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James M. Reinhardt, Papers

Title: James M. Reinhardt, Papers

Creator: Reinhardt, James Melvin, 1895-1974

Dates: 1924-1974

Quantity: 13 boxes (4.4 linear feet)

Collection Number: RG 12-22-10

Language: English

Restrictions: Due to the graphic nature of the papers and documents related to crime in the Reinhardt papers, Boxes 4-10, are RESTRICTED. Access to these materials must be requested in writing. Patrons age 18 or younger may not use the materials without the written permission of parent or guardian. Additional materials relating to case files are restricted.

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Preferred Citation: James M. Reinhardt, Papers (RG 12-22-10). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.

Biography:

James M. Reinhardt served as a professor of Sociology at the University of Nebraska from 1931-1963, instructing students in criminology and sociology. He was born on 5 October 1895 in Dalton, Georgia. Orphaned at age three, Reinhardt lived with his grandfather. Instead of attending school, he spent most of his young life working, mainly in cotton mills. During World War I, Reinhardt served as a private in the infantry. After the war he went back to school and received his high school diploma at age 22. He then enrolled as an undergraduate at Berea College in Kentucky and graduated in 1923. Reinhardt received his Master of Arts in 1925 and Doctorate of Philosophy in 1929, both from the University of North Dakota. He married Cora Lee Cook in 1922 and had one daughter. He died on 23 April 1974.

During his career, Reinhardt published many books and articles about sociology and criminology, including The Murderous Trail of Charles Starkweather, The Psychology of Strange Killers, and Principles and Methods of Sociology. Reinhardt served as a visiting faculty member at the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Washington, D. C. He received several awards, such as the Distinguished Citizen award, admiralty in the Nebraska Navy, and induction into the national Police Hall of Fame. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Sociology grants the James M. Reinhardt Award to graduate student research in criminology.

Scope and Content:

The papers include correspondence regarding criminal cases that Reinhardt worked on as a consultant or that he researched, as well as correspondence with convicts. Included in the convict correspondence are letters from Charles Starkweather. Also in the collection are research materials and notes, publications, memorabilia and awards presented to Reinhardt during his career. Of special note is an autographed picture of J. Edgar Hoover.

Subjects:

Reinhardt, James Melvin, 1895-1974

Starkweather, Charles Raymond, 1938-1959

Murder -- Nebraska

Murder

Criminology -- United States

Criminal justice, Administration of -- United States

Criminal psychology

Sociology

Social psychology

Social problems

United States -- Social conditions

Sexual deviation

Sex crimes

Series Description: Series 1: General Correspondence Boxes 1-3

The bulk of the correspondence is between Reinhardt and various colleagues, and generally relates to his research. Included is Reinhardt's correspondence relating to his university work, as well as that with family and friends. Notable correspondence includes several letters to and from J. Edgar Hoover, mainly concerning workshops taught by Reinhardt at the F.B.I. Academy. The correspondence runs from 1924-1974.

Series 2: Criminology Correspondence and Case Files Boxes 4-7, Folders 1-6

This series contains a variety of research materials. It includes correspondence with convicts who were known to Reinhardt because of his research or due to his consulting work with the FBI. Many of the correspondents were those imprisoned in the Nebraska State Penitentiary. While the majority are letters written to Reinhardt, some of the letters, dating back to the 1930s are those he gathered, probably for his own research. Materials in the case files are generally correspondence, court trial transcripts, interviews with convicts, photocopies of newspaper clippings, psychological test information, and police reports. All case files are filed alphabetically by last name.

Series 3: Research Notes and Manuscripts Box 7, Folder 7-Box 11, Folder 1

This series contains all Reinhardt's notes and manuscript drafts, and manuscripts that Reinhardt created. The manuscripts may or may have not been published. Many of the manuscripts are early version of articles that he published, also drafts of stories developed from his research in criminology. At the end of the Reinhardt's manuscripts are items produced by other individuals, that he may have gathered for his research or were created in classes that Reinhardt taught. If possible these materials are arranged chronologically, and there after by title.

Series 4: Publications Box 11, Folders 2-9

This series consists of manuscripts of articles, book chapters, and book reviews, along with published articles and reprints, all by Reinhardt. The published materials are arranged chronologically by publication date.

Series 5: Biographical and Collected Materials Box 11, Folder 10-Box 13, Folder 3

Biographical and genealogical materials are located in this series. Reinhardt's military service records, awards, miscellaneous personal letters, photographs of Reinhardt and his family, and membership cards from various affiliations are included. Other items include newspaper clippings and three photographs presented to Reinhardt, including an autographed picture of J. Edgar Hoover.

Series 6: Symposium and Conferences Box 13, Folders 4-7

This series contains various pamphlets and flyers from symposiums and conferences that Reinhardt attended, which are arranged by date.

Container List: Series 1: General CorrespondenceBox 1. Folder 1. Correspondence, 1924-1936 Box 1. Folder 2. Correspondence, 1937-1939 Box 1. Folder 3. Correspondence, 1940-1943 Box 1. Folder 4. Correspondence, 1944-1947 Box 1. Folder 5. Correspondence, 1948 Box 1. Folder 6. Correspondence, 1949 Box 1. Folder 7. Correspondence, 1950 Box 1. Folder 8. Correspondence, 1951 Box 1. Folder 9. Correspondence, 1952 Box 1. Folder 10. Correspondence, 1953 Box 1. Folder 11. Correspondence, 1954 Box 2. Folder 1. Correspondence, 1955 Box 2. Folder 2. Correspondence, 1956 Box 2. Folder 3. Correspondence, 1957 Box 2. Folder 4. Correspondence, 1958 Box 2. Folder 5. Correspondence, 1959 Box 2. Folder 6. Correspondence, 1960 Box 2. Folder 7. Correspondence, 1961 Box 2. Folder 8. Correspondence, 1962 Box 3. Folder 1. Correspondence, 1963 Box 3. Folder 2. Correspondence, 1963 Box 3. Folder 3. Correspondence, 1964 Box 3. Folder 4. Correspondence, 1965 Box 3. Folder 5. Correspondence, 1966 Box 3. Folder 6. Correspondence, 1967-1970 Box 3. Folder 7. Correspondence, 1971-1972 Box 3. Folder 8. Correspondence, 1973 Box 3. Folder 9. Correspondence, undated Series 2: Criminological and Case FilesBox 4. Folder 1. Criminological file, correspondence, 1939-1954 Box 4. Folder 2. Criminological file, correspondence, 1955-1956 Box 4. Folder 3. Criminological file, correspondence, 1957-1974, undated Box 4. Folder 4-9. Case files, Alexander, 1956 Box 4. Folder 10-12. Case files, Arlen, 1952-1956 Box 4. Folder 13. Case files, Barnes, 1962 Box 4. Folder 14. Case files, panel discussion Bode, 1950, Dec. 6 Box 4. Folder 15. Case files, Coffey, undated Box 4. Folder 16. Case files, Gresham, undated Box 4. Folder 17. Case files, Hansen, 1961 Box 5. Folder 1. Case files, Keys, 1959-1961 Box 5. Folder 2-3. Case files, Lord, 1963 Box 5. Folder 4-5. Case files, Noble, H.L., 1961-1963 Box 5. Folder 6-11. Case files, Noble, H.L., undated Box 5. Folder 12. Case files, Noble, H.L., autobiography, draft 1, pg. 1-50 Box 5. Folder 13. Case files, Noble, H.L., autobiography, draft 1, pg. 51-106 Box 5. Folder 14. Case files, Noble, H.L., autobiography, draft 2, pg. 1-50 Box 5. Folder 15. Case files, Noble, H.L., autobiography, draft 2, pg. 51-106 Box 5. Folder 16. Case files, Noble, H.L., legal matters Box 6. Folder 1. Case files, Noble, H.L., legal matters Box 6. Folder 2. Case files, Ottoson Box 6. Folder 3. Case files, Starkweather, Charles, letters (copies), 1959 Box 6. Folder 4. Case files, Starkweather, Charles, interview Box 6. Folder 5. Case files, Starkweather, Charles, drawings (copies) Box 6. Folder 6. Case files, Starkweather, Charles, photographs Box 6. Folder 7. Case files, Starkweather, Charles, autobiography, chapter 1 (copy), 1900-1915 Box 6. Folder 8. Case files, Starkweather, Charles, autobiography, pg. 1-50 (copy) Box 6. Folder 9. Case files, Starkweather, Charles, autobiography, pg. 51-100 (copy) Box 6. Folder 10. Case files, Starkweather, Charles, autobiography, pg. 101-121, b1-b30 (copy) Box 6. Folder 11. Case files, Starkweather, Charles, autobiography, b31-b68, notes for chapter 1 (copy) Box 6. Folder 12. Case files, Starkweather, Charles, autobiography, typescript Box 6. Folder 13. Case files, Starkweather, Charles, autobiography, typescript Box 6. Folder 14. Case files, Starkweather, Charles, newspaper clippings Box 6. Folder 15. Case files, Starkweather, Charles, newspaper clippings Box 6. Folder 16. Case files, Starkweather, Charles, books Box 7. Folder 1. Case files, Stevens, 1952 Box 7. Folder 2. Case files, Sypher, 1960-1963 Box 7. Folder 3. Case files, Whitman, 1966 Box 7. Folder 4. Case files, Ziegler, 1960 Box 7. Folder 5. Case files, Zobel, 1963 Box 7. Folder 6. Case files, miscellaneous Series 3: Research and Research NotesBox 7. Folder 7. Notes, Autobiography transcribed by Gail Moats Box 7. Folder 8. Notes, Cotton Mill Box 7. Folder 9. Notes, Life History Box 7. Folder 10. Notes, Life History Box 7. Folder 11. Notes, The Psychology of Criminal Behavior Box 7. Folder 12. Notes, The Psychology of Criminal Behavior Box 8. Folder 1. Notes, sex and sex crimes Box 8. Folder 2. Notes, sex offenders Box 8. Folder 3. Notes, sexual criminalites Box 8. Folder 4. Notes, correspondence, sexual perversions Box 8. Folder 5. Notes, The Socializing Process Box 8. Folder 6. Notes, social psychology outline Box 8. Folder 7. Notes, social psychology outline Box 8. Folder 8. Notes, Sociology 209 Box 8. Folder 9. Transvestism Box 8. Folder 10. Notes, miscellaneous, handwritten Box 8. Folder 11. Notes, magazine articles, photocopies Box 9. Folder 1. Manuscripts, "Another Follows" Box 9. Folder 2. Manuscripts, "The Applause Was Over," misc. research material Box 9. Folder 3. Manuscripts, book reviews Box 9. Folder 4. Manuscripts, "C" Box 9. Folder 5. Manuscripts, criminal behavior, misc. drafts Box 9. Folder 6. Manuscripts, "Earl,""The Empty Cell" Box 9. Folder 7. Manuscripts, "The End of the Line" Box 9. Folder 8. Manusripts, "The End of the Road" Box 9. Folder 9. Manuscripts, "The F.B.I. Builds Security" Box 9. Folder 10. Manuscripts, Frank Carter Case, drafts and notes Box 9. Folder 11. Manuscripts "G" Box 9. Folder 12. Manuscripts, "George Emmet Moore" Box 9. Folder 13. Manuscripts, "The Homecoming" Box 9. Folder 14. Manuscripts "The Invisible Shadow" Box 9. Folder 15. Manuscripts, "Jesson Hemson" Box 9. Folder 16. Manuscripts, "L" Box 9. Folder 17. Manuscripts, "Murder For Fun" Box 9. Folder 18. Manuscripts, "Nationality and Racial Groups in Nebraska," drafts Box 9. Folder 19. Manuscripts, Orma Clark case, drafts and notes Box 9. Folder 20. Manuscripts, "P" Box 9. Folder 21. Manuscripts, "R" Box 9. Folder 22. Manuscripts, "Rondel Walson" Box 10. Folder 1. Manuscripts, "S" Box 10. Folder 2. Manuscripts, "Something He Could Not Reach" Box 10. Folder 3. Manuscripts, "Something He Could Not Reach" Box 10. Folder 4. Manuscripts, "Suddenly He Remembered a Name" Box 10. Folder 5. Manuscripts, "Then Suddenly There Were Two" Box 10. Folder 6. Manuscripts, "The Thin Edge" Box 10. Folder 7. Manuscripts, "The Thin Edge" Box 10. Folder 8. Manuscripts, "Thompson Murder," handwritten Box 10. Folder 9. Manuscripts, "Tomorrow Can Wait" Box 10. Folder 10. Manuscripts, "U-V" Box 10. Folder 11. Manuscripts, "Waiting Around Made Him Restless" Box 10. Folder 12. Manuscripts, "Waiting Around Made Him Restless" Box 10. Folder 13. Manuscripts, "The Wish To Confess" Box 10. Folder 14. Manuscripts, "You Must Find My Gottlob," misc. Box 10. Folder 15. Manuscripts, "You Must Find My Gottlob," misc. Box 10. Folder 16. Manuscripts, untitled drafts, notes Box 11. Folder 1. Manuscripts, untitled, fragments Series 4: PublicationsBox 11. Folder 2. Publications, 1920s Box 11. Folder 3. Publications, 1930s Box 11. Folder 4. Publications, 1940s Box 11. Folder 5. Publications, 1950s Box 11. Folder 6. Publications, 1950s Box 11. Folder 7. Publications, 1960s Box 11. Folder 8. Publications, 1970s Box 11. Folder 9. Publications, undated, multiple dates Series 5: Biographical and Collected MaterialsBox 11. Folder 10. Personal correspondence Box 11. Folder 11. Military papers Box 12. Folder 1. Obituaries, biographies of Reinhardt Box 12. Folder 2. Newspaper clippings about Reinhardt Box 12. Folder 3. Awards, 1937-1959 Box 12. Folder 4. Awards, 1961-1971, undated Box 12. Folder 5. Awards, plaque, mounted certificates, 1956, undated Box 12. Folder 6. Photographs, autographed Box 12. Folder 7. Photographs, Reinhardt family Box 12. Folder 8. Membership cards Box 12. Folder 9. Figures and illustrations, drawing Box 12. Folder 10. Journals, 1954-1966, undated Box 12. Folder 11. Newspaper clippings, 1925-1949 Box 12. Folder 12. Newspaper clippings, 1950-1959 Box 13. Folder 1. Newspaper clippings, 1960-1966 Box 13. Folder 2. Newspaper clippings, 1967-1971 Box 13. Folder 3. Newspaper clippings, undated Series 6: Symposium and ConferencesBox 13. Folder 4. Symposium and conference materials, 1930-1949 Box 13. Folder 5. Symposium and conference materials, 1950-1959 Box 13. Folder 6. Symposium and conference materials, 1960-1969 Box 13. Folder 7. Symposium and conference materials, undated



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