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The Papers of James Bertram Haugh

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James Bertram Haugh grew up on a working class dairy farm in Indiana. In high school, he was elected president of the Future Farmers of America and of his senior class. Upon graduation, he enrolled at Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin. After holding several odd labor jobs, he knew that he wanted more in life. This inspired him to achieve better academically. He attempted seminary twice, drove a Chicago Transit Authority bus for a year, and worked for I.B.M. for 6 1/2 years. Later, he began a degree in Urban Studies at Loyola, and worked toward certification in secondary education in 1970. In 1973, James Haugh began teaching in the Sociology department of Old Dominion University, and continued his studies there. At this time, he became increasingly interested in economic, community, political, and labor organization, migrant labor, social change from the standpoint of the powerless, and hunger and malnutrition. In 1974, he became involved in a hunger organization called C.R.O.P. at a conference on hunger in Richmond. Haugh was eventually asked to serve as executive director of the organization.

It was these experiences, the connections he made through them, and his desire to learn what is needed to effect positive social change that led him to do his dissertation on power and influence in the Public Voluntary Not for Profit Sector. This study was carried out largely through a series of interviews with notable public figures in a place called "Colonial City" in 1977 and 1978. "Colonial City" is actually Norfolk, Virginia, and the people interviewed are given aliases in his study. Haugh posed these people with questions about the qualities possessed by effective leaders, what it is to be a "Virginian", how things get done, and what could make or break a project in the community. The results of his study are written into a book called Power and Influence in a Colonial City. His dissertation complete, James Bertram Haugh received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Akron, Ohio, in the fall of 1978.

Scope and Contents

The papers of James Bertram Haugh relate mainly to his course work at the University of Akron in 1977 and 1978. The majority of this collection encompasses his dissertation. Included are interviews with prominent Norfolk citizens in 1977-78, newspaper articles about these people, resource articles for the study, and several rough drafts of the chapters of the dissertation. Also contained in this collection are other papers and course work by Haugh, and information on the Assembly on the Dimensions of Hunger and Malnutrition of which Haugh was a part.

Series Descriptions

The collection is broken down into the following series: I: Study of the Public Voluntary Not For Profit Sector of Colonial City; II: Other Papers and Course Work by Haugh; III: Assembly on the Dimensions of Hunger and Malnutrition; IV: Miscellaneous; and V: Interview Tapes.

Series I: Study of the Public Voluntary Not for Profit Sector of Colonial City: This series is divided into four sub-series: A: The Dissertation; B: The Interviews; C: Resources; and D: Proposals, Drafts, and Notes.

Sub-series A: The Dissertation: This sub-series contains chapters 1-6 of the dissertation. These appear to be drafts, and not the final copies. Chapter 1 states the problem to be studied. Chapter 2 reviews the relevant literature. Chapter 3 discusses the methods used in the study. It also gives a personal background on James Haugh to help readers understand his interests, background, motivations, and biases in the study. Chapter 4 discusses what it is to be a Virginian. Chapter 5 explains the arrangements of power and influence in Colonial City. Chapter 6 profiles the influential people of Colonial City. These people are referred to as 'deans' and 'godfathers'. Also, included in this sub-series is the transcript from a class talk about James Haugh's book, Power and Influence in a Colonial City, which is the final copy of his dissertation. In this talk, he reveals that Colonial City is actually Norfolk, Virginia.

Sub-series B: The Interviews: This sub-series contains transcripts of James Haugh's interviews with nearly sixty of Norfolk's most prominent citizens in 1977-78. Also included are biographies, newspaper clippings, notes, and other material associated with these people.

Sub-series C: Resources: This sub-series contains resource material related to this study. Included are journal articles, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, membership lists, and information on the Junior League of Norfolk - Virginia Beach.

Sub-series D: Proposals, Drafts, and Notes: This sub-series contains drafts of James Haugh's dissertation proposals; rough drafts and final copies of a few of the chapters of the dissertation; appendices, charts, and other information from the study; and notes related to the study.

Series II: Other Paper and Course Work by Haugh: This series contains other papers written by James Haugh for his classes. Most of his papers related to power, influence, and social change. This series also includes notes, bibliographies, and exam materials.

Series III: Assembly on the Dimensions of Hunger: This series contains a transcripts from meetings their June 11, 1975 Awareness meeting and first annual meeting, minutes of their May 2, 1977 meeting, and a program from their March 1978 conference.

Series IV: Miscellaneous: This series contains paperwork related to James Haugh's 1978 graduation from the University of Akron, a sketch of floor plans for a house, a guide to the architectural styles in Norfolk, Virginia, a listing of funny laws, and an article about Anita Bryant's crusade against homosexuals.

Series V: Interview tapes: This series contains 48 audiocassettes of Jim Haugh's interviews with Norfolk's most prominent citizens in 1978.


Gift of James Bertram Haugh, January 1988.


Open to researchers without restrictions. Questions on literary property rights should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.


6 Hollinger Document Cases and 2 oversize boxes