Life History Method

Professor W. I. Thomas and his Polish research partner, Florian Znaniecki, introduced the life history as a research tool in their monumental study, The Polish Peasant in Europe and America. Life histories were created by interviewing a subject or asking the subject to write an autobiographical account. Members of the Chicago School continued to use this technique in a wide variety of contexts for decades. Students in sociology classes were often required to collect life histories. Life histories were precursors to what are now called oral histories.

C.R. Shaw Student Paper for Sociology 353

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Unidentified Case History

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Interview with Mrs. Lulu Wright

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Mrs. Wright provided descriptions of neighborhood residents.

Interview with Member of South Congregational Church

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"Lilian Stockley Wilson"

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