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Jerome Clubb

Jerome Clubb

2003 Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences

Jerome Clubb, former Director of ICPSR, received the Warren Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences. Historian, Social Scientist, and Architect of Institutional Diversification at ICPSR Jerome Clubb's long and distinguished career in the social sciences left a lasting mark on academic disciplines and institutions alike. His formal training at the University of Washington was in History but of a very iconoclastic flavor, a then-new field called "quantitative history." His approach to "history from the bottom up" led him to Ann Arbor, where he first directed ICPR's Historical Data Archive from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s. He became the third (and longest-serving) Executive Director of ICPR in 1975, continuing in that post until 1991. During his tenure as Director, he aggressively pursued the disciplinary diversification of ICPSR (the "S" for Social being added to the organization's name in his first year as Director). Jerry not only sought to bring his home discipline of History under the Consortium umbrella, he was also instrumental in welcoming and designing ICPSR programs for Sociology and two of its more specialized subfields, aging, and crime and criminal justice. He helped establish the Consortium's two oldest Topical Archives--the National Archive of Data on Aging and the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data.

Jerry helped create and promote other institutions and causes in the social sciences. He was a cofounder and first Executive Director of the Social Science History Association, and was elected as its eighth President in 1983. He served in the 1970s and 1980s as a section chairperson of the IREX-sponsored Council for International Exchange of Scholars, responsible for facilitating two-way visits of librarians, archivists, historians, and social scientists between the U.S. and the USSR. In that capacity, he led delegations to the Soviet Union and hosted dozens of Soviet scholars in Ann Arbor, thus helping keep open lines of scholarly communication between those two countries during the last two decades of the Cold War.

His academic career as teacher and scholar was extensive as well. In 1968 he established ICPSR's Summer Training Program Seminar in Quantitative Historical Analysis, the longest continuous training venue for historical analysis in the social sciences, which has trained hundreds of graduate students and faculty members in these esoteric techniques. His dozens of articles and several scholarly books range widely over topics such as electoral realignments in the U.S. in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, archiving of quantitative materials, and family living conditions near the turn of the twentieth century. He was honored in 1992 at the University of Michigan by selection as the Henry Russell Program's Senior Research Scientist Distinguished Lecturer; the title of his lecture was "Social Science History: The Present in Perspective."