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Henry S. Leonard papers

Identifier: UA-17.361

Scope and Contents

The Henry S. Leonard papers contain materials from Leonard's academic career beginning as a student, course materials including syllabi from Leonard's time teaching at Duke University and Michigan State University, notes, drafts of Leonard's publications, and finished articles and publications. There is also material related to societies Leonard belonged to as well as a small amount of correspondence. A book honoring Leonard and his work, as well as two Process Studies journals from 2013 about Alfred Whitehead which also contain mentions of Leonard round out the collection.


  • Creation: 1914, 1934-1967


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.


Henry S. Leonard was born on December 19, 1905 in West Newton, Massachusets. He received his A.B., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University where he became an instructor. From 1930 to 1937 he was an instructor at the University of Rochester. He then became an associate professor at Duke University where, in 1942, he was the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Philosophy department. He became chairman of the department in 1949. Leonard came to Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) in September 1949 as the chair of the Philosophy department. From 1959-1961 Leonard was a fellow in the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. In 1961 the MSU Board of Trustees named him University Professor which was given to distinguished scholars of international reputation. He was the third faculty member to receive the title. Leonard passed away on July 11, 1967.


9 Cubic Feet

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Folders have been kept in the order in which they arrived.

Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Henry S. Leonard Papers
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April 2015
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