Richard Quinney papers, 1921-2011

Quinney, Richard
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  • Format Mixed Materials; Microforms
  • Physical Details
    • 15.4 cubic feet (41 archives boxes)
    • 9 reels of microfilm (35 mm)
    • 143 photographs (2 archives boxes)
    • 1 framed photograph
    • 67 photographs : digital, TIFF file RGB
    • 67 photographs : digital, TIFF file CMYK
    • 67 photographs : digital, JPEG file on 1 DVD, and
    • 133 photographs : digital, TIFF file; plus
    • additions of 6.8 cubic feet and
    • 1.2 cubic feet of photographs, transparencies, and exhibit prints
  • OCLC ocn173711647, ocn173699660
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  • RESTRICTED: Access to the images on the Master DVD (PH 6683) is through the Wisconsin Historical Images page on the Wisconsin Historical Society web site at Consult Visual Materials Curator or Visual Materials Archivist regarding access to Master DVD.
  • RESTRICTED: Richard Quinney retains literary rights to his photographs as published in "Journey to a Far Place" and "For the Time Being: Ethnography of Everyday Life" and to any as yet unpublished manuscripts.


  • Papers of Richard Quinney, a Marxist sociologist noted for his work on criminology whose later work reflected interests in the relationship of sociology to religion, regionalism, photography, and the concept of life studies. The records document his work as a student and teacher of sociology; his involvement in professional organizations such as the American Sociological Association and the Society for the Study of Social Problems; and the writing of numerous books and articles. Later writings reflect his time growing up in Walworth County (Wisconsin) which he recounts in For the Time Being (1998) as well as his experiences traveling through Europe and Asia which are related in Journey to a Far Place (1991). Also included are the photographs used in these last two publications which consist of photographs taken in Walworth County and DeKalb (Illinois) by Quinney and other family members during the 1920s and 1930s as well as photographs of the locales in which he traveled. Additional photographs (available in digital format only) are from two other books by Quinney, Of Time and Place (2006) and Things Once Seen (2008).


  • The DVD of digital file for the book "Of Time and Place" includes three sets of the same 67 images. One set has the extension .RGB (full size scans), one has the extension .CMYK (used for printing the book) and one has the extension .JPG (used for web delivery).
  • Portions of this collection are available only on microfilm.
  • Electronic reproductions of some of the images in this collection are also available through the Wisconsin Historical Images page on the Wisconsin Historical Society web site at
  • Electronic reproductions of all the images from "Of Time and Place" and "Things Once Seen" are available electronically through the Wisconsin Historical Images page on the Wisconsin Historical Society web site at
  • Presented by Richard Quinney, DeKalb, Illinois, 1980-2000.
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