Born in Constantinople to missionary parents, Maurice Parmelee received an M.A. in economics from Yale University in 1908 and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1909. He served on the University of Missouri Faculty from 1910 to 1914.
Prior to writing the introduction and assisting in the translation of Cesare Lombroso’s Crime: Its Causes and Remedies (1911), Parmelee wrote The Principles of Anthropology and Sociology in Their Relations to Criminal Procedure (1908), of which a 1917 reprint is on display here. This publication later served as the text for Parmelee’s course on criminology at MU.
Parmelee wrote The Science of Human Behavior (1913) while at MU, which also served as a text for his course on biological sociology, involving the topics of heredity and social evolution. It was his course on social pathology that introduced the topic of eugenics to the curriculum. After leaving the University of Missouri, Parmelee wrote Criminology (1918), which became the first widely-distributed American text on the subject.
Among the items on display are descriptions, from the 1913-1914 University of Missouri Catalogue, of courses taught at MU by Parmelee.