Lucius T. Outlaw Jr. papers
Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041
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Lucius Outlaw was born in 1944 in Starkville, Mississippi. He received his bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Fisk University in 1967 and attended Boston College to study for his PhD. While at Boston College, he met his wife, Freida Hopkins Outlaw (PhD/APRN), who works in the field of public health. They have three sons: Lucius Outlaw III, Kofi, and Chike.
After receiving his PhD, Outlaw went on to teach for six years at Fisk University, his alma mater, and has subsequently worked as a full professor at Haverford College and Vanderbilt University, with visiting professorships at Morgan State University, Spelman College, Temple University, Boston College, and Howard University.
His specialties include Africana philosophy, the history of philosophy, race in American and European philosophy, and social/political philosophy. The collection documents Outlaw's teaching and writing careers, as well as his mentorship of other academics, his promotion of Africana philosophy and Black philosophers, and his extensive participation in professional organizations.
The collection has been separated into four series. The first, Correspondence, contains letters and emails primarily concerning Outlaw's professional life, and personal relationships with fellow scholars. His own replies are well-represented throughout the collection. The bulk of the correspondence is arranged chronologically, although there are also two subseries dedicated to Africana Philosophy and letters of recommendation, in accordance with internal organization.
The Teaching Career series includes correspondence, memos, minutes, course materials, sylllabi, and assorted other documentation regarding Outlaw's career as a professor. The bulk of the series is dedicated to his tenure at Haverford College (1980 to 2001), including both and engagement with campus life via the Philosophy Department, the Diversity Committee, and the Academic Support Working Group.
The Academic Organizations and Resources series contains materials related to Outlaw's non-teaching academic commitments, including conferences, academic organizations, and his engagement with scholarly literature. Subseries i primarily consists of conference brochures, schedules, and notes, as well as correspondence with conference organizers or attendees. Subseries ii contains a wide range of materials, including internal memos, publications, and correspondence related to independent organizations that Outlaw supported or served as a member of. Subseries iii includes both publications and unpublished drafts saved by Outlaw, many of which were sent directly to him from various colleagues for comment or reference.
The Writing series consists of published works, reading notes, outlines and drafts, and the text of public appearances and lectures. Some files also contain limited correspondence regarding the publication of these works.
In Series I, boxes 1-5 contain chronological correspondence, while boxes 6 and 7 contain correspondence related to Africana Philosophy and letters of recommendation. Note that this arrangement is taken from internal documentation provided by Lucius Outlaw, and there may be overlap between these three subseries, as well as the "Haverford correspondence" subseries in boxes 8-9. Researchers may benefit from consulting all four locations.
Series II is divided into four subseries. The first, Long-Term Appointments, can be found in boxes 7-8 and includes documents from Fisk and Vanderbilt Universities. Boxes 8-13 contain documents from Haverford College. Subseries iii consists of Short-Term Appointments such as visiting professorships and guest lectures, and is contained in boxes 13-14. Box 14 also contains the final subseries, Course Materials, which includes syllabi, readings, and assignment sheets for courses taught at various universities.
Series III, subseries i covers Conferences, and is contained in boxes 14-15. Subseries ii, Organizations, can be found in boxes 16-21. Subseries iii, Resources, includes both published and unpublished writings from other academics and is stored in boxes 21-29. Due to space limitations, this subseries primarily contains unpublished drafts, published works with Outlaw's comments or notations, or works that were enclosed with correspondence providing context. Published works without context have been removed, and a list of discarded works is included in the first folder of the series, in box 21.
Series IV can be found in boxes 30-36.
Oversize materials from all serieses are stored in box 37.
Gift of Lucius Outlaw, March 2021 and June 2022.
Processed by Alex Asal, completed January 30, 2023.
- Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
- Finding Aid Date
- February, 2023
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research use
- Use Restrictions
Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)
"Starkville to Texas to stardom?" newspaper article has been moved to oversize.
Two newspaper articles by Jabari Simama removed to oversize.
This subseries contains correspondence designated by Lucius Outlaw as being principally concerned with Africana philosophy, including networking and research. There is some topical overlap with Chronological Correspondence (Box 1-5) and the Africana Philosophy Database (Box 16, Folder 1-8).
An oversize newspaper article, "Feuding philosophers divide Florida academic community," has been removed to oversize.
This subseries contains correspondence solely or predominantly related to references Lucius Outlaw provided for students and colleagues. Letters of reference themselves have been removed in compliance with privacy laws; requests, replies, and some application materials remain.
Materials related to Outlaw's career at Fisk University (1970 to 1976) and Vanderbilt University (2000 to present).
A copy of the Vanderbilt Register has been removed to oversize.
Letters and application materials referring to Lucius Outlaw's promotion to full professorship in 1990. Some information sheets have been removed to oversize.
Application materials and correspondence related to Lucius Outlaw's promotion to tenure.
Proceedings of a working group dedicated to implementing new technology on campus, including more computers and access to academic databases.
Proceedings of a committee formed by the Haverford College Office of Minority Affairs. Includes memos, course assessments, the needs of students of color, recruitment and retention of faculty of color, minutes, reports, and conference materials.
Internal memos and documents related to course scheduling, major requirements, and a 1984 external review of the Haverford and Bryn Mawr philosophy departments, with particular focus on racial and gender equality in the philosophy curriculum. Also included is a one-page schedule for a 2000 external review of the Haverford and Bryn Mawr philosophy departments.
Scholars represented include Grace and James Boggs, CLR James, Kwasi Wiredu, and Peter Bodunrin.
Materials related to Cornell West's speech at the 1994 Haverford Commencement, including arrangements and biographical information used by Lucius Outlaw in his introduction. Several newspaper articles have been removed to oversize.
Materials related to Beverly Guy-Sheftall's guest lecture at Haverford.
Materials related to Lucius Outlaw's time planning lectures and hiring to fill the Margaret Gest Professor of Global Philosophy post. A lecture schedule has been removed to oversize.
Paperwork and correspondence regarding Lucius Outlaw's first-year and sophomore non-philosophy major advisees.
A newspaper article about the major choices of the class of 1992 has been removed to oversize.
Includes thesis proposals, comprehensive exam questions, and anonymized comments in preparation for grading.
This subseries covers temporary appointments with Spelman College, Boston College, and Temple University, among others, as well as guest lectures. There is some overlap between Guest Lectures and Series IV: Writings; generally speaking, lectures in this subseries are represented only as notes or outlines and with a focus on correspondence between universities, while lectures in Writings are complete drafts.
Correspondence arranging Outlaw's one-year guest appointment at Spelman, as well as ephemera documenting campus events and goodbye celebrations.
Arrangements for Outlaw to serve as a professor at ACE International Summer School in Beijing.
A newspaper article on Lucius Outlaw's Martin Luther King Jr Day address has been removed to oversize
Arrangements for Outlaw to serve as an external PhD examiner for Gerald Walmsley, a student at Boston College.
Subseries includes syllabi, lecture notes, and course reserves with commentary from Outlaw.
"African-American Philosophy: Douglass, Washington, Du Bois" and "Introduction to Western Philosophy."
"African-American Philosophy," "Race and American Democracy," and "Liberalism, Diversity, and Law."
A copy of the Temple Faculty Herald and several maps have been removed to oversize.
Brochures for the Africa Art Foundation, an Adirondack Work/Study Retreat, and a New School conference on Nature, Man, and Society.
Materials for a conference mounted by the Black Women's Consciousness Raising Association.
Materials related to a conference organized by Lucius Outlaw, with application materials and correspondence related to a grant from the Maryland Committee for the Humanities.
A schedule has been removed to oversize.
Materials relatd to the UMass Conference on Black Art & Power in Movement (2010); Philosophy Born of Struggle 13th Annual Conference (2011); UNESCO Philosophy Day (2011); XXIII World Congress of Philosophy (2013); Africana Philosophy: Breaking New Ground (2013); California Roundtable on Philosophy & Race (2013); Food for Thought Event: Reflections on the Civil Rights Movement in Nashville, Then and Now (2013); Democracy Realized Conference (2014); Voices from Our American Preservers, Pathbreakers, and Pioneers (2017); African Philosophy World Conference (2017).
Folders 2-8 include a grant application, correspondence, and questionnaires leading to the creation of a database on African and African-American philosophers in academia. See also: Africana Philosophy correspondence
Correspondence, memos, and other documents on the American Philosophical Association. There is particular focus officer elections and Outlaw's contributions to the Eastern Division, the Committee on Public Philosophy, and the Inclusiveness Committee.
Primarily public memos, letters, and political primers on human rights violations in Yugoslavia, including its impact on academics. See also: Praxis International.
Correspondence and resources related to a project that would create a database to link Bosnian refugees, scholars, and activists.
An invitation for Lucius Outlaw to join the editorial board and his response.
Statute of EPAC, in English and French.
Resources, correspondence, and publications from the Gordon Commission, a study group dedicated to analyzing assessment practices in the United States and propose new assessment standards.
Conference flyers, programs, papers, and syllabi produced by the IBW think tank.
A collection of job listings for academic postings in philosophy, some public, others sent directly to Lucius Outlaw. See also: Africana Philosophy Database.
Memos, publication listings, assessments, flyers, and conference schedules produced by the Moton Center, an institute for postgraduate studies focused on humanities/social sciences and issues facing communities of color.
An article has been removed to oversize
Materials related to events hosted at Tuskegee University
Fellowship application submitted by Outlaw.
Documents related to the establishment of Praxis International, a journal Outlaw helped found in response to political repression of Praxis in Yugoslavia. See also: Committee Against Regression in Yugoslavia.
Contains the report "Citizens in Crisis: Metropolitan Nashville."
This subseries consists primarily of academic work, both published and unpublished, saved by Lucius Outlaw. Many of the collected works were sent directly to him, by request or for his edits and comments. Items are arranged alphabetically by author's last name, except in the case of items with multiple authors (including newsletters, organizational publications, or works internally labeled as belonging to the same subject matter), which are arranged alphabetically by title/label.
An issue of the Black Liberation Month News has been removed to oversize.
Several newspapers on the topic of disarmement have been removed to oversize.
Three issues of News & Letters have been removed to oversize.
Folders 9-11 of Box 29, as well as folders 1-3 of Box 30, contain primarily notes on other scholars' works.
Handwritten drafts and outlines not identified with works later published.
A handwritten essay in response to a prompt.
Lucius Outlaw's PhD thesis. Includes multiple drafts, editing suggestions, and correspondence regarding publication. Also titled "Language and the Transformation of Consciousness: Foundations for a Hermeneutic of Black Culture."
Review for publication of The Case for Affirmative Action, by John E. Fleming, Gerald Gill, and David Swinton
Three drafts, one in French
Published review of Praxis and Democratic Socialism, by David Crocker.
On Kai Nelson's Equality and Liberty: A Defense of Radical Egalitarianism. Includes articles from Drew Christie and Iris Young for a conference session.
A newspaper article titled "Political Role of Immigrants Still Lagging" has been removed to oversize.
Produced for the World Congress of Philosophy conference, includes papers from other session participants.
Presentation materials for the Race Class and Civilization conference at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science
Multiple drafts and publication info. Produced for The Study of African American Problems: Papers Presented in Honor of W.E.B. Du Bois.
A newspaper article and a conference brochure have been removed to oversize.
Review for publication of The Possessive Investment in Whiteness, by George Lipsitz
Includes multiple drafts and referenced works.
Bound copy of the Journal of Negro Education.
Speech given by Outlaw at a Dads2Dads event.
Men's Day Address at St. John's African Methodist Episcopal Church