Raymond W. Mack (1927-) Papers
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Scope and Contents
The Raymond W. Mack papers fill two and one-half boxes and span the years from 1951 through 1995. The papers focus primarily on Mack's work as a sociologist, with some biographical material included.
The papers are separated into three distinct categories: biographical materials, correspondence and publications. The biographical materials include newspaper clippings, brief biographical profiles from various points in Mack's career, and press releases that relate largely to his work as an academic.
The collection contains a small amount of correspondence with representatives of professional organizations, primarily regarding book reviews or articles that Mack contributed to their publications. Notable here is material relating to the two articles Mack wrote for the Encyclopedia Britannica on race relations in the United States in 1967 and 1968. There is also a small file of correspondence on the subject of student unrest and protest in the late 1960s. The material in this folder relates largely to the 1969 occupation of a University of Minnesota building by African-American students.
Publications form the largest section of the papers. Included here are correspondence, drafts and research materials pertaining to four books that Mack wrote or to which he contributed. This section includes a number of Mack's articles relating to a range of sociological topics but largely concerning race relations in the 1960s and 1970s, and book reviews that Mack published. Generally, only the published text of the article or review is present.
- Mack, Raymond W. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.
Language of Materials
Raymond W. Mack began his career at Northwestern as an assistant professor of sociology in 1953, and became a full professor in 1962. He was the founding director of Northwestern's Center for Urban Affairs from 1968-1971. He left teaching to become Vice President and Dean of Faculties, then Provost. In 1987 Mack returned to teaching and research, which he continued until his retirement in 1992. Mack wrote numerous articles and reviews for professional journals, especially on topics relating to social class, race relations, industrial conflict, and occupational specialization. The Raymond W. Mack papers fill two and one-half boxes and span the years from 1951 through 1995. The papers focus primarily on Mack's work as a sociologist, with some biographical material included. The papers are separated into three distinct categories: biographical materials, correspondence and publications.
The papers of Raymond W. Mack are organized into: biographical materials; correspondence (arranged alphabetically by topic); and publications (arranged alphabetically by title).
Method of Acquisition
The University Archives acquired the Mack papers in two accessions: #79-19, a separation from the Faculty Biographical Files, and #93-180.
Three folders of material were added to the University Archives Series 5/9 Records of the Vice President and Dean of Faculties and Provost, 1958-1986, as well as two inches of material relating to his service as provost. Six and one-half inches of duplicates and extraneous material were discarded.
Robert F. Carlton; August, 2007
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