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Joseph Slabey Roucek papers

Identifier: IHRC2293


Papers (1931-1984) of Joseph S. Roucek (1902-1984) contain clippings; correspondence; photographs and photograph albums; scrapbooks; articles and manuscripts. Materials pertain mainly to religion, Delta Tau Kappa, ethnic and minority groups, immigration, human rights, the race question, and education.

Roucek’s papers (110 linear ft.) contain correspondence, extensive resource files; photographs and photograph albums; scrapbooks; copies of articles and responses to the articles from other authors, speeches and manuscripts of book reviews. Materials pertain mainly to ethnic and minority groups, immigration, human rights in post-WWII Europe, the race question, religion, Delta Tau Kappa, and education. Roucek’s collected resource files on various ethnic communities in the mid-20th century are exceptionally rich, unique, and diverse and offer considerable primary documentation for multi-ethnic comparative research.


  • 1931-1984


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Joseph R. Roucek (1902-1984) was born in Prague, Bohemia. He came to the United States in 1921 and studied at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA, supporting himself with work as a concert pianist, lecturer, and silent movie actor. Roucek later received his Ph.D. from New York University and taught sociology at various American, Canadian and European colleges and universities, in 1948 joining the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he spent the majority of his teaching career. He was the author of numerous books; with Francis J. Brown, he co-authored one of the pioneering works in the field, Our Racial and National Minorities; Their History, Contributions, and Present Problems (New York, 1937) and wrote, co-authored, edited or co-edited over 90 books in the fields of sociology, political science, history, education and educational sociology, regularly demonstrating an interdisciplinary approach to his subjects, including that which was later to evolve into immigration history and ethnic studies. In addition to writing numerous conference papers, articles and book reviews for some of the leading journals in their fields, he was also the founder of Delta Tau Kappa, an international social science honorary society.


88 Linear Feet

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