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Writings and Research, 1913-2012


Scope and Contents

The Writings and Research series contains drafts, research material, notes, and some correspondence related to Urban's work on six books that were published between 1982-2010: Why Teachers Organized (Wayne State University Press, 1982), Black Scholar: Horace Mann Bond, 1904-1972 (University of Georgia Press, 1992), More Than the Facts: the Research Division of the National Education Association, 1922-1997 (University Press of America, 1998), Essays in Twentieth-Century Southern Education: Exceptionalism and Its Limits (editor, Garland Publishing, Inc., 1999), Gender, Race, and the National Education Association: Professionalism and Its Limitations (RoutledgeFalmer, 2000), and More Than Science and Sputnik: The National Defense Education Act of 1958 (The University of Alabama Press, 2010). Much of the research material consists of photocopies Urban obtained for his own use from various archives in the United States. Box 4264.006 contains a file of photographs used in Urban's book Black Scholar: Horace Mann Bond, and Box 4264.013 contains copies of photographs used in More Than Science and Sputnik. There are also ten cassette tapes containing interviews related to the book on Horace Mann Bond; twenty-one 5.25 floppy disks, also related to the Bond book, and eight 3.5-inch floppy disks containing manuscript material for several books. Some of the materials in this series are restricted due to format.


  • 1913-2012

Conditions Governing Access

Access to portions of this collection has been restricted by Archives and Special Collections in order to preserve the original materials. Contact University Libraries Special Collections at or 205.348.0500 for information on access to the restricted portions of this collection.


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Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


The Writings and Research series is organized into groups of materials pertaining to eight of Urban's publications. The processor generally arranged the boxes in chronological order by publication date. Files within each section were left in the donor's original order for the materials when possible. Boxes 4264.011 and 4264.012 follow the donor's original grouping of materials and names for the boxes. The processor placed loose materials in folders and titled these new files based on the nature of materials or Urban's original box titles.

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

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