• TitleDescriptive inventory for the William Simon papers, ca. 1954-1975
  • PublisherChicago Historical Society
  • Language
    • English.
    • English
  • RepositoryChicago History Museum Research Center 1601 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614-6038
  • OriginationWilliam Simon James Bennet Institute for Juvenile Research (Ill.) Institute for Sex Research
  • Date1954-1975
  • Physical Description
    • 5 linear ft (12 boxes)
    • 23 sound recordings (2 boxes)
  • Location
    • MSS Lot S
    • 1976.0118 0MM-0066

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Gift of the Institute for Juvenile Research (M1976.0018).

William Simon papers (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Research materials, published articles and papers, interview guides and transcripts, correspondence, grant proposals and expenditure reports, sound recordings, and other papers of William Simon, a sociologist who studied human sexuality. Materials primarily relate to Simon's work at the Institute for Juvenile Research (IJR) in Chicago, especially his involvement in a study of working-class youths. Also present are materials related to Simon's work at the Institute for Sex Research (ISR) at Indiana University and to Simon's scholarly research, publications, and presentations. Some materials compiled by James R. Bennett are included.

William Simon (1930-2000) was a sociologist, professor, and author who studied human sexuality. Simon received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1967. Simon taught at Southern Illinois University, Indiana University, and the University of Houston; acted as senior research sociologist at the Institute for Sex Research (later known as the Alfred C. Kinsey Institute for Sex Research) at Indiana University (ca. 1965-1967) and director of anthropology and sociology programs at the Institute for Juvenile Research (IJR) in Chicago (ca. 1968-1975); conducted research; and wrote numerous books and articles.

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Institute for Juvenile Research (Ill.) records.

  • Names
    • Simon, William, 1930-2000--Archives
    • Institute for Juvenile Research (Ill.)
    • Institute for Sex Research
  • Subject
    • Sex--Indiana--Bloomington--20th century
    • Sociologists--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Sociologists--Indiana--Bloomington--20th century
    • Youth--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
  • Geographic Coverage
    • Bloomington (Ind.)--Social conditions--20th century
    • Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century

The collection is arranged in five series.

Series 1. General materials, ca. 1962-1975 (box 1-3)

Series 1 contains research materials, notes, published articles and papers by Simon and others, speeches, grant proposals and expenditure reports, manuscript reviews, correspondence, and other papers of William Simon. Materials primarily relate to Simon's work at the Institute for Juvenile Research and to professional conferences he attended. Also present is Simon's doctoral dissertation from the University of Chicago (1967).

Series 2. Youth study files, ca. 1954-1970 (box 4-8)

Series 2 consists of bibliographies, sample questionnaires, correspondence, articles, interview transcripts, fieldwork notes, statistical data, and other research materials relating to a youth study conducted by Simon and fellow researchers at the Institute for Juvenile Research (ca. 1970). The project focused on white working-class youths in the Chicago area. Interview topics include religion, economics, family life, sexuality, and drug use.

Series 3. Institute for Juvenile Research materials, ca. 1967-1974 (box 9)

Series 3 consists of grant proposals, research reports, articles, financial records, correspondence, and other materials related to Simon's work as program director at the Institute for Juvenile Research (IJR). Also present are materials related to the IJR youth outreach program, which provided legal, medical, and sociological aid to low-income youths in Chicago; and the transcript of a U.S. District Court case on housing in which Simon appeared as an expert witness (1974).

Series 4. Institute for Sex Research materials, ca. 1956-1968 (box 10-12)

Series 4 consists of published articles and papers by Simon and others, questionnaires, interview transcripts, textbook submissions, notes, and other research materials related to Simon's work at the Institute for Sex Research (ISR) at Indiana University. Included are materials related to several studies conducted by Simon and fellow researchers, including a study on homosexuality. Interview topics include religion, friendship, family life and acceptance, drug and alcohol use, sexual promiscuity, education, and work relations. Also present are materials related to studies on morality, female sexuality, prison homosexuality, and the relationship between sexuality and poverty.

Series 5. Sound recordings, ca. 1967-1969 and undated (box 13-14)

Series 5 consists of 14 reel-to-reel tapes and 9 audio cassettes containing recordings of interviews with research subjects and a symposium lecture. Some tapes are individually wrapped and labeled.