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HOLLIS 601652

Glueck, Eleanor T. and Sheldon. Papers, 1911-1972: Finding Aid.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601652
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Glueck, Sheldon, 1896- and Glueck, Eleanor Touroff, 1898-1972
Title: Papers of Eleanor T. and Sheldon Glueck, 1911-1972
Date(s): 1911-1973
Quantity: 98 boxes
Abstract: Collection consists of the papers of Eleanor T. and Sheldon Glueck relating chiefly to their research and writing on delinquency in adults and juveniles, and to their work for Basic Research into the Causes, Treatment and Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency, a project of Harvard Law School which Sheldon Glueck directed from 1925 and with which Eleanor Glueck was associated from 1930-1972. Also includes material relating to professional organizations with which they were associated, studies for the New York City Youth Board and District of Columbia Commissioners' Youth Council, correspondence with individuals and institutions relating to grants and fundraising for their projects, Eleanor Glueck's diary (1960) of a lecture tour of Japan, and biographical and family papers, including some relating to their daughter, Anitra Joyce (Glueck) Rosberg.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The papers of Sheldon and Eleanor T. Glueck relating to their joint research into the causes, treatment and prevention of crime and delinquency were presented to the Harvard Law School on June 10, 1970 as a gift by Professor and Mrs. Glueck.

Processing Information:

Prepared by Erika S. Chadbourn, assisted by Annie Campbell, March 1974.

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard Depository and requires 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.

Conditions Governing Use:

The Harvard Law School Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be directed to the Special Collections staff. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Harvard Law School Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright.

Historical/Biographical Information

Glueck, Sheldon, criminologist, law professor, scholar, author.
b. Warsaw, Poland, August 15, 1896.
s. Charles and Anna (Steinhardt) Glueck.
Brought to U.S. in 1903
Student, Georgetown University Law School
A.B., George Washington University, 1920; S.S.D., 1963.
LL.B., LL.M., National University Law School, 1920.
Student, Harvard Law School, 1926.
A.M., Harvard, 1922; Ph.D., 1924; Sc.D., 1958.
LL.D., University of Thessaloniki (Greece), 1948.
m. Eleanor Touroff, April 16, 1922 (dec.); daughter Anitra Joyce Rosberg (dec.)
Instructor, criminology and penology, Dept. of Social Ethics, Harvard, 1925-1929; assistant professor, criminology, Law School, 1929-1931; professor, 1931-1950; Lowell lecturer, 1935; Roscoe Pound Professor of Law, 1950-1963; emeritus, 1963-
Director, Basic researches into causes, management and prevention of juvenile delinquency, 1925-
Board of advisors, Psychiatry and the Law Foundation.
Official delegate of the U.S. Government to International Prison Congress, Prague, 1930; Paris, 1950.
Member, Advisory Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure, U.S. Supreme Court; American Law Institute, for Youth Correction Authority, for the Model Penal Code.
Adviser to Justice Robert H. Jackson on law governing War Crimes criminals.
Board of Overseers, Brandeis University Center for the Study of Violence.
Served with A.E.F., World War I.
Recipient, Isaac Ray award, American Psychiatric Association, 1961; (with wife) August Vollmer award, American Society of Criminology, 1961; Gold medal, Institute of Criminal Anthropology, Rome (Italy), 1964; Beccaria Gold medal, German Society of Criminology, 1964.
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; American Psychiatric Association (hon.); International Academy of Law and Science.
Member, American Society of Criminology (past vice-president), American Bar Association (Juvenile delinquency committee), N.Y. State Bar.
Author (with Eleanor T. Glueck):
Author (with Livingston Hall):
Member of editorial board:
Consulting editor: Community Mental Health Journal
Contributor to numerous professional journals.
Author of various dramatic and other literary writings.
Glueck, Eleanor Touroff, research criminologist, author.
b. New York, NY, April 12, 1898.
s. Bernard Leo and Anna (Wodzislawski) Touroff.
Diploma, Hunter College High School, New York, NY, 1916.
A.B., Barnard College, 1920.
Ed.M., Harvard, 1923; Ed.D., 1925; Sc.D., 1958.
m. Sheldon Glueck, April 16, 1922; daughter Anitra Joyce Glueck Rosberg (dec.).
Engaged in research in criminology, Department of Social Ethics, Harvard University, 1925-1928; research assistant, Harvard Law School Crime Survey, 1928-1930; research assistant in criminology, Harvard Law School, 1930-1953; research associate in criminology, 1953-1972; special studies in delinquency, an co-director of the program Research into the Causes, Treatment and Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency, 1966-1972.
Trustee, executive committee, Judge Baker Guidance Center.
Recipient (with husband) August Vollmer award, American Society of Criminology, 1961; Beccaria gold medal, German Criminological Society, 1964; gold medal, Institute of Criminological Anthropology, University of Rome, Italy, 1964.
Fellow, American Society of Arts and Sciences.
Member, American Society of Criminology, National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Conference on Social Welfare, Massachusetts Social Hygiene Society, International Society of Criminology, League of Women Voters (Cambridge), and others.
Author: (with Sheldon Glueck)
Advisor, editorial board, International Journal of Social Psychiatry.
Consultant, editorial board, Psychiatric Opinion.
Contributor to numerous professional journals.
d. September 25, 1972.

Series List

Scope and Contents

The 30,000 items in the joint papers of Sheldon and Eleanor T. Glueck span the years 1911 to 1972.
The collection includes correspondence; diaries; memoranda; minutes of meetings; reports; tables; index cards; notes; telegrams; bibliographies; outlines; press releases; manuscripts and drafts of published and unpublished writings, in typed and handwritten form; newspaper clippings and other printed items; photographs; and memorabilia.
The bulk of the joint papers of Sheldon and Eleanor T. Glueck relates to their research and writing in the field of delinquency and to their Harvard Law School project, Basic Research into the Causes, Treatment and Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency, of which Sheldon Glueck was the Director since 1925, and of which Eleanor T. Glueck was a research assistant (1930-1953), research associate (1953-1972), and a co-director (1966-1972).
Beginning with the so-called Harvard Law School Crime Survey of the late 1920's, in which both Professor and Mrs. Glueck participated, the Gluecks pursued their studies of certain initial groups of delinquent men and women at definite chronological intervals. Later on, they began studying groups of young boys, matching delinquents against non-delinquents of similar intelligence and from similar backgrounds. Out of these various studies grew the major portion of their writings, in book, journal article and speech form. The Glueck Bibliography lists 311 entries.
The eight Series on the Gluecks' writings in these papers comprise the titles of their most important books and some of their landmark articles and speeches. Included are outlines; drafts and manuscripts of these writings; near-print copies; correspondence regarding publication matters; publicity items; fan mail; reviews; critiques; bibliographies; inquiries and requests; statistical tables; case files; and lists. The period covered by these Series is 1922 to 1972.
Another group of Series includes material relating to the Gluecks' specific studies in the field of prediction of delinquent behavior, and their resultant prediction tables. These Series comprise correspondence relating to these studies and findings; correspondence relating to similar studies by others; plans for future projects and writings; and specific long-range studies and replications, based on the Gluecks' prediction tables and research, done by the following: the New York City Youth Board, the District of Columbia Commissioners' Youth Council, and replications undertaken in Italy, Japan, and the Philippines. The period covered by these Series is the 1950's and 1960's.
Another major part of these joint papers relates to the Gluecks' membership and participation in professional associations, organization, congresses, local meetings, and seminars. Sheldon and Eleanor T. Glueck were active in both American and international associations which were concerned with mental illness and mental health, social welfare, child psychiatry, delinquency, crime, and penal law. They regularly attended conferences and congresses held in the United States and abroad. Included in this group are manuscripts of papers read individually or jointly by the Gluecks, correspondence, and agenda of meetings. The folders for the American Society of Criminology include material on the presentation of the August Vollmer Award which the Gluecks received jointly at the annual meeting of the Society in 1961. Folders in this Series cover the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's.
The Correspondence Series covers general professional correspondence with individuals and institutions in the United States and abroad; there is, in addition, correspondence with foundations and other fundraising sources which were actively supporting the Gluecks' researches or those which were being solicited for grants by the Gluecks. The foreign correspondence includes a large number of folders relating to arrangements for the Gluecks' lecture trip to Japan, May 28 to July 2, 1960; Mrs. Glueck's original diary of this trip; and publication matters, mailings lists and fan mail concerning the diary. One of the correspondence folders on Germany includes material on the awarding of the Beccaria gold medal to the Gluecks jointly by the German Criminologic Society at a meeting of the Society in Frankfurt, Germany, in December of 1964. The period for the three Correspondence Series runs from the 1940's through the 1960's.
The Gluecks' joint papers also include a certain amount of biographical material. The Biographical-Professional Series contains material relating to their research and writings in general, such as articles and comments by the Gluecks themselves about their work, interviews with the Gluecks by others, articles about their research by others, and references to them in the work of others. There is a certain amount of peripheral material also, such as general inquiries and requests, lists of book dedications, and materials relating to exhibits on their work prepared by the Harvard Law School in 1961 and 1966, respectively.
The Biographical-Personal Series relates to Sheldon and Eleanor T. Glueck jointly, to Eleanor T. Glueck individually, and to their daughter Anitra Joyce Glueck Rosberg (1924-1956). Included are genealogical items relating to the Glueck and Touroff families; travel and other mementos of the Gluecks; school, college and graduate school items of Eleanor T. Glueck; and a large group of published and unpublished manuscripts of Anitra Joyce Glueck. The latter include manuscripts of all the poems that are included in the four published volumes of poetry of Anitra Joyce Glueck. Also included are diplomas and other awards, and the three memorial books relating to Mrs. Gluecks' death in September 1972.
Correspondence in the Gluecks' joint papers includes both letters received and carbons of letters sent. Among the Gluecks' correspondents were: Haruo Abe; Robert G. Andry; Bernard Baruch; Augusta Bonnard; Francisco Canestri; Maude Craig; George A. De Vos; Eli Whitney Debevoise; Benigno Di Tullio; Israel Drapkin; Hermann Elmering; Franco Ferracuti; Selma J. Glick; Bernard Glueck, Sr.; Bernard Glueck, Jr.; Hans Göppinger; Erwin N. Griswold; Alan D. Haas; Klaus Hartmann; George Heuyer; John Holmes; William C. Kvaraceus; Richard A. LaBrie; Louis Le Maire; Jacques Leaute; Arthur T. Lyman; Hermann Mannheim; Wolf Middendorff; Daniel P. Moynihan; Nathan M. Pusey; David Reifen; Paul Rush; Charles W. Slack; Downing C. Tait, Jr.; Juhei Takeuchi; Nathan B. Talbot; Tokuhiro Tatezawa; Richard E. Thompson; Nina B. (Smith) Trevvett; George E. Vaillant; Muriel L. (Berkeley) Van Dusen; Maurice Verdun; Miroslav Veverka; Karel Vitek; Kurt Weis; Preben Wolf; and Marvin E. Wolfgang.
Material relating to Sheldon Glueck's research, lectures and writing as a teacher and member of the Harvard Law School Faculty, and other professional work undertaken by him individually, will be found in the SHELDON GLUECK PAPERS in the Manuscript Division of the Harvard Law School Library. This collection was presented to the Library as a separate unit. This group of papers also contains biographical-personal material on Sheldon Glueck.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Juvenile delinquency.
Criminal behavior, Prediction of Female juvenile delinquents.
Criminal justice, Administration of Prisons.
Abe, Haruo.
Andry, Robert G.
Baruch, Bernard M. (Bernard Mannes), 1870-1965.
Bonnard, Augusta.
Canestri, Francisco.
Craig, Maude.
Debevoise, Eli Whitney.
DeVos, George A.
Di Tullio, Benigno.
Drapkin, Israel.
Elmering, Hermann.
Ferracuti, Franco.
Glick, Selma J.
Glueck, Bernard, 1883-
Glueck, Eleanor Touroff, 1898-1972.
Glueck, Sheldon, 1896-
Göppinger, Hans E.
Griswold, Erwin N. (Erwin Nathaniel), 1904-
Haas, Alan D.
Hartmann, Klaus.
Heuyer, George.
Holmes, John.
Kvaraceus, William Clement.
LaBrie, Richard A.
LeMaire, Louis.
Leaute, Jacques.
Lyman, Arthur T.
Mannheim, Hermann.
Middendorff, Wolf.
Moynihan, Daniel P. (Daniel Patrick), 1927-
Pusey, Nathan Marsh, 1907-
Reifen, David.
Rosberg, Anitra Joyce Glueck.
Rush, Paul.
Slack, Charles W.
Tait, C. Downing.
Takeuchi, Juhei.
Talbot, Nathan B.
Tatezawa, Tokuhiro, 1924-
Thompson, Richard E.
Trevvett, Nina B. Smith
Vaillant, George E.
Van Dusen, Muriel L. Berkley.
Verdun, Maurice.
Veverka, Miroslav.
Vítek, Karel.
Weis, Kurt.
Wolf, Preben, 1918-
Wolfgang, Marvin E., 1924-