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Reports on the Cost of Administration of Criminal Justice in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska, 1933

A Facsimile Edition & Contextual Casebook

ByHattie Plum Williams

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The professional life of Hattie Plum Williams (1878–1963) epitomized the first generation of professional women sociologists on the Great Plains. At the University of Nebraska, she became the first woman in the world known to hold a regular appointment as chair of a coeducational, doctoral department of sociology (1923–1928). Often characterized as a social worker, her professional allegiance remained to sociology. Williams’ unsung labors in the early 1930s on behalf of the National Commission on Law Observance and Enforcement (NCLOE) resulted in two detailed, typewritten accounts of crime and criminal justice in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska. Her data collection, along with that of many researchers in other cities, provided an empirical foundation for the repeal of prohibition. Unlike other reports, however, Williams’ studies of Lincoln and Omaha were the only cost of crime investigations undertaken, directed, and completed essentially singlehandedly by a woman researcher. The reports are classic examples of her selfless dedication to scholarship, her state, and her university. This edition preserves Williams’ vulnerable typescripts and, together with an illuminating introduction by Michael R. Hill, presents her work for the NCLOE in the format of a contextual casebook providing instructive appendices by and about Williams as well as related materials issued by the NCLOE.


Publication Date
May 14, 2024
Social Science
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
By (author): Hattie Plum Williams


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Interior Color
Black & White
US Letter (8.5 x 11 in / 216 x 279 mm)

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