Scope and arrangement
The David Spitz papers are arranged in five series:
His general correspondence, material pertaining to The Ohio State University and his research and teaching material. The general correspondence, incoming/outgoing, is in alphabetical order but not in chronological order within folders. Contained here is Spitz' personal correspondence (excluding letters to and from family); much professional correspondence with students relating to courses and grades given by Spitz; colleagues, giving student evaluations, opinions on writings or tenure proposals; many letters of and requests for recommendations and correspondence with publishers and editors of his books and articles, including Irving Howe of Dissent magazine and Norman Podheretz of Commentary. Among frequent correspondents are Robert M. MacIver, David Kettler, Rabbi Stephen Kaplan, Rubin Maloff and Thomas I. Cook; others include Hannah Arendt, Gunnar Myrdal and Herbert Marcuse. Ending this series is correspondence with Professor Morris Watnick. In addition to being Watnick's friend. Spitz was also executor of his estate, and so, some of Watnick's personal papers are included.
The second series consists of Spitz' files accumulated during and relating to his tenure at Ohio State University, 1947-1970. Contained here are many copies of and clippings from "Faculty Review" (the school newspaper) and local newspapers with information on Spitz and his writings; official documents and memos; files on "Alternatives" (a series of advertisements sponsored by a group of faculty members); much material concerning academic freedom including reports, clippings and correspondence relating to the Byron T. Darling/case (a professor accused of being communist).
The third series - Spitz' research and teaching related material is sub-divided in nine sections: first - material on John Stuart Mill. Spitz served as editor of a critical edition of Mill's On Liberty entitled Freedom and Individuality; Mill's "Liberty" in Retrospect. Here are Spitz' notes, drafts and correspondence with the publisher (Norton); also other writings by Spitz about Mill's On Liberty and notes by Spitz regarding other writings by Mill. Second - material on Robert M. MacIver. Spitz edited many of MacIver's works including Politics and Society. Files include Spitz' notes and some correspondence regarding his works on MacIver; articles, an index and bibliography done by Spitz; juvenile delinquency evaluation reports (MacIver was head of New York City's Juvenile Delinquency Evaluation Project from 1955-1961); miscellaneous essays toy MacIver and authors proof of The Quest for Meaning. Third - material on his lecture tour in India, July to August, 1976. Spitz' notes for lectures; some correspondence; political literature; articles and reports on free expression; copies of "Voice of India" (local newspaper) and miscellaneous printed matter. Fourth - material regarding year spent in Italy, 1962-1963, on Fulbright grant. Information and some correspondence on his stay and manuscript on the human condition in Italy entitled "The Splendor and The Squalor". Fifth - drafts and research notes on a rebuttal toy Spitz of Skinner's Beyond Freedom and Dignity. Sixth - published and unpublished manuscripts and research notes accumulated throughout his career. Writings and notes are in folders, a few in binders, but are not arranged in any order. There are many essays on democracy, academic freedom and civil disobedience and most include notes, copies of articles used for research, some correspondence, revisions, comments and criticisms of his works. Published works include reviews, advertising material and correspondence with the editors and publishers. Some writings done while Spitz was still in school. Seventh - book reviews of many writings on political science, most of which, are not by him or about his books. Eighth - drafts of work on Marx. Contains copies of an original and revised typescript of a monograph by Spitz entitled "To Interpret or Change the World? Thesis on Marx and Philosophy", with collateral correspondence, 1977-1982, of David and Elaine Spitz relative to its publication. Ninth - bibliographies. Contains bibliography for unpublished manuscript on power; notes and bibliography for contemplated work on minorities and education and bibliography for published article about John Stuart Mill.
Contained here are personal letters to and from his parents, brother, first wife, second wife, children, step-children and other family members. Also stored here are Spitz' files relating to his military service and wartime work with disturbed soldiers; assorted personal records; a diary and journals.