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Guide to the Ralph Borsodi Papers, 1938-1977

Collection number: MC 34

Size: 19 boxes (6.33 cu.ft.)

About Ralph Borsodi (1888-1977)

Ralph Borsodi was born in New York City in December of 1888. The details of his early life are sketchy but it appears that Borsodi became educated through a combination of stints in private school and personal reading. After working in his father’s publishing company as a young man, Borsodi advised a number of large New York corporations on economic matters. Concurrently he authored two works which helped to spark a return to homesteading. These were This Ugly Civilization (1929) and Flight From the City (1933).

In the mid-1930s Borsodi led the Dayton Project, an attempt to alleviate the effects of the Depression by fostering small, quasi-self-sufficient communities. After this experiment failed, Borsodi helped to found the School for Living in Suffern, New York in order to investigate and promulgate the homesteading life which he advocated. He next founded the University of Melbourne in Florida to further his interests in community and decentralization. During the 1960s and 1970s Borsodi sought to present his ideas via international fora. He developed contacts in India and, with a number of allies, sought to set up several international corporations to implement his economic and educational ideas. His last major project was an attempt to create a currency the value of which would not change.

Borsodi died in Exeter, NH in 1977. His work was greatly influential in spurring a “rural renaissance” that pressed for decentralization of the economy and the government and a return to a self-sufficient life. Many of his ideas have re-emerged in the modern environmentalist movements.

For more about Ralph Borsodi, see Ralph Borsodi’s Principles for Homesteaders by Mildred Loomis [reprinted from Land & Liberty, November-December 1978.

About the Ralph Borsodi Papers

The Ralph Borsodi Collection consists of correspondence, much of which concerns the imminent visit to the United States of Jayaprakash Narayan in 1966; manuscripts for several of Borsodi's works, both published and unpublished; and a small amount of papers from the School of Living, the University of Melbourne, and the corporations that Borsodi set up to implement his ideas.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ralph Borsodi Papers, 1938-1977, MC 34, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donations: multiple accessions, 1974-1988 (Accession numbers: 39, 114, 7749, 7943, 8817);

Related Material

Books by Ralph Borsodi in UNH Library

Collection Contents

Series I: Correspondence from Ralph Borsodi (arranged alphabetically), 1938-1972

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Correspondence: A
Herbert Agar, Louisville Courier-Journal, 1938 (1 letter)

American Eugenics Society, Inc., 1965 (5 letters)

Stanley Andrews, 1966 (1 letter)

Dr. James W. Angell, New School for Social Research, 1966 (1 letter)

Association for Voluntary Sterilization, Inc.
Box 1, Folder 2 Correspondence: B-C
Mr. & Mrs. Willis Ballinger, 1952 (1 letter)

Beirut Chamber of Commerce, Lebanon, 1966 (5 letters)

Leo Bernstein, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, 1972 (1 letter)

Books By Mail, Inc., 1965 (1 letter)

Bill Borsodi (?), 1966 (2 letters)

Morris Borsodi (uncle), 1952, 1954 (1 letter)

Al Bragg?, 1960 (1 letter)

Dr. Karl Brandt, Stanford University, 1966 (1 letter)

Victor Buck, 1967 (4 letters)

Willima Bundy, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, 1966 (1 letter)

Ralph Burhoe, Meadville Theological School, Chicago, 1966 (2 letters)

Stuart Chase, 1966 (1 letter)

Frank Chiles, 1938 (1 letter)

Robert Clancy, Henry George School of Social Science, NY, 1965 (1 letter)

Senator Joseph Clark (Pennsylvania), 1966 (1 letter)

William J. Clark, 1938 (1 letter)

Edward Cohen, International Development Foundation, 1966 (1 letter)

Senator Norris Cotton (New Hampshire), 1966 (1 letter)

Box 1, Folder 3 Correspondence: D-F
Dr. Harry Day, New England Center, 1966 (2 letters)

Donald Dennis, Secretary, Federal Union, 1966 (1 letter)

Satish P. Desai, 1966-1968 (4 letters)

Dr. Richard Dewey, University of New Hampshire, 1966 (2 letters)

Dr. Wendell Diebold, 1952 (1 letter)

Embassy of the Duchy of Luxembourg, 1966 (1 letter)

Embassy of Republic of Lebanon, 1966 (1 letter)

Jennifer Estrin, New School for Social Research, 1966 (1 letter)

Euthanasia Society of America, Inc., 1965 (1 letter)

S. Howard Evans, 1952 (1 letter)

Exeter Banking Company, 1965-1966 (2 letters)

Rene F. Eyheralde, Santiago, Chile, 1966 (1 letter)

Farm Home Administration (Howard Bertch), 1966 (1 letter)

Farmers and World Affairs (Ray Newton), 1966 (1 letter)

Roger C. Fenn, 1966 (1 letter)

First National Bank of Boston, London, 1973 (2 letters)

First National City Bank, New York City, James D. Farley, Vice President and Leif Olsen, Senior Vice President and Economist, 1966 (3 letters)

Roger Franklin (?), 1968 (1 letter)

Box 1, Folder 4 Correspondence: Ga
Ernest Gaunt, Director, Division of Applied Exchange at the School of Living, 1936-1938 (34 letters)

Box 1, Folder 5 Correspondence: Go-J
Dr. Arthur Goodfriend, University of Hawaii, 1966 (1 letter)

Dr. Benjamin Graham, 1966 (1 letter)

Dean Joseph J. Greenbaum, Congressman, New School for Social Research, 1966 (1 letter)

Dr. Alan F. Guttmacher, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 1966 (1 letter)

Ralph W. Gwinn, 1952 (1 letter)

Erick S. Hansch, School of Living, 1972 (4 letters)

Henry Hazlitt, Newsweek, 1966 (1 letter)

William Henry, 1966 (1 letter)

Dr. Folke Hilgerdt, 1952 (1 letter)

John T. Holden, 1966 (2 letters)

Rene Hottua, Director of Economic Expansion. Luxembourg, 1966 (1 letter)

Dr. Charles S. Houston, College of Medicine, University of Vermont, 1966 (1 letter)

International Assistance Corporation (John M. Eklund, Executive Vice President), 1966 (1 letter)

International Peasants Union, 1966 (1 letter)

Dr. Homer Jack, Unitarian Universalist Association, 1964-1966 (3 letters)

Dr. Erwin Jaffe, University of New Hampshire, 1966-1967 (2 letters)

Barbara A. Jewett, 1966 (1 letter)

Box 1, Folder 6 Correspondence: K-M
Andrew M. Kamarck, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 1966 (1 letter)

M.C. Kathari, Book Sellers and Publishers, Gujarat, India, 1965 (1 letter)

Senator Kenneth B. Keating, National Chairman, Population Crisis Committee, 1965 (1 letter)

Kendall Kimberland, Chase Manhattan Bank, 1966 (1 letter)

Carol C. Laise, Country Director for India, U.S. Bureau of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, 1966 (1 letter)

John O. Leahigh, English Speaking Relations, Santiago, Chile, 1966 (1 letter)

Lee and Muirhead, (G.E. Berry, International Department), 1967 (1 letter)

Mildred Jensen Loomis, 1952-1967 (15 letters)

Dr. Abraham Maslow, Brandeis University, 1966 (1 letter)

Dr. Edward Mason, Harvard University, 1966 (1 letter)

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Mayer, 1966 (2 letters)

Mr. and Mrs. Mazumdar, Gujarat, India, 1967 (1 letter)

Reverend Jack Mendelsohn, Arlington Street Church, Boston, 1966 (3 letters)

Dr. Ilse Mintz, Columbia University, New York, 1966 (1 letter)

George E. Moesel, 1955 (1 letter)

Arthur E. Morgan, 1966 (1 letter)

Box 1, Folder 7 Correspondence: N-Pi
Jayaprakash Narayan, 1964-1967 (14 letters)

National Farmer's Union, 1966 (1 letter)

Herbert D. Newell, 1966 (1 letter)

Ashakant Nimbark, New School for Social Research, 1966 (1 letter)

Kersi Palkiwala, Bombay, India, 1968 (1 letter)

Rangel Parra, Mexico, 1966 (1 letter)

Ambassador G. Parthasarathi, United Nations, 1966 (1 letter)

Ishwarbai J. Patel, Vice-Chancellor, Sardar Patel University, Gujarat, India, 1967-1968 (3 letters)

R.C. Patel, Charotar Book Stall, Anand, India, 1968 (1 letter)

T.G. Patel, Bombay, India, 1967 (1 letter)

W. Russell Peabody, 1966 (1 letter)

Judge John W. Perkins, 1966 (1 letter)

William E. Peterson, Ramapo Valley Independent, 1938 (1 letter)

Dr. Franz Pick, Pick's World Currency Report, 1966-1967 (9 letters)

Box 1, Folder 8 Correspondence: Pl-Si
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, 1965 (1 letter)

Planned Parenthood--World Population, 1965 (5 letters)

The Population Council, 1965 (1 letter)

Devi Prasad, Secretary, War Resisters International, 1967 (1 letter)

Arthur Pursell, 1966 (1 letter)

Charlton D. Putnam, 1966 (1 letter)

Dr. Edmond Rabbath, University of Beirut, 1966 (1 letter)

Leonard Read, Foundation Economic Education, 1966 (1 letter)

David Rockefeller, Chase-Manhattan Bank, 1966 (1 letter)

Herbert C. Roseman, 1966 (1 letter)

Raymond S. Rubinow, 1966 (1 letter)

Reverend Alexander St.Ivanyi, 1966 (2 letters)

Robert Saltonstall, 1966 (1 letter)

The Saturday Review of Literature , 1953 (1 letter)

Calvin Schnucker, 1954 (1 letter)

Dr. Frederic Schroni, 1966 (1 letter)

Dr. Jack Schwartzmann, 1966 (1 letter)

Securities and Exchange Commission, 1972 (1 letter)

A.C. Sen, 1966 (1 letter)

Armand Simon, Counsellor to the Government of Luxembourg, 1966 (1 letter)

Box 1, Folder 9 Correspondence: Sm-W
Rose Smart, 1954 (1 letter)

Cynthia Speed, 1952-1954 (2 letters)

Dr. J.E. Stepanek, 1966 (1 letter)

Standard Oil Company, Treasurer, n.d. (1 letter)

Jay Stewart, Sunset Industries, Inc., 1955 (1 letter)

Chauncey D. Stillman, 1938-1954 (3 letters)

Elizabeth Stry, 1954 (1 letter)

Dr. Emery F. Swan, 1966 (1 letter)

Robert Swan, 1966 (1 letter)

Mrs. D. L. Swarthout, 1966 (1 letter)

H.D. Swartzendruber, 1966 (1 letter)

Taj Mahal Hotel, Bombay, 1968 (1 letter)

Joseph N. Ulman, Jr., The Register-Leader , Boston, 1965-1966 (5 letters)

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Home Economics, 1972 (1 letter)

The Wilderness Society, Stweart M. Brandborg, Executive Director, 1965 (1 letter)

Box 1, Folder 10 Correspondence: misc
Dr. B---?, 1971[?] (1 letter)

Virginia –?, 1955 (2 letters)

“To My Friends,” 1964 (1 letter)

Series II: Correspondence to Ralph Borsodi (arranged alphabetically), 1938-1972

Box 1, Folder 11 Correspondence: A
Don & Doris Abbott, 1952 (1 letter)

Eleanor Allen, 1976 (1 letter)

Noah D. Alper, Henry George School of Social Science, 1952 (1 letter)

American Association for Economic Freedom, Claude Watts, Executive Secretary, 1938 (1 letter)

American Eugenics Society, Frederick Osborn, 1965 (2 letters)

American Natural Hygiene Society, Elizabeth Stry, 1954 (1 letter)

Margaret Anacker, 1970 (1 letter)

James W. Angell, 1966 (1 letter)

Max Ascoli, 1967 (1 letter)

Association for Voluntary Sterilization, Inc., 1965 (1 letter)

Avard (Association of Voluntary Agencies for Rural Development), 1966 (1 letter)

Box 1, Folder 12 Correspondence: Ba-Bu
Sven & Marguerite Barton, 1953 (1 letter)

Paul S. Biswas, 1976 (1 letter)

Joan V. Bondurant, 1966 (1 letter)

Bill Borsodi, 1966 (1 letter)

Albert Bragg, Jr., 1960 (1 letter)

Karl Brandt, 1966 (1 letter)

Paul Brinkman, Jr., 1954 (1 letter)

Mabelle H. Brooks, 1952 (1 letter)

Robert Browne, 1966 (1 letter)

P. Browning, Sr., 1977 (1 letter)

Ada Bull, n.d. (1 letter)

William P. Bundy, Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs, 1966 (1 letter)

Ralph Burhoe, 1966 (2 letters)

Box 1, Folder 13 Correspondence: Bo-C
Charotar Bookstall (published Seventeen Problems of Man and Society), 1968 (2 letters)

Chase Manhattan Bank, 1966 (1 letter)

Frank G. Chiles, 1952 (1 letter)

Church of the Larger Fellowship, George N. Marshall, 1965 (1 letter)

Robert Clancy, Director, Henry George School of Social Science, NY, 1968 (1 letter)

U.S. Senator Joseph S. Clark (Pennsylvania), 1966 (1 letter)

Allan R. Cohen, 1967 (1 letter)

Consulate General of India, 1966 (1 letter)

U.S. Senator Norris Cotton (New Hampshire), 1966 (1 letter)

John Creelman, Dept. of Economics, Sierra College, CA, 1978 (1 letter)

Box 1, Folder 14 Correspondence: D
Satish P. Desai, 1966 (4 letters)

Richard Dewey, Dept. of Sociology, University of New Hampshire, 1966-1969 (5 letters)

Felicia J. Deyrup, 1966 (1 letter)

Dora E. Dodge, n.d. (1 letter)

Josephine Drabek, 1952 (1 letter)

Box 1, Folder 15 Correspondence: E
Laurie A. Ebacher, 1976 (1 letter)

Marilyn Elton, 1966 (1 letter)

Embassy of Republic of Lebanon, 1966 (1 letter)

Alan D. Entine, Professor of Economics, Columbia University, New York City, 1966 (2 letters)

Euthanasia Society of America, 1965 (2 letters)

S. Howard Evans, 1952 (2 letters)

Exeter Banking Co., 1965-1966 (2 letters)

Box 1, Folder 16 Correspondence: F
Farmers and World Affairs, 1966 (1 letter)

Roger C. Fenn, 1966 (1 letter)

First National City Bank, New York City, J. Farley, Vice President and Leif Olsen, Senior Vice President and Economist, 1966 (2 letters)

Ford Foundation, Urban and Regional Development Advisory Program in Chile, 1966 (1 letter)

Foundation for Economic Education, 1966 (1 letter)

Roger Franklin, 1968 (1 letter)

Box 1, Folder 17 Ernest Gaunt, Director, Division of Applied Exchange at the School of Living, Apr 1936 – Dec 1937 (12 letters from Gaunt; 2 responses from Borsodi)

Box 1, Folder 18 Ernest Gaunt, Mar – Apr 1938 (21 letters from Gaunt; 5 responses from Borsodi)

Box 1, Folder 19 Ernest Gaunt, May – June 1938 (8 letters from Gaunt; 2 responses from Borsodi)

Box 1, Folder 20 Ernest Gaunt, July – Sept 1938 (19 dated and 2 undated letters)

Box 1, Folder 21 Correspondence: G-H
Devin A. Garrity, President, Devin-Adair Company, 1952 (1 letter)

Philip Glick, 1976 (1 letter)

John Goodrich, 1977 (1 letter)

Joseph Greenbaum, Dean, New School for Social Research, NYC, 1966 (1 letter)

U.S. Rep. Ralph W. Gwinn (NY), 1952 (1 letter)

Erick Hansch, International Independence Institute, 1968-1972 (6 letters)

Harcourt Brace, Inc., 19668 (1 letter)

Morgan Harris, 1952-1976 (1 letter)

George Haslerud, 1966-1969 (3 letters)

Henry Hazlitt, Newsweek, 1966 (1 letter)

Robert Heilbroner, 1966 (1 letter)

Charles Houston, Chair, Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Vermont Coillege of Medicine, 1966 (1 letter)

David Hovestol, 1977 (1 letter)

U.S. Rep. J. Oliva Huot (NH), 1966 (1 letter)

Meir Hurwitz, Israel, 1977 (1 letter)

Box 1, Folder 22 Correspondence: I-L
Institute for Humane Studies (F.A. “Baldy” Harper, Executive Vice President), 1966 (1 letter)

International Assistance Corporation (John M. Eklund, Executive Vice President), 1966 (1 letter)

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (Harold Graves, Director of Information), 1966 (1 letter)

International Peasants Union, 1966 (1 letter)

Barbara Jewett, 1966 (1 letter)

Andrew M. Kamarck, Director, Economics Dept., International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 1966 (1 letter)

Art Ketchen, 1976 (1 letter)

Frances Mitchell Lee, 1977 (1 letter)

Marion Loring, School of New Economics, Alberta, Canada, 1977 (1 letter)

Box 1, Folder 23 Mildred Loomis, 1952-1953 (13 letters)

Box 1, Folder 24 Mildred Loomis, 1964-1967 (14 letters)

Box 1, Folder 25 Mildred Loomis, 1968-1972 (20 letters)

Box 1, Folder 26 Mildred Loomis, undated (19 letters)

Box 1, Folder 27 Correspondence: Lux-O
Luxembourg, Secretary to the Ambassador, 1966 (1 letter)

Luxembourg, Ministry of Justice, 1968 (1 letter)

U.S. Senator Thomas McIntyre (NH), 1966 (1 letter)

Arnold Maddaloni, 1965 (1 letter)

Abraham Maslow, Brandeis University, 1966 (1 letter)

Edward Mason, 1966 (1 letter)

Marion Mayer, 1966 (1 letter)

P.N. Mazumdar (1 letter)

Saralevi Mazumdar (1 letter)

Jack Mendelsohn, 1966 (2 letters)

Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation (via Paul Salstrom), 1966 (1 letter)

The Monotype Corporation, 1968 (1 letter)

Arthur E. Morgan, 1966 (1 letter)

The National Insider, Inc. (article by Mildred Loomis, “Why I Think Cities Are Unfit To Live In”), 1966 (1 letter)

Herbert D. Newell, 1966 (1 letter)

State of New York Department of State, 1972 (1 letter)

Onlooker Press, Bombay, India, 1968 (2 letters)

Samuel H. Ordway, Jr., 1966 (1 letter)

Box 1, Folder 28 Jayaprakash Narayan, 1961-1967 (11 letters)

Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 Correspondence: Pa-Pi
Parsons College, 1952 (1 letter)

C. N. Patel, 1961 (1 letter)

Harji Patel (Application for loan), 1966 (1 letter)

Ishwarbai J. Patel, Vice-Chancellor, Sardar Patel University, 1967-1968 (2 letters)

T.G. Patel, 1959 (1 letter)

Capt. C.G. Pendill, 1965 (1 letter)

Perkins, Holland and Donovan, 1966 (1 letter)

Franz Pick, 1966/1967 (5 letters)

Box 2, Folder 2 Correspondence: Pl-Pu
Planned Parenthood – World Population, 1965 (5 letters)

The Population Council, 1965 (5 letters)

Population Crisis Committee, 1965 (2 letters)

Porter Sargent, 1967 (1 letter)

Arthur Pursell, 1966 (1 letter)

Charlton D. Putnam, 1966 (1 letter)

Box 2, Folder 3 Correspondence: R-St
Edmond Rabbath, 1966-1967 (2 letters)

Reynolds & Co., 1966 (1 letter)

David Rockefeller, Chase Manhattan Bank, 1966 (1 letter)

Murray N. Rothbard, 1966 (1 letter)

Alexander St.-Ivanyi, 1966 (2 letters)

St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD, 1976 (1 letter)

Wayne Sarcka, 1950 (1 letter)

The School for International Training, 1967 (1 letter)

Calvin Schnucker, 1954 (2 letters)

Dr. F. Schöni, 1966 (1 letter)

Securities and Exchange Commission, 1972 (1 letter)

Armand Simon, Counsellor to the Government of Luxembourg, 1966 (1 letter)

Rose Smart, 1954-1955 (1 letter)

Spiritual Mobilization, 1952 (1 letter)

Alan L. Steffen, 1977 (1 letter)

Box 2, Folder 4 Correspondence: St-Sw
Elizabeth Stevenson, 1966 (1 letter)

Leonard A. Stidley, 1952-1954 (2 letters)

Chauncey Stillman, 1952-1954 (3 letters)

Rev. Elbridge F. Stoneham, 1969 (1 letter)

Jean Stoneham, 1969-1977 (2 letters)

Elizabeth R. Stry, 1954 (1 letter)

Col. David Stry, 1968 (1 letter)

Mike Sullivan, 1976 (1 letter)

Sunset Industries, Inc., 1955 (1 letter)

Emery Swan, 1969 (1 letter)

Bob Swann, 1966-1967 (4 letters)

Doris Swarthout, 1966 (1 letter)

Box 2, Folder 5 T to U
Box 2, Folder 6 V to Z and Unidentified

Series III: Correspondence from Others to Others (arranged alphabetically), 1938-1972

Box 2, Folder 7 Correspondence to Clare Borsodi, 1968-78
Box 2, Folder 8 Correspondence to and from Ernest Gaunt, Director, Division of Applied Exchange at the School of Living, 1936-1938
Box 2, Folder 9 Correspondence to Mildred Loomis from others, 1952-1972
Box 2, Folder 10 Correspondence from Mildred Loomis to others, 1967-72
Box 2, Folder 11 Correspondence from others to others, 1952-1968

Series IV: Writings by Borsodi [folder headings in quotation marks are Borsodi's]

Subseries A: Seventeen Problems of Man and Society (and material on an earlier version, A Study of the Fourteen Basic Problems of Man and Society)

Box 2, Folder 12 Dust Jacket, Seventeen Problems of Man and Society , Charotar Book Stall edition
Box 2, Folder 13 Title pages of each volume of The Fourteen Basic Problems of Man and Society , 1960
Box 2, Folder 14 Outlines and notes for Seventeen Problems of Man and Society
Box 2, Folder 15 Outlines and notes for Seventeen Problems of Man and Society
Box 2, Folder 16 Outlines and notes for Seventeen Problems of Man and Society
Box 2, Folder 17 Outlines and notes for Seventeen Problems of Man and Society
Box 2, Folder 18 Outlines and notes for Seventeen Problems of Man and Society
Box 2, Folder 19 Outlines and notes for Seventeen Problems of Man and Society
Box 2, Folder 20 Outlines and notes for Seventeen Problems of Man and Society
Box 2, Folder 21 Outlines and notes for Seventeen Problems of Man and Society
Box 2, Folder 22 Miscellaneous notes for Seventeen Problems of Man and Society
Box 2, Folder 23 Miscellaneous notes for Seventeen Problems of Man and Society
Box 2, Folder 24 Miscellaneous notes for Seventeen Problems of Man and Society
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1 “Notes” [Antrhopoic Problem]
Box 3, Folder 2 “Chapters 1 to 10″ [Antrhopoic Problem]
Box 3, Folder 3 “Chapters 1 to 10″ [Antrhopoic Problem]
Box 3, Folder 4 “Chapters 1 to 10″ [Antrhopoic Problem]
Box 3, Folder 5 “Notes” [Ontologic Problem]
Box 3, Folder 6 “Charts” [Ontologic Problem]
Box 3, Folder 7 “Mss” [Ontologic Problem]
Box 3, Folder 8 “Mss” [Ontologic Problem]
Box 3, Folder 9 “Mss” [Ontologic Problem]
Box 3, Folder 10 “Mss” [Ontologic Problem]
Box 3, Folder 11 “Notes” [Etiologic Problem]
Box 3, Folder 12 “Charts” [Etiologic Problem]
Box 3, Folder 13 “Charts” [Etiologic Problem]
Box 3, Folder 14 “Mss from India on 1-6: Etiologic Problem” [Etiologic Problem]
Box 3, Folder 15 “Mss from India on 1-6: Etiologic Problem” [Etiologic Problem]
Box 3, Folder 16 “Mss from India on 1-6: Etiologic Problem” [Etiologic Problem]
Box 3, Folder 17 “Mss from India on 1-6: Etiologic Problem” [Etiologic Problem]
Box 3, Folder 18 “Mss from India on 1-6: Etiologic Problem” [Etiologic Problem]
Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1 “Mss. from India…” [Etiologic Problem]
Box 4, Folder 2 “Mss. from India…” [Etiologic Problem]
Box 4, Folder 3 “Systems of Classification” [Etiologic Problem]
Box 4, Folder 4 “Ideologies” [Etiologic Problem]
Box 4, Folder 5 “Ideologies” [Etiologic Problem]
Box 4, Folder 6 “Notes” [Epistemic Problem]
Box 4, Folder 7 “Charts” [Epistemic Problem]
Box 4, Folder 8 “Mss. on Epistemic Problem, Complete” [Epistemic Problem]
Box 4, Folder 9 “Mss. on Epistemic Problem, Complete” [Epistemic Problem]
Box 4, Folder 10 “Mss. on Epistemic Problem, Complete” [Epistemic Problem]
Box 4, Folder 11 “Mss. on Epistemic Problem, Complete” [Epistemic Problem]
Box 4, Folder 12 “Mss. on Epistemic Problem, Complete” [Epistemic Problem]
Box 4, Folder 13 “Mss. on Epistemic Problem, Complete” [Epistemic Problem]
Box 4, Folder 14 “Mss. on Epistemic Problem, Complete” [Epistemic Problem]
Box 4, Folder 15 “Mss. on Epistemic Problem, Complete” [Epistemic Problem]
Box 4, Folder 16 “Notes” [Telic Problem]
Box 4, Folder 17 “Charts” [Telic Problem]
Box 4, Folder 18 “Complete Mss” [Telic Problem]
Box 4, Folder 19 “Complete Mss” [Telic Problem]
Box 4, Folder 20 “Complete Mss” [Telic Problem]
Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1 “Complete Mss” [Telic Problem]
Box 5, Folder 2 “Indian Mss. on Ethical Problem” [Ethical Problem]
Box 5, Folder 3 “Indian Mss. on Ethical Problem” [Ethical Problem]
Box 5, Folder 4 “Indian Mss. on Ethical Problem” [Ethical Problem]
Box 5, Folder 5 “Notes” [Ethical Problem]
Box 5, Folder 6 “Charts” [Ethical Problem]
Box 5, Folder 7 “Notes – Revised Chapter 1 to 14″ [Ethical Problem]
Box 5, Folder 8 “Notes – Revised Chapter 1 to 14″ [Ethical Problem]
Box 5, Folder 9 “Notes – Revised Chapter 1 to 14″ [Ethical Problem]
Box 5, Folder 10 “Notes – Revised Chapter 1 to 14″ [Ethical Problem]
Box 5, Folder 11 “Notes – Revised Chapter 1 to 14″ [Ethical Problem]
Box 6
Box 6, Folder 1 “Notes – Revised Chapter 14 to end” [Ethical Problem]
Box 6, Folder 2 “Notes – Revised Chapter 14 to end” [Ethical Problem]
Box 6, Folder 3 “Notes – Revised Chapter 14 to end” [Ethical Problem]
Box 6, Folder 4 “Notes – Revised Chapter 14 to end” [Ethical Problem]
Box 6, Folder 5 “Notes – Revised Chapter 14 to end” [Ethical Problem]
Box 6, Folder 6 “Notes – Revised Chapter 14 to end” [Ethical Problem]
Box 6, Folder 7 “Notes – Revised Chapter 14 to end” [Ethical Problem]
Box 6, Folder 8 “Notes on the Problem of Aesthetic Values” [Esthetic Problem]
Box 6, Folder 9 “Notes on the Problem of Aesthetic Values” [Esthetic Problem]
Box 6, Folder 10 “Indian Mss., Esthetic Problem” [Esthetic Problem]
Box 6, Folder 11 “Revised Mss., Esthetic Problem” [Esthetic Problem]
Box 6, Folder 12 “Notes” [Psycho-Physiological Problem]
Box 7
Box 7, Folder 1 “Notes” [Psycho-Physiological Problem]
Box 7, Folder 2 “Notes” [Psycho-Physiological Problem]
Box 7, Folder 3 “Notes” [Psycho-Physiological Problem]
Box 7, Folder 4 “Notes” [Psycho-Physiological Problem]
Box 7, Folder 5 “Notes” [Psycho-Physiological Problem]
Box 7, Folder 6 “Notes” [Psycho-Physiological Problem]
Box 7, Folder 7 “Notes” [Psycho-Physiological Problem]
Box 7, Folder 8 “One Version” [Occupational Problem]
Box 7, Folder 9 “One Version” [Occupational Problem]
Box 7, Folder 10 “Revisions” [Occupational Problem]
Box 7, Folder 11 “Revisions” [Occupational Problem]
Box 7, Folder 12 “Revisions” [Occupational Problem]
Box 7, Folder 13 “Notes” [Occupational Problem]
Box 7, Folder 14 “Work Done in India on the Occupational Problem” [Occupational Problem]
Box 7, Folder 15 “Work Done in India on the Occupational Problem” [Occupational Problem]
Box 7, Folder 16 “Notes” [Possessional Problem]
Box 8
Box 8, Folder 1 “Notes” [Possessional Problem]
Box 8, Folder 2 “Indian Mss” [Possessional Problem]
Box 8, Folder 3 “Indian Mss” [Possessional Problem]
Box 8, Folder 4 “Indian Mss” [Possessional Problem]
Box 8, Folder 5 “More Possessional Problem” [Possessional Problem]
Box 8, Folder 6 “More Possessional Problem” [Possessional Problem]
Box 8, Folder 7 “More Possessional Problem” [Possessional Problem]
Box 8, Folder 8 “1. The Complex of Possessional Problems” [Possessional Problem]
Box 8, Folder 9 “2. Exploitation” [Possessional Problem]
Box 8, Folder 10 “3. Possessions” [Possessional Problem]
Box 8, Folder 11 “4. Property” [Possessional Problem]
Box 8, Folder 12 “5. Trusterty [sic]” [Possessional Problem]
Box 8, Folder 13 “6. Human Beings” [Possessional Problem]
Box 8, Folder 14 “6. Human Beings” [Possessional Problem]
Box 8, Folder 15 “Grants – c.8″ [Possessional Problem]
Box 8, Folder 16 “Grants – c.8″ [Possessional Problem]
Box 8, Folder 17 “Detriments – c.9″ [Possessional Problem]
Box 8, Folder 18 “Consumer Goods – c.10″ [Possessional Problem]
Box 8, Folder 19 “Capital Goods” “Producer Equipment” [Possessional Problem]
Box 8, Folder 20 “Claims” “Income Claims” [Possessional Problem]
Box 8, Folder 21 “Money (Claims)” [Possessional Problem]
Box 9
Box 9, Folder 1 “Money (Claims)” [Possessional Problem]
Box 9, Folder 2 “Investments (Claims, Causes-of-Action Claims), Investments” [Possessional Problem]
Box 9, Folder 3 “Tenements, Tenants, Tenure” [Possessional Problem]
Box 9, Folder 4 “Title, Transference” [Possessional Problem]
Box 9, Folder 5 “Possessional Ideologies – Doctrines for Solution of Problem” [Possessional Problem]
Box 9, Folder 6 “Possessional Ideologies – Doctrines for Solution of Problem” [Possessional Problem]
Box 9, Folder 7 “Notes, Charts” [Organizational Problem]
Box 9, Folder 8 “Notes – Chapters 1 to 7″ [Organizational Problem]
Box 9, Folder 9 “Management” [Organizational Problem]
Box 9, Folder 10 “Transactions” [Organizational Problem]
Box 9, Folder 11 “Public Relations” [Organizational Problem]
Box 9, Folder 12 “Human Relations” [Organizational Problem]
Box 9, Folder 13 “Control” [Organizational Problem]
Box 9, Folder 14 “Control” [Organizational Problem]
Box 9, Folder 15 “Ideologies – Altruistic” [Organizational Problem]
Box 9, Folder 16 “Egoistic Ideas, Equity Ideas” [Organizational Problem]
Box 10
Box 10, Folder 1 “Notes” [Production Problem]
Box 10, Folder 2 “Notes and Some Mss” [Distribution Problem]
Box 10, Folder 3 “Notes and Some Mss” [Distribution Problem]
Box 10, Folder 4 “Notes and Some Mss” [Distribution Problem]
Box 10, Folder 5 “Original Material of Studies Comparing Home Production Costs with Factory Production Costs” [Distribution Problem]
Box 10, Folder 6 “Original Material of Studies Comparing Home Production Costs with Factory Production Costs” [Distribution Problem]
Box 10, Folder 7 “Original Material of Studies Comparing Home Production Costs with Factory Production Costs” [Distribution Problem]
Box 10, Folder 8 “Original Material of Studies Comparing Home Production Costs with Factory Production Costs” [Distribution Problem]
Box 10, Folder 9 “Notes” [Political Problem]
Box 10, Folder 10 “Quotations, Charts” [Political Problem]
Box 10, Folder 11 “No. 1 Mss” [Political Problem]
Box 11
Box 11, Folder 1 “No. 1 Mss” [Political Problem]
Box 11, Folder 2 “No. 1 Mss” [Political Problem]
Box 11, Folder 3 “No. 1 Mss” [Political Problem]
Box 11, Folder 4 “No. 1 Mss” [Political Problem]
Box 11, Folder 5 “No. 1 Mss” [Political Problem]
Box 11, Folder 6 “No. 2 Mss” [Political Problem]
Box 11, Folder 7 “No. 2 Mss” [Political Problem]
Box 11, Folder 8 “No. 2 Mss” [Political Problem]
Box 11, Folder 9 “No. 2 Mss” [Political Problem]
Box 11, Folder 10 “No. 2 Mss” [Political Problem]
Box 11, Folder 11 “No. 2 Mss” [Political Problem]
Box 11, Folder 12 “No. 2 Mss” [Political Problem]
Box 11, Folder 13 “Notes” [Institutional Problem]
Box 11, Folder 14 “Charts” [Institutional Problem]
Box 11, Folder 15 “Mss” [Institutional Problem]
Box 11, Folder 16 “Mss” [Institutional Problem]
Box 12
Box 12, Folder 1 “Mss” [Institutional Problem]
Box 12, Folder 2 “Mss” [Institutional Problem]
Box 12, Folder 3 “Notes” [Educational Problem]
Box 12, Folder 4 “Mss” [Educational Problem]
Box 12, Folder 5 “Mss” [Educational Problem]
Box 12, Folder 6 “Mss” [Educational Problem]
Box 12, Folder 7 “Mss” [Educational Problem]
Box 12, Folder 8 “Mss” [Educational Problem]

Subseries B: “Wealth and Illth”

Box 12, Folder 9 “Chapter 1, Chart 1″
Box 12, Folder 10 “Chapter 2, Chart 2″
Box 12, Folder 11 “Chapter 2, copy”
Box 12, Folder 12 “Chapter 2, copy”
Box 12, Folder 13 “Chapter 3, Chart 3″
Box 12, Folder 14 “Chapter 4, Chart 4″
Box 13
Box 13, Folder 1 “Chapter 5, Chart 5″
Box 13, Folder 2 “Chapter 5, Chart 5″
Box 13, Folder 3 “Chapter 6, Chart 6″
Box 13, Folder 4 “Chapter 7, Chart 7″
Box 13, Folder 5 “Chapter 8, Chart 8″
Box 13, Folder 6 “Chapter 9, Chart 9″
Box 13, Folder 7 “Causes – How We Got That Way,” “Conditions – How Bad”
Box 13, Folder 8 “What To Do – Costs”
Box 13, Folder 9 “10. Purpose”; “11. Premise”; “12. Problem”; “13. Typology,” “Human Wants”
Box 13, Folder 10 “14. Provisions”
Box 13, Folder 11 “15. Economic Values”
Box 13, Folder 12 “16. Evaluation”; “17. Verification”
Box 13, Folder 13 “18. Validation”
Box 13, Folder 14 “19. Solutions”
Box 13, Folder 15 “20. Affluence”; “21. Poverty and Abnegation”
Box 13, Folder 16 “22. Adequacy”; “23. Conclusions”
Box 13, Folder 17 Copies of Typescript
Box 14
Box 14, Folder 1 Copies of Typescript
Box 14, Folder 2 Copies of Typescript
Box 14, Folder 3 “Conscience”
Box 14, Folder 4 “26. Self-Cultivation”
Box 14, Folder 5 “27. Enculcation”; “28. Dissemination”
Box 14, Folder 6 Copies of Typescript, Miscellaneous
Box 14, Folder 7 Copies of Typescript, Miscellaneous
Box 14, Folder 8 Copies of Typescript, Miscellaneous
Box 14, Folder 9 Copies of Typescript, Miscellaneous
Box 14, Folder 10 Copies of Typescript, Miscellaneous
Box 14, Folder 11 Copies of Typescript, Miscellaneous
Box 15
Box 15, Folder 1 Copies of Typescript, Miscellaneous
Box 15, Folder 2 Copies of Typescript, Miscellaneous
Box 15, Folder 3 Copies of Typescript, Miscellaneous
Box 15, Folder 4 “10. Validation”
Box 15, Folder 5 “11. Abnegation Doctrines”
Box 15, Folder 6 “12. Affluence Doctrines”
Box 15, Folder 7 “13. Adequacy Doctrine”
Box 15, Folder 8 “14. Conclusions”; “15. Application”
Box 15, Folder 9 “16. Cultivation”; “17. Inculcation”; “18. Dissemination”
Box 15, Folder 10 Proofs

Subseries C: Social Pluralism

Box 15, Folder 11 Proofs
Box 15, Folder 12 Proofs
Box 15, Folder 13 Proofs

Subseries D: Miscellaneous Writings [See also The Journal of Praxiology, Box 17, Folders 13-15

Box 15, Folder 14 "Borsodi's Outrageous Notions"; Typescripts
Box 16
Box 16, Folder 1 "Borsodi's Outrageous Notions"; Typescripts
Box 16, Folder 2 "Destiny's Challenge to India," Bhavan's Journal, Jan 1959
Box 16, Folder 3 Outline/Summary, "How to Become Economically Independent"
Box 16, Folder 4 "Last Will and Testament," a writing on drug addiction, Apr 5, 1970
Box 16, Folder 5 "A Pan-Humanist Manifesto"
Box 16, Folder 6 Typescript, "Revolt in the Cities"
Box 16, Folder 7 "The Story of Varunev and Gujehar" including photos
Box 16, Folder 8 "The Time Has Come"
Box 16, Folder 9 Typescript, "Wanted: A Dialogue on What Unitarianism Is and What It Should Be"
Box 16, Folder 10 Miscellaneous
Box 16, Folder 11 Daily Project Report of Writings, July 1960 - Sept 1960
Box 16, Folder 12 Notes and plan for world police force to be discussed by the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the National Republican Club
Box 16, Folder 13 "Conferences" - notes, etc
Box 16, Folder 14 Miscellaneous Notes

Subseries E: Speeches

Box 16, Folder 15 "American and Indian Nationalism in the Kashmir Crisis"
Box 16, Folder 16 Notes for a talk on "4 Year College Level School of Philosophy for Senior Citizens"
Box 16, Folder 17 "Problem of Integrated Education as a Means of Social Renaissance," Oct 9, 1965
Box 16, Folder 18 "Address...On the Resolution, 'Resolved that Big Cities are a Parasitic Growth and Should Be Abolished,'" Oct 31, 1965
Box 16, Folder 19 Unidentified Speech on Sentimentality and Morality
Box 16, Folder 20 Unidentified Speech
Box 16, Folder 21 Quotations clipped by Borsodi with notes

Series V: Writings by Others

Subseries A: Mrs. Ralph (Myrtle Mae) Borsodi

Box 16, Folder 22 Writings, 1929-1931

"A Full-Time Job At Home," New York Herald Tribune Home Institute , Nov 24, 1929, pp.22, 24 (photocopy)

"Home - And Children," New York Herald Tribune Home Institute , Jan 5, 1930, pp. 21, 24 (photocopy)

"Women and Machines," Advertising & Selling , Nov 26 and Dec 10, 1930, pp. 22-23, 30-31 (photocopy)

"The Home Laundry Earns Money," Electrical Merchandising , Feb 1931, 4 page reprint

"Earning An Electrical Kitchen," Electrical Merchandising , Apr 1931, pp. 40-41, 43 (photocopy)

"Our Electrical Household Equipment Paid For Itself," An address delivered before the Women's Committee Session of the Fifty-fourth Convention of the National Electric Light Association, Atlantic City, New Jersey, June 9, 1931, reprint

"Cleaning...An Unavoidable Task," Electrical Merchandising , July 1931, pp.36-38, 44 (photocopy)

"The Ironer Is Hot," Electrical Merchandising , Sept 1931, pp. 42-47 (photocopy)

"Cheaper and Cleaner," Electrical Merchandising , Nov 1931, pp. 38-40 (photocopy)

Box 16, Folder 23 Writings, 1932-1936

"Weaving One's Own Clothing," The Handicrafter , Mar - Apr 1932, pp. 24-25 (photocopy)

"Two Dollars Grow Where One Grew Before," The Silent Hostess , Vol. 4, No. 5, 1932, pp.10-12 (clipping)

"My Home Is My Career," The Silent Hostess , Vol. 4, No. 3, 1932, pp.10-11, 23 (clipping)

"The Argument Laundries Cannot Meet," Electrical Merchandising, Mar 1935, pp.4-5, 56 (photocopy)

"Food Costs and Range Sales," Electrical Merchandising , Apr 1935, pp.4-7 (photocopy)

"The Cost of Feeding A Family," Electrical Merchandising , May 1935, pp.8-9, 36, 73 (photocopy)

"Dough in the Range," Electrical Merchandising , Apr 1936, 2 page reprint

"Shall We Build Homes Or Apartments?" Advertising & Selling, May 7, 1936, pp. 31, 56-57 (photocopy)

"What Should the Home Contribute?" Journal of Home Economics , Vol. 28, No. 6, June 1936, pp.365-367 (photocopy)

"For Budgeteers," Electrical Merchandising , June 1936, pp.8-9 (photocopy)

"Cutting Laundry Costs," New York Herald Tribune Home Institute , Oct 4, 1936 pp. 16-17, 20 (photocopy)

Box 16, Folder 24 Writings, 1937-1938

"The Modernized Old Homestead...And What It Can Do For The Electrical Industry," Electrical Merchandising, Feb 1937, pp.4-5, 102-103 (photocopy)

"The New Woman Goes Home," Scribner's Magazine , Vol. CI No.2, Feb 1937, pp. 52-57 (photocopy)

"The Kitchen That Pays For Itself", Electrical Merchandising , May 1937, pp.35-37 (photocopy)

"Discovering Self-Sufficient Farming," Electrical Ruralist, Vol. 1, No. 1, May 1937, pp.1, 20 (photocopy)

"Home Laundry Earns Money," Electrical Merchandising , May 1937, pp.131-133 (photocopy)

"Bread Baking Electrically and Making Money," Electrical Ruralist, June 1937, pp. 8, 29 (photocopy)

"Oven Cooking," Electrical Ruralist, July 1937, pp. 6, 22 (photocopy)

"Home Canning Made Easy," Electrical Merchandising , Aug 1937, pp.2-3, 25 (photocopy)

"Sweet Dough Baking Profits," Electrical Ruralist , Oct 1937, pp.6, 15 (photocopy)

"Cutting The Cost of Thanksgiving Dinners," Electrical Ruralist, Nov 1937, pp.20, 22 (photocopy)

"The Cost of Running Water," Electrical Merchandising , Mar 1938, pp. 8-9 (photocopy)

"Home Laundy Costs vs Commercial Laundry," Electrical Merchandising, Apr 1938, p.82 (photocopy)

"Are Housewives Slaves: A Debate - I. The Sisyphean Struggle (by Sara S. Moser); II. Creative Freedom (by Mrs. Ralph Borsodi)," The Forum, Sept 1938, pp.114-119 (photocopy)

"The Facts On Home Laundry Savings..." Electrical Merchandising, Nov 1938, p.22 (photocopy)

"Making Household Equipment Pays Its Way," Seventh International Management Congress, 1938, pp.40-43 (offprint). Undated mss. of an article on the comparative cost of using a commercial laundry vs. doing the laundry at home, 6pp

Subseries B: Others

Box 17
Box 17, Folder 1 Writings, 1937-1952

"Breadwinner or Breadmaker?," by Dorothy Van Doren, (an answer to Borsodi's February article "The New Woman Goes Home"), Scribner's Magazine, Vol. CI No.5, May 1937, pp. 33-34 (photocopy)

"Love and Energy - Where Do They Come From," by Paul Salstrom, undated 6pp. typescript

"A Proposed Community Service Exchange Program For Use In Villages and Communities Of Developing Countries," by George W. Jacobson and Arthur H. Pursell, undated draft, 22pp. tyepscript

"Introduction to All Three of the Series of Handbooks for Harmony in Human Relations," arranged by Clay Marks, May 1953, 54 pp. mimeograph copy

"The Operation of a Community Exchange," by Grisom Morgan (?), radio program script (?), 6pp mimeograph copy

"Incentive Taxation To Promote Free Private Enterprise," George F. Hellick, 1952, 10pp. mimeograph copy

Farewell message of F. A. Behymer, June 19, 1952, 8pp. reprint inscribed to Borsodi

"The Problem of Leadership Today," author unknown, two undated drafts, one handwritten in ink (with title "The Problem of Leadership in Modern Times"), the other a typed and revised version, each 5pp

Series VI: School of Living

Box 17, Folder 2 Brochures
Box 17, Folder 3 Bulletins
Box 17, Folder 4 Bulletins
Box 17, Folder 5 Correspondence and Notes
Box 17, Folder 6 "The Green Revolution." 1970-71
Box 17, Folder 7 "The Green Revolution." 1977-78
Box 17, Folder 8 Newsletter on Independent Small Business
Box 17, Folder 9 Loomis, Mildred
Box 17, Folder 10 Gaunt, Ernest H
Box 17, Folder 11 Gaunt, Writings

Series VII: Other Ventures

Subseries A: University of Melbourne, Florida

Box 17, Folder 12 University of Melbourne, Florida
Box 17, Folder 13 Journal of Praxiology, vol. 1, no. 2 to 4., 1955
Box 17, Folder 14 Journal of Praxiology, vol. 2, no. 1 to 4., 1956
Box 17, Folder 15 Journal of Praxiology, vol. 3, no. 1, 1957

Subseries B: International Ventures

Box 18
Box 18, Folder 1 International Foundation for Independence [IFI], Incorporation, materials regarding incorporation in Luxembourg
Box 18, Folder 2 IFI, Names of Prospects for Members, List by Borsodi
Box 18, Folder 3 IFI, Constitutions and By-Laws, Various Drafts
Box 18, Folder 4 IFI, Information about IFI
Box 18, Folder 5 IFI, Forms
Box 18, Folder 6 IFI, Drafts and Notes by Borsodi for Bulletin Articles
Box 18, Folder 7 IFI, “Conference of Voluntary Agencies”
Box 18, Folder 8 IFI, Executive Committee Notes, 1973
Box 18, Folder 9 IFI, Notes and Debentures with Notes by Borsodi
Box 18, Folder 10 IFI, “Commodity Index.” Bank Accounts and Checkbook
Box 18, Folder 11 IFI, Independent Arbitrage International
Box 18, Folder 12 IFI, International Independence Institute [III], Organization to provide educational, informational, and training services for IFI
Box 18, Folder 13 IFI, III, Faculty and Curriculum
Box 18, Folder 14 IFI, III, Miscellaneous Correspondence and Writings of Robert Swann, Field Director of III
Box 18, Folder 15 IFI, III, “III Peace Program” notes
Box 18, Folder 16 International Institute of Social Sciences

Subseries C: Visit of Jayaprakash Narayan

Box 18, Folder 17 Biographical Information on Jayaprakash Narayan
Box 18, Folder 18 About Visit of Narayan to Exeter, NH, 1967
Box 18, Folder 19 Correspondence Regarding Narayan’s Visit [see also correspondence files]

Series VIII: Biographical Material

Box 19
Box 19, Folder 1 Biographical Material
Box 19, Folder 2 Miscellaneous Financial Material
Box 19, Folder 3 Photos
Box 19, Folder 4 Tapes of Conversations with Borsodi, 1974-1975
Box 19, Folder 5 75th Anniversary of Fairhope Program, Nov 1969
Box 19, Folder 6 1st National Conference on “Public Welfare, Voluntary Sterilization and the Public Health,” Oct 1965
Box 19, Folder 7 International Affairs workshop, July 1984
Box 19, Folder 8 Luncheon in Honor of Borsodi, Mar 1954

6 Responses to “Guide to the Ralph Borsodi Papers, 1938-1977”

  1. Sheila Skidmore Says:

    Your link on your website for the School of Living (under Ralph Borsodi, Mildred Loomis, etc.) is incorrect. It was changed a couple of years ago to http://www.SchoolofLiving.org.

    Sheila Skidmore

    Past President 2006-07 Past Editor of the Green Revolution 2003-06 Board Member 2001-06

  2. rjg Says:

    Thanks for the correct address for The School of Living, Sheila. I have changed the link in the finding aid.

  3. chris borsodi Says:

    I am so grateful for the quanity of my great grandfather’s work and evidence of his impact on economic and environmental theory available on line. My father’s works are being archived at Tulane U. in New Orleans. Contact me if you have questions. There much more of a story to tell about the Borsodi Family then you may be aware of.

  4. Abe Jackson Says:

    Hello Chris, Sure I have some stories. Abe

  5. Iver Duedall Says:

    We live in the Ralph Borsodi house in Melbourne Village, FL. The house is most unique. We moved here in December 1982 coming from Long Island, New York. According to some records we have the house was built in about 1955.

    We have often heard that Mr Borsodi held classes here, in the patio, which is very large and wraps around the south side of the entire house.

    We would like to know specifically:

    1. How long did Ralph Borsodi and family live in this house, or was it just a winter home?

    2. Were any classes actually held in the house and was it in fact the very first location of the University of Melbourne,

    Thank you, Iver W. Duedall Melbourne Village, FL

  6. Roland Goodbody Says:

    Hello Iver.

    I have looked into the questions of how long the Borsodis lived in Melbourne Village, whether or not classes were conducted in the house or on the patio, and whether it was the original site of the university. Mildred Jensen Loomis, in her book about Borsodi called Reshaping Modern Culture, says the following (I am excerpting):

    “Clare and Ralph Borsodi married in September 1950. Together they built a lovely homestead in Melbourne Association.

    John Loomis and I spent a month in the Borsodi guest house in the winter of 1952…Friends gathered each evening in his home to define and ponder major problems of living…

    A small group in Melbourne Village…accepted the challenge of Melbourne University for education in major problems of living. Where and how to start?

    “We could begin in Melbourne Community House,” said Borsodi. The building was bought, and the University of Melbourne was housed in a replica of the one-room school of frontier days. The University was chartered to open in the fall of 1955 with Borsodi as Chancellor.

    It soon outgrew its one-room building. Early in 1955, Mr. V. C. Brownlie of Melbourne made a gift of forty acres of open land at the city´s outskirts, always to be used for education. Plans were sketched for an eight-building campus by architect Barrie Bart.

    By 1958, however, the John F. Kennedy Space Center was built and buildings surrounded the university campus. The long and the short of it is that the campus was sold to Brevard County Engineering School and the Borsodis accepted an invitation to go to Bombay and lecture there. When they returned to the U.S. in 1960 it was to New England.

    From this I conclude that the Borsodis lived in Melbourne Village from late 1950 until 1958, had meetings in their house that led to the establishment of what later became the University of Melbourne, but did not actually use it as part of the university.

    I hope this information is of help.

    Roland Goodbody Manuscripts Curator