Ronald E. Roberts Papers, 1965-2000

Collection Overview

Title: Ronald E. Roberts Papers, 1965-2000

Record Series: 12/04/02/02

Record Group:

12/04/02 Faculty & Staff Papers

Creator: Roberts, Ronald E.

Date: 1965-2000

Extent: 7 boxes (4 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: Materials entirely in English.

Information for Users

Accessing the Collection:

No restrictions. Materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Professor Roberts donated this collection to SC&UA in July 2001.

Sensitive Materials Statement: Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy or similar laws, and the Iowa Open Records Law (see Iowa Code § 22.7). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Northern Iowa assumes no responsibility.

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Historical Note

Ronald E. Roberts was born in Chariton, Iowa, on July 31, 1939. He went to elementary and secondary school in Moline, Illinois, and Lucas, Iowa. He received an Associate of Arts degree from Graceland College in 1959; a bachelor's degree from Drake University in 1961; and a master's degree (1964) and a Ph. D. (1969) from Louisiana State University.

Professor Roberts worked as a social caseworker, a researcher, and a college instructor before he began teaching at the University of Northern Iowa in 1969. He taught a number of courses including Principles of Sociology, Minority Group Relations, Social Problems, Conflict Resolution, and Peace Studies. He published widely, but his research focused early on communal living and then later on John L. Lewis and coal mining. He retired from UNI in 2001.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of material accumulated during the course of Professor Roberts' professional career. Included are course outlines, examinations, and class-related material from Professor Roberts' courses over the years. The collection also contains publications and literature from both ends of the political spectrum. Of special interest to researchers might be materials relating to John L. Lewis, coal mining in Iowa, and women coal miners, particularly material related to the Coal Employment Project.



Box 1

  • Biographical material, including several detailed curriculum vitae; applications for grants, fellowships, and awards; subject files relating to Africa and clothing manufacturers' "sweatshops"; publications and material relating to publications by Professor Roberts

Box 2

  • Course outlines, examinations, and study guides from courses taught by Professor Roberts; course-related material, including copies of overlays, class hand-outs, definitions, and outlines

Box 3

  • Coal mining research notes and photocopies, including material relating to the Coal Employment Project, the Pittston strike, the Eveleth case, and John L. Lewis

Box 4

  • Coal mining research notes and photocopies relating to John L. Lewis

Box 5

  • Photocopies of articles used in Professor Roberts' research

Box 6

  • Copies of publications used in Professor Roberts' teaching and research

Box 7

  • Miscellaneous collection of conservative and liberal publications
  • Ordinary Ghosts (2nd edition). Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, 2001.
  • Dr. Ronnie's Magnum Opium. Situationist International Press, Cedar Falls, 2006.

Processing Information

Papers processed and finding aid prepared by Gerald L. Peterson, Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist, June 2002. Updated by Gerald Peterson, January 20, 2006; Library Associate Dave Hoing, December 2017 and April 2018; and Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, April 2020. Linear feet updated August 28, 2017.