Alwin C. Carus Papers, 1900-2004.
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The Open Court Press was established in 1887 by Edward G. Hegeler, a zinc manufacturer of LaSalle, Illinois, to reflect his deep interest in problems of philosophy, ethics, and religion. Under the leadership of Dr. Paul Carus, a young German scholar who assumed editorship of the press in its first year and continued until his death in 1919, Open Court gained international recognition for its titles in philosophy, religion, sciences, and mathematics. The press's first publication was a fortnightl...
Alwin Carus was born in 1901 in LaSalle, Illinois, to Paul and Mary Carus. He was the youngest of six children in a large German family. Educated at home until high school, Carus attended the University of Chicago, studied chemistry and worked for metal and chemical companies during his professional career. Coming from an educated family, Carus learned German, math, and music at an early age. During his early years, he grew fond of astronomy, farming, the railroad, and the natural world. His ear...