Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminology Collection

Collection Overview

Title: Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminology Collection

Record Series: 12/04/01

Creator: Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminology

Date: 1962-1998; 2016

Extent: 3 boxes (0.84 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives at Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language: Materials entirely in English.

Access and Use

Accessing the Collection:

Most materials are open for research. Materials related to the confidentiality of personnel, student, medical, and other legally protected records are CLOSED to researchers for 70 years from the date of creation. Consult the archivist with any questions or concerns.

Sensitive Materials Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy or similar laws, and the Iowa Open Records Law (see Iowa Code § 22.7). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Northern Iowa assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], in the [Series Title] #[series number], [folder number or title when applicable], [Collection Name], Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

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Historical Note

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, first part of the College of Business and Behavioral Sciences from 1968-1981, has existed in some form at the University of Northern Iowa ever since. It has undergone name changes since its establishment including the Department of Sociology and Anthropology (1969-1975); the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work (1975-1982); and again the Department of Sociology and Anthropology (1982-1997). In 1981, it became part of the new College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. In 1997, it became the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, a name which it retains today.


  • Series 1: Administrative Records
    • Subseries 1: Department Memos
    • Subseries 2: Departmental reviews
    • Subseries 3: Social Work
  • Series 2: Programs & Ephemera
  • Series 3: Publications
  • Series 4: New Iowans Program


Scope and Content

The collection is arranged into four series. The first, Administrative Records, consists of three subseries. The first, Departmental Memos, dates from 1986-1991, and includes subject such as employee-related items (term appointments, funding, open positions); courses and scheduling; equipment needs; policies and procedures; budgetary information; and materials related to the day-to-day departmental operations. The second subseries, Departmental Reviews, is comprised of an external review and an internal review of the department and includes reports and correspondence. The third subseries, Social Work, which was once part of the department, is comprised of a field instruction manual and proposed curricular changes.

The second series, Programs & Ephemera, dates from 1962-1998, with a few items from 2016, and includes brochures, pamphlets, flyers, and scattered correspondence. Topics consist of events, course offerings, information about the departmental majors/minors, position vacancies, and curricular matters. The third series in the collection, Publications, has three issues of the UNI Journal of Social Thought from 1975-1976, which was published by the department. The final series, New Iowans Program, consists of four booklets concerning the program. This program, of which Professor of Anthropology Mark Grey was director, started c. 2000 and sought to address Iowa's growing diversity by "helping new immigrants make the transition into jobs and life in the United States."


Box 1

  • Folder 1: Department Memos, December 1986-December 1987 [Series 1, Subseries 1]
  • Folder 2: Department Memos, January 1988-March 1989 [Series 1, Subseries 1]
  • Folder 3: Department Memos, March 1989-March 1990 [Series 1, Subseries 1]
  • Folder 4: Department Memos, March 1990-May 1991 [Series 1, Subseries 1]
  • Folder 5: Departmental Reviews - External, 1990 [Series 1, Subseries 2]
  • Folder 6: Departmental Reviews - Internal, 1990 [Series 1, Subseries 2]

Box 2

  • Folder 1: Social Work, 1979 [Series 1, Subseries 3]
  • Folder 2: Programs & Ephemera, 1962-1998; 2016; undated [Series 2]
  • Folder 3: UNI Journal of Social Thought [Series 3]
  • Folder 4: New Iowans Program [Series 3]

Box 3

**Please note that materials in this box are restricted from their date of creation plus 70 years**

  • Folder 1: 1989 [Series 1]

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Library Associate Dave Hoing, July 2017. Updated December 2017 and April 2018 by Dave Hoing and April 2019 by Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield. Linear feet updated August 28, 2017.


Jensen, Nick. “New Iowans program brings diversity to communities.” The Northern Iowan, October 7, 2003.

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