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Harriet R. Mowrer (1899-) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 55/15

Scope and Contents

The Harriet R. Mowrer papers fill two boxes and are arranged in seven subseries: correspondence, teaching files, case records, research files, professional organization files, speeches and papers, and publications. These are preceded by two folders of biographical materials including vitae, entries for biographical works, and clippings.

These papers relate primarily to her professional activities; there is little personal material here.

The correspondence deals primarily with Mowrer's affiliations with professional organizations, her case work and consulting activities, and publications.

The teaching files contain reading and Lecture notes as well as student papers.

The cases subseries consists primarily of notes from case work interviews and drafts of interview summaries and reports. These materials for the most part document family and marital problems among Jewish immigrants Living on Chicago's near northwest side. The case records date from the late 1920s and early 1930s.

The research files contain raw data, notes, and drafts of reports.

The professional organizations subseries includes correspondence, notes, schedules, and other materials pertinent to meeting sessions over which she presided.

The speeches and papers subseries contains drafts of papers presented before professional and lay groups as well as related correspondence.

The publications subseries includes drafts, correspondence, and notes. Mowrer's popular book, Personality Adjustment and Domestic Discord, is documented here only with pertinent correspondence. One of her articles, “Sex and Marital Adjustment”, is a strongly worded critique of the second Kinsey Report.

For her husband's papers, see Northwestern University Archives' Series 11/3/25/1, the Ernest R. Mowrer Papers (12 boxes). Ernest Mowrer taught sociology at Northwestern from 1928 to 1963. When the Mowrers collaborated on publications the relevant materials will be found in the papers of the senior author.

Dates

  • 1928-1978

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at specialcollections@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

2.00 Boxes

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Harriet R. Mowrer papers fill two boxes and are arranged in seven subseries: correspondence, teaching files, case records, research files, professional organization files, speeches and papers, and publications. These are preceded by two folders of biographical materials including vitae, entries for biographical works, and clippings. These papers relate primarily to her professional activities; there is little personal material here. The correspondence deals primarily with Mowrer's affiliations with professional organizations, her case work and consulting activities, and publications. The teaching files contain reading and Lecture notes as well as student papers.

Arrangement

The collection includes seven subseries: correspondence, teaching files, case records, research files, professional organization files, speeches and papers, and publications. These are preceded by two folders of biographical materials including vitae, entries for biographical works, and clippings.

Method of Acquisition

The Harriet R. Mowrer papers were transferred to the University Archives by Laura Higgins, Gifts and Exchange Department, Northwestern University Library (Accession #86-69 and #86-89).

Separated Materials

Approximately two linear inches of material has been filed in the University Archives General Reference Files. Seven linear inches of material not pertinent to Mowrer or Northwestern and eight linear inches of duplicate material have been discarded.

Processing Information

William K. Beatty, July--August, 1986.
Title
Guide to the Harriet R. Mowrer (1899-) Papers
Author
William K. Beatty
Date
01/07/1986
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
847-491-3635