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Series XVII: Bureau of Applied Social Research Files,
This series consists of materials generated by the Bureau of Applied Social Research (BASR) as it attempted to analyze the events at Columbia in the spring of 1968.
Materials consist of a questionnaire and codebooks used to gauge the responses of various constituencies on campus regarding these events. Additionally, this series
contains the files maintained by BASR director, Allen Barton, which informed the creation of the questionnaire and reflect his views on what transpired on campus. The
series has been separated into two subseries: Questionnaires and Allen Barton Materials.
Subseries XVII.1 Questionnaires, 1968
This sub-series consists of hundreds of completed questionnaire forms by students and faculty members for the BASR study.
The student questionnaire asks for reactions to administrative actions, the student protests, and what steps could be taken
to improve the university community moving forward. The faculty questionnaire asks for critique and feedback to the administration
on what could have been done differently, and if faculty felt relationships on campus are better or worse than before. These forms
also ask for demographic information. This collection of questionnaires provides a glimpse into what people were thinking almost
immediately following the protest, and how viewpoints of faculty and students may have crossed or differed substantially. Each questionnaire
only has a certain page of questions associated with it; however, there is a codebook available to see the rest of the questions, along with
quantitative data showing the numbers of participants. .
Student Questionnaires (10 folders), 1968
Faculty Questionnaires (6 folders), 1968
Subseries XVII.2 Allen Barton Materials, 1968-1978
Allen Barton, a professor of Sociology, was the director of Columbia University's Bureau of Applied Social Research from 1962 to 1975.
This sub-series consists of his notes, papers (both published and unpublished), journal articles, subject files, and background material
he compiled as he prepared the BASR survey of the post 1968 protest campus and reflected on those events himself. Included is Barton's
methodological and analytical breakdown of the process for the survey. Some of the background material collected by Barton (arranged by topic)
may duplicate documents found in other parts of this collection.
Multivariate Analysis Tabulation, 1968
Path Analysis of Sources, 1971
School/Department Political Contexts, 1968
Religion in Attitudes/Behavior (Barton Hand Written Notes), 1973
Turnover Before/After Police (Barton Hand Written Notes), undated
Indices, Typology, Tables (Allen Barton Hand Written Notes), undated
Student Class Papers on Study, 1968-1978
Allen Barton Published Papers on 1968, undated
Allen Barton Unpublished Paper, 1968
Paper on Faculty Response by Stephen Cole, 1969
Telephone Follow-Up Survey, 1968
Questionnaire with Cover Letter, 1968
Police Action Survey, 1968
Harlem Resident’s Survey, 1968
Loya Metzger M.A. Thesis, 1971
Allen Barton Personal Statements, 1968-1974
University Official Statements, 1968-1970
Radical Student Statements, 1968
Journal Articles and Media on Strike, 1968-1969
Pre-1968 Studies on Columbia Students, 1965-1968
“The Case of the Columbia Gym” by Roger Starr, 1968
“The Columbia University Insurrection” by Eric Mann, 1968