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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1992

Scott Millross Buchanan papers


Correspondence, compositions, and other papers of American educator and philosopher Scott Milross Buchanan.


  • Creation: 1911-1972


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


25 linear feet (75 boxes)

Consists of correspondence (including carbon copies of outgoing letters), writings of Buchanan and others, legal and financial documents, photographs, and printed material. Much of the correspondence concerns Buchanan's work with Mortimer J. Adler, Stringfellow Barr, and Robert M. Hutchins in curricular development at the University of Chicago and St. John's College. Also includes correspondence files, 1946-1949, for the Old Dominion Foundation and Liberal Arts, Inc. Writings of Scott Buchanan include student papers and early articles on philosophical subjects; writings on education, especially classics and the liberal arts; writings on political theory; and book reviews. Also includes letters to Miriam Buchanan on the death of Scott Buchanan , letters to Douglas Buchanan, and poems and correspondence of Mark Van Doren.

Biographical / Historical

Scott Milross Buchanan was an American educator, philosopher, and foundation consultant. He was dean of St. John's College, Annapolis (1937-1947). He was survived by his wife, Miriam Buchanan (formerly Miriam Damon Thomas), and their son, Douglas.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to Scott Buchanan
  2. II. Letters from Scott Buchanan
  3. III. Letters to and from Liberal Arts, Inc.
  4. IV. Letters to Miriam Buchanan
  5. V. Letters to Douglas Buchanan
  6. VI. Other letters
  7. VII. Compositions by Scott Buchanan
  8. A. Early compositions, 1911-1924
  9. B. Compositions, 1924-1937
  10. C. Compositions, 1937-1946
  11. D. Compositions, 1946-1968
  12. E. Book reviews
  13. F. Lecture notes and subject files
  14. G. Miscellaneous and undated compositions and notes
  15. VIII. Compositions by others
  16. IX. Biographical material
  17. X. Printed material
  18. XI. Additions to collection

Please note that item numbers 1056-1065, 1505, 1605, 1636, and 1695 were inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.

Physical Location

Box 75 is located at 97M-1.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*78M-49. Gift of Miriam Damon (Thomas) Buchanan; received: 1969.

97M-1. Gift of David Buchanan, 1997.

Processing Information

Processed by: Elizabeth Falsey.

Processing Information

In 2020-2021, as part of a conscious and inclusive re-description effort, entries were updated to include a woman’s first name when identified.

Miriam Damon (Thomas) Buchanan formerly listed as Mrs. Scott Buchanan.

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Processing Information

This finding aid was revised in 2024 to address outdated and harmful descriptive language. During that revision, contextualizing processing notes were added to the description of one item. For more information on reparative archival description at Harvard, see Harvard Library’s Statement on Harmful Language in Archival Description.

Buchanan, Scott Millross, 1895-1968. Scott Millross Buchanan papers, 1911-1972 (MS Am 1992): Guide
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