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Arlene Kaplan Daniels (1930-) Papers

Identifier: 11/3/25/2

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Scope and Contents

The Arlene Daniels Papers fill twenty-one boxes and span the period 1960 to 1994. The papers include biographical materials, general and subject correspondence, Northwestern files, documents pertaining to speaking engagements, files regarding Daniels' professional involvement in the American Sociological Association and the Women's Action Equity League, publications, and research materials.

The biographical materials fit neatly into three folders. The first folder contains newspaper clippings mostly from around the time Daniels began work at Northwestern University relaying the news about the Program on Women and its new Director. Other clippings relate to work areas in which she took an interest and in which she was quoted. The second folder contains vitae from the years 1974 to 1990. The third folder contains her daily planner from the years 1975-1976.

General and subject correspondence fills approximately six boxes and contains both professional and personal correspondence. The files, maintained according to Daniels' original order, include both incoming and carbon copies of outgoing letters. General correspondence is arranged chronologically for some years and also alphabetically by surname of correspondent for other periods of time. A small number of subject correspondence files are arranged alphabetically by folder headings, either the surnames of correspondents or topical headings. Items within these folders are arranged in chronological order. Of special interest are the files pertaining to graduate student Elizabeth Deutsch; these include Deutsch's field notes from Laos and Cambodia and other items relating to Asian immigrants in Chicago.

The Northwestern files pertain mostly to Daniels' work outside of the classroom, although one folder contains student coursework. The files fill approximately two boxes and are arranged by topical headings in alphabetical order. Major groupings of folders may be found in the following categories: Organization of Women Faculty (OWF), Women's Studies, and the William Exum Award. The OWF files contain mostly inter-office correspondence and meeting notes and reports. The Women's Studies folders consist of correspondence, graduate student papers and the appointment of visiting professors. The William Exum Award was a cash award given to the author of a paper on race issues in modern culture. Daniels' files on the Exum Award contain several papers from the late 1980s and correspondence between board members on the award committee.

The speaking engagement files are arranged into approximately one box of material and are arranged chronologically. The folders date between the years 1978 to 1993. They contain incoming and outgoing correspondence relating to the topics on which Daniels spoke on or the logistics of specific engagements.

The professional files fill into approximately four and one half boxes and are arranged in alphabetical order by topical file headings. Major groupings of folders fit into four major categories: American Sociological Association (ASA), Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS), the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), and the Women's Equity Action League (WEAL). The ASA files contain mostly correspondence and information pertaining to the Committee on the Status Women. The SSSP folders chronicle Daniels work with their budget committee and the correspondence she had while she was president of the organization. The SWS folders contain mostly correspondence but also have meeting notes and related items. The WEAL files contain information both on the research Daniels conducted and the offices she held with that organization. Featured prominently are files relating to the work she did with the WEAL Fund Committee. Other professional files concern the Rue Bucher Award, the Denezin Handbook, the Encyclopedia of Women's Work, the Institute for Women's Policy Research, the NWSA Book Award, the O.L. Life History Series, Research Grant Proposals, the Thomas Shibutani Festschrift, and Women in the Non-Profit Sector.

Publications and projects files fill about two boxes and are arranged alphabetically by title of publication or publication project. The files relate to the work she did on her paper "Careers on Feminism;" correspondence for a book she co-edited, Hearth and Home: Women in the Media; Invisible Careers; and a project she was involved with on the re-entry of older women into private universities. Materials relating to Invisible Careers date back to the mid 1970s when Daniels received a grant to study the "Female Power Elite" and are filed under this name. Other Invisible Careers files contain correspondence, grant proposals, research materials and press and peer critiques on her work. There is also one folder of three draft chapters she wrote on women volunteers. Another folder contains chapter or essays she published on feminism and volunteer work.

The research materials contain three series of interview transcripts Daniels conducted with academic associates in the late 1970s. The first series of interview transcripts, "Career Patterns," is arranged sequentially by the numbers that Daniels assigned them (1-60). These interviews were used in the book Working in Foundations: Career Patterns of Women and Men, which Daniels co-authored with Teresa Odendahl and Elizabeth Boris. The second series of interviews, "Feminism Interviews," relate to the work Daniels did with WEAL and other feminist volunteer organizations. These anchored the findings of several papers, including "Careers in Feminism." The final series of interviews were conducted in the San Francisco Bay Area and chronicle the life experiences of upper and middle class female volunteers. Information taken from these interviews was also used by Daniels in several papers and in the book Invisible Careers.

One folder of correspondence relating to a grant project on the Prevalence of Rape, for the Institute of Scientific Analysis, in which Daniels was tangentially involved, was added as Box 6, folder 16. Additional correspondence was interfiled into the appropriate folders.


  • 1960-1994


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Language of Materials



Arlene Kaplan Daniels, sociology professor, was born on December 10th 1930 in New York, New York, the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Rathstein) Daniels. As a child, she moved to California where her parents retained their professions as shopkeepers. Daniels attended the University of California at Berkeley, where she took a B.A. degree with honors in English (1952), an M.A. in Sociology (1954) and a Ph.D. in Sociology (1960). On June 9th, 1956, she married Richard Rene Daniels, an area hospital administrator.
From 1959 to 1961 Daniels served as an instructor in the Department of Speech at University of California. From 1966 to 1970 she held an associate professorship in sociology at San Francisco State College. In 1974 Daniels was a visiting professor of sociology at the University of Missouri (Columbia).

Arrangement Note

The papers are divided into seven categories: biographical materials, general and subject correspondence, Northwestern files, speaking engagements, professional files, publications, and research materials.

Method of Acquisition

Donated to the University Archives between 1980 and 1995 as accessions 80-159, 82-117, 82-175, 95-89, 95-91 and 95-107.

Addition The additions were transferred to the University Archives by the Northwestern University Library Special Collections Department as accession 06-180 on November 14, 2006.

Separated Materials

Approximately one linear foot of duplicate and extraneous materials was discarded during the arrangement of this series.

Processing Information

Laurie Murphy; July 12, 2006.

Addition Janet Olson, November 2006.

Guide to the Arlene Kaplan Daniels (1930-) Papers
Laurie Murphy
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