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Guide to the William H. Exum (1942-1986) Papers 1965/1985

Overview of the Collection

Title:

William H. Exum (1942-1986) Papers

Dates:

1965-1985

Collector:

Exum, William H., 1942-

Size:

3.50

Repository:

Northwestern University Archives

Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Abstract:

The William H. Exum Papers fill three and one-half boxes and are arranged in five subseries: biographical material, education files, correspondence, teaching files and publications files. Materials span the years 1964-1985.

Biographical Information

William H. Exum was born on December 11, 1942 in Oklahoma and grew up in Kentucky. He became involved in school integration efforts during the late 1950s and early 1960s both as a student and as a civil rights worker. He received an A.B. cum laude in Social Relations from Harvard University in 1963 and a Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University in 1974. He received the Founders Day Award from NYU in 1974 for “consistent evidence of outstanding scholarship.” Exum was a professor of African Amerian Studies and Sociology at Northwestern from 1977 to 1986.

Exum began his teaching career at Sarah Lawrence College as an instructor and assistant professor from September, 1969 to June, 1973. He was on leave for the academic year 1971-1972. From July, 1973 to June, 1977 he was Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Williams College, serving as Director of the Afro-American Studies Program from July, 1975 to June, 1977. He joined the faculty of Northwestern University in September, 1977 and served as Associate Professor of African-American Studies and Sociology until his death in April, 1986.

Exum's stated research interests and publications all indicate his concern for understanding the “phenomena of difference,” that is, how people and behavior come to be defined as different and the impact that perception has on those individuals in institutions and social interactions. He was an active member of the American Sociological Association, the Illinois Council for Black Studies, the Midwest Sociological Association, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Society for Values in Higher Education.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name:

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Dept. of African American Studies--Faculty

Personal Name:

Exum, William H., 1942-

Topical Term:

African Americans--Social conditions--Study and teaching (Higher)

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The University Archives acquired the William H. Exum Papers on May 5, 1986 as Accession #86-59, and May 19, 1986 as Accession #86-77 from Leon Forrest, Chair, Department of African-American Studies.

Processing Information

Ellen C. O'Brien, April 19, 1989

Separated Materials

Thirty-five audio cassettes were transferred to the University Archives' audio cassette collection (AC 166). Duplicate vitae, class bibliographies, and exams were discarded.

Arrangement of Materials

The William H. Exum Papers are arranged in five subseries: biographical material, education files, correspondence, teaching files and publications files.

Scope and Contents

The William H. Exum Papers fill three and one-half boxes and are arranged in five subseries: biographical material, education files, correspondence, teaching files and publications files. Materials span the years 1964-1985.

The small amount of biographical materials consist mostly of curriculum vitae, prepared by Exum at Northwestern University. Further biographical material on Exum appears in a booklet titled “NIA Afro-American Studies Newsletter,” September 1974, No. 2 page 12.

The education materials are from Exum's years as a graduate student at New York University. They consist of some course readings, notes (a few handwritten) and exams, 1964-1967 and some lengthier course papers submitted during the years 1964-1966. A photocopy of his Ph.D. dissertation “Black Student Movements in White Colleges and Universities” February, 1974 is also part of this material.

The correspondence relates primarily to Exum's professional career, especially his teaching, writing and speaking engagements. A few letters from former students and correspondence with department heads dealing with the conditions of his employment are also included. The correspondence is arranged in chronological order, 1970-1985. A copy of an alphabetical list of correspondents, 1970-1985, is included.

The teaching files consist of class materials (bibliographies, syllabi, reading lists, and exams) from Sarah Lawrence College, Williams College, and Northwestern University, 1969-1985. Tenure related materials are filed here. Among these materials is a photocopy of testimony by William Exum to the House Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education, House of Representatives, United States Congress in support of H.R. 14365 and S. 3319 “The School Integration Innovation Act of 1976,” August, 1976 (Box 2 Folder 17).

The publication files are comprised of copies of printed articles and copies of manuscripts. These are arranged in chronological order by date or approximate date of publication with the title noted on the individual folders. A list of publications is included in Exum's vitae.

INVENTORY

Box 1

Folder 1

Biographical materials

1976-1986

Education Files

Box 1

Folder 2

NYU readings, notes, exams

1964-1967

Box 1

Folder 3

NYU graduate papers

1964-1966

Box 1

Folder 4

Ph.D. Dissertation, pp. 1-164

1974

Box 1

Folder 5

Ph.D. Dissertation, pp. 165-304

1974

Box 1

Folder 6

Ph.D. Dissertation, pp. 305-Bibliography

1974

Correspondence

Box 1

Folder 7

Alphabetical list of correspondents

1970-1985

Box 1

Folder 8

Correspondence

1971-1972

Box 1

Folder 9

Correspondence

1973-1974

Box 1

Folder 10

Correspondence

1975-1978

Box 1

Folder 11

Correspondence

1979-1980

Box 1

Folder 12

Correspondence

1981

Box 2

Folder 1

Correspondence

1982

Box 2

Folder 2

Correspondence

1983

Box 2

Folder 3

Correspondence

1984-1985

Teaching Files

Box 2

Folder 4

Sarah Lawrence reading lists

1969-1973

Box 2

Folder 5

Williams reading lists & syllabi

1973-1974

Box 2

Folder 6

Williams reading lists & syllabi

1974-1975

Box 2

Folder 7

Williams reading lists & syllabi

1975-1976

Box 2

Folder 8

Williams reading lists & syllabi

Spr, 1977

Box 2

Folder 9

Williams course outlines, syllabi, bibliographies

1973-1978

Box 2

Folder 10

Northwestern exams

1977-1978

Box 2

Folder 11

Northwestern, “Social Meaning of Race” reading lists and exams

1978

Box 2

Folder 12

Northwestern reading lists & exams

1978-1979

Box 2

Folder 13

Northwestern syllabi & exams

1979-1980

Box 2

Folder 14

Northwestern syllabi & exams

1980-1981

Box 2

Folder 15

Northwestern syllabi & exams

1981-1982

Box 2

Folder 16

Northwestern syllabi & exams

1982-1983

Box 2

Folder 17

Tenure materials-presentations and reviews

1976-1982

Box 3

Folder 1

Tenure-course syllabi & exams

1977-1982

Box 3

Folder 2

Tenure-proposals & reports

1979-1981

Publications

Box 3

Folder 3

“The University-Church Analogy”

1975

Box 3

Folder 4

“Black Student Unions”

1978

Box 3

Folder 5

“Inequality and Academic Careers: The Problem of Minority Faculty”

1979-1980

Box 3

Folder 6

“Plus Ca Change...? : Racism”

1980

Box 3

Folder 7

“How Unique are Academic Institutions”

1980-1982

Box 3

Folder 8

“The Partly Opened Door: Conflict of Values”

1980-1982

Box 3

Folder 9

“The Partly Opened Door: Conflict of Values & Limited Access in American Education”

1980-1982

Box 3

Folder 10

Manuscript - Paradoxes of Protest - pp. 1-154

1980-1984

Box 3

Folder 11

Manuscript - Paradoxes of Protest - pp. 155-260

1980-1984

Box 3

Folder 12

Manuscript - Paradoxes of Protest - pp. 261-373

1980-1984

Box 3

Folder 13

Manuscript - Paradoxes of Protest - pp. 374-Ref

1980-1984

Box 4

Folder 1

Paradoxes of Protest - rev. prospectus & several revised chapters

1980-1984

Box 4

Folder 2

Publishers letters - Paradoxes of Protest

1982

Box 4

Folder 3

“Barriers to Progress of Women and Minority Faculty”

1982

Box 4

Folder 4

“Affirmative Action & Higher Education: Some Implications for Scholarly Publications”

1982

Box 4

Folder 5

“Affirmative Action & the University Press”

1982

Box 4

Folder 6

“Affirmative Action & the University Press”

1983

Box 4

Folder 7

“Climbing the Crystal Stairs: Values”

1982

Box 4

Folder 8

“Making it at the Top” (with co-authors)

1984

Box 4

Folder 9

“Academia as an Internal Labor Market”

1984