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2 E. South St.
Galesburg, IL 61401

J. Howell Atwood Papers
Manuscript Collection

Biographical Notes: Jesse Howell Atwood (8 November 1894 - 1 Feb 1972) received his undergraduate (1917) and master's degrees (1926) at Occidental College and his doctorate at the University of Chicago. His academic career was interrupted by service in WWI in the ambulance corps. J. Howell Atwood came to Knox College in 1930 and developed the sociology department. He co-authored Thus Be Their Destiny-Personality Development of Negro Youth in Three Communities (1941) and The Racial Factor in YMCAs (1946). He was the author of numerous articles about racial issues in the United States. Prof. Atwood was involved in many civic and professional organizations. His work and often the work of his classes involved sociological studies of Galesburg, IL. After his retirement from Knox College in 1960, Prof. Atwood taught in Hyberabad, Pakistan (1960-1961) and in Beruit, Lebanon (1962-1964).

Scope Notes: The collection includes sociological data and research results related to Galesburg, Illinois, including social and racial groups, charities, industries, businesses and politics. While some material of a national scope is included, the majority of the research centers on Galesburg and is described often in the work of Knox College students. Included are speeches and articles written by JHA during the course of his career.

Collection range: 1920s-1960s
Collection size: 5 linear feet; oversize items
Donor: Jesse Howell Atwood