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Faculty Records (University Of Maine). Professor Virtue (Charles F. Sawhill) Papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA RG 0011-024

Scope and Contents

The records mainly contain textual information created and curated by Charles F. Sawhill Virtue during his tenure as a professor and head of the University of Maine's Department of Philosophy, but there are also some photographs of Virtue and sound recordings. There is also some material from Virtue's tenure at the University of Louisville and time as a student at the University of Cincinnati and Yale University.

The record series Subject Records contains clippings and correspondence on a range of subjects, including on the work of specific philosophers and subjects like World War II. Also, contains book reviews, postcards from trips Virtue took mostly in Europe, and recordings of various broadcasts.

The record series Papers, Essays & Seminar Material contains copies of various papers, articles, essays, and seminar material on philosophy, most of which was authored by Virtue, but there are also copies of colleague’s and student’s papers. Also, includes clippings and correspondence related to the subject matter.

The record series Book Manuscripts contains copies of Virtue’s manuscripts for Perspectives in Culture, Creative Living, and A Whiteheadian Ethic.

The record series Speeches & Talks contains texts of speeches and sermons on the subjects of philosophy and religion.

The record series Biographical & Administrative Records contains correspondence, clippings, and photographs regarding Virtue’s time at both the University of Maine and University of Louisville. Also, contains notebooks from Virtue’s time as a student at the University of Cincinnati and degree certificates from both University of Cincinnati and Yale University. There are also copies of reports that Virtue contributed to on religion at the University of Maine, a study into the life goals of students, and from the Department of Philosophy and Department of Cooperative Education.


  • Creation: 1917-1975
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1935-1975


Restrictions on Access

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Information on literary rights available in the repository.

Biographical Note

Charles F. Sawhill Virtue grew up in Iberia, Ohio. He received his B.A. degree at the University of Cincinnati in 1925 and his Ph.D. degree at Yale University in 1933. He taught at the University of Idaho and at the University of Louisville where he had been chair of the Department of Philosophy and Psychology before being named an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Maine in 1946. In 1963, Virtue was appointed head of the Department of Philosophy. Virtue retired in 1968 and later that year was awarded emeritus status. Starting in 1970 an award for excellence in philosophy was given to UMaine seniors in honor of Virtue. Virtue wrote widely on the subject of philosophy including the textbook Perspectives in Culture.

Virtue died in 1971.


4 boxes

1 box (Oversized flat box)

1 box (Postcard size box)

Language of Materials



The Records Group is broken down intellectually into the following record series: 1. Subject Records, 2. Papers, Essays & Seminar Material, 3. Book Manuscripts, 4. Speeches & Talks, and 5. Biographical & Administrative Records. Physically the boxes were rearranged to be arranged by subject. Some file names and dates were changed to make them more meaningful and to correct errors. Material was rehoused into archival quality storage.


Accruals from Professor Virtue are not anticipated.


Formerly SpC MS 0607.

Processing Information

Processed by Matthew Revitt, December 2018, Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department. Processing involved a collection survey and intellectual arrangement into series and the creation of this finding aid. Material was rehoused into appropriate archival folders and the boxes and folders numbered and titled using information from ArchivesSpace.

University Of Maine. Professor Virtue (Charles F. Sawhill) Papers
Matthew Revitt
December 12, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library University Archives Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States