Joan Huber papers, 1961-2011

1885

Collection Overview

Title:
Joan Huber papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1961-2011
Creator:
Huber, Joan
Abstract:
Joan Huber (1925-), an American sociologist with interests in gender stratification, held academic appointments at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Ohio State University. The papers document her academic, administrative, research, and professional accomplishments through teaching materials, addresses, publications, and correspondence, including letters relating to the American Sociological Association and the Sociologists for Women in Society.
Collection Number:
1885
Size:
5.5 Linear Feet
Location:
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Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical Note

Joan Huber was born 17 October 1925 in Bluffton, Ohio, to Hallie Althaus and Lawrence Huber, an entomologist with the Agricultural Experiment Station in Wooster, Ohio, where the family lived. Huber was influenced by her father's education (Ph.D.), as well as by the presence of a nearby liberal arts college. After graduating from high school in Wooster, she attended The Pennsylvania State University and earned her B.A. degree in German in 1945, completing the degree program in less than two years. Following graduation, Huber remained in Pennsylvania and married her first husband, Tony Rytina (with whom she had two children, Nancy and Steve). Between 1945 and 1947 Huber taught as an instructor in the German Department at Penn State, and in 1947 she left the university to become a full-time homemaker and volunteer. Huber enrolled in graduate school at Western Michigan University to pursue a master's degree in sociology (1963) and earned her Ph.D. at Michigan State University in 1967.

Joan Huber accepted her first academic appointment as a sociologist at the University of Notre Dame, where she taught from 1967 to 1971. In 1971 Huber married her second husband, William Form (Professor of Labor Studies), and both took positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There Huber taught a range of courses including: Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Poverty, Social Stratification, and Introduction to Women's Studies in the Social Sciences. In addition, she served as Director of the Women's Studies Program (1978-1980), and Head of the Department of Sociology (1979-1983). In 1984 Huber left Illinois to become Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Ohio State (1984-1992), Coordinating Dean of the Colleges of the Arts and Sciences (1986-1992), and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and University Provost (1992-1993). William Form became a professor of Sociology. In 1993 Huber retired.

During her career Joan Huber held executive positions in several professional sociological organizations. She served as president of Sociologists for Women in Society (1972-1974), the Midwest Sociological Society (1979-1980), and the American Sociological Association (1988-1989). She also has received recognition for excellence in teaching and scholarship, and in 1985 was the recipient of the Jessie Bernard Award from the American Sociological Association. Huber served on editorial review boards and research committees, and counseled academic institutions on the development of their respective sociology departments. Joan Huber has published many articles and scholarly books, with special interest in issues relating to gender stratification.

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Collection Overview

This collection documents the professional life of Joan Huber, American sociologist, academician, and administrator. It consists of publications, research and reference files, personal academic files, and correspondence, including letters relating to the American Sociological Association and Sociologists for Women in Society. Highlights include Huber's correspondence with other sociologists and administrators, and files reflecting her lifelong interest in American class structure and social stratification, and the intersecting dynamics of race, class, and gender.

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Collection Arrangement

The Joan Huber collection is arranged in five series: American Sociological Association, Sociologists for Women in Society, Personal academic, Correspondence, and Research and publications files.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Joan Huber papers, HCLA 1885, Special Collections Library, University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Joan Huber, October 1997; material was added in 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Jennifer Gremp, 2003. Additions added by Jenna Sabre in 2012.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Photographic

Personal Name(s)

  • Huber, Joan

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Collection Inventory

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General note

The series American Sociological Association (ASA) documents Huber's membership activities in ASA. Many of the records date from 1987-1989, the years corresponding to Huber's presidential term. The series consists mainly of Huber's correspondence with officers and members of ASA and covers a wide range of topics and social issues impacting the sociological profession during the 1970s and 1980s.

Two controversial cases documented within the series involve the ASA's filing of an amicus brief for Unification Church v. Molko and Leal (1988-1989), and the ASA's protest against the termination of the sociology department at Washington University of St. Louis (1988-1991). The Supreme Court case involved David Molko and Tracy Leal's accusations of religious "brainwashing" against the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity. The ASA signed an amicus brief in favor of the Unification Church, and a controversy ensued, initiated primarily by Professor Richard Ofshe, an ASA member. The materials related to this case include correspondence that follows the controversy as well as the court's documentation of the case. Another controversial case included in this series concerns the termination of the sociology department at Washington University of St. Louis. ASA opposed the closing of the department and offered assistance to the University in reinstating the department.

Series materials include correspondence among ASA members, correspondence between ASA and Washington University, letters written to ASA from graduates of the University program, and articles and news briefings regarding the closing. The series also includes the ASA Task Group on Graduate Education report (1992), notes from the ASA Panel: Evaluating Gender and Feminist Scholarship (1997), and tributes to sociologist Gerhard Lenski on his nomination for the ASA’s Career of Distinguished Scholarship award in 1999.

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17, 10-12

202-04

552

119

114-15

18

13

22

11

19

14

553

126

120

122-25

121

105-06

201

116-18

113

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The series Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) documents Huber’s involvement with the SWS. The series includes materials related to Huber’s presidency (1972 to 1974) and contains her correspondence with SWS members, reference materials, the Sociologists for Women in Society Newsletter, and Huber’s reflections on the SWS.

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29

554

26

210-21, 23-24

302-03

36

27, 22

31, 3-4

25

28

35

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Personal academic highlights Huber's academic and teaching career at three institutions: the University of Notre Dame, University of Illinois, and Ohio State University. Huber's academic files contain correspondence documenting her academic appointments, promotions, and career mobility. Additional files within the series document her teaching and research agenda as well as related work in course and curriculum development--primarily at the University of Illinois and Ohio State University. Also included are Huber's vitae, job offers and requests, and her certificate for the Jessie Bernard Award. Additional items from the period after her 1993 retirement also appear and include reports, correspondence, and her Penn State commencement address (1994).

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03 18

03 13

555

03 10

03 11

562

03 17

560-61

558

556

557

03 8

03 12

03 9

03 7

03 14-16

559

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General note

Correspondence contains general correspondence between Huber and several influential sociologists. Correspondents include Helen Hughes, H. M. Blalock, Gerhard Lenski, Jessie Bernard, Cynthia Epstein, David Riesman, David Lewis, and Pauline Bart. More extensive files include those of sociologist and feminist Alice Rossi and Ohio State alumnus and broadcasting executive Frank Stanton. Huber's correspondence files are primarily professional in nature, though a small portion of personal correspondence is interspersed within the series. This series also contains correspondence documenting Huber's work on various projects and committees as well as letters she sent to several publishers to protest sexism in advertising.

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03 31

06 18

03 32

03 26

03 24

06 16

03 20

03 33-35

03 27

03 23

03 29

06 19

03 25

06 17

03 22

03 30

03 19

71

03 28

03 21

06 10-15

05 63-73

06 02-09

06 1

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General note

Research and publication documents Huber's research agenda and contains her published and unpublished works. Materials include some research notes and reference files, typescript drafts and copies of articles and manuscripts, published copies and proofs, and correspondence with editors, reviewers, and colleagues. The correspondence mainly consists of requests for publication, reviews of work, and comments by both colleagues and readers. Works include articles, books, book reviews, book chapters and forewords, and replies and comments. The series also includes a sampling of Huber's class lectures (typescript) and speeches that she presented at conventions and meetings of various professional sociological organizations. An interview with Joan Huber, published in the 1976 issue of U.S. News and World Report is included as well. This series is useful for understanding the wide breadth and scope of Huber's research interests, and her concerns with a number of important social issues relating to class structure and gender in America.

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527

411

627

622

422

623

543

532

407

509

502

439

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628

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518

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438

624

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534

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549

621

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516

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512

339

626

531

545

524

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419

547

505

629

340

416

539

514

535

406

412-13

408

341

550-51

508

536

432-35

513

504

405

336

417

523

415

633

425-30

402

441

511

546

548

631

414

423

440

507

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526

424

625

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342

630

409

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343

403

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515

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410

542

337

436

538

540

632

338

442

437

521

525

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