To establish a broad picture of the achievements of Rhodes Scholars over time, researchers at the Rhodes Project are preparing a unique, hand-collected database of information about male and female Rhodes Scholars elected between 1977 (when women first became eligible for the scholarship) and 1994.
Our first and most significant resource for the database was Ralph Evans’ Register of Rhodes Scholars 1903-1995 (Oxford: Rhodes House, 1996). For Rhodes Scholars elected 1977-1994, we collected from this source the following information:
· identity data (name, date of birth, Rhodes region, election year),
· educational data (high school, university before Oxford, Oxford College and degrees, degrees after Oxford to 1995)
· early career data (positions held to 1995)
· early life data (the names of parents and their professions and occasionally the names of spouses to 1995).
Our second step was to track Scholars’ lives since 1995 and we did this by capturing post-graduate education, mid-career and mid-life data from the summer issues of The American Oxonian, which are organised as "occupations and addresses" special issues and list current profession and occasionally the names and professions of spouses.
Our third step was to capture additional data about Rhodes Scholars' personal and professional lives after Oxford from the class letters sections of The American Oxonian 1978 to the present. Here we found information about spouses, the dates of birth of children, geographical moves and career trajectories.
Unfortunately, only the data from the Register of Rhodes Scholars 1903-1995 represents the full geographical diversity of Rhodes Scholars’ histories and current lives.
To fill this gap, we are beginning by collecting information about the lives and careers of Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian Rhodes Scholars after they left Oxford.
We therefore invite male and female Rhodes Scholars from Australia, Canada, and New Zealand to contribute to our database of information by filling out our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TheRhodesProject.
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