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Personal papers of Richard T. De George

Call Number: PP 531


Richard T. De George is a University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, of Russian and Eastern European Studies, and of Business Administration at the University of Kansas. His personal papers include correspondence, materials from the AAUP Investigation at Arizona State, summer seminars, symposium materials, materials from classes taught at KU, published articles/books, manuscripts, news clippings, travel documentation, NEH Interprofessional Seminar materials, review committee materials, and other related materials regarding his career.


  • Creation: 1959 - 2012


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Conditions Governing Use

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Biography of Richard T. De George

Richard T. De George is a University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, of Russian and Eastern European Studies, and of Business Administration at the University of Kansas. He received his A.B. in American civilization from Fordham College in 1954. In 1955, De George received a Ph.B from the Universite de Louvain in Belgium. He returned to the United States and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. De George participated in post-doctoral training programs in Switzerland and the Soviet Union.

De George joined the University of Kansas faculty in 1959 and has been a member of several policy-making committess and departmental councils. In 1965, he was selected by K.U.'s senior class as recipient of the HOPE Award, the Honor for the Outstanding Progressive Educator.

De George is a founder and former director of the Center for Humanistic Studies, which became the Hall Center for the Humanities. He has also served as the Director of the International Center of Ethics in Business at KU. De George has published widely on social and political philosophy and ethics, with an emphasis on moral issues in business. His books include Business Ethics, now in its 6th edition, The Ethics of Information Technology and Business (2003), and The New Marxism(1968).

De George has served as President of the American Philosophical Association, Metaphysical Society of American, Society for Business Ethics, and the International Society of Business, Economics, and Ethics. He has lectured all over the world.

De George was one of 10 Fordham alumni to receive the Encaenia Distinguished Alumni Award from the 1964 Fordham graduating class. He was one of 35 recipients nationwide of Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowships for the 1977-78 academic year. De George was honored, along with Nelson Mandela and Bill Gates, by the conferring of honorary doctorates at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Netherlands Business School. He has been a research fellow at Yale, Columbia, and Stanford Universities and the Hoover Institution and has had visiting professorships with Santa Clara University (1986) and the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland (1985).


29.5 Linear Feet (30 boxes + 2 oversize boxes, 17 oversize folders)

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Scope and Contents

This collection of papers from Dr. Richard T. De George span his career as student, professor and administrator at the University of Kansas, and consultant and researcher. Series in the collection include the original collection, as well as series for publications by De George (a significant bulk of the collection), including drafts, final versions, correspondence, and other materials related to the publication process; correspondence, conference-related materials; materials related to teaching at the University of Kansas and serving in various administrative and governance roles; materials related to programs, grants, and consultant positions De George held; and awards and professional service roles won or held by De George. Information on related topics may appear in multiple locations, particularly if topics appeared in the original collection and in the more discreetly defined additions to De George's papers. Oversize materials have been physically separated and are described at the end of this finding aid.

Physical Location

PP 531

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Richard T. De George, 2008, 2013

Related Materials

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related photographs, biographical files, and scrapbooks.

Processing Information

Boxes 1-12 previously shelved at PP 12.

Guide to the Richard T. De George Collection
Personal papers of Richard T. De George
Finding aid prepared by sk, 2005. Finding aid encoded by sk, 2005. Finding aid revised by jw, 2009; bch, 2013; hc, 2013; mwh, 2023.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of Richard T. De George, PP 531, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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