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University of Arkansas Sociology Department Records

Manuscript Collection 75

Special Collections Department
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Tyrel Weston, 2016

Materials are in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

University of Arkansas Sociology Department
University of Arkansas Sociology Department Records
Inclusive Dates
Bulk Dates
MC 75
.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The University of Arkansas Sociology Department Records were donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries in 1969 by the Sociology Department through Anthony Stephen Stephan.

Processing Information

Amy Allen and Tyrel Weston; completed in June 2016.

Preferred Form of Citation

University of Arkansas Sociology Department Records (MC 75), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Historical Note

Sociology courses were first offered in 1898 within the Department of Economics and Sociology. More sociology courses were added over time and in 1941, the Department of Sociology was formed, separate from Economics. The Department of Sociology continued to grow and in 1947 Professor Anthony Stephen Stephan joined the Department of Sociology as chair, holding the office until 1969. In 1948, the Department of Sociology began to offer a major in Anthropology. In 1955, the department was renamed the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology grew in size and popularity, and in 1969, it was split into two separate departments.

Through these years, the Department of Sociology and its relationship with other departments resulted in a collaborative work found in folder 2 of this collection. Several professors who worked on this report shared in the growth of the College of Arts and Sciences, namely, Professor Stephan, Mrs. Mattie Cal Maxted (Social Work), Professor William S. Bonner (sociology), and others.

With the growth of the College of Arts and Sciences through the early 20th century, the University of Arkansas welcomed a chapter of the nationally recognized honors society Phi Beta Kappa in 1932. In 1941 with aid from Phi Beta Kappa, Jobelle Holcombe of the English Department initiated an annual Honors Day Convocation. Holcombe was president of the Scholastic Honors Committee from 1941-1942. The Scholastic Honors Committee organized the Honors Day Convocation held each spring to recognize the academic excellence of University of Arkansas students. Shortly after the inaugural Honors Day, honors courses were being created, which would eventually grow into a University wide honors program.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of departmental meeting minutes and a report on economic development in Arkansas from the sociology department. The collection also contains correspondence, meeting minutes, programs and information compiled by the Scholastic Honors Committee while planning the Honors Day Convocations from 1941 to 1951.

Arrangement of the Papers

The collection is organized with the sociology department records first followed by the Scholastic Honors Committee files organized chronologically.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Sociology Department Meeting Minutes, 1950-1951

Box 1 Folder 2

Arkansas Economic Development Project Report, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 3

Honors Day Convocation, 1941

Box 1 Folder 4

Honors Day Convocation, 1942

Box 1 Folder 5

Honors Day Convocation, 1943

Box 1 Folder 6

Honors Day Convocation, 1944

Box 1 Folder 7

Honors Day Convocation, 1945

Box 1 Folder 8

Honors Day Convocation, 1946

Box 1 Folder 9

Honors Day Convocation, 1947

Box 1 Folder 10

Honors Day Convocation, 1948

Box 1 Folder 11

Honors Day Convocation, 1949

Box 1 Folder 12

Honors Day Convocation, 1951

Box 1 Folder 13

Honors Day Convocation Addresses, 1941-1947