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Hill, Michael R. 1991. “The Centennial Ethic and the Spirit of Archivalism.” Paper presented to the Kansas Sociological Society, Lawrence, Kansas, April 6.


Copyright 1991 Michael R. Hill


My thinking about the possible relationships between centennials and archives was prompted first by my own work on archives and archival methodology (Hill 1989, 1990, Forthcoming) and second by the upcoming centennial of the American Sociological Association (ASA) in 2005. It is to the centennial of the Department of Sociology at the University of Kansas, however, to which I owe the specific impetus to prepare this paper. I am very pleased, as a neighbor from Nebraska, to celebrate with you the founding of the world's very first department of sociology at the University of Kansas (Sica 1983). We are, of course, duly proud of our own sociological record at Nebraska (Hertzler 1979; Hill 1988, 1989; Howard 1988; Warner 1989), and I note with some relish that it was a chancellor of the University of Kansas who in 1902 "pointed to Nebraska as an example of what a western university could do, and called upon Kansas supporters to waste no time in emulating the academic work of their neighbor to the north" (Manley 1969: 148). My hope today is that, if I fail to provide a worthy model for emulation, you will at least find food for thought somewhere in my commentary.