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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,
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unpublished), journal articles, subject files, and background material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
Turnover Before/After Police (Barton Hand Written Notes),
Indices, Typology, Tables (Allen Barton Hand Written
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,