Ephraim Edward Ericksen papers, 1828-1968  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Ericksen, Ephraim Edward
Title
Ephraim Edward Ericksen papers
Dates
1828-1968 (inclusive)
Quantity
7.75 linear feet
Collection Number
MS 0534
Summary
The Ephraim Edward Ericksen papers (1828-1968) contain writings by Ericksen, some writings by others, and personal correspondence and notes. E. E. Ericksen (1882-1967) was a moral philosopher and served as dean of the University of Utah's College of Arts and Sciences.
Repository
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
84112-0860
Telephone: 801-581-8863
special@library.utah.edu
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Ephraim Edward (known as E.E.) Ericksen was born into the second family of Danish emigrant Bendt Jensen Ericksen of Logan, Utah, at the turn of 1882. After grammar school membership in the first graduating class of the Oneida Stake Academy, Ericksen returned to Logan to attend Brigham Young College. It was under his instructors here that the young man decided to professionally pursue the study of philosophy and to do so at the University of Chicago.

Before completing undergraduate work at the BYC, Ericksen met and married Edna Clark of Auburn, Wyoming. The couple returned to Chicago where Ephraim continued graduate school under the tutelage of James H. Tufts, a notable American thinker and philosopher. It was in Chicago that Ericksen "began to examine more critically my religious heritage." In the homes of married couples near campus Latter-day Saint students would meet to discuss their religion and church. It was here that Ericksen was exposed to scientific and sociological methodology in the consideration of his culture. The fruit of discussions in this circle, his primary study interest in moral philosophy with a minor emphasis in economics, was his doctoral dissertation, "The Psychological and Ethical Aspects of Mormon Group Life," completed in 1918. It was published by the university in 1922.

In 1911 Ericksen accepted an appointment as principle of the Murdock Academy in Beaver, Utah. Here he taught in and administered the four-year prep/normal/reform/high school. In 1914 he requested a leave of absence to continue his work at the University of Chicago. Upon completion of his Ph.D. he returned to Utah, not to Beaver, but to Salt Lake City where he accepted a $1700 annual salary to teach in the Philosophy Department at the University of Utah. Here he remained as a well respected instructor, department head, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences until his retirement in 1948.

He wrote a textbook titled Social Ethics, as well as an autobiography. Ephraim Edward Ericksen died in 1967.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Ephraim Edward Ericksen papers (1828-1968) contain writings by Ericksen, some writings by others, and personal correspondence and notes. Manuscript drafts and related materials for books Ericksen planned make up the bulk of the collection. Much of the correspondence is from family members after Ericksen's retirement.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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Preferred Citation

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Autobiography and CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Scott Kenney Notes on EEE Chronology
1 2
News Clippings
1 3
University of Utah Faculty Record
1915-1948
1 4
Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters Distinguished Service Award
1 5
"Inquisition" Draft Manuscript
1 6
"The View from the House of Ephraim"
1 7-13
"Ephraim Edward Ericksen: His Memories and Reflections"
Manuscript and draft.
1 14
Contracts
1 15-21
Incoming Correspondence
1910-1966
1 22-26
Outgoing Correspondence
1927-1943

Correspondence and NotesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1-20
Outgoing Correspondence
1944-1966
2 21
Miscellaneous Class Materials
2 22-27
Philosophy 104
Outlines and biographies.
2 28
Education 227E, "Education for a World Society"
2 29
Nevada Lectures
2 30
Nevada Class Registers
2 31
"Why Study Religion?"
Class outline.
2 32
"Department of Philosophy: Its Functions in an Undergraduate School"
2 33
"Milton Bennion: Teacher and Philosopher"

Writings by Ericksen and OthersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 1
Bennion, Lowell, "How Shall We Judge One Religion as `Better' Than Another?" ; Clapp, Edwin R., "`Beauty' and `Truth' in Art"
3 2
Ericksen, Eugene P., "Logic and Clear Thinking"; Fielding, R. Kent, "The Concept of Stages in Mormon Historical Development"
3 3
Geddes, Joseph A., "Value Systems and Institutions of Utah"
3 4
Miller, Frieda S., "Statement . . . Before the House Ways and Means Committee, In Support of Certain Amendments to Title II of the Social Security Act"; Monson, Charles, "Is Religion True?"
3 5
Nicolayson, Mack, "Criticsm of the Tract, Practical Application and Results "; "Youth and Sex Morality"; "Youth, the Word of Wisdom, and Civic Morality"
3 6
Snell, Heber C., "The Last Chapter in a `Bad Book's' History"
3 7
The Psychological and Ethical Aspects of Mormon Group Life
3 8
Promotional Material for Ericksen's Books
3 9
Social Ethics, Criticism and Reviews
3 10
"The Distribution of Wealth"
3 11
"Church and Community Enterprise among the Mormons"
3 12
"Problems vs Environment"
3 13
"Environment Selected, or, The Problem Side of Experience"
3 14-15
Senior Thesis
3 16
Notes
3 17
Mutual Improvement Association Board Reports
3 18
"The Cooperative Family"
Chapter contributed by EEE to the 1937 YMMIA manual.
3 19
"Prevention of Crime through Wholesome Leisure"
3 20
"W. H. Chamberlin--Philosopher and Teacher"
3 21
"W. H. Chamberlin: Pioneer Philosepher in Utah"
3 22
Notes on William H. Chamberlin
3 23
"The Concept of Responsibility--Ethical-Economic Implications"
3 24-26
"Philosophy in Democracy, Democracy in Education"
3 27-29
"Priesthood and Philosophy"
3 30
James, William, "World Thinkers," n.13
3 31-32
"Utah's Religious Economy: Paradoxes in Community Righteousness"
4 1
"Comments on Carpenter's Criticism [of "Ideological Aspects of the Legal Profession"]"
4 2
Medicine and Medical Profession
Four variously numbered chapters of an unidentified work.
4 3
"The Doctors and the Health Values in American Democracy"
4 4
"Sagebrush to Sophistication"
4 5
Acknowledgements for Bendt Ericksen Biography; "Biography of Bendt Jensen Ericksen"
4 6-11
"Bendt Jensen Ericksen: A Biography by Ephraim E. Ericksen"
4 12
Bear River City (Utah) Pioneer Monument Dedication
1947

"Social Justice in American Economy"Return to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
5 1
Preface and Foreward Notes
5 2
Democracy--Economic and Cultural Implications Moral Judgment of the Ethicist: The Economist and Ethicist
5 3
The American Democracy
5 4
Moral Judgments in Economics
5 5
Social Responsibilities of Vocational and Professional Groups
5 6
The Democracy of Culture in an Industrial Civilization
5 7
Social Justice in American Economy; Capitalism in America: Liberalism and Justice; The Origin of American Capitalism: Hamilton; Capitalism in Operation: Methods and Principles
5 8
Capitalism and Industrial Mechanization
5 9
Capitalism in America: Liberalism and Justice
5 10
The Idealist Traditions: Dualistic Aspects; The Bifurcations of Values (In American Idealism)
5 11
Ethical Dualism and the World of Action; The Idealist Traditions: Dualistic Aspects
5 12
Values
5 13
Truth as a Way of Life--The Social Way
5 14
Values, Constitution
5 15
Preface, Constitution
5 16
Revolution
5 17
Moral Problems in Industry
5 18
Moral Problems of Industry
5 19
Recreation
5 20
Economic Justice in American Democracy
5 21
Manuscript Notes
5 22
Ancient Naturalism
5 23
Adam Smith
5 24
Classical Economics and Ethics--18th Century
6 1-2
Economic Naturalism--Ancient Roots
6 3
Naturalism of the Classical Economists
6 4
Utilitarianism
6 5
Utilitariansim--And Ethical Philosophy of the Nineteenth Century; Mills' Social Philosophy--A Motivating Naturalism
6 6
Wealth and Industry in Puritan Religion
6 7
Philosophy of Justice in American Enlightenment
6 8
Philosophy of Justice in the Constitution
6 9
The Supreme Court: A Philosophic Agency
6 10
Truth, Self
6 11
Justice in Colonial America
6 12
The Major Promise--An Appeal to Nature in the Interest of Efficiency
6 13
Andrew Jackson
6 14
Economists and the Social Economic Issues
6 15
The Bill of Rights and the Philosophy of Justice
6 16
Constitution of the United States: Philosophical Foundation
6 17
Something on Utah
6 18
Objective Social Thinking
6 19
Truth as a Human Enterprise
6 20
Truth as a Way of Life--The Social Way
6 21
Economics: Science or Philosophy
6 22
Economics and World Security
6 23
Notes from Montague, The Way of Things
6 24
Economics and the Constitution
6 25
Behind the Law: Metaphysics and Ethics: Philosophy in Perspective; The American Laborer--His Philosophy of Living and Making a Living; The Communist Movement
6 26
Bentham and the Utility Doctrine; Bentham's Radicalism; Naturalistic Traditions in American Economy; Behind the Law: Metaphysics and Ethics: Philosophy in Retrospect
6 27
Creative Participation--Philosophy of Work
6 28
Notes
6 29
Social Justice in Colonial America; Religion in colonial America
6 30
Pragmatism, Religion in America
7 1
Agrarianism in America: A Philosophy of Economic Justice; Agrarianism Takes Idealistic Form: Integrating Factors; The Agrarian Dilemmas
7 2
Group Consciousness: The Agrarian Protest; The Agrarian Dilemmas; Agrarianism Takes Form: Integrating Factors; Roots of Agrarianism
7 3
The Agrarian Dilemma, 1860-1890; Agrarianism in the Twentieth Century
7 4
William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925)--The Agrarian Preacher
7 5
Group Consciousness: The Agrarian Protest
7 6
The Farm and the Welfare State
7 7
Objective Thinking and Social Values
7 8
Roots of Agrarianism
7 9
Industry, Capitalism
7 10
Bentham and the Utility Doctrine
7 11-12
Moral Responsibility
7 13
The Laboring Man and the Welfare State
7 14
Modified Capitalism and the Welfare State: The Philosophy of the New Deal
7 15
Colonialism
7 16
Capitalism in Action: Its Advocates and Critics
7 17
Pattern Makers in Business: Economic and Social Philosophy
7 18
Dualism in Business Ethics
7 19
Capitalism in Distress and the Welfare State
7 20
Capitalism in Distress; Disillusionments in American Economy
7 21
Capitalism in Dilemma; Dilemmas in American Economy
7 22
Capitalism in Reverse
8 1
Unionism--A Philosophy of Method
8 2
The American Laborer--His Philosophy of Living and Making a Living
8 3
Unionism in Capitalistic Industry
8 4
Unionism, Industry
8 5
Philosophy in the American Revolution; Philosophical Leadership; Secularizing the Puritan Ideals--Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790); A Revolutionary Document: A Peoples' Declaration of Rights
8 6
Group Philosophies and the Welfare State; The Philosophy of the New Deal
8 7
Sam Adams, Revolution Philosophy
8 8
Declaration of Independence, Revolution
8 9
Revolutionary Period; Philosophical Leadership
8 10
Property Rights as Natural Rights; Philosophy in the American Revolution
8 11
Economic Problems in the Revolution; Revolution and Constitutional Periods
8 12
The Community in American Economy
8 13
Notes
8 14
Philosophy
8 15
Capitalism; The Foundation of American Capitalism; The Pecuniary Motive of Capitalism
8 16
Capitalism, Corporation
8 17
Bentham and the Utility Doctrine
8 18
Metaphysical Assumptions in Classical Economics
8 19
Naturalism, Utilitarianism, Karl Marx
8 20
Law in Prospective Philosophy: Economic and Social Implications; The Naturalistic in the Ethics of American Economy
9 1
Social Justice in Classical Economics of the Eighteenth Century
9 2
The Idealist Traditions: Dualistic Aspects
9 3
America--A Laboratory for Democracy; The Self in Creative Social Thinking
9 4
Classical Economists, Utilitarianism
9 5
Jeremy Bentham, Utilitarianism
9 6
Karl Marx, Communism
9 7
Hebrew and Christian Traditions in Colonial Philosophy
9 8-9
Preface and Foreword
9 10
Colonial Period
9 11
Industry, Welfare
9 12
Group Responsibility and Social Thinking; New Deal Philosophy and the Welfare State
9 13
Welfare State
9 14
Individualism, Labor, Welfare
9 15
The American Laborer--His Philosophy of Living and Making a Living
9 16
The American Lawyer--Custodian of Justice, Philosopher and Statesman
9 17
Naturalism, Industry
9 18
Class, Democracy, Industry
9 19
Economic Naturalism--Ancient Roots; Naturalism in Western Economics
10 1
Naturalism, George Herbert Mead
10 2
Pragmatic Naturalism: A Socio-Economic Philosophy
10 3
Naturalism
10 4
Socialism
10 5
Values, Industry
10 6
Morals in Economics, Culture
10 7
Law
10 8
Supreme Court and Manuscript Notes
10 9
Supreme Court, Bill of Rights
10 10
The Bifurcation of Values--Material and Spiritual
10 11-14
Social Responsibility
10 15
Dualistic Traditions in American Economy
10 16
Dualism, Democracy
10 17
The Bifurcation of Values In American Idealism
10 18
Dualism, Values
10 19
Dualistic Traditions in American Economy
10 20
Class, Dualism
10 21
Philosophy, Responsibility, Bibliographies
11 1-2
Notes
11 3
Social Thought, Group Responsibility
11 4
Individualism, Responsibility
11 5
Social Justice, Individualism
11 6
The American Businessman--His Philosophy and Economics
11 7
The American Men of Affairs' Philosophy of Business
11 8
The American Businessman
11 9
Businessmen, Business
11 10
Pattern Makers in Business: Economic and Social Philosophy; Capitalism in Action: Its Advocates and Critics
11 11
Agrarianism in America: A Philosophy of Economic Justice
11 12
Agrarianism
11 13
Economic Philosophy in Education; American Economy and World Responsibility; The Self in Creative Social Thinking; Mechanization of Industry; The Bifurcation of Values (In American Idealism); Wealth in Hebrew and Christian Tradition
11 14
The Lawyer Statesman in a Dynamic Economy; Behind the Law Metaphysics and Ethics: Philosophy in Retrospect; Collective Action; Pattern Makers in Business: Economic and Social Philosophy; Capitalism in America: Liberalism and Justice; The Origin of American Capitalism: Hamilton; Roots of Agrarianism
11 15
Teachers in American Economy; The Social and Educational Effect of Changes in Teaching Staff
11 16
Objective Thinking and Social Values
11 17
Naturalism
11 18
Moral Criteria; Religion and Democracy
11 19
Economic Philosophy in American Education
11 20
Social Justice and the Political State; Dualism in Idealistic Tradition
11 21-22
Bibliographies
12 1
Conservation of Utah's Human Resources; The Teachers and the Schools in American Economy
12 2
Educators and the Philosophy of Economics
12 3
Teaching, Economic Thought
12 4
Education, Economic Thought, Democracy
12 5
Philosophy of Education in a New World--Economic Aspects
12 6
Economic Tradition
12 7
Education in Social Justice
12 8
Wanted: An Economic Philosophy for Education
12 9
Educating for Democracy
12 10
American Economy and World Responsibility
12 11
Internation Realism--America in Action; Capitalism on a World Basis
12 12
Democracy, Education
12 13
America's Internationalism: Idealistic and Realistic
12 14
America Assumes World Responsibility
12 15
Idealism, Outline
12 16
Naturalism, Outline
12 17
Ethics of Pragmatism and Instrumentalism, Outline
12 18
Realism, Outline
12 19
Morale and National Defense, Outline
12 20
Miscellaneous Nevada Materials

"Mormonism in Philosophical Perspective"Return to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
13 1-2
Utah, Philosophy, Mormonism
13 3-4
Mormonism
13 5
Notes from John Taylor on Preexistence and Immortality
13 6
Liberalism in Mormonism
13 7-8
Mormonism and Community
13 9
Authority, Priesthood
13 10
Philosophy and Religion in Mormonism
13 11
Consolation, Individual Salvation
13 12
Authority, Priesthood, Philosophy
13 13
Joseph Smith and Philosophy
13 14
Priesthood, Philosophy, Cooperation
13 15
Joseph Smith, Prophecy, Philosophy
13 16
Prophecy, Priesthood, Theology
14 1-3
Joseph Smith
14 4
Critical Examination of the Prophet's Visions; The Youthful Prophet; Origin and History
14 5
Our Faith; Our Criticism
14 6
Apocalypse, Prophets
14 7-8
The Hallowed Old and the Promising New in Mormonism
14 9
Mormon Educators
14 10
Community, Conflict, Exclusivism
14 11
Mormon Churches and Christian Tradition
14 12
Article of Faith 1; Mormon and Christian Theology
14 13
Article of Faith 2
14 14
Article of Faith 4-5; Faith and Repentence; Authority in the Ministry: Men Called of God
14 15
Article of Faith 9; Revelation, Past, Present and Future
14 16
Exclusivism and Group Conflict
14 17-18
Zion Building--Mormon Idealism
14 19
Cooperation, Economy, Social Economics
14 20
Transcriptions from LDS Publications
14 21
Mormonism Adapting to Twentieth Century
14 22
The Mormon Seminary of the Early Fifties
14 23
George T. Boyd Survey Responses
15 1
Mormonism and the Apocalyptic Scripture
15 2
Mormonism's Consideration of Scripture
15 3
Modern Prophets
15 4
Ancient Prophets
15 5
Mormonism and Capitalism
15 6
The Church and Politics
15 7
Science in a Christian Society
15 8
Modern Prophets, Priestly Stuctures
15 9
Mormonism in Philosophical Perspective

General MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
16 1
General Materials
This folder contains a variety of materials such as a letter, a presentation, news clipping, and essays titled, "Lessons in Thrift for Senior High Schools," "Recreation Within the Home in Relation to Moral Values," and "Standard of Living Within the Home in Relation to Moral Values".
1828-1955
16 2
Writings
This folder contains the following articles: "Materialism in Democracy-Democracy in Culture," "William H. Chamberlin: Pioneer Mormon Philosopher," and "Idealogical Aspects of the Legal Profession".
1942-1957

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Ethics
  • Mormon Church--History
  • Philosophy, Modern--20th century--Study and teaching
  • Family Names :
  • Erickson family
  • Geographical Names :
  • United States--Economic conditions
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Articles
  • Correspondence
  • Drafts (documents)
  • Lecture notes
  • Photographs