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Edward A. Ross papers

Ross, Edward Alsworth, 1866-1951


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  • Format Mixed Materials
  • Contributors
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (558 volumes)
  • Arrangement Series; Organized into seven series: 1. Correspondence. 2. Diaries and travel notes. 3. Subject file. 4. Writings. 5. Teaching file. 6. Photographs. 7. Clippings and ephemera
  • OCLC on1129599203, ocn516883958, ocn173699720


  • "Edward A. Ross Papers documents the life of prolific sociologist and professor Edward Alsworth Ross through his correspondence, extensive writings, and other collected items. The collection is organized into seven series: correspondence, diaries and travel notes, subject file, writings, teaching file, photographs, and clippings and ephemera. Although some material covers his early education and teaching positions, the material is concentrated on his time as professor at the University of Wisconsin and his many liberal-reform activities during the early- to mid-1900s. Ross was a student of Richard T. Ely and a colleague of many other reform activists at the University of Wisconsin and around the world as evidenced by the variety of correspondents and people appearing on the pages of this collection."--ProQuest History Vault


  • Source: Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin (Wis Mss RV; Micro 927; PH 1684; PH 1978; PH 3035)
  • "[Edward A.] Ross was an eminent sociologist, world traveler, and supporter of liberal causes. In each of these capacities he was, above all, an astute and popular observer of people and of the social, racial, and cultural forces that shaped people's behavior. As such, and as a prolific author and lecturer, he exercised an influence and had a following far greater than most academics. A pioneer in the field of sociology, Ross's earliest contribution to that discipline and his greatest contribution to progressive reform ideology was his criticism of the deterministic view of society embodied in Social Darwinism. This criticism led Ross into the arena of eugenics, with these ideas peppering his correspondence and writings, although he eventually moved away from this philosophy around the 1930s. He was also closely associated with a number of specific reform issues. In the 1890s he was an outspoken advocate of free silver and the regulation of monopolies. Beginning with his ouster from Stanford University in 1900, he was closely associated with the cause of academic freedom. Moreover, he was a strong temperance advocate, was involved in the birth control movement, and in the 1920s and later was associated with the American Civil Liberties Union and a host of other liberal and reform movements."--ProQuest History Vault
  • Forms part of: History vault. Progressive Era: Voices of reform (1875-1945)
  • Online version lacks family photographs, circa 1860-1930 (PH Wis Mss RV) and photographs of faculty members at Indiana University and a Cornell University Souvenir Yearbook, 1893 (PH Wis Mss RV (3)).
  • Electronic reproduction. [Ann Arbor, Michigan] : ProQuest. [2019] (History vault. Progressive Era: Voices of reform (1875-1945)
  • Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin.
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