Ronald E. Roberts, Papers

Archives Record Series: 12/10/11

Ronald E. Roberts, Papers, 1965-2000, 3.5 linear feet.


Ronald E. Roberts

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 focussed early on communal living and then later on John L. Lewis and coal mining. He retired from UNI in 2001.


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

Professor Roberts donated this collection of material to the University Archives in July 2001.

Container Inventory

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.

Papers processed and finding aid prepared by Gerald L. Peterson, Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist, June 2002.

Last modified: January 20, 2006 (GP)

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