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Mary Whitcomb Hess Collection

Manuscript Collection No.152

Overview | Biography | Scope and Content | Container List

Appendix to the Mary Whitcomb Hess Collection

OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION

1.3 cu.ft. in 2 boxes. 1924-1975.

Provenance: The Ohio University Libraries received the Mary Whitcomb Hess Collection through a transfer from the Philosophy Department in 1991 following a gift to it by Sister Mary Carolina Hess, daughter of Mary Whitcomb Hess, in 1988. Caroline A. Lanza processed the collection in Winter 1993.

Property Rights: The Ohio University Library owns the property rights to this collection.

Copyrights: Copyrights and/or literary rights as possessed in these papers have been dedicated to the public. Consideration of all other copyrights and possible literary rights is the responsibility of the researcher and publisher.

Access: This collection is open to use under the rules and regulations of the Ohio University Libraries.

Photoduplication: Ohio University Libraries will entertain requests to photocopy reasonable amounts of material from the collection for the convenience of individual researchers.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the collection name and number, and the Ohio University Libraries in all footnote and bibliographical references.

Related Materials: A copy of Mrs. Hess's edited work, The Name is Living (1936), and several volumes given with the collection may be found in the book collections in the department of Archives & Special Collections. The others volumes are: Letters of Isaac Penington (Philadelphia, 1828); Memoirs of the Life of Isaac Penington (Philadelphia, 1903); The Penns and Peningtons of the Seventeenth Century (Philadelphia, 1881); and Selections from the Works of Isaac Penington (New Bedford, 1818).

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THE COLLECTION

Mary Whitcomb Hess was born in 1893. Though a native of Indiana, she resided in Athens, Ohio from 1927 to 1979, when she moved to St. Raphael's Home in Columbus, OH. She earned her B.A. at the University of Kansas in 1926, and her M.A. in Philosophy at Ohio University in 1936. Her published thesis, The Name is Living, is an account of the life and teachings of Isaac Penington (1616- 1679), Quaker mystic and father-in-law of William Penn.

Mrs. Hess published a steady stream of philosophical and poetic works from 1924, when her first poem was published, to 1976 when this compilation was assembled, and beyond. She died in 1987.

For a more detailed biographical note written by daughter Mary Caroline (Lina) Hess and niece Diana Whitcomb Arias. click here

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SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

The Mary Whitcomb Hess Collection consists of a variety of items. Box 1 contains off-prints of her textual publications from 1926 to 1976. These essays and commentaries on philosophical, literary, and religious topics were published primarily in Catholic periodicals as well as some philosophical journals. These are arranged alphabetically by title. The checklist noted below includes a four page subject index (p. 31-34); a copy of this index is appended to the inventory. The second, smaller box contains a looseleaf binder of Hess's collected poems (also arranged alphabetically by title). Also in the box are two pamphlets related to Penington or Quakerism. and a Fall 1930 catalog of "Quaker and Other Books" from the Friends Bookstore. Two of Mrs. Hess's poems were set to music by composer Earl E. Kelly. The original score for a song "White Wings Flying," published as a poem in 1953, and a photocopied score for "River Asleep," from a poem published in 1959, are housed with the collection. Lastly, there are 2 copies of the annotated bibliography, "M. Whitcomb Hess, A Bibliographical Checklist of Fifty Years: 1924-1974," written by her daughter, Sister Mary Carolina Hess S.N.D., upon which this inventory is largely based.

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CONTAINER LISTS FOR THE COLLECTION

Box 1

  • Folder 1 - "Age and Politics." Commonweal, vol. 26 (June 24, 1937), 153-154.
  • Folder 2 - "Anthony Trollope's One Hundred Years." America, vol. 89 (September 26, 1953), 624-626.
  • Folder 3 - "Apotheosis of Albert Schweitzer." Catholic World, vol. 174 (March, 1952), 425-29.
  • Folder 4 - Atomic Age and Henry Adams." Catholic World, vol. 172 (January, 1951), 256-263.
  • Folder 5 - "Bergson and Greek Mysticism." Personalist, vol. 17 (October, 1936), 377-383.
  • Folder 6 - "Bishop Miege, S.J.: A Page of American History." Contemporary Review, vol. 210 (January, 1967), 36-39.
  • Folder 7 - "Bishop of Kansas Territory." Ave Maria, vol. 82 (November 19, 1955). 10-13.
  • Folder 8 - "Blennerhassetts of Blennerhasset Island." Catholic World, vol.168 (October, 1948), 68-72.
  • Folder 9 - "The Body and the Light." Christian Register, vol. 117 (March 11, 1937), 160-161.
  • Folder 10 - "Browning: An English Kierkegaard." Christian Century, vol. 79 (May 2, 1962), 569-71.
  • Folder 11 - "Browning and Kierkegaard as Heirs of Luther." Christian Century, vol. 80 (June 19, 1963), 799-801.
  • Folder 12 - "Browning in Our Era." Contemporary Review, vol. 216 (March, 1970), 140-144.
  • Folder 13 - "Browning Sesquicentennial." Contemporary Review, vol. 201 (May, 1962), 268-70.
  • Folder 14 - "Canon Bell: Crusader for Religious Education." Catholic World, vol. 173 (May, 1951), 90-104.
  • Folder 15 - "The Comic Spirit." Catholic World, vol. 178 (January, 1954), 273-277.
  • Folder 16 - "Comments on Overstreet's 'The Word Becomes Flesh.'" Journal of Philosophy, vol.42 (November 22, 1945), 662-64.
  • Folder 17 - "Conant's Big-Business Fascism." Catholic World, vol. 177 (April, 1953), 25-30.
  • Folder 18 - "Connection between Syntax and World Structure." Personalist, vol.22 (April, 1941), 181-86.
  • Folder 19 - "Conversations in Boston, 1839." Catholic World, vol. 149 (June, 1939), 309-17.
  • Folder 20 - "Crisis in Modern Poetry." Spirit, vol. 27 (March, 1960), 21-24.
  • Folder 21 - "Cult of Verbal Noises." Catholic World, vol. 165 (June, 1947), 256-59.
  • Folder 22 - "Dare We Export Our Christianity?" Catholic World, vol.191 (May, 1960), 109-14.
  • Folder 23 - "Death of Soren Kierkegaard." Catholic World, vol, 182 (November, 1955), 92-98.
  • Folder 24 - "Democracy and the Dogma of Freedom." Personalist, vol.23 (January, 1942), 13-21.
  • Folder 25 - "Depicter of American Democracy." Christian Century, vol.81 (November 25, 1964), 1457-58.
  • Folder 26 - "Descartes and Richard Crashaw." Commonweal, vol. 42 (August 24, 1945), 455-57.
  • Folder 27 - "Devil Newly Invented!" Catholic World, vol. 168 (January, 1949), 295-301.
  • Folder 28 - "Dilemma in Kierkegaard's Either/Or." Journal of Philosophy, vol. 42 (April 13, 1945), 216-19.
  • Folder 29 - "Eminent Philosopher of the First Friends." Contemporary Review, vol.214 (March, 1969) 143-48.
  • Folder 30 - "Enigma of Henry Adams." Contemporary Review, vol. 197 (June, 1960), 325-28.
  • Folder 31 - "Epistemology and Symbolism." Journal of Philosophy, vol.29 (May 12, 1932), 265-268.
  • Folder 32 - "Father Bruckberger and America." Catholic World, vol.183 (September, 1956), 438-43.
  • Folder 33 - "Fenelon: Christian Educator." Christian Century, vol. 82 (January 6, 1965), 16-17.
  • Folder 34 - "Fenelon the Dauphin's Tutor." Contemporary Review, vol. 197 (April, 1960), 207-09.
  • Folder 35 - "Free Will in Browning's The Ring and the Book." Personalist, vol. 16 (July, 1935), 249-54.
  • Folder 36 - "Gallipolis, Ohio." American Scholar, vol. 15 (April, 1946), 231-35.
  • Folder 37 - "German Lutherans Judge Their Founder." Catholic World, vol.188 (November, 1958) 116-21.
  • Folder 38 - "The God of Elmer Davis." The Christian Register, vol. 109 (October 2, 1930), 779.
  • Folder 39 - "Goethe Bicentennial." America, vol. 81 (July 30,1949), 482-83.
  • Folder 40 - "Goethe,the Pride of German Culture." Catholic World, vol. 169 (August, 1949), 348-53.
  • Folder 41 - "Graham Greene's Travesty on The Ring and the Book." Catholic World, vol. 193 (October, 1961), 37-42.
  • Folder 42 - "Growing Pains and Modern Poetry." America, vol. 88 (February, 1953), 597-98.
  • Folder 43 - "H.S. Chamberlain: Prophet of Nazism." Commonweal, vol.30 (May 5, 1939), 37 -39.
  • Folder 44 - "He Called It Basketball." Christian Herald, vol. 64 (February, 1941), 36-37.
  • Folder 45 - "Hegelianism and the Making of the Modern Mind." Thomist, vol. 14 (July, 1951), 335-50.
  • Folder 46 - "Heine Found God." America, vol. 95 (June 23, 1956), 306-07.
  • Folder 47 - "Herrick's Golden Apples." Catholic World, vol. 167 (May, 1948), 140-145.
  • Folder 48 - "His Majesty's Government." Commonweal, vol. 31 (January 12, 1940), 259-61.
  • Folder 49 - "Holy Spirit at the 19th Quadrennial." Christian Century, vol. 81 (March 18, 1964), 370-72.
  • Folder 50 - "Hopkins and the Metaphor in Poetry." Review of Boyle's Metaphor in Hopkins. Spirit, vol. 30 (March, 1963), 21-24.
  • Folder 51 - "Humanism and Modern Science." Catholic World, vol. 158 (January, 1944), 370-76.
  • Folder 52 - "Is Free Speech a Right?" Journal of Philosophy, vol. 33 (July 30, 1936), 437-43.
  • Folder 53 - "Is Germany a Sanctuary of Civilization?" Christian Register, vol. 117 (September 22, 1938), 537-39.
  • Folder 54 - "Isaac Penington: Forefather of American Democracy." Contemporary Review, vol.213 (October, 1968), 210-12.
  • Folder 55 - "Isaac Penington: The Quaker Philosopher." Personalist, vol.10 (October, 1929), 270-74.
  • Folder 56 - "James Clarence Mangan: Story of Triumph." Catholic World, vol. 169 (June, 1949) 185-90.
  • Folder 57 - "Joubert: The Critic's Choice." Contemporary Review, vol. 205 (August, 1964), 439-40.
  • Folder 58 - "Kafka in Wonderland." America, vol. 97 (April 13, 1957), 44-45.
  • Folder 59 - "Kantor's Language Behavior." Journal of Philosophy, vol.26 (June, 1929), 354-56.
  • Folder 60 - "Key to William Blake." Christian Century, vol.80 (August 21, 1963), 1027-28.
  • Folder 61 - "Kierkegaard and Isaac Penington." Catholic World, vol. 162 (February, 1946), 434-37.
  • Folder 62 - "Kierkegaard and Socrates." Christian Century, vol.82 (June 9, 1965), 736-38.
  • Folder 63 - "Language and Sense Perception." Thomist, vol. 10 (January, 1947), 56-74.
  • Folder 64 - "Language of Poetry." Philosophical Review, vol. 53 (September, 1944), 484-92.
  • Folder 65 - "Last-Century Liberal: Heinrich Heine." Catholic World, vol. 183 (July, 1956), 281-85.
  • Folder 66 - "Leibnizian Philosophy in the Poetic Drama, Faust." Monatshefte fur deutschen Unterricht, vol. 24 (December, 1932), 247-52.
  • Folder 67 - "Lin Yutang on Henry Adams." America, vol. 84 (October 7, 1950), 16-18.
  • Folder 68 - "Linguistics, Poetry and the Nature of Man." Spirit, vol. 31 (November, 1964), 138-42.
  • Folder 69 - "The Literati and the Divine Fire." Personalist, vol. 19 (April, 1938), 179-86.
  • Folder 70 - "Logic, Symbolism, and the Art of Poetry." Modern Schoolman, vol. 41 (January, 1964), 158-64.
  • Folder 71 - "Lord Chesterfield and Education." School and Society, vol. 53 (February 22, 1941), 245-47.
  • Folder 72 - "The Man Who Invented Basketball." American Scholar, vol. 18 (January, 1949), 87-92.
  • Folder 73 - "The Man Who Knew Uncle Remus." Catholic World, vol. 166 (December, 1947), 254-58.
  • Folder 74 - "The Man Who Made the Dictionary." America, vol. 93 (September 17, 1955), 592-93.
  • Folder 75 - "Margaret Fuller: An Appreciation." Commonweal, vol. 30 (October 13, 1939), 555-56.
  • Folder 76 - "Margaret Fuller and Browning's Childe Roland." Personalist, vol. 28 (October, 1947), 376-83.
  • Folder 77 - "Mary and the Christian." Catholic World, vol. 203 (May, 1966), 100-03.
  • Folder 78 - "Mathematical Logic in Modern Positivism." Journal of Philosophy, vol. 30 (April 27, 1933), 242-45.
  • Folder 79 - "The Message of Isaac Penington." Friends' Quarterly Examiner, vol. 299 (July, 1941), 221-230.
  • Folder 80 - "Metaphysics and Modern Educators." School and Society, vol. 51 (June 1, 1940), 705-07.
  • Folder 81 - "Mind of the Third Reich." Christian Century, vol. 54 (August 4, 1937), 970-71.
  • Folder 82 - "Mr. Adler and the Teacher in a Democracy." Personalist, vol. 25 (October, 1944), 399-404.
  • Folder 83 - "Mr. Beck's Judgments of Meanings in Art." Journal of Philosophy, vol. 41 (September 14,1944), 513-20.
  • Folder 84 - "Mr. Hutchins and the Nature of Knowledge." School and Society, vol. 50 (December 16, 1939), 789-801.
  • Folder 85 - "Modern Philosophy and the Apostolate." Thomist, vol. 23 (July, 1960), 345-61.
  • Folder 86 - "Modern Stress on the Difference Between Poetry and Science." Spirit, vol. 26 (May, 1959), 52-56.
  • Folder 87 - "More about Space and Time in Music." Open Court, vol.42 (April, 1928), 208-11.
  • Folder 88 - "Music and Meaning in Poetry." Spirit, vol. 25 (May, 1958), 53-55.
  • Folder 89 - "Mysticism as a Philosophy." Personalist, vol. 20 (April, 1939), 177-83.
  • Folder 90 - "Nature and Epistemology." Open Court, vol. 43 (January,1929), 377-80.
  • Folder 91 - "Nature and Spirit in Herrick's Poetry." Personalist, vol. 27 (July, 1946), 299-305.
  • Folder 92 - "Nazi Cult of Nietzsche." Catholic World, vol. 156 (January, 1943), 434-37.
  • Folder 93 - "A New View of Browning's Blougram." Spirit, vol. 32 (November, 1965), 119-23.
  • Folder 94 - "Note on Art and Cognition." Journal of Philosophy, vol. 37 (October 10, 1940), 579-81.
  • Folder 95 - "Note on Criteria." Journal of Philosophy, vol. 33 (July 2, 1936), 382- 84.
  • Folder 96 - "Note on General Value Theory." Journal of Philosophy, vol. 32 (June 20, 1935), 350-54.
  • Folder 97 - "Note on Tennyson's Sesquicentennial." Spirit vol. 26 (September, 1959), 118-20.
  • Folder 98 - "A Note on the Appeal of Music." Personalist, vol. 21 (April, 1940), 172-177.
  • Folder 99 - "Note on the Individualism of Descartes." Journal of Philosophy, vol. 35 (March 31, 1938), 183-88.
  • Folder 100 - "Objectivity in Moral Philosophy." Journal of Philosophy, vol. 35 (July 7, 1938), 381-86.
  • Folder 101 - "Our Flight from Metaphysics." Personalist, vol.29 (October, 1948), 377-83.
  • Folder 102 - "Paul Tillich: Last of the German Idealists." Catholic World, vol. 189 (September, 1959), 421-26.
  • Folder 103 - "Philosopher to Politician: A Personal Appraisal of T.V. Smith." School and Society, vol. 52 (September 28, 1940), 246-52.
  • Folder 104 - "The Philosophy of the Absolute State." The New Humanist, vol. 9 (September, 1936), 121-125.
  • Folder 105 - "The Poems of Desperate Privacies." Spirit, vol. 30 (November, 1963), 140-44.
  • Folder 106 - "The Poet and the Semanticist. "Catholic World, vol. 173 (September, 1951), 441-45.
  • Folder 107 - "The Poet of the Catholic Revival." America, vol. 82 (December 3, 1949), 282-83.
  • Folder 108 - "The Poet Who Was Like Lincoln." Ave Maria, vol. 76 (November 29, 1952), 688-91.
  • Folder 109 - "Poetry and Logicality." Spirit, vol. 24 (July, 1957), 78-81.
  • Folder 110 - "Poetry and the Language Reference Problem." Spirit, vol. 17 (July, 1950), 87-90.
  • Folder 111 - "Poetry as Illustrating Verbal Reference." Modern Schoolman, vol. 31 (November, 1953), 1-9.
  • Folder 112 - "Poetry of Henry Vaughan." Christianity Today, vol. 15 (January, 1971), 15-17.
  • Folder 113 - "Portrait of an Early American." Ave Maria, vol. 78 (August 1, 1953), 15-18.
  • Folder 114 - "Portrait of an Early American Jurist: Thomas Ewing."Contemporary Review, vol. 215 (November, 1969) 264-67.
  • Folder 115 - "The Power of Being a Poet." Commonweal, vol. 32 (September 6, 1940), 407.
  • Folder 116 - "The Power of Poetic Language." Spirit, vol. 11 (January, 1945), 173-76. (Reprinted in the anthology,Return to Poetry: Critical Essays from "Spirit", ed. J.G. Brunini, et al. New York: D.X. McMullen, 1947, 175-78.
  • Folder 117 - "The Priest Who Rewrote English History." Ave Maria, vol. 78 (September 26,1953) , 17-19.
  • Folder 118 - "A Quaker Plotinus." Hibbert Journal, vol.29 (April, 1931), 479-86.
  • Folder 119 - "Quest for the Historical Luther." Catholic World, vol. 196 (November, 1962),73-79.
  • Folder 120 - "Question of Civil Autonomy." Philosophical Review, vol. 63 (July, 1954), 420-23.
  • Folder 121 - "Race and Nationality." The New Humanist, vol.8 (October, 1935), 165-69.
  • Folder 122 - "Rainer Maria Rilke: A Poet Who Fled from God." Christianity Today, vol.10 (September 16, 1966), 14-16.
  • Folder 123 - "Rainer Maria Rilke's Flight from God." Catholic World, vol. 175 (July, 1952), 278-84.
  • Folder 124 - "Recalling Aubrey de Vere." Ave Maria, vol. 74 (November 10, 1951), 583-86.
  • Folder 125 - "Recalling Crashaw." America, vol. 64 (January 5, 1946), 381-82.
  • Folder 126 - "Reinhold Niebuhr versus Socrates." Catholic World, vol. 182 (October, 1955), 37-41.
  • Folder 127 - "The Relation between Music and Poetry." Personalist, vol. 15 (April, 1934), 140-47.
  • Folder 128 - "Renaissance Neurosis." Catholic World, vol. 165 (August,1947), 438-42.
  • Folder 129 - "James Whitcomb Riley: An American Jongleur." America, vol. 82 (October 15, 1949), 45-47.
  • Folder 130 - "Robert Browning: True Poet." Spirit, vol. 29 (May, 1962), 52-55.
  • Folder 131 - "Science and the Supernatural." The Humanist, vol.5 (April, 1945), 40-41.
  • Folder 132 - "Semantic Question." New Scholasticism, vol. 23 (April, 1949), 186-206.
  • Folder 133 - "Sense of Impermanence in Modern Poetry; Reply." Spirit, vol. 12 (September, 1953), 124-27.
  • Folder 134 - "Social Unity and the Individual." School and Society, vol. 53 (April 26, 1941), 539-41.
  • Folder 135 - "Song of Richard Crashaw." Christianity Today, vol. 12 (September 13, 1968), 10-11.
  • Folder 136 - "The Source of Paradise Lost." America vol. 75 (July 27, 1948), 389-90.
  • Folder 137 - "Space and Time in Music." Open Court, vol. 41 (October, 1927), 596-600.
  • Folder 138 - "Speech-Symbols and the Poet's Art." Spirit, vol.21 (November, 1954), 148-51.
  • Folder 139 - "The Subject Matter of Music." Personalist, vol. 12 (July, 1931), 200-05.
  • Folder 140 - "Subjectivism and the Superstate." Catholic World, vol. 177 (May, 1953), 122-27.
  • Folder 141 - "Sydney Smith: A Knight of Humor." America, vol. 79 (July 10, 1948), 330-331.
  • Folder 142 - "Tennyson: 1809-1959." Contemporary Review, vol.196 (October, 1959), 183-85.
  • Folder 143 - "Thomas Ewing: An American Epic." America, vol. 80 (October 23, 1948), 73-75.
  • Folder 144 - "Thoreau and Hecker: Freeman, Friends, Mystics." Catholic World, vol. 209 (September, 1969), 265-67.
  • Folder 145 - "Thoughts of Joubert, 1838." Commonweal, vol. 28 (June 24, 1938), 239-40.
  • Folder 146 - "Three Christians in Literature." Christianity Today, vol. 8 (April 24, 1964), 13-15.
  • Folder 147 - "Tom Smith of Illinois." Christian Register, vol. 118 (November 2, 1939), 640-42.
  • Folder 148 - "Toynbee Dilemma." Christian Century, vol. 81 (January, 1964), 8-9.
  • Folder 149 - "Twentieth-Century Return of St. Thomas." Catholic World, vol. 179 (July, 1954), 286-91.
  • Folder 150 - "Two Evolutionists: Teilhard and Browning." Contemporary Review, vol.207 (November, 1965), 261- 64.
  • Folder 151 - "Two Historians: Ozanam and Toynbee." America, vol. 78 (January 24, 1948), 465-66.
  • Folder 152 - "Universal-Particular Situation in Sculpture and Poetry." Monist, vol. 44 (July, 1934), 255-61.
  • Folder 153 - "The Use of Words." Personalist, vol. 19 (October, 1938), 347-51.
  • Folder 154 - "Wallace Stevens and the 'Shaping Spirit.'" Personalist, vol. 42 (April, 1961), 207-12.
  • Folder 155 - "Watcher over Henry Adams' Grave." Ave Maria, vol. 81 (January 25, 1955), 17-18.
  • Folder 156 - "What Luther Meant by Faith Alone." Catholic World, vol. 199 (May, 1964), 96-101.
  • Folder 157 - "Where is Toynbee Going?" Catholic World, vol. 189 (May, 1959), 96-100.
  • Folder 158 - "William Blake: 1757-1957." Christian Century, vol. 74 (November 20, 1957), 1376-77.
  • Folder 159 - "William Law: A Devout and Holy Life." Christianity Today, vol. 19 (January 31, 1975), 4-6.
  • Folder 160 - "William Penn, American." Christian Century, vol. 61 (October 18, 1944), 1194.
  • Folder 161 - "William Penn and Isaac Penington." Commonweal, vol. 40 (June 2, 1944), 153-55.
  • Folder 162 - "William Penn's 'Just Man.'" Friends Intelligencer, (November 23, 1940), 753-54.
Box 2
  • Folder 1 - "Collected Poems of M. Whitcomb Hess," (looseleaf bound photocopies).
  • Folder 2 - Musical scores for "River Asleep" (1961?) and "White Wings Flying" (1954), with 2 photocopied letters from Earl E. Kelly.
  • Folder 3 - Mary Carolina Hess S.N.D., compiler, "M. Whitcomb Hess: A Bibliographical Checklist of Fifty Years, 1924-1974" (2 copies).
  • Folder 4 - Howard H. Brinton, "Ethical Mysticalism in the Society of Friends" (1967), pamphlet.
  • Folder 5 - Robert J. Leach, "The Inward Journey of Isaac Penington" (1943), pamphlet.
  • Folder 6 - Friends Book Store, "Quaker and Other Books, Fall 1930" catalog.

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