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Percy Hughes: Publications and Papers, 1872-1952

 Collection
Identifier: SC MS 0111
“Percy Hughes Publications and Papers (1872-1952)” collection contains photographs, correspondence, family documents, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, books and academic articles, and reprints on Philosophy, Psychology, Education, Higher Education, Sports Education, and Lehigh University by Percy Hughes who was a Lehigh professor and taught Philosophy, Psychology and Education, and was a lifelong friend of John Dewey.The collection was researched, compiled and organized by Elizabeth Hughes Clark, daughter of Percy Hughes, who also wrote content notes on the material, a personal memoire and a biography of Percy Hughes. These writings also added to the collection.The collection was donated to Lehigh University Special Collection by Elizabeth Hughes Clark in 2006 and rearranged by Special Collections staff in series in 2008.

Dates

  • 1872-1952

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

Collection housed remotely. Users need to contact 24 hours in advance.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is open for research.

Extent

2 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Overview

“Percy Hughes Publications and Papers (1872-1952)” collection contains photographs, correspondence, family documents, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, books and academic articles, and reprints on Philosophy, Psychology, Education, Higher Education, Sports Education, and Lehigh University by Percy Hughes who was a Lehigh professor and taught Philosophy, Psychology and Education, and was a lifelong friend of John Dewey.The collection was researched, compiled and organized by Elizabeth Hughes Clark, daughter of Percy Hughes, who also wrote content notes on the material, a personal memoire and a biography of Percy Hughes. These writings also added to the collection.The collection was donated to Lehigh University Special Collection by Elizabeth Hughes Clark in 2006 and rearranged by Special Collections staff in series in 2008. Latest documents added in 2009.

Biographical / Historical

Percy Hughes (1872-1952) was born in Peshawar, British India to Anglican missionary parents. He then was taken to London, England at the age of three where he went to Christ’s Hospital School, known as the Blue Coat School and in 1888 with his family came to New York City where his father became an Episcopal clergyman. In New York City, he worked as a clerk and attended Teachers College at Columbia University. He left Columbia University to complete his senior year at Alfred College and to accompany his sister who was already in there. After earning his A.B. from Alfred College, the President of the college asked him to teach a course in Philosophy there. He then went back to Columbia University, studied under John Dewey and earned his an MA and Ph.D. there. From then on, Hughes and John Dewey became lifelong friends.

In 1907, Hughes came to Lehigh University as an assistant professor of Philosophy, Education and Psychology. In 1909 he became full professor. From 1909 to 1942 to his retirement, Hughes periodically was in charge of education – both extension and summer session courses – and taught psychology and philosophy, and became the Chairman of the Department of Philosophy, Psychology and Education and then the Clara H. Stewardson Professor of Philosophy. He published numerous works on Philosophy, Psychology, Education and Sports education, and was involved in extra curricular activities and sport, especially soccer. Hughes played and instrumental role in shaping the College of Education: first as a department, then a School, and finally, since 1985, one of the University’s four Colleges.

The collection was compiled and donated by Elizabeth Hughes Clark, professor emerita of sociology at Arcadia (a.k.a. Beaver) College, who researched, in 2001-2002, Lehigh archives in Special Collections to find facts related to her father’s years. She compiled and arranged his publications, correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs and other materials and then donated to Special Collections. Elizabeth Hughes Clark’s personal memoir and biography of Percy Hughes added to this collection too.

Arrangement

Content of this collection organized by chronologically.
Title
Percy Hughes: Publications and Papers SC MS 0111
Status
completed
Author
Special Collections Staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2012-09-13: Revised September 13, 2012
  • 2017-02-21: Added to ArchivesSpace

Repository Details

Part of the Lehigh University Special Collections Repository

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