Preliminary Guide to the Armand Mauss Papers

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Mauss, Armand L.
Armand Mauss papers
Date [inclusive]
1966-circa 1995
4.25 Linear feet 5 boxes.
Location Note
(MASC Staff Use- MS.1997.26: 2-5-4-5; MS.1999.07: 2-5-1-5)
Materials are in English.

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Biographical/Historical note

Dr. Armand Mauss is a Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Religious Studies at Washington State University. Dr. Mauss received his Bachelor's of Arts in 1954 from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, and both his Master's of Arts in 1957 and his Ph.D. in 1970 from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Mauss taught at Utah State University before becoming a Professor at WSU in 1969. Dr. Mauss' earlier research focused on deviant behaviors, such as drug and alcohol abuse, but the primary focus of his classes and publications pertain to new religious movements, especially studies of Mormonism. Dr. Mauss' publications include: Social Problems as Social Movements (1975), Neither White nor Black: Mormon Scholars Encounter the Race Issue in a Universal Church (1984), The Angel and the Beehive: The Mormon Struggle with Assimilation (1994), and All Abraham’s Children: Changing Mormon Conceptions of Race and Lineage (2003). While a Professor Emeritus, Dr. Mauss served as a visiting scholar for the School of Religion at Claremont Graduate University from 2004 to 2009.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains research materials of Dr. Armand Mauss, a Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at Washington State University beginning in 1969. The collection primarily consists of records related to three projects: the WSU Alcohol Studies Program, a study on student activism predominantly in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1960s and 1970s, and a study of rescue mission work in Seattle's "Skid Road" after World War II. Papers related to the WSU Alcohol Studies Program from the 1970s to the early 1980s include correspondence, reports and recommendations, and research files. Papers pertaining to student activism in the 1960s and 1970s include articles, dissertations, conference papers and reports concerning black and white student activism and the conservative and liberal student movements. Dr. Mauss' "Skid Road" project primarily looked at the efforts of three Seattle, Washington, rescue missions: the Lutheran Compass Center, the Bread of Life Mission and the Union Gospel Mission, to clean up select areas of Seattle following World War II. Papers pertaining to this project include: journal and newspapers articles, survey and questionnaire data, missions' pamphlets and reports, photographs, several audiocassette recordings of interviews, and correspondence. The collection also contains miscellaneous subject files, conference files, and printed materials.

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Organization of Collection

This is an unprocessed collection. It consists of multiple accessions received between 1997 and 1999: MS.1997.26, MS.1999.07. It has not yet been arranged.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610


This collection is open and available for research use.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Dr. Armand Mauss to Washington State University Libraries in 1997 and 1999. This is an unprocessed collection with multiple accessions.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington State University -- Faculty -- Archives.


  • Drug abuse
  • Skid row
  • Student movements
  • Theology

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