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Series IV: Public Opinion Research Files
At a Glance
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 4 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 (14 boxes).
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.
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Index of 8,000 cards serves as a guide to part one of the methods files.
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Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Paul J. Lazarsfeld Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
A data set related to the Academic Mind is available via Research Data Services: http://www.columbia.edu/acis/eds/holdings/1079/
The University of Vienna holds a Paul Lazarsfeld Archive (https://www.soz.univie.ac.at/en/about-us/lazarsfeld-archive/).
Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Existence and Location of Copies
Theodor W. Adorno "Memorandum: Music in Radio" Princeton Radio Research Project, 1938 in Box 26 is also available on microfilm (MN# 7970-1)
Ownership and Custodial History
Transferred from the Bureau of Applied Social Research, 1977 & 1988.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Lazarsfeld, Paul F. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1969. Accession number--M-69.
Papers: Source of acquisition--Gollin, Albert E. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--11/30/90. Accession number--M-90-1130.
Gift of Paul F. Lazarsfeld, 1969.
Gift of Mrs Paul F. Lazarsfeld, 1978 & 1979.
Gift of Albert E. Gollin, 1990.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 07/--/89.
Papers Processed RL 03/25/91.
2009-06-26 File created.
2014-03-18 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
2021-05-21 Broke out Series II boxes. kws
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Paul Felix Lazarsfeld (1901-1976) was a professor of sociology at Columbia University, 1940-1976.