (Kitty) Head in 1880.
In 1882 William James arranged for Royce to teach his courses at Harvard during his sabbatical, and Royce never left Harvard thereafter, becoming Professor of Philosophy in 1892. In 1885 he published The Religious Aspect of Philosophy, a statement of his post-Kantian idealism which emphasized some kind of metaphysical Absolute and reality as an act or experience of the mind. Other works followed including the popular Spirit of Modern Philosophy (1892), The Conception of God (1897) and his most systematic statement delivered in the Gifford Lectures at the University of Aberdeen, The World and the Individual (1900 - 1901). Late in life Royce returned to the subject of his early work in lectures at Manchester College, Oxford, published as The Problem of Christianity (1913). In this work the Absolute assumes the form of the "Beloved Community" to which the individual man was bound by patriotic fervor, loyalty and self- sacrifice. Royce died in Boston on September 14, 1916.
0.167 Cubic Feet (34 items)
Language of Materials
Josiah Royce (November 20, 1855 – September 14, 1916) was an American objective idealist philosopher. The Royce Collection spans the years from 1878 to 1916 and includes correspondence with members of the George B. Coale family (chiefly Mr. Coale, 1878 - 1887), his unpublished Hopkins dissertation, several manuscript compositions, photographs and lecture notes by a student in one of Royce's philosophy classes at Harvard.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The manuscript copy of Royce's dissertation was the gift of his widow, Katherine, in 1923. Mary B. Coale Redwood donated the Royce letters to her family in 1937 - 1938. Manuscript and typescript materials by Royce were given by Julius Loewenberg through George Boas in 1956, and by Frank Oppenheim in 1969.
Finding aid prepared by Ben Primer in 1982.
- Coale, George B.
- College teachers
- Harvard University. Department of Philosophy
- Idealism, American
- Johns Hopkins University. Department of Philosophy
- Manners and customs
- Philosophy, American
- Royce, Josiah, 1855-1916
- United States
- lecture notes
- manuscripts (documents)
- photographic prints
- Johns Hopkins University Josiah Royce collection
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English
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