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University of Central Florida Sociology Department: Dr. James Wright Papers

Identifier: UA21B

Scope and Contents

Series I: Publications, 1949-2015 includes planning research, drafts, correspondence, and publisher documents regarding the publications that Dr. James Wright worked on during his time as a professor at the University of Central Florida.

Series II: Community Agency Papers, 1992-2012 includes correspondence, budgets, minutes, agendas, and research presentations that took place during Dr. Wright's involvement with community agencies and non-profit organizations of the Orlando area.

Series III: University of Central Florida Papers, 1967-2008 contains documents regarding Dr. Wright's research conducted at the University of Central Florida and his involvement in developing the Sociology Program at the University.


  • Created: 1949-2015
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1995-2010



The entire collection is open for research.

Copyright Statement

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical or Historical Information

Dr. James Wright is a writer, educator, and serves as the Provost's distinguished research professor in the University of Central Florida Department of Sociology, where he has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses. Dr. James Wright earned his doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1973 and taught at the University of Massachusetts, University of Amherst, and Tulane University before moving to the University of Central Florida in 2001. Throughout his career, Dr. Wright has published over 20 books and over 300 journal articles, book chapters, essays, and reviews.

The professor's research interests include issues such as homelessness, poverty, inequality, applied and evaluation methods, and survey methods. He has published books on issues about American politics, poverty, homelessness, guns, and NASCAR. Dr. Wright grew up in Missouri where he would watch his father race on a dirt track during the 1950s. He is a self-proclaimed NASCAR fan who took the opportunity of a sabbatical in 1999 in order to attend seven races of the Winston Cup. He based his book, Fixin to Git , on this experience. A wealth of information regarding Dr. Wright's NASCAR publication makes up a decent portion of this collection.

Dr. Wright has also been profoundly involved in community works in Central Florida. He has used his research projects in order to make a positive difference in various communities. His research on homelessness, poverty, substance abuse, and inequality have been used for public education, governmental advising, and the establishment and maintenance of public works efforts. Dr. Wright has served on the Board of Directors of the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and the Board of Directors of the Orlando Area Trust for the Homeless (OATH). One of his more recent publications, Poor and Homeless in the Sunshine State: Down and Out in Theme Park Nation, addresses the issue of poverty in Central Florida in great detail.


4 boxes (4.0 Linear Feet)


Since his arrival at the University of Central Florida in 2001, Dr. James Wright worked on several publications, was directly involved in community organizations, and worked on the development of the University of Central Florida Sociology department. This collection of his papers contains documents related to these subjects.

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged in three series: Publications, Community Agency Papers, and University Papers. The series are further broken down and then arranged chronologically.

Method of Acquisition

James Wright transferred these materials to the University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives in 2015.

Accruals and Additions

Collection Identifier: CFU2015_29

Related Materials

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Processing Information

Collection processed by and finding aid prepared by Jay Aguilar in 2017. Staples and paperclips were removed from documents and replaced with plastic clips. All material were placed into acid free folders and boxes. Newspaper clippings were placed between acid free papers. Redactions were made where necessary.


University of Central Florida Sociology Department: Dr. James Wright Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the UCF University Archives Repository

Special Collections & University Archives
University of Central Florida Libraries
P.O. Box 162666
Orlando Florida 32816-2666 US
(407) 823-2576