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   Paul Felix Lazarsfeld Papers [ca. 1930]-1976.

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Paul J. Lazarsfeld Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4079015 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Lazarsfeld, Paul Felix.
Title:Paul Felix Lazarsfeld Papers [ca. 1930]-1976.
Physical description:ca. 75,500 items in (283 boxes; 1 tape recording; 1 computer printout; 2 video cassettes)
Language(s):In English
Access: Theodor W. Adorno, "Memorandum: Music in Radio," Princeton Radio Research Project, 1938. 161p. listed in Box 26 is on microfilm. Readers must use the microfilm copy. This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

SERIES I: Arranged correspondence, Boxes 1-3B; Subject Files, Boxes 4-35; Manuscripts by PFL, Boxes 36-39; Miscellaneous Notebooks, Boxes 40-48; Miscellaneous Notes, Boxes 49-51; Methods File-Part 1, Boxes 52-114; Methods File-Part II, Boxes 115-128; Latent Structure Analysis, Boxes 129-140; Activities File, Boxes 141-152; Math and Communication File, Boxes 153-154; Manuscripts by Others, Boxes 155-164; Manuscripts by PFL, Box 165; Personal and Professional Documents & Photographs, Box 166; Printed Material;, Boxes 167-177; Miscellaneous Material, Box 178.

SERIES II: THE ACADEMIC MIND (1958). Miscellaneous materials related to study, Boxes 1-5; Respondent Sheets, 0001-2453, Boxes 6-8; Unsorted Questionnaires, Boxes 9-12; Questionnaires, 0001-2453, Boxes 13-90.

SERIES III: ADDITIONAL SUBJECT FILES, 1960-1974. Arranged alphabetically. These files contain those for the Bureau of Applied Social Research; Columbia University. Sociology Dept.; Office of Naval Research; UNESCO Seminars; and PFL articles and papers, Boxes 1-11.

SERIES IV: PUBLIC OPINION RESEARCH FILES: organized into three groups. Group I-Subject files (Personal names arranged alphabetically), Box 1-2; Group II-Classified files (Genre headings, personal names, geographical headings, etc.), Box 3-4; Group 3-Irrelevant files (Arranged numerically), Box 5-6.

SERIES V: 2001 ADDITION: This addition contains additional subject files, research project files, and personal and professional files related to the activities of Paul F. Lazarsfeld.

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Description

Scope and Content

Correspondence, manuscripts, notes, technical reports, memoranda, questionnaires, interview schedules, personal and professional documents, several photographs, one tape recording, and printed materials. The correspondence files contain letters to colleagues and researchers such as Bernard Berelson, Robert Lynd, Robert Merton, and Frank Stanton. The subject files document Lazarsfeld's many research projects such as the Admissions Officers Project, 1964-1970, the Planning Project for Advanced Training in Social Research, 1950-1955, and his first major endeavor, the Princeton Radio Research Project, 1937-1940. There are complete records for his 1954-1955 study on McCarthyism's effect on college teaching. These original materials consisting of correspondence, interview schedules, and questionnaires contain many detailed comments which could not be included in the published version of this study, THE ACADEMIC MIND (1958). Numerous files relate to Lazarsfeld's position as Associate Director of the Bureau of Applied Social Research (BASR). There are manuscripts of books, research papers, lectures, and articles by Lazarsfeld as well as by his students and colleagues.

A large portion of this collection is devoted to social science methodology. These classified methods files include notes for his writings, student papers, questionnaires, related correspondence, mimeographed and printed articles, and technical reports. Topics covered include sociology, psychology, statistics, and computer science. The activities files have material on the ACLU, BASR, College Entrance Examinations Board, Harvard Business School, and UNESCO.

Series III: Additional Files, 1960-1974

(Arranged Alphabetically. Correspondence, manuscripts activities and subject files (in one A-Z file) Includes files for many of the topics found in SERIES I. Among the major files are those of the Bureau of Applied Social Research, Columbia University Sociology Department, the Office of Naval Research "Uses Project," UNESCO Seminars and typescripts for Lazarsfeld's articles and papers.)

Series IV: Public Opinion Research Files

(Organized into three groups)

Subseries I.1: Group 1, Subject Files

(Personal names arranged alphabetically)

Subseries IV.2: Group 2, Classified Files: Classical Traditions

(Genre headings, personal names, geographical headings, etc.)

Subseries IV.3: Group 3, Irrelevant Files

(Arranged numerically)

Series V: 2001 Addition

(This material includes personal and professional files related to Paul F. Lazarsfeld, additional subject files, and files related to specific research projects.)

Subseries V.2: Subject Files, 1940s-1950s

(These are research subject files related to Communication, Public Opinion, Radio, Television, and Voting Studies from the 1940s and 1950s. Most of this is secondary material, and not annotated but a few include cover letters and other correspondence. Some of the research was done by persons affiliated with Columbia University's Bureau of Applied Social Research (BASR). There are also several files relating to Lazarsfeld’s involvement in committees and conferences.)

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Using the Collection

Offsite

Access Restrictions

Theodor W. Adorno, "Memorandum: Music in Radio," Princeton Radio Research Project, 1938. 161p. listed in Box 26 is on microfilm. Readers must use the microfilm copy.

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

      offsite requestMore information and link to off-site request form

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Paul J. Lazarsfeld Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Index of 8,000 cards serves as a guide to part one of the methods files.

Finding aid in repository and online.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Cataloged 07/--/89 Christina Hilton Fenn

Papers Processed 03/25/91 RL

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-06-26 File created.
    2014-03-18 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

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CUL Collections:
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Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
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Addresses.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Articles.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Audio tapes.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bibliographies.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Budgets.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bylaws.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lectures.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lists.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Memoranda.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Notebooks.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Notes.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Photographs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Photoprints.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Questionnaires.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Reports.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Speeches.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tables.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Testimony.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Videocassettes.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
American Civil Liberties Union.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Authors, American.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Berelson, Bernard, 1912-1979.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
College Entrance Examinations Board.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
College teachers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia University--Faculty.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia University.--Admissions Officers Project.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia University.--Bureau of Applied Social Research.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia University.--Office of Radio Research.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Communism--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Computers--Study and teaching.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Harvard University.--Graduate School of Business Administration.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lynd, Robert, 1879-1949.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Merton, Robert King, 1910-2003.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Planning Project for Advanced Training in Social Research.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Princeton University.--Office of Radio Research.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Psychology--Study and teaching.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Social problems.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sociologists.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sociology--Study and teaching.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Stanton, Frank.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Statistics--Study and teaching.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Unesco.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
United States--Politics and government--1945-1953.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
United States--Social conditions.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

Paul Felix Lazarsfeld (1901-1976) was a professor of sociology at Columbia University, 1940-1976.

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