Odum, Howard Washington, 1884-1954Alternative names
Howard Washington Odum was a sociologist of the American South; author; professor at the University of North Carolina from 1920 to 1954; and founder of the Sociology Department, the School of Public Welfare, the Department of City and Carolina.
From the description of Howard Washington Odum papers, 1908-1982. WorldCat record id: 27192779
Howard Washington Odum, sociologist, author, and educator, was born 24 May 1884, in Bethlehem, Georgia, and died 8 November 1954, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He received an undergraduate degree from Emory College (1904) and doctorates in psychology (Clark University, 1909) and in sociology (Columbia University, 1910); taught at the University of Georgia (1912-1919), and at Emory University (1919-1920; dean of the School of Liberal Arts); and was Kenan Professor of Sociology at University of North Carolina (1920-1954) where he established the JOURNAL OF SOCIAL FORCES (1922) and founded the Institute for Research in Social Services (director, 1924-1944). His areas of interest were African-American folk literature and music, race relations, rural studies, the South, and adult education. He authored many books and articles, in addition to three novels (1928-1931).
From the description of Howard Washington Odum papers, 1929-1936. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 173863099
Howard Washington Odum was born in 1884, on a small farm near Bethlehem, Georgia, the son of William Pleasants and Mary Ann Odum.
In 1900, Odum began his studies at Emory College, and graduated four years later. Odum then moved to Mississippi, where he taught school and attended the University of Mississippi at Oxford. He also earned a master's degree in the classics at Mississippi.
After Odum received a Ph.D. degree in psychology from Clark University, he entered Columbia University. Under the direction of Franklin Henry Giddings, Odum completed the requirements for his second doctoral degree, this one in sociology. In 1910, his dissertation, Social and Mental Traits of the Negro, was published in part by Columbia.
Odum then worked at the Philadelphia Bureau of Municipal Research as a research expert, and later as a professor at the University of Georgia. He returned to Emory in 1919 as the dean of liberal arts.
In 1920, Odum arrived in Chapel Hill, N.C., to direct the School of Public Welfare and Department of Sociology. A few years after his arrival, Odum established the Institute for Research in Social Science, and founded the journal Social Forces . While at the University of North Carolina, he began to demonstrate the variety of talents and great energy that his peers found remarkable. Odum toiled constantly to improve race relations, the quality of education, and living conditions in the South.
During the 1920s and through the Great Depression, Odum authored three novels, served as Assistant Director of Research for President Herbert Hoover's Research Committee on Social Trends, and chaired the North Carolina Emergency Relief Administration. In addition, Odum was president of the American Sociological Society, chief of the Social Science Division of A Century of Progress at the Chicago World's Fair, and head of the North Carolina Commission for Interracial Cooperation.
In 1944, Odum was one of the five founding members of the Southern Regional Council. He also became president of the North Carolina Jersey Cattlemen's Association during World War II. Along with Odum's skill as organizer and social reformer, he was a prolific writer. From 1909 until his death in 1954, he wrote more than twenty books and 200 articles reflecting his concern for race relations, education, the social sciences, and regionalism.
Odum received at least three honorary degrees; the College of the Ozarks, Harvard University, and his alma mater in Georgia bestowed honors on him. He also received the O. Max Gardner Award from the University of North Carolina.
In 1909, Odum met Anna Louise Kranz. They were later married and had three children: Mary Frances, Howard Thomas, and Eugene Pleasants. Odum died 8 November 1954.
From the guide to the Howard Washington Odum Papers, 1908-1982, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)
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