Goodrich Seminar Room

About this Collection

In the Goodrich Seminar Room in the Lilly Library at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana the limestone walls are engraved with the names of the political and legal documents and authors which Pierre Goodrich, the founder of Liberty Fund, believed had most contributed to our understanding of what it means to be free and responsible individuals. At the center of the large room is a circular table around which the seminar participants sit and discuss these ideas. The room was an attempt to demonstrate through space and time the inter-relationships that exist between individuals and the ideas they hold, based upon the innovative design of the central circular discussion table and the arrangement of the names engraved on the walls of the seminar room.

See our online version of the Goodrich Seminar Room in the Lilly Library at Wabash College, Indiana, and the biography of Pierre Goodrich by Dane Starbuck.

Key People

Titles & Essays

The Babylonian Story of the Deluge and the Epic of Gilgamesh

Sir Ernest Alfred Wallis Budge (author)

This book attempts to reconstruct two ancient Sumerian stories from photographs of the stone tablets on which they were originally written: one story concerns an ancient account of a deluge (or flood) which destroyed much of…

The Code of Hammurabi

Hammurabi (author)

The Code of Hammurabi is a collection of the King of Babylon’s laws which were inscribed on stone columns towards the end of his reign. The 282 case laws include economic provisions (prices, tariffs, trade, and commercial…

Gregorian Chant for the Teacher, the Choir, and the School

Edmund G. Hurley (author)

A book which introduces the performance of Gregorian Chants for schools and church choirs with copious musical illustrations and explanations.

The Hymns of Martin Luther

Martin Luther (author)

A nice 1884 edition of Luther’s hymns with parallel German-English versions and musical scores of some 36 hymns.

John Locke

Below the fold is a collection of key extracts by, and essays and study guides about John Locke (1632-1704).

See also the following works:

Works in the OLL by John Locke (1632-1704) Liberty Matters Discussion Forum: Eric Mack on “…

Kalidasa: Life and Works

Source: Introduction to Translations of Shakuntala and Other Works, by Arthur W. Ryder (London: J.M. Dent, 1920).


Kalidasa probably lived in the fifth century of the Christian era.…

Locke, John (1632-1704)

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Works by John Locke

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John Locke

Source: Editor's Life in The Works of John Locke in Nine Volumes, (London: Rivington, 1824 12th ed.). Vol. 1.


Mr. John Locke was the son…

Lord Acton

John Emerich Edward Dalberg, Lord Acton (contributor)

This is a collection of key extracts by, and essays and study guides about Lord Acton (1834-1902).

See also the following works:

Works in the OLL by John Emerich Edward Dalberg, Lord Acton (1834-1902) Chronology: the Life of Lord…

An Old Babylonian Version of the Gilgamesh Epic

Gilgamesh (author)

The book contains two fragments of a Babylonian version of the Gilgamesh epic, the Pennsylvanian tablet” and the “Yale table”, with translation, commentary and images of the tablets.


OLL’s December Birthday: John Milton (December 9, 1608 – November 8, 1674)

By: Peter Carl Mentzel

December’s OLL Birthday essay is in honor of the poet, statesman, and political philosopher John Milton, considered by many to be the most important author in the English language. His deeply idiosyncratic personal, political, and…
The Ramayana and the Mahabharata

Mahabharata (author)

A condensed version (in verse) of two Indian classics of religious poetry.

The Thirteen Principal Upanishads

Robert Ernest Hume (translator)

These are commentaries on the Hindu sacred texts known as the Vedas.

Thirty Minor Upanishads

K Narayanaswami Aiyar (translator)

A selection from the very many Upanishads in the Indian tradition. These are based upon themes such as the Vedanta, physiological, mantras, Sannyasa, and Yoga.

A Vedic Reader for Students

Arthur Anthony Macdonell (translator)

To see the original Sanskrit version of the hymns please see the facsimile PDF version of the text.



Literature & Music

With the return of spring the memories of Petrarch’s beloved Laura awaken a new pang in him (late 14thC)

Francesco Petrarch