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Brand Blanshard Papers

Identifier: SFHL-RG6-L8-012

Scope and Contents

This collection contains speeches, essays, and book reviews written by Brand Blanshard, as well as reviews of his Blanshard’s work and a small amount of correspondence. The bulk of the collection is published writings by Brand Blanshard.


  • Creation: circa 1920-1976


Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Biographical / Historical

Brand Blanshard was born in Fredericksburg, Ohio, in 1892. His mother died in 1893 and his father in 1904, after which he and his twin brother were raised by their grandmother. Blanshard studied at the University of Michigan and at Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He taught philosophy at Swarthmore College from 1925 until 1944 and then moved to Yale University, where he taught until 1962 and served as the chairman of the Philosophy Department. He died in 1987.

While Brand Blanshard was working on a project with John Dewey at Columbia University he met Frances Bradshaw of Smith College, and the two married in 1918. Frances went on to be come Dean of Women at Swarthmore College. She passed away in 1966.


.63 linear ft. (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



Brand Blanshard was a Quaker philosopher, writer, and teacher. He taught philosophy at Swarthmore College 1925-1944 and subsequently at Yale University until 1962 where he served as the chairman of the Philosophy Department. The collection contains primarily published writings and some correspondence and unpublished speeches.


The collection is divided into 4 series:

  1. Correspondence
  2. Writings and speeches
  3. Syllabi
  4. Published writings

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers: Gift of Jeanette Hopkins, accession SCA 1995.045; Transfer from McCabe Library, accession 1998.006; Gift of Jeannette Hopkins, accession 2005.010.

Separated Materials

The donor has deposited a complete set of Blanshard’s writings at Yale. She also deposited their student-teacher correspondence at her alma mater, Vassar.

See also RG6/L9/0051, Brand Blanshard Reference for clippings, syllabi, and writings (possibly duplicate) and PG 7, Blanshard, Brand and Frances.

See also Frances Bradshaw Blanchard photographs, PA 170.

Processing Information

The primary donor, Jeanette Hopkins, deposited a complete collection of Blanshard's writings at Yale and their teacher-student correspondence to her alma mater, Vassar, and in 1995 she sent two folders of Blanshard's writings and reviews and miscellaneous file. A collection of Blanshard papers compiled by Swarthmore College Library were transferred to Friends Historical Library in 1998. In 2005, Hopkins sent a folder containing their correspondence when she worked at Wesleyan Press. Two letters written by Blanshard (1946 and 1971) which had been placed in his faculty reference file were united with these separate accessions in 2013 into a single collection.

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