Guide to the William J. Crotty (1936- ) Papers

Collection Title: William J. Crotty (1936- ) Papers
Dates: 1967-1995
Identification: 11/3/22/6
Creator: Crotty, William J.
Extent: 4 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The William Crotty Papers span the years 1967-1995, with the bulk of the materials dating between 1967 and 1980 and consisting of teaching files for his courses in Political Science from 1967 to 1978. Biographical and correspondence files are also included.
Acquisition Information: The William Crotty papers were donated by Professor Crotty on August 10, 1981 as Accession #81-172. Material from the University Archives' Faculty Biographical Files was added to the series in April, 2007.
Processing Information: Margaret Faverty, December, 1981; Janet Olson, 2007
Conditions Governing Access: None
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

Biographical/Historical Information

Political scientist William Crotty was born on April 14, 1936 in West Somerville, Massachusetts. He received his B.A. at Amherst College in 1958, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the Uni-versity of North Carolina (UNC) in 1963. His fields of research included democratic development, political parties, electoral behavior, and terrorism.

Before coming to Northwestern University, Crotty was an instructor in Political Science at UNC and then Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Uni-versity of Georgia (1963-1965). He also held several research assistantships and fellowships at UNC and other institutions. In the fall of 1966 he came to Northwestern University as As-sistant Professor of Political Science; he was appointed a full professor in 1974. He was active in the regional and national American Political Science Association (including serving as president of the Midwest Political Science Association) and in many political campaigns. He also served on commissions to observe elections in Honduras (1981), Argentina (1983), Nicaragua (1984), and Haiti (1987).

Crotty left Northwestern University in 1995 to take the Thomas P. O'Neil, Jr., Chair in Public Life at Northeastern University in Boston. He was later also named Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy at Northeastern.

Scope and Content

The William Crotty Papers span the years 1967-1995, with the bulk of the materials dating between 1967 and 1980 and consisting of teaching files for his courses in Political Science from 1967 to 1978. Biographical and correspondence files are also included.

The biographical file contains c.v.s, press releases, and other materials dating between 1966 and 1987. Correspondence with students, publishers, and Northwestern University colleagues and administrators spans the years 1967-1979, with one letter from 1995 announcing his departure for Northeastern. As documented in a folder of newspaper and magazine clippings (1972-1990), Crotty was often cited as an expert on political parties, political assassinations, and Latin American elections. In particular, his May, 1972, article on assassinations in the journal Society was reported on in numerous publications across the country. Articles, reprints, papers presented, and reports date between 1966 and 1989 and reflect Crotty's range of interests. Of particular note is his report on the 1987 election in Haiti, submitted to the Council on Hemispheric Affairs in Washington.

Teaching files include courses taught at Northwestern University, Georgetown University, and the University of Georgia. They are arranged by course number and chronologically within each folder of course material. The material includes syllabi, reading lists, Library Reserve Room lists, assignments, examinations, lecture notes, and class rolls with grades. student examination (Blue) books, student reports and term papers, and a doctoral dissertation proposal.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Department of Political Science

Personal Name

Crotty, William J.

Subjects

College teachers--Illinois--Evanston

Political science--Study and teaching--Illinois--Evanston


Container List / Contents

  • Teaching Material
    • University of Georgia
      • Political Science 410,610, Summer, 1965Box 1, Folder 3
    • Northwestern University
      • Political Science A01 American Government, 1966-1979Box 1, Folder 4
      • Political Science A05 Representation, 1978Box 1, Folder 5
      • Political Science B01 Political Parties, 1971Box 1, Folder 6
      • Political Science B95 Campaigns, Fall,Spring 1972Box 1, Folder 7
      • Political Science B95 Campaigns, Exams, Fall, 1972Box 1, Folder 8
      • Political Science C52 Public Opinion, Fall,Winter 1967Box 1, Folder 9
      • Political Science C52-0 Public Opinion-Evening Division, 1967Box 1, Folder 10
      • Political Science C52 Public Opinion, 1969, 1972, 1977Box 1, Folder 11
      • Political Science C53 Political Parties, 1967, 1968Box 1, Folder 12
      • Political Science C53 Political Parties, 1971,1973, 1974Box 1, Folder 13
      • Political Science D26 Political Behavior, 1966Box 2, Folder 1
      • Political Science D26 Political Behavior, 1971, 1972Box 2, Folder 2
      • Political Science D26 Political Behavior, 1973,1974,1975Box 2, Folder 3
      • Political Science D26 Political Behavior, 1976,1977,1978Box 2, Folder 4
      • Political Science D26 Political Behavior, Student Papers, 1971-1975Box 2, Folder 5
      • Political Science C53 Political Parties, 1971,1975-1978Box 2, Folder 6
      • Political Science C70 Political Campaigning, 1975,1976,1978,1980Box 2, Folder 7
      • Political Science C95 Political Research Seminar, 1968,1971,1972,1973Box 2, Folder 8
      • Political Science C95 Political Research Seminar, 1975, 1976Box 3, Folder 1
      • Political Science C95 Political Research Seminar, 1977, 1979Box 3, Folder 2
      • Political Science C98 Honors Seminar, 1968, 1969Box 3, Folder 3
      • Political Science D01-2 Research Methods in Political Science, 1968, 1969, 1970Box 3, Folder 4
      • Political Science D01-2 Student Papers, 1968-1970Box 3, Folder 5
      • Political Science D01-2 Notebook of D.H. Johnson, 1968Box 3, Folder 6
      • Political Science D13 Voting Behavior, Winter, 1979Box 3, Folder 7
      • Political Science D13 Voting Behavior, Winter, 1980Box 3, Folder 8
      • Political Science Independent Study-Student Papers, 1968-1971Box 3, Folder 9
      • Political Science Independent Study-Student Papers, 1972Box 3, Folder 10
      • Political Science Independent Study-Student Reports, 1973Box 3, Folder 11
      • Political Science Independent Study-Student Reports, 1976-1978Box 3, Folder 12
      • Political Science Student Papers, 1960-1978Box 3, Folder 13
      • Political Science Dissertation Proposal of Mark Wynn, 1974-1975Box 3, Folder 14
      • Political Science Graduate Program and Exams, 1966-1979Box 3, Folder 15
    • Georgetown University
      • Political Science 206 Political Science Government, 1970Box 3, Folder 16
      • Bibliography of recent works on Nicaragua, 1985Box 4, Folder 1
      • Clippings (Crotty cited), 1972-1990Box 4, Folder 2
      • Articles, reprints, papers, and reports, 1966-1987, n.d.Box 4, Folder 3
      • “Political Parties: Issues and Trends” (Paper presented), 1989Box 4, Folder 4
  • Biographical materials, 1966-1987, n.d.Box 1, Folder 1
  • Correspondence, 1967-1979, 1995Box 1, Folder 2