The Association for Humanist Sociology Archive

(In Memory of Charles P. Flynn and Ann E. Davis)

During the 1980’s, The Association for Humanist Sociology started collecting materials to be deposited in an archive at Miami University, the site of AHS’s first meeting. Ann Davis, a faculty member in the Sociology and Anthropology Department and one of the founding members of AHS, took charge of that initiative and AHS members sent her materials to be deposited. Unfortunately, Ann died suddenly and unexpectedly in late 1988, the year she was President-Elect. Her papers were boxed and sent to her family, who subsequently turned them over to the library.   In the early 1990’s Michael Hill, the chair of AHS’s Archive Committee discovered that Miami University never had established an archive, and all the materials people sent over the years were mixed with her papers. He made a special trip to Oxford to retrieve what he could, and the Miami University librarians released the materials to him.

Fast forward to 2009.  A full time archivist and a part time archivist now work at Miami. They are excited about establishing an archive of AHS at Miami. Discussions are currently underway about putting issues of THS and H&S online through the Digital Initiatives program. So far, David Gil, Frank Lindenfeld, Marty Schwartz, Jill Bystydzienski, and the Fenwick Library of George Mason University have sent materials to the archive. We would like to thank them all for their contributions.

If you have any materials you would like to send, please box them and mail to the below address:

Bob Schmidt Miami University Archives King Library Miami University Oxford, Ohio 45056

We are particularly interested in receiving Volumes 1 – 11 of H&S and a complete set of THS. We would also be delighted to receive other papers and correspondence that you have kept over the years.

If you have any further questions about the establishment of this archive, please contact Gina Petonito, at petonig@muohio.edu


“As long as papers are housed in archives, people remain alive.”  

   --Bob Schmidt, Archivist, Miami University

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