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Wilbur C. Phillips Manuscript

An inventory of his item at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: LDC
Date: 15 Jan 2009

Biographical History

Wilbur Cary Phillips (1880-1967) was an American author, social scientist, and social philosopher.

Phillips was born in Central New York in 1880, the son of a clergyman. He attended Colgate Academy before graduating from Harvard University in 1904. He was appointed Secretary and Administrative Officer of the New York Milk Committee in 1906, where he served until 1911. On May 16, 1911, he married Elsie LaGrange Cole in New York City. That same year, he accepted a position as Secretary of the Milwaukee Child Welfare Commission. Phillips also established the National Social Unit Organization (NSUO), serving as executive director. During this time, Phillips worked on developing a social unit plan. After 1920, he decided not to work in positions that might distract him from developing his ideas, thus worked the remainder of his life unsalaried. Continuing to work toward his plan, Phillips established various committees and councils. He died in New York City in 1967.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Wilbur C. Phillips Manuscript is a typed manuscript for the book Adventuring for Democracy, published by Social Unit Press in 1940. The book describes one of Phillips's social unit experiments in Cincinnati.


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Subject Headings


Phillips, Wilbur C., 1880-

Associated Titles

Adventuring for democracy.


Authors, American.
Community life.
Social service -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Manuscripts for publication.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Wilbur C. Phillips Manuscript
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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