Virginia Social Science Association Records

A Guide to the Virginia Social Science Association Records, 1927-1991 Ms.1964.004


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Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech

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John M. Jackson

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1964.004
Title
Virginia Social Science Association Records,1927-1991
Quantity
4.5 Cubic Feet 3 boxes
Creator
Virginia Social Science Association
Location
Please note: This collection is in off-site storage and requires 2-3 days notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
This collection contains the records of the Virginia Social Science Association, including correspondence, minutes, programs, committee reports, working files for annual meetings, financial and membership records.

Administrative Information

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Virginia Social Science Association Records, Ms1964-004, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The Virginia Social Science Association Records were donated to Special Collections in several accruals, dated 1964, 1965, 1966, 1978, 1987, 1989, and 1992.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Virginia Social Science Association Records commenced in August, 2011 and was completed in September, 2011.


Historical Note

The Virginia Social Science Association (VSSA) was founded at the University of Virginia on May 8, 1926, in a meeting arranged by W. E. Garnett of Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Established "to provide a common meeting ground for men and women of the academic, professional and pragmatic realms who are working or interested in the social sciences--in those sciences which deal with man's everyyday human relationships with his fellow-man--economics, sociology, history, political science and law," the association had 59 charter members and within three years had grown to nearly 200. The group held its initial annual conference at VPI in 1927, with the location changing with each successive year. Since 1966, the VSSA has published the Virginia Social Science Journal

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the records of the Virginia Social Science Association, including correspondence, committee minutes and reports, annual meeting programs and working files, presentation papers, committee reports, and financial and membership records.

The correspondence contains letters to and from various organizational officials, as well as committee reports, financial statements, membership lists, and other materials. Included is correspondence of the association's various secretary-treasurers from 1936 to 1960. From 1961 to 1967, the correspondence is comprised of the files of George T. Blume, who served in turn as VSSA secretary-treasurer, vice-president, president, and publications committee chair during those years. Also included is the correspondence of VSSA presidents R. Wayne McCubbins (1972-1973), John Wood (1973-1974), Charles Lane (1975-1976), and Arthur B. Gunlicks (1976-1977). The collection also includes the correspondence of James F. Herndon, who served as VSSA president and on the executive, development awards, and ad hoc self-study committees during the years 1980-1990, and as the local arrangements chair for the VSSA's 1989 annual meeting, held at Virginia Tech. Also included is correspondence of Catherine Seaman, VSSA president from 1987 to 1988.

Though the collection includes a small selection of files from committees, much of the material relating to committee work is filed with the correspondence and the annual meeting papers. The files devoted to the annual meetings also include business meeting minutes, programs, registration lists, and correspondence on planning and presentations, as well as presentation texts.

The collection also includes copies of the association's newsletter, VSSA News; financial records, including receipts, account statements, and audit reports; and files on membership and subscriptions, including mailing lists.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by file type, including correspondence, committees, annual meetings, newsletters, financial records and membership lists.

Related Material

Volumes of the Virginia Social Science Journal and the VSSA's published annual proceedings may be located using the library's catalog.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • University History
  • Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (1896-1944)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute (1944-1970)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1970-)

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Virginia Social Science Association Records by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Container List

Correspondence
  • box 1 folder: 11936-1939
  • box 1 folder: 21940
  • box 1 folder: 31941
    [2 folders]
  • box 1 folder: 41942
  • box 1 folder: 51943-1944
  • box 1 folder: 61945
  • box 1 folder: 71946
    [2 folders]
  • box 1 folder: 81947
  • box 1 folder: 91948
    [2 folders]
  • box 1 folder: 101949
    [2 folders]
  • box 1 folder: 111950
  • box 1 folder: 121951
  • box 1 folder: 131952
  • box 1 folder: 141953
  • box 1 folder: 151954
  • box 1 folder: 161955
  • box 1 folder: 171956
  • box 1 folder: 181957
  • box 1 folder: 191958-1959
  • box 1 folder: 201960-1961
  • box 1 folder: 211962-1963
  • box 1 folder: 221964
    [2 folders]
  • box 1 folder: 231965
  • box 1 folder: 241966-1967
  • box 1 folder: 251972-1977
  • box 1 folder: 261981-1983
  • box 1 folder: 271984-1986
  • box 1 folder: 281987
  • box 2 folder: 11988
  • box 2 folder: 21989-1991, n.d.
Committees
  • box 2 folder: 3
    Awards
    1972-1983
  • box 2 folder: 4
    Curriculum
    [1930]-1940
  • box 2 folder: 5
    Executive
    1927-1989
    [4 folders]
  • box 2 folder: 6
    Membership
    1939-1940
  • box 2 folder: 7
    Nominating
    1974
  • box 2 folder: 8
    Policy
    1949
  • box 2 folder: 9
    Public opinion
    1930-1934
  • box 2 folder: 10
    Publications
    1936-1939, n.d.
  • box 2 folder: 11
    Research
    1928-1941, n.d.
    [2 folders]
  • box 2 folder: 12
    Resolutions
    1963-1975
  • box 2 folder: 13
    Social science instruction
    1948-1949, n.d.
  • box 2 folder: 14
    Student chapters
    1938-1940
Annual meeting proceedings and working files
  • box 2 folder: 15
    Constitution
    1928-1988, n.d.
  • box 2 folder: 16
    Business meeting minutes
    1927-1949
  • box 2 folder: 17
    Programs
    1927-1985
  • box 2 folder: 18
    Registration lists
    1934-1953, n.d.
  • box 2 folder: 19
    Yearbook
    1929
  • box 2 folder: 20
    Annual meeting
    [1935]
  • box 2 folder: 21
    Annual meeting
    1939
    [2 folders]
  • box 2 folder: 22
    Annual meeting
    1940
  • box 2 folder: 23
    Annual meeting
    1942
  • box 2 folder: 24
    Annual meeting
    1944
  • box 2 folder: 25
    Annual meeting
    1946
    [2 folders]
  • box 2 folder: 26
    Annual meeting
    1947
  • box 2 folder: 27
    Annual meeting
    1949
    [2 folders]
  • box 2 folder: 28
    Annual meeting
    1956
  • box 2 folder: 29
    Annual meeting
    1974
  • box 2 folder: 30
    Annual meeting
    1975
  • box 2 folder: 31
    Annual meeting
    1976
  • box 2 folder: 32
    Annual meeting
    1977
  • box 2 folder: 33
    Annual meetings
    1978-1983
  • box 2 folder: 34
    Annual meeting
    1987
    [2 folders]
  • box 2 folder: 35
    Annual meeting
    1988
  • box 3 folder: 1
    Annual meeting
    1989
  • box 3 folder: 2
    Annual meetings
    1990-1991
VSSA News
  • box 3 folder: 3
    Newsletters
    1970-1971
  • box 3 folder: 4
    Newsletters
    1972-1975
  • box 3 folder: 5
    Newsletters
    1983-1990
Financial records
  • box 3 folder: 6
    Ledgers
    1936-1955
  • box 3 folder: 7-14
    Invoices and account statements
    1935-1959
Membership and mailing lists
  • box 3 folder: 15
    Mailing lists
    1935-1947
  • box 3 folder: 16
    Mailing lists
    1948-1952
  • box 3 folder: 17
    Mailing lists
    1955-1957, n.d.
  • box 3 folder: 18
    Memberships
    1975-1980
  • box 3 folder: 19
    Memberships
    1981-1989
  • box 3 folder: 20
    Membership lists
    n.d.
  • box 3 folder: 21
    Institutional memberships/subscriptions
    1968-1973
  • box 3 folder: 22
    Institutional memberships/subscriptions
    1974-1975
  • box 3 folder: 23
    Past presidents project
    1974
  • box 3 folder: 24
    Membership cards
    1952-1960
  • box 3 folder: 25
    Membership cards
    1961-1962, n.d.