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Josef William Fox. Papers, 1947-1981
Title: Josef William Fox. Papers, 1947-1981
Record Series: 14/05/02/02
Creator: Josef Fox
Extent: 1.67 linear feet, 4 boxes
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.
Language: This material is entirely in English.
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Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the Josef William Fox Papers, 1947-1981, Archives Record Series 14/06/12, [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
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Josef William Fox was born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, in 1914. He obtained his B. A. degree in 1937 from Pennsylvania State University, and his M .A. in 1938 from Louisiana State University. He was awarded the Ph. D. degree in English from the University of Chicago in 1953, and did post-doctoral study at Harvard University.
During World War II, Fox served in both the Army and the Navy. He was married to Priscilla Kakis in New York City in 1944.
Fox received the "Favorite Teacher" award several times during his career at UNI, a reflection of his dedication to his students and their respect for him. He retired from the Department of Philosophy and Religion in December 1979, and moved to Vermont with his wife. He died of a heart attack August 7, 1980, at his Peacham, Vermont, home.
He was survived by his wife; two brothers, Paul, in California, and Carl, in Pennsylvania; and a sister, Kathryn Bemesderfer, in Ohio.
Memorial services were held at 4 P.M. Wednesday, August 27, 1980, in the Education Center. Speaking at the ceremony were Thomas Thompson, professor of philosophy and religion, H. W. Reninger, former head of the Department of English, and J. W. Maucker, former UNI president, all long-time friends of Fox.
Scope and Content
Portions of these papers relating to the collection of essays, A Faith in Reason, were acquired from Professor Scott Cawelti after the book was published. The collection of photocopied Obiter Scripta columns, assembled for the production of the book, is probably very close to being complete. Professor Fox used these columns to express frequently controversial views on wide variety of both college and public issues.
Professor Evelyn Wood gave the Humanities lecture notes to Rod Library Special Collections in June 2001. Professor Fox had given those notes to her when he retired.
The correspondence is a rich source of information about significant issues relating to the teaching of Humanities at UNI from 1950 through 1970. Professor Fox exchanged lengthy correspondence with many administrators and colleagues including J. W. Maucker, William Lang, H. W. Reninger, and Thomas Thompson. Frequently both sides of the correspondence are present.
Memorial service and memorial plans, including addresses by J. W. Maucker, H. W. Reninger, and Thomas Thompson
Professor Fox's Ph. D. dissertation, Probability in the Plays of Eugene O'Neill, University of Chicago, 1953
Correspondence between Professor Fox and UNI administrators and colleagues concerning Humanities and other campus issues
Administrative evaluation of Professor Fox's performance
John Stuart tenure decision, 1956
Marjorie Campbell grievance, 1961 [RESTRICTED USE]
Faculty committee work; plans for showing tapes of Fox Humanities lectures
Plans for an essay contest honoring Professor Fox.
Box 2 - Addresses and essays
Are we obligated to future others?
Clapp essay and Fox response
Defense of the university
Education--troubles, troubles, troubles
Faculty activity survey
Focus on the future, #1-24
Four articles of a simple faith
Future of the individual
General Education in the university curriculum
Hallberg letter on campus unrest
In memoriam--Stanley G. Wood
Obiter Scripta--several typescripts
Observations on the mind
Of moral sanctions
Phi Delta Kappa address on unions
Philosophy and Religion Department memo
Police Science Institute address on law and authority
Politics of doom
Present predicament of mankind
Present predicament of mankind--second report
Professional ethics and faculty responsibility
Rebuttal to criticism of Hoffmans dismissal
Role of general education in the college curriculum
Role of the university with regard to the present predicament of mankind
Science and patriotism
Secularization of politics
Sidney Hook and academic freedom
So God is dead--now what?
These troubled times
Time of troubles
Unions for professionals
Wartburg conference--human values
What commences at commencement?
Who's in command?
Material relating to the production of A Faith in Reason, including some correspondence with J. W. Maucker and copies of Obiter Scripta columns.
Photocopies of Obiter Scripta columns; Humanities lecture notes.
Material re-processed and finding aid prepared by Gerald L. Peterson in June 2001. Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, January 2018 and April 2018. Linear feet updated on September 14, 2017.