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O.K. Bouwsma, Philosophy Papers

Title: O.K. Bouwsma, Philosophy Papers

Creator: Bouwsma, O.K.

Dates: 1955-1975

Quantity: 1 box (0.5 linear feet )

Collection Number: RG 12-17-04

Language: English

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Preferred Citation: O.K. Bouwsma, Philosophy Papers (RG 12-17-04). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.

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Oets K. Bouwsma was born on 22 November 1898 in Muskegon, Michigan. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Michigan in 1920. The following year he received his Master's and in 1928 his Ph.D., both from the University of Michigan. He taught at the University of Michigan as an English instructor from 1922-1928. He began his teaching career at the University of Nebraska as an assistant professor of Philosophy in 1928 and became a full professor in 1948. In 1965, Bouwsma left the University to teach Philosophy at the University of Texas-Austin. During his career he was a visiting professor at Cornell University, Smith College, and Columbia University. He and his wife Gertrude had two sons, William and Charles, and a daughter, Gretchen. Bouwsma died in 1978 in Austin, Texas.

Scope and Content:

The Bouwsma Papers contain correspondence some of which are photocopies, speeches, class lecture notes, and biographical materials. There are also student recollections gathered together in 1991.


Bouwsma, O. K.

Philosophy, American -- 20th century

Philosophy and religion -- History -- 20th century

Container List: Box 1. Folder 1. Correspondence, 1955-1970 Box 1. Folder 2. Commonplace books (photocopy), 1956 Box 1. Folder 3. Article, Non-Logical Falsity Yorick Smythies (photocopy), undated Box 1. Folder 4. Class lecture notes, 1957-1975 Box 1. Folder 5. Speech (photocopy), 1960, Apr. 18 Box 1. Folder 6. Speech or interview transcription, 1980(?) Box 1. Folder 7. Calvin College Distinguished Alumni Award (photocopy), 1973 Box 1. Folder 8. Biographical materials Box 1. Folder 9. Student recollections, 1991 Box 1. Folder 10. Article, "Bouwsma and Smythies," by Ronald E. Hustwit Box 1. Folder 11. Collection on Bouwsma index, University of Texas, 2004 Box 1. Folder 12. Photographs
Related Material and Resources: Remembering O.K. Bouwsma [videorecording] an interview with Chuck Bouwsma and Gretchen Bouwsma Emmons, SPEC Faculty B945.B64 R46 2002 v. 1-2Something about O.K. Bouwsma by Ronald E. Hustwit, SPEC Alumni B945.B64 H87 1992Bouwsma's notes on Wittgenstein's philosophy, 1965-1975 edited and introduced by J.L. Craft and Ronald Hustwit, B3376.W564 B6838 1995The Flux by O.K. Bouwsma edited and introduced by Ronald E. Hustwit, SPEC B29 .B69 Philosophical Essays by O. K. Bouwsma, SPEC NU Press B29 .B66

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