An archive of primary source material relating to the life and work of Ralph Borsodi. Unpublished manuscripts and typescripts. Consisting of 54 notes and letters written by Borsodi, mostly typed letters signed (TLSs), with a few important autograph letters signed (ALSs), and other typed letters with Borsodi’s manuscript annotations. Of varying length, they document primarily Borsodi’s time and work in India (late 1950s to early 1960s), as his principal correspondent was Mildred Loomis. Some of the letters are to other correspondents, copies of their letters are attached in some instances. Occasionally, the letters to Loomis take on epistolary length, usually typed single-spaced. Topics discussed include: Marcuse, setting up curricula in two Indian universities, publishing Borsodi’s works, discussion of an adult education that offers more than training of the intellect, his health problems, Leo Koch, Dewey, the Fourteen Basic Problems of Man and Society. Sold with some ephemeral material relating to Borsodi’s career in India. Condition is very good to fine. Some items are fragile, however. Complete listing available on request.
Ralph Borsodi’s This Ugly Civilization was published by Harpers in 1928, in which Borsodi pointed out the aspects of urbanization and centralization. Following with Flight from the City and Prosperity and Security, Borsodi turned to education and action, founding the School for Living and several “intentional” communities near Suffern, New York. Borsodi travelled in Mexico and Asia to determine if decentralization was feasible in those areas. In 1956, he published Challenge of Asia, in which he urged the leaders in Asia to implement a third type of institution – one that is neither capitalist nor communist. An invitation to teach and write at the University of Vidyanagar in India followed. After two years there, he worked on a series of texts titled The Major Problems of Men and Society, which is one of the topics discussed and documented in this correspondence.