University of Washington Department of Sociology records, 1920-2003  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
University of Washington. Department of Sociology
Title
University of Washington Department of Sociology records
Dates
1920-2003 (inclusive)
Quantity
16.32 cubic feet (18 boxes, 1 oversized folder)
Collection Number
UW Resource No. 00295
Summary
Records documenting the administration, research activities, curricula, and committees of the University of Washington Department of Sociology.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Open to all users, but files in boxes 17-18 contain information exempt from public disclosure and are restricted.

The records are housed offsite, and advance notice is required for viewing. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Department of Sociology at the University of Washington was established in 1917 and awarded its first doctorate in 1932. The earliest sociology course at the university was offered in 1898 in the Department of Political and Social Science. It was taught by Professor J. Allen Smith, the sole member of the department. During the 1905-1906 school year, the Department of Political and Social Science was expanded, and three more courses in sociology were offered. Professor Walter G. Beech joined the faculty in 1911-1912, and course offerings were increased to six. Professor Beech served as the first head of the new Department of Sociologybetween 1917 and 1918. Succeeding executive officers and chairmen were: William F. Ogburn (1918), Howard Woolston, (1919-1929), Roderick Duncan McKenzie (1929-1932), Jesse F. Steiner (1933-1947), George Lundberg (1947-1955), Robert E.L. Faris (1955-1966), S. Frank Miyamoto (1967-1971), Otto N. Larsen (1971-1972), Herbert L. Costner (1973-1975, 1989-1992), Richard M. Emerson (1976-1978), Frederick L. Campbell (1979-1981, 1984-1988), Clarence C. Shrag (1982-1983), Edgar Borgatta (1993), Karen Cook (1994-1995), Charles Hirschman (1997-1998 ), and Robert Crutchfield (2000-2002).

The history of the sociology department has been characterized by intellectual innovation. Under the influence of George Lundberg, it became one of the first American sociology departments to develop a vision of sociology as a scientific discipline. As a consequence, the graduate curriculum placed particular emphasis on general theory and quantitative methodology. Faculty conducted research in three principal areas: the discovery of new empirical facts, the imputation of causal mechanisms, and the rigorous testing of general theories. Faculty have also served as presidents of the American Sociological Association and been elected members of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Research has been carried out both within the department and under the auspices of interdisciplinary centers. The Washington Public Opinion Laboratory, established jointly by the University of Washington and Washington State University in 1947 but run entirely by the University of Washington from 1950 on, was intended to act as a "demoscope," that is, an "instrument for observing people by sampling." The laboratory conducted basic scientific research, civic research on current problems for social action, methodological research to improve polling processes, and the training of research personnel in M.A. and Ph.D. degree programs. Professor Stuart Dodd directed the laboratory until 1961.

In 1961 the Washington Public Opinion Laboratory became the Institute for Sociological Research, and Professor Otto N. Larsen was appointed director. The institute was organized to develop activities that stimulated and integrated basic inquiry, research training, and professional service, with efforts to bring students into close working relationship with senior scholars in all phases of the research process. The Institute For Sociological Research continued until approximately 1974.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Records of the University of Washington Department of Sociology include historical descriptions of the department, minutes, correspondence, financial records, grant files, curriculum records, reports, writings, clippings, subject files, project files, public opinion surveys and questionnaires, and newsletters. Administrative records include correspondence, publicity, curriculum vitae, guest lists, financial records, and related materials in subject files created during planning for special department events, including lectures, retreats, and award ceremonies. Departmental committee records concern the activities of the department's Admissions and Awards Commitee and the Executive Committee. Records of the Washington Public Opinion Laboratory and the Institute for Sociological Research document the research conducted by the students and faculty of the department. Also included are records from two University of Washington committees: the General Education Committee and the Graduate Council.

Major correspondents include the University of Washington Comptroller's Office, University of Washington Dean of Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Graduate School, Chairman S. Frank Miyamoto, Professor Hubert M. (Tad) Blalock, Chairman Karen Cook, Chairman Herbert L. Costner, Chairman Richard M. Emerson, Professor Avery M. (Pete) Guest, Chairman Otto Larsen, Chairman George Andrew Lundberg, Administrator Dori Munday, Professor Pierre L. Van den Berghe, and Professor Stuart Carter Dodd.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Use of these public records is unrestricted when access is granted.

Preferred Citation

University of Washington Department of Sociology Records, Record Group No. 19.24.00. Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, Washington.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Accession No. 71-045: University of Washington, Washington Public Opinion Laboratory records, 1949- 1951Return to Top

.42 cu. ft.

Scope and Content: Reports, Bulletins, Questionnaires 1949-51.

Restrictions on Access: Public Records (Public disclosure laws may restrict access to some records)

Restrictions on Use: Public Records (Use unrestricted when access is granted)

Accession No. 78-107: University of Washington, Washington Public Opinion Laboratory records, 1950- 1953Return to Top

.62 cu. ft.

Scope and Content: "Project Revere" materials (1950-53)

Restrictions on Access: Public Records (Public disclosure laws my restrict access to some records)

Restrictions on Use: Public Records (Use unrestricted when access granted)

Accession No. 82-136: University of Washington, Washington Public Opinion Laboratory records, 1947-1954, undatedReturn to Top

1 vertical file

Scope and Content: "Seven Year Itch," 1947-54; Report on Internationalism, 1950; Ephemera, n.d.

Restrictions on Access: Public Records (public disclosure laws may restrict access to some records)

Restrictions on Use: Public Records (Use unrestricted when access is granted)

Accession No. 05-024: University of Washington, Department of Sociology records, 1920- 2003Return to Top

16.32 cu. ft. (18 boxes, one oversized folder)
Arrangement: Arranged in 4 series:
  • Administrative records, 1920-2003
  • Committee records, 1937-1998
  • Research center records, 1947-1973
  • University of Washington committee records, 1947-1954

Scope and Content: Historical features, minutes, correspondence, financial records, grant files, curriculum records, reports, writings, clippings, subject files, project files, public opinion surveys, questionaires and newsletters, 1920-2003. Includes correspondence, publicity, curriculum vitae, guest lists, financial records, and related materials in subject files created during planning for special department events, including lectures, retreats, and award ceremonies. Records of the Washington Public Opinion Laboratory and the Institute For Sociological Research document the basic, long-term research conducted by the students and faculty of the department.

Restrictions on Access: Public Records (Public disclosure laws may restrict access to some records)

Records stored offsite; advanced notice required for use.

Restrictions on Use: Public Records (Use unrestricted when access is granted)

Container(s) Description Dates
Administrative Records
1920-2003
Box/Folder Accession
1/1 05-024
Historical Information
undated
Interoffice Correspondence
Box/Folder Accession
1/2-10 05-024
General
1922 -1975
1/11 05-024
University of Washington Comptroller's Office
1947-1968
1/12-16 05-024
University of Washington Dean of Arts and Sciences
1947-1953
1/17-18 05-024
University of Washington Graduate School
1949-1960
Box/Folder Accession
1/19-25 05-024
Intraoffice Correspondence
Scope and Content: Correspondents include Professor Hubert M. (Tad) Blalock, Chairman Karen Cook, Chairman Herb Costner, Chairman Richard Emerson, Professor Avery M. (Pete) Guest, Chairman Otto N. Larsen, Chairman George Andrew Lundberg, Administrator Dori Munday, and Professor Pierre L. Van den Berghe.
Miscellaneous Chronological
1921, 1925, 1949-1976, 1993, undated
Box/Folder Accession
1/26 05-024
Miyamoto, Shotaro Frank
1947-1953, 1968-1971, undated
General Correspondence
Box/Folder Accession
1/27-30 05-024
Chronological
1922-1974, undated
1/31 05-024
McKenzie, Roderick Duncan
1927-1930
17/1-6 05-024
Job Applicants
Restrictions on Access:Restricted.
1968-1976
1/32 05-024
Job Applicants
1958-1966
1/33 05-024
Job Related Information
1954, 1958-1967
1/34 05-024
State Unemployment Relief
1932-1933
Box/Folder Accession
17/7-8 05-024
Outgoing Letters of the Director's Office
Restrictions on Access:Restricted.
1993-1994
Departmental Meetings
Box/Folder Accession
1/35-36, 2/1-10 05-024
Minutes
1924-1976
17/10-14 05-024
Minutes
Restrictions on Access:Restricted.
1964-1973
18/1-10 05-024
Minutes
Restrictions on Access:Restricted.
1974-2001
2/11-29 05-024
Meeting Files
1968-1973, 1977-2001
18/11 05-024
Meeting Files
Restrictions on Access:Restricted.
1974-1976
Reports
Box/Folder Accession
2/30-34 05-024
Annual
1946-1952
2/35 05-024
Chairman's
1973-1975
2/36-37 05-024
Reports and Polls
1966-1975, undated
2/38 05-024
Readers Time Reports
1938-1941, undated
Curriculum Records
Box/Folder Accession
2/39-42, 3/1-18 05-024
General
1925-1981, undated
3/19 05-024
Army Specialized Training Unit
1943-1944
3/20 05-024
Departmental Seminar
1928-1930, undated
3/21-23 05-024
Joint Social Science Course
1921-1926, undated
3/24 05-024
New Instructors
1940-1941
3/25 05-024
Laski Course: Political Science 195
1938-1939
3/26 05-024
Related Courses from Other Departments
1958, 1968-1970
3/27 05-024
Seminar in Social Science
1931
3/28-49 05-024
Summer School
1925-1959, undated
3/50 05-024
Training Course King County Welfare Board
1933
4/1-3 05-024
Class Census Enrollment
1937-1952, undated
Lists
Box/Folder Accession
4/4 05-024
Class Census
1943-1946
4/5-6 05-024
Enrollment Records - Majors in Sociology
1936-1951
4/7 05-024
Enrollment in Sociology Courses
1935-1953, 1972
Box/Folder Accession
4/8 05-024
Faculty Activity Analysis Summaries
1986-1987
Financial Records
Box/Folder Accession
4/9 05-024
Budget Approved
1931-1932
4/10-13 05-024
Budget Files - Operating Expenses
1935-1941
4/14-15 05-024
Budget Files - Salary Budget
1931-1942
4/16-18 05-024
Budget Files
1947-1955
4/19 05-024
Financial Statements
1922-1932
Box/Folder Accession
4/20-22 05-024
Grant Files
1995-2003
Grant Proposals - Expired Funded Grants
Box/Folder Accession
4/23 05-024
Childhood Mental Health and Smoking in Adolescents
2000
4/24 05-024
Choosing Your Alma Mater
1997
4/25 05-024
Environmental Protection Agency Fellowship for Tanya Pergola
1998
4/26 05-024
Racial Composition of Juvenile Courts
1997
4/27 05-024
Student Employment and School Performance
2001
4/28 05-024
Graduate School Research Fund Application
1974
Box/Folder Accession
4/29 05-024
Publications: Journal of Sociology
1969-1970
4/30 05-024
Notes
1975, undated
Writings
Box/Folder Accession
4/31 05-024
Miscellaneous
1968-1974, undated
4/32 05-024
Bibliographies - Readings for Graduate Students
1959, undated
4/33 05-024
A Memorandum on the Teaching of Introductory Sociology at the University of Washington, ISR 65-26
undated
4/34 05-024
Sociology Song
undated
Box/Folder Accession
4/35 05-024
Ephemera
undated
4/36 05-024
Miscellany
undated
Subject Files
Box/Folder Accession
4/37 05-024
Walter Greenwood Beach
1923-1947, 1974, undated
4/38 05-024
Blalock Lectures
Scope and Content: By Tim Biblarz and Susan McWilliams.
1998
4/39 05-024
Chairmanship of the Department
undated
Costner Lecture Series
Scope and Content: Also titled Lectures on Causality in the Social Sciences.
Box/Folder Accession
4/40-41 05-024
Correspondence
1996-1998
4/42-43 05-024
Articles
1964-1985
4/44 05-024
Flyers
1997
4/45 05-024
Expenses
1997
5/1 05-024
Abbott, Andrew
1997
5/2 05-024
Hauser, Robert
1997
5/3 05-024
Pearl, Judea
1997
Box/Folder Accession
5/4 05-024
Dodd, Stuart C.
1951-1975
5/5 05-024
Faculty Information and Lists of Summer Visiting Professors
1920-1938
5/6 05-024
Fall Reception
1993-1998
5/7 05-024
Fall Retreat
1997
5/8 05-024
Federal Student Employment Project - Civil Works Administration Assistance
1934-1935
5/9 05-024
Immigration Seminar Lecturers
1997-1998
5/10 05-024
Laboratory Requests
1932-1938
5/11 05-024
Let's Talk (Department of Sociology Colloquia Series)
1998-1999
5/12 05-024
Long-Range Planning
1957-1965, undated
5/13 05-024
National Youth Administration Assistance
1937-1941
5/14 05-024
Perecman, Ellen (Director of International Predissertation Fellowship Program)
undated
5/15 05-024
Policies for Graduate Students
1952-1965, undated
box:oversize
Misc. Oversize box 9 05-024
Remodeling
undated
Box/Folder
5/16-17 05-024
Research
1921-1940, undated
Retirement Parties
Box/Folder Accession
5/18 05-024
Costner, Herb
1996
5/19 05-024
Hirschman, Charles
1998
5/20 05-024
van den Bergh, Pierre
1998
Box/Folder Accession
5/21 05-024
Rockefeller Foundation
1933, undated
5/22 05-024
Social Exhibits Hall
1941
Sociology Salons
Box/Folder Accession
5/23 05-024
Chirot, Daniel
1997
5/24-25 05-024
Greeley, Andrew
1998
17/9 05-024
Greeley, Andrew
Restrictions on Access:Restricted.
undated
5/26 05-024
Lavely, William
1998
5/27 05-024
Portes, Alejandro
1999
5/28 05-024
Stark, Rodney
1997
5/29 05-024
Williams, Robin
1997
Box/Folder Accession
5/30 05-024
Statistics
1921-1925, 1940
Stice Lecture Series
Box/Folder Accession
5/31 05-024
Greeley, Andrew
1998
5/32 05-024
Hunt, Lynn
1995
5/33 05-024
Marx, Gary
1992
5/34 05-024
Williams, Robin
1997
5/35-38 05-024
Wilson, William Julius
1995
5/39-41 05-024
Stice Nominees
1992
Box/Folder Accession
5/42 05-024
Students - Grade Points
1921-1924
5/43 05-024
Visiting Lecturers
Scope and Content: Includes information on Barbara Entwistle, Kenneth Bollen, and Harvey Molotch.
1996
5/44 05-024
Westby-Gibson, Mrs. Dorothy
1944
Box/Folder Accession
5/45-48 05-024
Awards
1996-1999
5/49-51 05-024
Clippings
1941-1974, 1992, undated
18/12 05-024
Donor Lists
Restrictions on Access:Restricted.
1997-1998
6/1 05-024
Forms
undated
Committee Records
1937-1998
Box/Folder Accession
6/2 05-024
General
1937, 1964-1965
University of Washington, Department of Sociology, Admissions and Awards Committee
Box/Folder Accession
6/3-4 05-024
General Correspondence
1977-1985, 1998, undated
6/5 05-024
Agendas and Minutes
1974-1985, undated
6/6 05-024
Forms
1975, undated
6/7 05-024
Notes
undated
6/8-9 05-024
Writings
1968-1979, undated
6/10 05-024
Miscellany
1973-1981
Subject Files
Box/Folder Accession
6/11 05-024
General Funding Progress
1983
6/12 05-024
Graduate School Policies
1973, 1975
6/13 05-024
Scholarships
1978-1979, undated
6/14 05-024
Student Progress
1975-1976, undated
Box/Folder Accession
6/15 05-024
University of Washington, Department of Sociology, Executive Committee
1965, 1968, 1976
Research Center Records
1947-1973
University of Washington, Washington Public Opinion Laboratory
Scope and Content: Major portions of the Washington Public Opinion Laboratory records were called "documents" by the laboratory. Documents include questionnaires and public opinion surveys. Examples of subjects treated by these documents include "public opinions regarding science," "human values," "Jewish issues," "folkways and mores of the culture of a university student body," a "proposed community development program," and "high school-college relations." They include writings on polling information, sampling research, polling results, budgetary issues, research projects, and special events.
Box/Folder Accession
6/16 05-024
Organizational Information: "Transition to Institute of Sociological Research"
1961
6/17 05-024
Reports
1947-1954
6/18-33 05-024
Documents
1947-1949
7/1-29 05-024
Documents
1950-1952
8/1-31 05-024
Documents
1952-1953
9/1-27 05-024
Documents
1953-1955
10/1-28 05-024
Documents
1954-1957
11/1-25 05-024
Documents
1957-1959
12/1-25 05-024
Documents
1959-1960
13/1-21 05-024
Documents
1960-1961
13/22-23 05-024
Documents (J.B. Taylor)
1962-1963
Broadview Poll
Scope and Content: The Broadview Poll gathered information regarding opinions about race relations and property values in the Broadview area of Seattle.
Box/Folder Accession
13/24 05-024
Preface, Designing, Questioning, Sampling
1948
13/25 05-024
Interview, Tabulating, Reporting, Storing
1948
Project Files
Concord
Scope and Content: Project Concord was part of the Washington Public Opinion Laboratory's research into human value systems. The project looked at why different persons, or different groups, may share a common set of values and yet act at cross-purposes with one another.
Box/Folder Accession
13/26 05-024
Index
1957-1960
13/27-28, 14/1-13 05-024
Transcripts
1958
14/14-16 05-024
Miscellaneous
1958
Box/Folder Accession
14/17-20 05-024
Demascopes
Scope and Content: Concerns world polling methodology.
1955
Questionnaires
Book I
Box/Folder Accession
14/21 05-024
Behavioral Science, Civil Defense
1948-1960
14/22 05-024
Community Studies, Diffusion
1953-1962
14/23 05-024
Education
1948-1960
Book II
Box/Folder Accession
14/24 05-024
Family, Industry, Medical
1948-1960
14/25 05-024
Organizations, Political
1955-1961
14/26 05-024
Psychological - Medical, Race, Religion
1949-1961
14/27 05-024
Values
1950-1959
Box/Folder Accession
14/28 05-024
National Opinion Research Center, Blackout Survey
1965
14/29, 15/1-6 05-024
Polls
Scope and Content: Includes a general values survey, a skid road survey, and a dental health survey.
1948-1951, undated
Box/Folder Accession
15/7-11 05-024
Writings - Sampling Articles
1953
University of Washington, Institute for Sociological Research
Box/Folder Accession
15/12 05-024
Organizational Information
1961-1964, undated
15/13 05-024
Intraoffice Correspondence
1963-1966, undated
15/14 05-024
Reports
1965-1970
15/15 05-024
Newsletters and Bulletins
1969, 1973
Questionnaires
Scope and Content: Questionnaires are from various studies conducted through the institute.
Book III
Box/Folder Accession
15/16 05-024
Delinquency
1964-1965
15/17-18 05-024
Criminology
1962-1964
15/19 05-024
Community
1962
Book IIIA
Box/Folder Accession
15/20 05-024
Communication and Community
1966-1968
15/21 05-024
Criminology
1966-1968
Book IV
Box/Folder Accession
15/22 05-024
Education
1961-1965
15/23 05-024
Family, Innovation, Interaction (Surveys 1-2)
1961-1964
15/24 05-024
Interaction (Surveys 3-5), Law, Medical
1963-1966
Book IVA
Box/Folder Accession
15/25 05-024
Education (Surveys 1-12)
1967-1969
15/26 05-024
Education (Surveys 13-23)
1966-1969
Book IVB
Box/Folder Accession
15/27 05-024
Family and Teenagers, Juvenile Delinquency
1966-1969
15/28 05-024
Law, Medical
1966-1969
Book V
Box/Folder Accession
15/29 05-024
Opinion, Organization
1961-1970
15/30 05-024
Penology, Recreation, Religion
1961-1970
15/31 05-024
Science
1962
Book VA
Box/Folder Accession
16/1 05-024
Occupation, Opinions and Attitudes
1966-1969
16/2 05-024
Organizations, Race, Recreation, Religion
1966-1969
Box/Folder Accession
16/3 05-024
Book VB: Semantic Differential
1970
Box/Folder Accession
16/4-6 05-024
Computer Programs
1962-1970
University of Washington Committee Records
1947-1954
Box/Folder Accession
16/7-8 05-024
University of Washington, General Education Committee
1947, undated
16/9 05-024
University of Washington, Graduate Council
1947-1949, 1951, 1954

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Lectures and lecturing--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Public opinion polls
  • Sociology--Research--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Sociology--Study and teaching (Higher)--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Sociology--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Sociology--Washington (State)--Seattle--Methodology
  • Personal Names :
  • Blalock, Hubert M
  • Cook, Karen S
  • Costner, Herbert L., 1930-
  • Dodd, Stuart Carter, 1900-1975
  • Emerson, Richard Marc,  -1982
  • Guest, Avery M. (Avery Mason), 1940-
  • Larsen, Otto N
  • Lundberg, George Andrew, 1895-1966
  • Miyamoto, Shotaro Frank, 1912-2012
  • Munday, Dori
  • Van den Berghe, Pierre L
  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Washington. Department of Sociology--Archives
  • University of Washington. Institute for Sociological Research
  • University of Washington. Washington Public Opinion Laboratory
  • Washington Public Opinion Laboratory
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • administrative records
  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • correspondence
  • curricula
  • financial records
  • grant proposals
  • Lists
  • minutes
  • Newsletters
  • organization files
  • project files
  • promotional materials
  • Questionnaires
  • reports
  • Social surveys
  • writings
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • University of Washington. University Archives

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • University Archives/Faculty Papers (University of Washington)