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John C. Ruoff papers

 Collection
Identifier: AMN 1027

Collection Overview

The collection, following the original order of the donor, contains materials grouped by subject, consisting almost exclusively of demographics, statistics, and data collected by John C. Ruoff in his capacity as Director of South Carolina Fair Share. The bulk is mostly data and statistics regarding legal cases for which Ruoff provided expert testimony. Legal cases include National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) versus City of Columbia (1993), NAACP versus Richland County, Williams versus Baldwin County Commission, Able versus Wilkins, Smith versus Beasley, NAACP versus Kershaw County, and NAACP versus Spartanburg County Board of Education mostly regarding voting rights, local and state cases concerning reapportionment and redistricting, school desegregation, deregulation and restructuring of the electric industry and bus routes involving the South Carolina Electric and Gas Company, auto insurance reforms, and various other economic and social reforms such as crack-addicted babies, teen pregnancy, statutory and marital rape, and other issues.

Collection Arrangement 1. Professional Papers

Dates

  • 1972-2002

Creator

Language of Materials

Material is in English

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

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Biographical Note

John Carl Ruoff (born 1948) received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1976, specializing in social and cultural history of the 19th century American South. Earlier, he received an A.M. in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1971) and a B.A. in history from Seattle (WA) University (1969). Starting in 1987, he has worked as Executive and then Research Director for South Carolina Fair Share, a civil rights advocacy group, providing statistical and demographic technical assistance and support to community groups. He has also provided policy analysis and advocacy on consumer, utility, and telecommunications issues, and gave expert legal testimony for several legal cases during his career.

Extent

37.25 linear feet (24 record cartons, 3 archival boxes, 2 oversize boxes)

Abstract

John Carl Ruoff (born 1948) received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1976, specializing in social and cultural history of the 19th century American South. Starting in 1987, he has worked as Executive and then Research Director for South Carolina Fair Share, a civil rights advocacy group, providing statistical and demographic technical assistance and support to community groups. He has also provided policy analysis and advocacy on consumer, utility, and telecommunications issues, and gave expert legal testimony for several legal cases during his career. The collection consists almost exclusively of demographics, statistics, and data collected by John C. Ruoff in his capacity as Director of South Carolina Fair Share. The bulk is mostly data and statistics regarding legal cases for which Ruoff provided expert testimony. Legal cases include National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) versus City of Columbia (1993), NAACP versus Richland County, Williams versus Baldwin County Commission, Able versus Wilkins, Smith versus Beasley, NAACP versus Kershaw County, and NAACP versus Spartanburg County Board of Education mostly regarding voting rights, local and state cases concerning reapportionment and redistricting, school desegregation, deregulation and restructuring of the electric industry and bus routes involving the South Carolina Electric and Gas Company, auto insurance reforms, and various other economic and social reforms such as crack-addicted babies, teen pregnancy, statutory and marital rape, and other issues.

Collection Arrangement

1. Professional Papers

Acquisitions Information

Doanted by John C. Ruoff, March 2002

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Lancia, August 2007

Encoded by Melissa Bronheim, July 2010

Edited by Aaron Spelbring, January 2014

Funding from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation supported the processing of this collection.

Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the collection processing and encoding of this finding aid.

Title
Inventory of the John C. Ruoff Papers, 1972 - 2002
Author
Processed by: Jessica Lancia; machine-readable finding aid created by: Melissa Bronheim
Date
© 2010
Description rules
DACS
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English
Sponsor
Funding from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the collection processing and encoding of this finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture Repository

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