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Howard M. and Kathleen S. Bahr papers

Identifier: MSS 8963

Scope and Contents

Professional papers of Howard M. Bahr and Kathleen S. Bahr, including research and data on sociology of the family and gender roles, the sociology of religion and in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Native American studies, particularly Navajo employment. Includes raw data computer printouts, surveys and analysis of research results, final reports, presentation materials, research notes, and transcribed interviews. Materials dated 1960-2019.


  • 1960-2019


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

Howard M. Bahr (born 1938) received a bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in psychology from Brigham Young University in 1962. He received his M.A. in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1964, followed by his Ph.D. in sociology in 1965. Following a full-time research appointment at Columbia University's Bureau of Applied Social Research, where he studied urban homelessness, he joined the sociology faculty at Washington State University in 1968. He became a professor of sociology at Brigham Young University in 1973, retiring in 2014. His research includes studies of urban problems, ethnicity, family relations, social theory, religion, and social change. He was among the researchers, who, in the 1970s, replicated Robert and Helen Lynd’s Middletown studies. Following that, for over a decade he participated in a multi-national study of social trends in advanced industrial societies. His work with wife and fellow BYU professor Kathleen Bahr includes family theory and research among Navajo and Apache families, and they jointly authored Toward More Family-Centered Family Sciences: Love, Sacrifice, and Transcendence (2009). His continuing interest in the sociology of Latter-day Saints is manifest in his final books, Saints Observed and Four Classic Mormon Village Studies (2014). Bahr is also known for his book, Skid Row: An Introduction to Disaffiliation.

Biographical / Historical

Kathleen Slaugh Bahr was born in 1943. She completed a bachelor's degree in Home Economics Education and an MS in household economics and management at Utah State University, and a PhD in human ecology at Michigan State University. Her teaching and research have taken her to Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, and various American Indian reservations. Her research interests include a life-long study of the effects of family work upon individuals and families, and the study of family cultures of everyday living, including grandparenting, family ritual, work relations, family ecology, values, love, sacrifice, and family transcendence. She co-authored the book Family Science (1992), and worked with her husband, Howard Bahr, in research on family theory and Navajo and Apache families, jointly authoring Toward More Family-Centered Family Sciences: Love, Sacrifice, and Transcendence (2009). Kathleen has published in Journal of Marriage and Family, Family Relations, Social Forces, and other professional journals. Her primary acquaintance with family work came from growing up as eldest daughter in a family of 13 children.


6 cartons (6 linear ft.)

7 oversize boxes (3.5 linear ft.)

15 boxes (11.9 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in three series: 1. Howard Bahr biographical materials, 1964, 2019. 2. Howard Bahr research materials, 1976-2012. 3. Howard Bahr fieldwork surveys and codebooks, 1974-2002.

Custodial History

First donated by Howard and Kathleen S. Bahr in 2016. First accretion donated by Ball State University in 2017. Research performed by Bahr and others on Middletown was originally donated to Ball State University. Found among these materials were Bahr's materials pertaining to research on BYU students and LDS youth and families, and these were transferred to BYU. Second accretion donated by Howard and Kathleen Bahr in 2019.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Howard Bahr; October 2019.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Kathleen and Howard Bahr; May 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Ball State University; 2017.


Professional Papers Program Collection Development Policy, IV., a. i.

Processing Information

Processed; Jaymon Roan and Karen Glenn; December 2021.

  • Blank scantron sheets, blank survey question sheets, bibliography lists, photocopies of Japanese WWII letters used in study Bahr family not involved in.
Howard Bahr papers
Karen Glenn
2021 November
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Finding aid in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States