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John Dewey (1859-1952) was an American philosopher, educational reformer, and psychologist. His contributions have greatly influenced the United States as well as the world. He is recognized as one of the founders of the philosophical school of Pragmatism, the father of functional psychology, and was a leading representative of progressive movement in U.S. education during the first half of the 20th century.

The John Dewey Photograph Collection features more than 1600 selections from the John Dewey photograph collection and the John Dewey School at the University of Chicago photograph collection, compiled by John Dewey and others, including images of Dewey, wives and children and other family members, friends, colleagues and professional associates, laboratory schools, travel, and events. Photographs and postcards documenting Dewey's travels in Mexico and China during the 1920s capture a bygone era. Later photographs follow the activities of Dewey’s second wife Roberta after his death, particularly her travels with their adopted daughter Adrienne in the Far East during the 1960s.



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