The Carol Dowell papers are divided into four areas: University of Louisville commitments, professional activities, studies, and printed material. Included in the University commitments are political science course outlines, proceedings of her faculty committees, and political science department minutes and memos from 1959-1988. Professional activities are concerned with American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and its Kentucky chapter, and the Kentucky Conference of Political Scientists. Of special interest are the studies she did, represented here by the research on pay scales in Louisville and other metropolitan areas for the 1940's. Her report of The Committee of 100, published by the City of Louisville, is included. This report was also published in the Courier-Journal.
Professor Dowell chaired the committee that oversaw the formation of the Southern Police Institute at U of L. and the proceedings of that committee are included here.
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Carol Dowell, a native of Louisville, was the first woman to become a member of the Political Science department at the University of Louisville (UofL). Appointed as an instructor in 1945 she taught at the university for 45 years, retiring in 1991. Dowell had graduated from UofL with highest honors in 1943. She earned an MPA in Public Administration from Wayne State University and did graduate work at Northwestern before returning to Louisville to devote her life to teaching. Because of her interest in civic affairs, she served in 1956 as Executive Director of The Committee of 100, a civic group that studied the capital and financial needs of metropolitan Louisville as projected over a twenty-five year period. The following year, 1957-1958, she was Assistant to the Mayor of Louisville.
Her honors include Woodcock Society, Phi Kappa Phi, Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, and Who's Who in American Women. Professor Dowell served on various University committees and was active in the Kentucky state conference of American Association of University Professors.