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A Guide to the Kenneth A. Megill Papers

Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
March 2005

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Megill, Kenneth A., 1939-
Title: Kenneth A. Megill Papers
Dates: 1967-1973
Abstract: Materials on Megill's tenure case at the University of Florida, his political interests, and his scholarly work.
Extent: 1 Linear feet. 3 boxes.
Identification: Ms Coll. 10
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Kenneth A. Megill was a faculty member of the Department of Philosophy from 1967 through the Spring of 1973. Dr. Megill's controversial views on the structure, purpose, and role of the university, as well as his political activism, prompted a motion for his dismissal in the Florida Senate in 1969. In 1971, President O'Connell rejected a recommendation by the Philosophy Department for Dr. Megill's tenure promotion and he was subsequently denied tenure by the Board of Regents. In June of 1972 Dr. Megill was dismissed by O'Connell on the grounds of "unprofessional behavior."

Dr. Megill was the first Florida faculty member to hold a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and was the author of The New Democratic Theory (1970). He was active in the anti-war and civil rights movements and a supporter of several left student groups. His unsuccessful struggle for tenure--based on his excellent academic record--was a key factor in the creation of the United Faculty of Florida of which Dr. Megill served as President.

Scope and Content

This collection documents some of Dr. Megill's political interests as well as his philosophical outlook. Also included are materials on his tenure case and correspondence he received while he was on the faculty.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Kenneth A. Megill Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

1 American Phil. Assoc.
1 The Aesthetics and Public Policy
1 Correspondence
1 Correspondence, Papers, and Speeches
1 Criticism
1 Fisk
1 Fleron
1 Fulwood
1 Gainesville Scene
1 Grant--Humboldt
1 Grants
1 Hodge
1 Institute for Southern Studies
1 Institute for Theory of Science
1 Jones
1 Kant
1 Lectures (Misc.)
1 Lectures on Marx
1 Loyalty Oath
2 Luckacs
2 Marx
2 National Humanities Series
2 National Security Seminar
2 Radical Philosophers
2 Speeches
2 University of Florida students
2 University
2 Vienna Conference
2 Wall Hangings
3 Papers related to Dr. Megill's tenure struggle

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

New Left -- Florida.
University of Florida -- Faculty -- History.
University of Florida. Dept. of Philosophy -- History.
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements -- Florida.

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