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Herbert Gans papers, 1944-2004

Series III: Correspondence, 1949-2004

This series contains correspondence arranged both chronologically and by correspondent. The general correspondence is arranged chronologically; correspondents include Gans's fellow scholars and students, admirers and critics of his work, editors and publishers, and journalists and public figures with whom he did not maintain a regular correspondence. Very little personal information appears in these letters and memoranda. Much of this correspondence is of a routine or formal nature.

Correspondents arranged alphabetically include David Riesman, economist John Kenneth Galbraith, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Max Frankel, all of whom corresponded regularly with Gans over a long time period. Others, including a number of American sociologists — among them Daniel Bell, Todd Gitlin, Nathan Glazer, Seymour Martin Lipset, Robert Merton, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, William J. Wilson, and Francis Fox Piven — wrote and received letters to and from Gans intermittently over several decades. Similarly, Gans corresponded in spurts, especially in the 1990s, with a number of journalists and critics, among them Russell Baker, Gail Collins, Maureen Dowd, Paul Goldberger, Nicholas Lemann, and Jim Sleeper; as a group they offer a glimpse into Gans's passionate engagement both with the news and with the manner of its reporting.

The series also contains correspondence touching on Gans's time at Columbia, the bulk of it pertaining to administrative and personnel issues within the Sociology Department. Correspondence related to particular subjects remains interspersed throughout the writing and subject files. For instance, in addition to the correspondence between Gans and Riesman in Series III, Riesman correspondence on the subject of The Levittowners can be found in Subseries I.1.

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Box 48 Folder 3 to 9 General, 1950-2004 (9 of 80 Folders), 1950-2004



Box 49 Folder 1 to 10 General, 1950-2004 (10 of 80 Folders), 1950-2004



Box 50 Folder 1 to 10 General, 1950-2004 (10 of 80 Folders), 1950-2004



Box 51 Folder 1 to 9 General, 1950-2004 (9 of 80 Folders), 1950-2004



Box 52 Folder 1 to 7 General, 1950-2004 (7 of 80 Folders), 1950-2004



Box 53 Folder 1 to 9 General, 1950-2004 (9 of 80 Folders), 1950-2004



Box 54 Folder 1 to 8 General, 1950-2004 (8 of 80 Folders), 1950-2004



Box 55 Folder 1 to 7 General, 1950-2004 (7 of 80 Folders), 1950-2004



Box 56 Folder 1 to 8 General, 1950-2004 (8 of 80 Folders), 1950-2004



Box 57 Folder 1 to 5 General, 1950-2004 (5 of 80 Folders), 1950-2004


Box 57 Folder 6 Abbott, Andrew, 1995-2001


Box 57 Folder 7 Baker, Russell, 1969-99


Box 57 Folder 8 Becker, Howard, 1998-99


Box 57 Folder 9 Bell, Daniel, 1972-2000


Box 57 Folder 10 Collins, Gail, 2000-2004


Columbia University


Box 57 Folder 11 Coming to Columbia, 1968-71


Box 57 Folder 12 Sociology Department, 1971-2002 (1 of 5 Folders), 1971-2002



Box 58 Folder 1 to 4 Sociology Department, 1971-2002 (4 of 5 Folders), 1971-2002


Box 58 Folder 5 deBary, Theodore, 1973-1976


Box 58 Folder 6 McGill, William, 1971-1977


Box 58 Folder 7 Dennis, Everette, 1984-2001


Box 58 Folder 8 Dowd, Maureen, 1993-2001


Box 58 Folder 9 Ellsberg, Daniel, 1967-1970


Box 58 Folder 10 Frank, Barney, 1987-2003


Box 58 Folder 11 Frankel, Max, 1977-2000


Box 58 Folder 12 Friedman, Milton, 1974-1975



Box 59 Folder 1 Galbraith, John Kenneth, 1979-2004


Box 59 Folder 2 Gitlin, Todd, 1969-1994


Box 59 Folder 3 Glazer, Nathan, 1951-1998


Box 59 Folder 4 Goldberger, Paul, 1977-2001


Box 59 Folder 5 Goodman, Paul, 1960-1961


Box 59 Folder 6 Harris, Fred, 1967-1985


Box 59 Folder 7 Hartke, Vance, 1970


Box 59 Folder 8 Hirsch, Paul, 1976-1984


Box 59 Folder 9 Hughes, Harold, 1971


Box 59 Folder 10 Humphrey, Hubert, 1968


Box 59 Folder 11 Jacoby, Tamar, 2002-2004


Box 59 Folder 12 Jordan, June, 1969-1972


Box 59 Folder 13 Lemann, Nicholas, 1994-2002


Box 59 Folder 14 Lewis, Oscar, 1966


Box 59 Folder 15 Lindsay, John, 1965, 1968, 1965, 1968


Box 59 Folder 16 Lipset, Seymour Martin, 1961-1994


Box 59 Folder 17 Lynch, Kevin, 1950s


Box 59 Folder 18 Marris, Peter, 1962-1999


Box 59 Folder 19 Merton, Robert, 1953-2001 and undated, 1953-2001, undated


Box 59 Folder 20 Meyerson, Martin, 1959-1969


Box 59 Folder 21 Mondale, Walter, 1968


Box 59 Folder 22 Moynihan, Daniel Patrick, 1966-1997


Box 59 Folder 23 Mumford, Lewis, 1955-1970


Box 59 Folder 24 Musil, Jiri, 1989-2002


Box 59 Folder 25 New York City Officials, 1979-1995



Box 60 Folder 1 O'Connor, Alice, 1993-2001


Box 60 Folder 2 Offe, Klaus, undated


Box 60 Folder 3 Piven, Francis Fox and Richard Cloward, 1966-2001


Box 60 Folder 4 Podhoretz, Norman and Midge Decter, 1961-1968


Box 60 Folder 5 Purnick, Joyce, 1995-2001


Box 60 Folder 6 Rainwater, Lee, 1966-1968


Box 60 Folder 7 to 13 Riesman, David, 1949-2002, (7 Folders)


Box 60 Folder 14 Rustin, Bayard, 1966-1985


Box 60 Folder 15 Schlesinger, Arthur Jr., 1961


Box 60 Folder 16 Schorr, Alvin, 1978-2004


Box 60 Folder 17 Seeley, John, 1955-1962


Box 60 Folder 18 Sleeper, Jim, 1984-1992



Box 61 Folder 1 Uchitelle, Lou, 1996-2002


Box 61 Folder 2 Wacquant, Loic, 1992-2001


Box 61 Folder 3 Wanner, Eric, 1991-2004


Box 61 Folder 4 Weaver, Robert, 1962


Box 61 Folder 5 Wilson, William Julius, 1987-2001