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Guide to the William Fielding Ogburn Papers 1908-1960

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Ogburn, William Fielding. Papers




23.5 linear feet (47 boxes)


Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


William F. Ogburn, sociologist. Collection contains correspondence, minutes, memoranda, reports, typescripts and off-prints of articles, lectures, clippings, and personal journals. Papers document Ogburn's participation in government projects such as the President's Research Committee on Social Trends, the National Resources Committee, and the Census Advisory Committee; service on committees of the Social Science Research Council and at the University of Chicago; and research and writing for scholarly and popular publications. Includes material relating to publications such as Recent Social Trends in the United States (1933) and Technological Trends and National Policy, the administration of the 1940 decennial census, and the graduate program in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago.

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When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Ogburn, William Fielding. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

William Fielding Ogburn, sociologist, was born June 29, 1886 in Butler, Georgia. He received a Bachelor's degree from Mercer College in 1905, and taught school for several years before entering Columbia University in 1908. At Columbia he received an A.M. degree in 1909 and a Ph.D. in 1912. Upon graduation he was appointed professor of sociology and economics at the newly organized Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where he remained for five years. He taught for a year at the University of Washington, and worked for the National War Labor Board and the Bureau of Labor Statistics during World War I. In 1919 he returned to Columbia and served as Professor of Sociology until 1927, when he moved to the University of Chicago. He was named Sewell L. Avery Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology in 1933. After retiring in 1951, he traveled extensively in many parts of the world, and took visiting professorships at the universities of Delhi and Calcutta, at Nuffield College, Oxford, and at Florida State University. Ogburn married Rubyn Reynolds in 1910 and they had two children, Howard Reynolds and William Fielding, Jr. He died April 27, 1959.

Ogburn was brought to the University of Chicago because of his background in statistics and quantitative methods. At Columbia his teachers included Franklin H. Giddings in sociology, Edward L. Thorndike in education, Henry L. Moore in economics, and Franz Boas in anthropology. Although his orientation was very different from the "Chicago school" sociologists who relied heavily on personal observation and individual life histories, he was appointed by the Department of Sociology to fill a perceived gap in the Chicago curriculum and to assure that the department maintained its national standing. Some lively controversies ensued between Ogburn, Thomas C. McCormick, and Samuel Stouffer with proponents of the case history method including Robert Park, Herbert Blumer, and Louis Wirth. The case method was not abandoned, but Ogburn's influence was indisputable. Ernest Burgess for one readily acknowledged the value of statistical data, although he continued to use life histories in his own research. The Social Science Research Building, completed in 1929, attested symbolically and functionally to the impetus Ogburn gave by bringing the various disciplines of the social sciences together in one building, and providing laboratory space suitable to the needs of statistical and demographic research.

As a teacher, Ogburn is remembered for his insistence on rigorous standards of measurement and the need for verifiable knowledge. In his own writings, however, he did not concern himself primarily with methodological techniques, nor did he focus his interest on a particular subject. Ogburn made important contributions to the literature on social reform legislation, voting behavior, consumer spending, marriage and the family, demography, and social effects of business fluctuations. Much of Ogburn's work was concerned with social change, especially with the idea of "cultural lag," the theory that some parts of society adjust to changes slower than others which causes disequilibria. For the 20th century he saw inventions and technology as a major force that produced changes in economic organization, family and government structures, and eventually in people's social philosophy.

Among Ogburn's most notable books are Social Change with Respect to Culture and Original Nature (1922); Recent Social Trends in the United States (1933), which Ogburn edited as director of the President's Research Committee on Social Trends commissioned by Herbert Hoover in 1929; Sociology (with M. F. Nimkoff, 1940), an introductory textbook used by a generation of students; The Social Effects of Aviation (1946); and Technology and International Relations (ed. 1949).

In some ways Ogburn had a stronger reputation nationally than he did in his own department in Chicago. His connection with Recent Social Trends, which attempted to bring together a body of empirical data from different disciplines concerning national life, made him a knowledgeable spokesman on many issues affecting social policy and planning. He believed that important social trends were persistent and long-term in nature, and therefore thought it possible to make projections with a fair degree of accuracy. Known for his scientific approach, he also detested obscure terminology, and was able to express ideas clearly and directly for non-technical audiences. He was widely quoted in newspapers, and wrote many articles for the New York Times Magazine and other popular periodicals, with titles like "What's Ahead in the Home," "Our Future Cities," and "Machines and Tomorrow's World."

Ogburn participated on a number of government committees that were established to review programs and make policy recommendations. In addition to the President's Research Committee on Social Trends, they included the Consumers Advisory Board, the National Resources Committee, the Resettlement Administration, and the Census Advisory Committee. He also served terms as president of the American Sociology Society and the American Statistical Association, as vice president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as chairman of the Social Science Research Council, and was elected the first president of the Society for the History of Technology shortly before his death. He disliked meetings and criticized colleagues who built up their reputations by collecting committee assignments, perhaps because he spent so much of his own time occupied in such duties.

In spite of his distaste for "theory" and his constant demands for quantifiable social knowledge, Ogburn had a philosophical bent of mind that displayed itself in his pursuit of the "big ideas" and in attempts to synthesize his findings into broad concepts. He also developed an interest in psychoanalysis and enjoyed hobbies such as tennis, photography, and bird watching. One of his last projects was to track down the source of stories of children supposedly raised by wolves in India.

Scope Note

The papers of William Fielding Ogburn consist of 23.5 linear feet of correspondence, minutes, notes, typescripts and off-prints of articles, clippings, and journals. The papers document Ogburn's participation in government projects such as the President's Research Committee on Social Trends, the National Resources Committee, and the Census Advisory Committee, service on committees of the Social Science Research Council and at the University of Chicago, and research and writing for scholarly and popular publications.

The William F. Ogburn Papers do not give a complete picture of Ogburn's life or scholarly work. Files on certain projects, such as the President's Research Committee on Social Trends, appear to be virtually complete. Documentation on some aspects of his career is fragmentary, or in some cases missing from the papers given to the library. Still, the papers offer important insights into his activities and research, and preserve an important segment of the history of sociology at the University of Chicago and in the United States.

The collection is divided into eight series:









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Additional correspondence and papers relating to William F. Ogburn can be found in the following collections: Department of Sociology Interviews with Graduate Students; Department of Sociology Faculty Meeting Minutes 1926-1939; Division of Social Sciences Minutes 1939-1955; Division of Social Sciences Record Books 1933-1953; Social Science Research Committee Records; Society for Social Research Records; Office of the Vice-President Records; the Presidents' Papers; and papers of William Benton, Ernest W. Burgess, Philip M. Hauser, Robert M. Hutchins, William T. Hutchinson, Charles H. Judd, Frank H. Knight, Jr., Charles E, Merriam, John U. Nef, Jr., Robert Redfield, Beardsley Ruml, Louis Wirth, Quincy Wright, and Florian Znaniecki. An interview with Ogburn is in the Audio Collection.

Subject Headings


Series I: President’s Research Committee on Social Trends

This series contains files Ogburn kept as director of the Committee from 1929 to 1934. They document the creation of the committee, selection of staff, organizing of the various research projects, and editing and compiling of the final report, Recent Social Trends in the United States (1933).

The series is divided into three parts. The first includes minutes and transcripts of committee meetings, budget correspondence, and financial records. The second contains general correspondence concerning committee members and staff, including Shelby M. Harrison, E. E. Hunt, Charles E. Merriam, Wesley C. Mitchell, and Howard W. Odum; foundations and government agencies engaged in related projects; publication arrangements for the report; and answers to inquiries regarding the work of the committee. Filed after this alphabetical sequence are outlines, drafts, and quarterly progress reports of the chapters of the report. The third section contains correspondence with authors of individual chapters.

Because research was carried on by professors scattered across the country, very little of the original data is contained within this collection. Some of the data files, as well as methodological summaries of how data was obtained and analyzed, were deposited in the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress also received eight large scrapbooks of clippings concerning the report and research of the Committee.

Subseries 1: Meeting Minutes and Budget

Box 1   Folder 1

Certificate of incorporation and by-laws

Box 1   Folder 2

December 6, 1929

Box 1   Folder 3

December 14, 1929

Box 1   Folder 4

February 8, 1930

Box 1   Folder 5

April 26, 1930

Box 1   Folder 6

June 20, 1930

Box 1   Folder 7

August 30, 1930

Box 1   Folder 8

November 23-24, 1930

Box 1   Folder 9

May 17, 1931

Box 1   Folder 10

May 17-18, 1931

Box 1   Folder 11

August 29, 1931

Box 1   Folder 12

December 31, 1931

Box 1   Folder 13

February 13, 1932

Box 1   Folder 14

February 13, 1932, proceedings

Box 1   Folder 15

March 14, 1932

Box 1   Folder 16

March 14, 1932, proceedings

Box 1   Folder 17

May 1-2, 1932, proceedings

Box 1   Folder 18

May 15-16, 1932, proceedings

Box 2    Folder 1

May 15-16, 1932, proceedings

Box 2    Folder 2

June 3-4, 1932, proceedings

Box 2    Folder 3

June 20, 1932, proceedings

Box 2    Folder 4

September 20, 1932

Box 2    Folder 5

October 2, 1932

Box 2    Folder 6

January 27, 1933

Box 2    Folder 7

June 27, 1933

Box 2    Folder 8

April 29, 1934

Box 2    Folder 9

Budget, correspondence, 1930-1933

Box 2    Folder 10-11

Budget, individual projects

Box 2    Folder 12

Budget, disbursements

Box 2    Folder 13

Budget, mimeographs

Box 2    Folder 14

Budget, appointment forms and vouchers

Subseries 2: Correspondence

Box 3   Folder 1

Allen, Carolyn E., Controller, Social Science Research Council

Box 3   Folder 2

B, general

Box 3   Folder 3

Baker, O. E., "The Agricultural Significance of the Declining Birthrate"

Box 3   Folder 4

Bibliography of investigators

Box 3   Folder 5

Biographies of investigators

Box 3   Folder 6

Brooks, L. M., excerpts from dissertation, 1929

Box 3   Folder 7

C, general (including "White House Conference on Child Health and Protection," 1930)

Box 3   Folder 8

Century of Progress, 1933

Box 3   Folder 9

Charts and graphs, editorial correspondence

Box 3   Folder 10

Charts and graphs, SEE ALSO C. R. von Huhn

Box 3   Folder 11

D, general

Box 3   Folder 12

Day, Edmund E., Director, the Social Sciences, Rockefeller Foundation

Box 3   Folder 13

Editorial correspondence, Social Trends

Box 3   Folder 14

Employer-Employee Relationships in the Home, National Committee on

Box 3   Folder 15

F, general

Box 3   Folder 16

Form letters and memoranda

Box 3   Folder 17

Frank, Lawrence K.

Box 3   Folder 18

G, general

Box 3   Folder 19

H, general

Box 3   Folder 20

Hamilton, Alice

Box 4   Folder 1

Hamilton, Lucile, Secretary, Social Science Research Council

Box 4   Folder 2

Harrison, Shelby M., Vice-General Director, Russell Sage Foundation, and Secretary-Treasurer, President's Committee

Box 4   Folder 3

Hastings, George

Box 4   Folder 4

Hoover, Herbert

Box 4   Folder 5

Hunt, E. E., Executive Secretary, 1930-1931

Box 4   Folder 6

Hunt, 1932

Box 4   Folder 7

Hunt, 1933

Box 4   Folder 8

Index of Monetary Value

Box 4   Folder 9

Institute of Social and Religious Research

Box 4   Folder 10

Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America

Box 4   Folder 11

Introduction and conclusion, drafts

Box 4   Folder 12

J, general

Box 4   Folder 13

Johnston, Geraldine, Chicago secretary to W. F. Ogburn

Box 4   Folder 14

K, general

Box 4   Folder 15

L, general

Box 5   Folder 1

Library of Congress, repository for data

Box 5   Folder 2

M, general (including McGraw-Hill Company)

Box 5   Folder 3

Meetings of the Committee

Box 5   Folder 4-5

Memoranda to investigators

Box 5   Folder 6

Merriam, Charles E.

Box 5   Folder 7

Mitchell, Wesley C.

Box 5   Folder 8-9


Box 5   Folder 10

Montague, Gilbert H., Committee attorney

Box 5   Folder 11

N, general

Box 5   Folder 12

O, general

Box 5   Folder 13-16

Odum, Howard W.

Box 5   Folder 17

Ohlander, Ann, New York secretary to W. F. Ogburn

Box 5   Folder 18

P, general

Box 5   Folder 19

Princeton Social Trends Conference

Box 6   Folder 1

Prohibition Council

Box 6   Folder 2

Publication of Committee data, policy on

Box 6   Folder 3

Publicity, 1929-1931

Box 6   Folder 4

Publicity, 1932

Box 6   Folder 5

Publicity, 1933

Box 6   Folder 6-7

Publicity, advance copies of report

Box 6   Folder 8-9

Publicity, complimentary copies

Box 6   Folder 10

Publicity, complimentary copies, Rotary International

Box 6   Folder 11-12

Publicity, reviews and reactions to publication

Box 6   Folder 13

Publicity, Raymond C. Mayer, public relations

Box 6   Folder 14

Publicity, clippings

Box 6   Folder 15

Publisher's queries

Box 6   Folder 16

Q, general

Box 6   Folder 17

R, general

Box 7   Folder 1


Box 7   Folder 2

Roosevelt, Franklin D.

Box 7   Folder 3

S, general

Box 7   Folder 4

Strother, French, Presidential aide

Box 7   Folder 5

Style, Social Trends

Box 7   Folder 6

T, general

Box 7   Folder 7

Textbooks, single volume Social Trends

Box 7   Folder 8

Tibbitts, Clark

Box 7   Folder 9

U, general

Box 7   Folder 10

V, general (including C. R. Von Huhn, compiler of charts and graphs)

Box 7   Folder 11

Venneman, Harry, editor

Box 7   Folder 12

W, general

Box 7   Folder 13

Wickersham Commission

Box 7   Folder 14

Willey, Malcolm M.

Box 7   Folder 15

Women, considered as nominees to Committee

Box 7   Folder 16

X-Z, general

Box 7   Folder 17-21

Outlines of themes and chapters

Box 8   Folder 1-14

Progress Reports, 1930-1931 (Chapters 1 through 28)

Subseries 3: General Files

Box 9   Folder 1-4

Chapter 1, "The Population of the Nation," by Warren S. Thompson and P. K. Whelpton

Box 9   Folder 5-7

Chapter 2, "Utilization of Natural Wealth," F. G. Tryon, Margaret H. Schoenfeld, and O. E. Baker

Box 9   Folder 8-15

Chapter 3, "The Influence of Invention and Discovery," by W. F. Ogburn

Box 10   Folder 1-3

Chapter 4, "The Agencies of Communication," by Malcolm M. Willey and Stuart A. Rice

Box 10   Folder 4-6

Chapter 5, "Trends in Economic Organization," by Edwin F. Gay and Leo Wolman

Box 11   Folder 1-4

Chapter 6, "Shifting Occupational Patterns," by Ralph G. Hurlin and Meredith B. Givens

Box 11   Folder 5-7

Chapter 7, "Education," Charles H. Judd

Box 11   Folder 8-10

Chapter 8, "Changing Social Attitudes and Interests," by Hornell Hart

Box 11   Folder 11-14

Chapter 9, "The Rise of Metropolitan Communities," by R. D. McKenzie

Box 12   Folder 1-3

Chapter 10, "Rural Life," by J. H. Kolb and Edmund des Brunner

Box 12   Folder 4-6

Chapter 11, "The Status of Racial and Ethnic Groups," by T. J. Woofter, Jr.

Box 12   Folder 7-8

Chapter 12, "The Vitality of the American People," by Edgar Sydenstricker

Box 12   Folder 9-13

Chapter 13, "The Family and Its Functions," by William F. Ogburn, with Clark Tibbitts

Box 13   Folder 1-4

Chapter 14, "The Activities of Women Outside the Home," by S. P. Breckinridge

Box 13   Folder 5-7

Chapter 15, "Childhood and Youth," by Lawrence K. Frank

Box 13   Folder 8-10

Chapter 16, "Labor Groups in the Social Structure," by Leo Wolman and Gustav Peck

Box 13   Folder 11-14

Chapter 17, "The People as Consumers," by Robert S. Lynd

Box 13   Folder 15-17

Chapter 18, "Recreation and Leisure Time Activities," by J. F. Steiner

Box 14   Folder 1-3

Chapter 19, "The Arts in Social Life," by Frederick P. Keppel

Box 14   Folder 4-6

Chapter 20, "Changes in Religious Organizations," by C. Luther Fry with Mary Frost Jessup

Box 14   Folder 7-10

Chapter 21, "Health and Medical Practice," by Harry H. Moore

Box 14   Folder 11-13

Chapter 22, "Crime and Punishment," by Edwin A. Sutherland and C. E. Gehlke

Box 14   Folder 14-17

Chapter 23, "Privately Supported Social Work," by Sydnor H. Walker

Box 15   Folder 1-3

Chapter 24, "Public Welfare Activities," by Howard W. Odum

Box 15   Folder 4-6

Chapter 25, "The Growth of Governmental Functions," by Carroll H. Woody

Box 15   Folder 7-8

Chapter 26, "Taxation and Public Finance," by Clarence Heer

Box 15   Folder 9-10

Chapter 27, "Public Administration," by Leonard D. White

Box 15   Folder 11-14

Chapter 28, "Law and Legal Institutions," by Charles E. Clark and William O. Douglas

Box 15   Folder 15

Chapter 29, "Government and Society," by Charles E. Merriam

Box 15   Folder 16

"Crime and Nationality," by W. F. Ogburn, unpublished

Box 15   Folder 17

"Trends in the Application of the Social Sciences," Century of Progress

Box 16   Folder 1

"The Development and Application of the Social Sciences and Social Research," by Howard W. Odum

Box 16   Folder 2

"Next Steps in the Development of Social Statistics," by Stuart A. Rice, correspondence, 1930-1931

Box 16   Folder 3

"Next Steps in the Development of Social Statistics," by Stuart A. Rice, 1931

Box 16   Folder 4

"Next Steps in the Development of Social Statistics," by Stuart A. Rice, 1932

Box 16   Folder 5

"Next Steps in the Development of Social Statistics," by Stuart A. Rice, 1933-1934

Box 16   Folder 6

"Next Steps in the Development of Social Statistics, carbon of text

Box 16   Folder 7

"The Measure of a Changing Nation," work memorandum, 1932

Series II: National Resources Committee

The materials in this series document Ogburn's work on the Science Committee of the National Resources Committee (renamed the National Resources Planning Board in 1939), from 1935 to about 1940. The Science Committee was organized in 1935 as one of a number of committees made up of experts from technical fields that helped plan and coordinate public works projects. Ogburn was one of many who attended as a representative of the Social Science Research Council, while the National Academy of Sciences and the American Council on Education selected many other members. The Science Committee published a series of reports which surveyed the scientific research carried on within federal bureaus and made recommendations on how data could be gathered more efficiently and accurately, how it could be put to better use in forming long-range plans and national policy, and how to coordinate federal research projects with similar work being done by universities and private institutions. The reports Ogburn helped produce included National Population Problems, Relations of Government to Scientific Research, Transportation and National Policy, and Technological Trends and National Policy.

The series begins with minutes and general memoranda of the Science Committee, followed by materials for specific subcommittees, including minutes, memoranda, correspondence, and drafts of reports. The major part of the series concerns the editing and publishing of Technological Trends and National Policy, and includes a file of general correspondence, as well as folders for each chapter which contain drafts, correspondence with the individual authors, and critiques from readers.

Subseries 1: Science Committee

Box 17   Folder 1

Minutes, 1935-1938

Box 17   Folder 2-3

Minutes, 1939

Box 17   Folder 4

Minutes, 1940

Box 17   Folder 5

Memoranda, 1935-1937

Box 17   Folder 6

Memoranda, 1938

Box 17   Folder 7-8

Memoranda, 1939

Box 18   Folder 1-2

Memoranda, 1940

Subseries 2: Subcommittee on Population Problems

Box 18   Folder 3

Minutes, 1936

Box 18   Folder 4

Correspondence, A-L

Box 18   Folder 5

Correspondence, Frank Lorimer, Technical Secretary

Box 18   Folder 6

Correspondence, M-W

Box 18   Folder 7

Correspondence, Edwin B. Wilson, Chairman

Box 18   Folder 8

Report of the Committee on Population Problems to the National Resources Committee, Section VII, page proofs

Subseries 3: Subcommittee on Survey of Governmental Relations to Research

Box 18   Folder 9


Box 18   Folder 10

Correspondence, Charles H. Judd, Chairman

Box 18   Folder 11

Correspondence, Stuart A. Rice, Director, Survey of Federal Research

Box 18   Folder 12

Project proposals and outlines

Box 18   Folder 13-14

Report of the Science Committee to the National Resources Committee, preliminary draft

Box 19   Folder 1

Study of Advisory Committees in the Federal Government

Subseries 4: Advisory Committee for the Transportation Study

Box 19   Folder 2-4

Transportation and National Policy, tentative draft, 1940

Subseries 5: Study on Technological Trends, Correspondence

Box 19   Folder 5

A-D, general

Box 19   Folder 6

Dake, Charles P., Administrative Assistant, Editorial Staff

Box 19   Folder 7

Delano, Frederic A., Vice Chairman, National Resources Committee

Box 19   Folder 8

E, general (including Charles W. Eliot II, Executive Officer, Advisory Committee)

Box 19   Folder 9

Elliott, Edward C., President, Purdue University

Box 19   Folder 10

F-I, general

Box 19   Folder 11

George, Lloyd, Editor

Box 20   Folder 1

Inventions and scientific discoveries, lists proposed at MIT, Cal Tech, Purdue

Box 20   Folder 2

J-M, general

Box 20   Folder 3

Kaempffert, Waldemar, science editor, New York Times

Box 20   Folder 4

Lillie, Frank R., President, National Academy of Sciences

Box 20   Folder 5

Merriam, John, Carnegie Institution

Box 20   Folder 6

Merrill, Harold, Assistant Executive Officer

Box 20   Folder 7

N, general (including National Academy of Sciences)

Box 20   Folder 8

O-P, general

Box 20   Folder 9


Box 20   Folder 10

Publicity, requests for copies of Technological Trends

Box 20   Folder 11

R, general

Box 20   Folder 12

Rosen, S. McKee, editorial assistant to Ogburn

Box 20   Folder 13

S-Z, general

Subseries 6: Study on Technological Trends, Report

Box 20   Folder 14

Technological Trends and National Policy, report of the Subcommittee on Technology to the National Resources Committee, memoranda

Box 20   Folder 15

Technological Trends and National Policy, proposal, submitted by Ogburn

Box 20   Folder 16

Technological Trends and National Policy, table of contents (projected and revised)

Box 20   Folder 17

Technological Trends and National Policy, preliminary matter

Box 20   Folder 18

Technological Trends and National Policy, Committee findings and recommendations

Box 20   Folder 19

Technological Trends and National Policy, "Capital Obsolescence" (unpublished) by Gardener C. Means

Box 20   Folder 20

"National Policy and Technological Trends" (Part I, Section 1), by Ogburn

Box 21   Folder 1

"The Social Effects of Invention" and "The Prediction of Inventions" (Part I, Section 2-3), by S. C. Gilfillan

Box 21   Folder 2

"Resistance to the Adoption of Technological Innovations" (Part I, Section 4), by Bernhard J. Stern

Box 21   Folder 3

"Resistance to the Adoption of Technological Innovations" (Part I, correspondence with American Telephone and Telegraph

Box 21   Folder 4

"Unemployment and Increasing Productivity" (Part I, Section 5), by David Weintraub

Box 21   Folder 5

"The Relation of Science to Technological Trends" (Part II, Section 1), by John C. Merriam

Box 21   Folder 6

"Agriculture" (Part III, Section 1), by S. H. McCrory and R. F. Hendrickson

Box 21   Folder 7

"The Mineral Industries" (Part III, Section 2), by F. G. Tryon, T. T. Read, K. C. Heald, G. S. Rice, and Oliver Bowles

Box 21   Folder 8-10

"Transportation" (Part III, Section 3), by Harold A. Osgood

Box 21   Folder 11-12

"Communications" (Part III, Section 4), by T. A. M. Craven and A. E. Giegengack

Box 22   Folder 1-4

"Power" (Part III, Section 5), by A. A. Potter and M. M. Samuels

Box 22   Folder 5

"The Chemical Industries" (Part III, Section 6), by Harrison E. Howe

Box 22   Folder 6

"The Electrical Goods Industries" (Part III, Section 7), by Andrew W. Cruse

Box 22   Folder 7-8

"Metallurgy" (Part III, Section 8), by C. C. Furnas

Box 22   Folder 9-10

"The Construction Industries" (Part III, Section 9), by Lowell J. Chawner, Carlton S. Proctor, O. H. Ammann, H. W. Richardson, John C. Page, Malcolm Pirnie, and J. L. Harrison

Series III: Social Science Research Council

This series contains materials concerning Ogburn's association with the Social Science Research Council, mainly during the 1930s and early 1940s. Ogburn maintained close relations with the SSRC over most of his career, serving as chairman from 1933 to 1936, as a member of a number of committees, and consulting on particular matters where his expertise was needed. The papers include reports and recommendations concerning some of the research projects carried on under the auspices of the SSRC as well as organizational and policy matters of the Council itself.

The series is divided into three sections - minutes of the Council, 1937-1940, and other general records; correspondence, mainly with SSRC staff and members, arranged alphabetically; and committee reports, agendas, minutes, and related correspondence, arranged by committee title. Some of the material is procedural or fragmentary, but there are substantial files for the Committee on Problems and Policy, the Southern Regional Committee, the Committee on Employment, and the Committee on Social Aspects of Atomic Energy.

Subseries 1: Meetings Minutes, Finance and Memoranda

Box 23   Folder 1

Board of Directors, September 10-12, 1935

Box 23   Folder 2

Board of Directors, September 14-16, 1937

Box 23   Folder 3

Board of Directors, April 2, 1938

Box 23   Folder 4

Board of Directors, September 13-15, 1938

Box 23   Folder 5

Board of Directors, April 15-16, 1939

Box 23   Folder 6

Board of Directors, September 12-14, 1939

Box 23   Folder 7

Board of Directors, April 13-14, 1940

Box 23   Folder 8

Board of Directors, September 9-12, 1940

Box 23   Folder 9

Executive Committee Meeting, December 14, 1930

Box 23   Folder 10

Yearly Report to Constituent Societies

Box 23   Folder 11

Financial Statements, 1930, 1940

Box 23   Folder 12

Memoranda, 1934-1940

Subseries 2: Correspondence

Box 23   Folder 13

A, general

Box 23   Folder 14

Allen, Carolyn, Controller, SSRC

Box 23   Folder 15

B-C, general

Box 23   Folder 16

Census, U. S. Bureau of the, 1922-1930

Box 24   Folder 1

Census, 1931-1933

Box 24   Folder 2

Chicago World's Fair, Social Sciences at

Box 24   Folder 3

Crane, Robert T., Executive Director, SSRC, 1931-1934

Box 24   Folder 4

Crane, Robert T., Executive Director, SSRC, 1935-1945

Box 24   Folder 5

D-F, general

Box 24   Folder 6

G-H, general

Box 24   Folder 7

Harrison, Shelby M., Russell Sage Foundation

Box 24   Folder 8

I-L, general

Box 24   Folder 9

M-N, general

Box 24   Folder 10

Minnesota, University of, Report on Program for the Employment of Unemployed College Graduates, 1934

Box 24   Folder 11

O-P, general

Box 24   Folder 12

Price indices and indices of business activity, 1854-1931

Box 24   Folder 13

R, general

Box 24   Folder 14

S, general

Box 24   Folder 15

T, general

Box 24   Folder 16

U-Z, general

Subseries 3: Committees

Box 25   Folder 1


Box 25   Folder 2


Box 25   Folder 3

Economic Security

Box 25   Folder 4

Federal Government and Research

Box 25   Folder 5


Box 25   Folder 6

Pacific Coast Regional Committee

Box 25   Folder 7

Personality and Culture

Box 25   Folder 8

Pressure Groups and Propaganda

Box 25   Folder 9

Problems and Policy, 1929-1932

Box 25   Folder 10

Problems and Policy, 1933-1936

Box 25   Folder 11

Public Administration

Box 25   Folder 12

Public Relations

Box 25   Folder 13

Review of Council Policy

Box 25   Folder 14

Social and Economic Research

Box 25   Folder 15

Social Aspects of Atomic Energy

Box 25   Folder 16

Social Aspects of the Depression

Box 25   Folder 17

Social Science Personnel

Box 25   Folder 18

Southern Fellowships

Box 25   Folder 19-20

Southern Regional Committee, 1931-1932

Box 26   Folder 1

Southern Regional Committee, 1933-1934

Box 26   Folder 2-4

Unemployment (later Committee on Employment)

Box 26   Folder 5

Conference on Criminal Statistics

Box 26   Folder 6

Conference on Problems of Research in Nationalism and Internationalism

Box 26   Folder 7

Conference on Regional Phenomena

Box 26   Folder 8

Memorandum to National Planning Board, "On the Aid of Social Sciences to National Planning"

Box 26   Folder 9

Commission of Inquiry on National Policy

Series IV: Census Advisory Committee

Series IV contains correspondence, reports, memoranda, and meeting minutes of the Census Advisory Committee from 1937 to 1947. Committee members were chosen by the American Statistical Association and made recommendations to the Bureau of the Census, in order to assure high scientific standards for the statistics that were collected, and that types of data of interest to a wide range of users would be collected. Ogburn served as chairman of the committee beginning in 1941. The records concern the administration of the 1940 decennial census as well as other ongoing projects conducted by the Bureau. Subjects discussed by the Committee include plans and preparations for the census, what questions to include, how to design the schedules, and potential research uses for census data. Much of the correspondence is with William L. Austin and James C. Capt, directors of the Bureau of the Census during the period. Additional correspondence concerning the census from earlier years can be found in Series III.

Box 26   Folder 10

1940 Census, general

Box 26   Folder 11

1940 Census, correspondence, 1937

Box 27   Folder 1

1940 Census, correspondence, 1938

Box 27   Folder 2

1940 Census, correspondence, 1939

Box 27   Folder 3-4

1940 Census, correspondence, 1940

Box 27   Folder 5

Bureau of the Census, correspondence, 1941

Box 27   Folder 6

Bureau of the Census, correspondence, 1942-1943

Box 27   Folder 7

Bureau of the Census, correspondence, 1944

Box 27   Folder 8

Bureau of the Census, correspondence, 1945

Box 27   Folder 9

Bureau of the Census, correspondence, 1947

Series V: Academic Materials

Series V comprises various files relating to Ogburn's career at the University of Chicago. Although mostly administrative in nature, the records in this series provide information on research projects that Ogburn carried out or directed, as well as other duties he performed on campus. The series is divided into several categories, including minutes of University ruling bodies (the University Senate, the Division of Social Sciences, and the Department of Sociology); materials concerning the graduate program in sociology, including program requirements, course outlines, and student recommendations; correspondence, mainly with University colleagues and administrators; and committees, which include University bodies such as the Senate Committee on Research, the Social Science Research Committee, and the Committee on Symbolism for the New Social Science Research Building, and other groups such as the Harris Foundation Committee, Project RAND, the Committee for Research in Problems of Sex of the National Research Council, and the Committee for the Study of Personality.

Two folders in the series date from Ogburn's last year at Columbia University; they contain correspondence concerning the publication of The Social Sciences and Their Interrelations, which Ogburn co-edited with Alexander Goldenweiser.

Subseries 1: Meeting Minutes, Reports and Memoranda

Box 28   Folder 1

Reports and memoranda

Box 28   Folder 2

Minutes, University Senate, 1929-1938

Box 28   Folder 3

Minutes, University Senate, Division of Social Sciences, 1931-1939

Box 28   Folder 4

Minutes, University Senate, Department of Sociology, 1934-1939

Subseries 2: Graduate Program in Sociology

Box 28   Folder 5

Graduate program, outline and requirements

Box 28   Folder 6

Students, 1936

Box 28   Folder 7

Fellowships and scholarships

Box 28   Folder 8


Box 28   Folder 9

Course notes and syllabi

Box 28   Folder 10

Student recommendations, A-L

Box 28   Folder 11

Student recommendations, M-Z

Box 28   Folder 12

Student recommendations, work relief, 1933

Box 28   Folder 13

Faculty recommendations

Box 29   Folder 1

Thesis proposals

Subseries 3: Correspondence

Box 29   Folder 2

A-C, general

Box 29   Folder 3

D-F, general

Box 29   Folder 4

Faris, Ellsworth, Department Chairman, editor of American Journal of Sociology

Box 29   Folder 5

Faris, Robert

Box 29   Folder 6

G-I, general (including Cora M. Gettys, Harper Library; Martha H. Goss, secretary, Sociology Department; Robert Hutchins)

Box 29   Folder 7

Huth, C. F., Dean of the College

Box 29   Folder 8

J-L, general

Box 29   Folder 9

M, general

Box 29   Folder 10

N-Q, general (including Quadrangle Club)

Box 29   Folder 11

R, general (including Robert Redfield)

Box 29   Folder 12

Registrar and Office of Record

Box 29   Folder 13

S, general

Box 30   Folder 1-2

The Social Sciences and their Interrelations, William F. Ogburn and Alexander Goldenweiser, editors, 1927 (contains material from Columbia University)

Box 30   Folder 3

Sociological Research Association

Box 30   Folder 4

T-V, general

Box 30   Folder 5

W-Z, general (including Frederic Woodward, University Vice-President)

Subseries 4: Committees

Box 30   Folder 6


Box 30   Folder 7

Granting of the Bachelor's Degree by the College

Box 30   Folder 8-9

Harris Foundation Committee

Box 30   Folder 10

Local Community Research Committee

Box 30   Folder 11

Project RAND

Box 31   Folder 1-2

Research, Senate Committee on

Box 31   Folder 3-5

Research in Problems of Sex, National Research Council

Box 31   Folder 6-7

Social Science Research Committee

Box 32   Folder 1-3

Social Science Research Committee

Box 32   Folder 4-5

Study of Personality

Box 32   Folder 6-7

Symbolism, Social Sciences Building

Box 32   Folder 8

Terminal Examinations

Series VI: Lectures, Addresses and Publications

Ogburn's published and unpublished writings have been collected in this series. The first part of the series consists of lectures and public addresses, notes, correspondence, drafts of published writings, unpublished pieces, and a number of titled but otherwise unidentified typescripts. Materials are arranged under subject headings that represent some of Ogburn's ongoing research interests as well as particular projects in various stages of completion. Following this group are typescripts and offprints of published articles by Ogburn, listed chronologically by title. They include research monographs and reports, articles for popular magazines and trade journals, and book reviews, dating from 1915 to 1960.

Subseries 1: Notes and correspondence

Box 33   Folder 1

Asian social and economic problems

Box 33   Folder 2

Child and youth problems

Box 33   Folder 3


Box 33   Folder 4


Box 33   Folder 5

Income distribution, consumption and standards of living

Box 33   Folder 6-7

Indian population project

Box 33   Folder 8

Labor conditions

Box 33   Folder 9


Box 33   Folder 10

Marriage and divorce

Box 33   Folder 11

Mitchell, Wesley Clair, remarks by Ogburn at memorial exercises

Box 33   Folder 12

Park, Robert Ezra, remarks by Ogburn at memorial exercises

Box 33   Folder 13

Political science and political affairs

Box 33   Folder 14


Box 33   Folder 15

Predictions of social trends

Box 33   Folder 16

"Processes of Social Change as Illustrated in Baseball"

Box 34   Folder 1

Psychological aspects of social organization and change

Box 34   Folder 2

Race relations

Box 34   Folder 3

Science and society

Box 34   Folder 4

Social and economic planning

Box 34   Folder 5

Social change

Box 34   Folder 6

Social classes

Box 34   Folder 7

Social conventions and manners

Box 34   Folder 8

Social institutions and social change, "cultural lag"

Box 34   Folder 9

Social inventions, the city manager plan

Box 34   Folder 10

Social inventions, juvenile courts

Box 34   Folder 11

Social inventions, the sit-down strike

Box 34   Folder 12

Social inventions, the social effects of social inventions

Box 34   Folder 13-14

Social inventions, miscellaneous materials

Box 34   Folder 15-16

Sociological methodology and research

Box 35   Folder 1-2

Statistical analyses and methods

Box 35   Folder 3


Box 35   Folder 4-10

Technology, invention and social change

Box 36   Folder 1-7


Box 36   Folder 8-9

Technology, atomic energy

Box 37   Folder 1

Urban changes

Box 37   Folder 2-3

War and peace

Box 37   Folder 4-8

Wolf children investigation

Subseries 2: Reprints and typescripts

Box 37   Folder 9

"Social Legislation of the Pacific Coast," 1915

Box 37   Folder 10

Review of Belief in God and Immortality by James H. Leuba, 1917

Box 37   Folder 11

"A Statistical Study of American Cities," 1917

Box 37   Folder 12

"A Study of Food Costs in Various Cities," 1919

Box 37   Folder 13

"A Study of Rents in Various Cities," 1919

Box 37   Folder 14

"The Psychological Basis for the Economic Interpretation of History," 1919

Box 37   Folder 15

"Analysis of the Standard of Living in the District of Columbia in 1916," 1919

Box 37   Folder 16

"Psychological Bases for Increasing Production," 1920

Box 37   Folder 17

Review of The Social Problem by Charles A. Ellwood, 1920

Box 37   Folder 18

"The Historical Method in the Analysis of Social Phenomena," 1921

Box 37   Folder 19

"The Influence of the Business Cycle on Certain Social Conditions," 1922

Box 37   Folder 20

Review of Principles of Social Psychology by James Mickel Williams, 1922

Box 37   Folder 21

"Bias, Psychoanalysis, and the Subjective in Relation to the Social Sciences," 1922

Box 37   Folder 22

"Invention and Economic Control," 1922

Box 38   Folder 1

"The Fluctuations of Business as Social Forces," 1923

Box 38   Folder 2

"The Standard-of-Living Factor in Wages," 1923

Box 38   Folder 3

Review of The Population Problem by A. M. Carr-Saunders, 1923

Box 38   Folder 4

Review of Economic Motives by Zenas Clark Dickinson, 1923

Box 38   Folder 5

"Why Married Men Are Safer from Crime," 1924

Box 38   Folder 6

"The State and Society," review of Sociology and Political Theory by Harry Elmer Barnes, 1924

Box 38   Folder 7

"Factors Affecting the Marital Condition of the Population," 1924

Box 38   Folder 8

"The Great Man Versus Social Forces," 1926

Box 38   Folder 9

"The Relationship of Marital Condition to Death, Crime, Insanity and Pauperism," 1926

Box 38   Folder 10

"Birth Control and Early Marriage," 1926

Box 38   Folder 11

"Our Social Heritage," 1927

Box 38   Folder 12

"The Contributions of Psychiatry to Social Psychology," 1927

Box 38   Folder 13

"And What of the Family?" 1928

Box 38   Folder 14

"Inventions and Discoveries in 1927," 1928

Box 38   Folder 15

"The Frequency and Probability of Insanity," 1929

Box 38   Folder 16

"Social Changes as Shown by Occupation Statistics," 1929

Box 38   Folder 17

"Inventions and Discoveries, 1928," 1929

Box 38   Folder 18

"A Measurement of the Factors in the Presidential Election of 1928," 1929

Box 38   Folder 19

"The Changing Family," 1929

Box 38   Folder 20

"Decline of the American Family," 1929

Box 38   Folder 21

"Our New Leisure - How Shall We Use It?" 1929

Box 38   Folder 22

"Our Standard of Living Viewed as Going Higher," 1929

Box 38   Folder 23

"Three Obstacles to the Development of a Scientific Sociology," 1930

Box 38   Folder 24

"Social Change in a Modern World," 1930

Box 38   Folder 25

"The Folk-Ways of a Scientific Sociology," 1930

Box 38   Folder 26

"Die Kultursoziologie und die quantitativen Methoden," 1930

Box 38   Folder 27

"The Future of Man in the Light of His Past," 1931

Box 38   Folder 28

"The Future of Man," 1931

Box 38   Folder 29

"The Evolution of the Family," 1931

Box 38   Folder 30

"The Viewpoint of a Sociologist," 1931

Box 38   Folder 31

"The World Eighty Years Hence: A Forecast," 1931

Box 38   Folder 32

"The Volume of Knowledge," 1932

Box 38   Folder 33

"Statistics and Art," 1932

Box 38   Folder 34

"Die Realistiche Soziologie in Amerika," 1932

Box 38   Folder 35

"Malthusian Theory and the Population of Iceland, 1750-1920," 1932

Box 38   Folder 36

"America's 10 Biggest Problems," 1933

Box 38   Folder 37

"What Is Happening to the Family?" 1933

Box 38   Folder 38

"Recent Social Trends," 1933

Box 38   Folder 39

Reply to Sorokin's criticism of Recent Social Trends, 1933

Box 38   Folder 40

"Purpose and Plan" in Youth Inspects the New World, 1933

Box 38   Folder 41

"The Average American Family," 1933

Box 38   Folder 42

"Government Changes Too Slowly," 1933

Box 38   Folder 43

"Whither America?" 1933

Box 39   Folder 1

"The American Family Today: Its Trends," 1933

Box 39   Folder 2

"The Consumer and the N. R. A.," 1933

Box 39   Folder 3

"The Crucial Question of Price," 1933

Box 39   Folder 4

"Living with Machines," 1933

Box 39   Folder 5

"Trends in Social Science," 1934

Box 39   Folder 6

"Future Social Trends Affecting Education," 1934

Box 39   Folder 7

"The Outlook for the Trained Woman," 1934

Box 39   Folder 8

Review of Technics and Civilization by Lewis Mumford, 1934

Box 39   Folder 9

"The Library and the New Social Order," 1934

Box 39   Folder 10

"The Background of the New Deal," 1934

Box 39   Folder 11

"Studies in Prediction and the Distortion of Reality," 1934

Box 39   Folder 12

"The Future of the New Deal," 1934

Box 39   Folder 13

"Limitations of Statistics," 1934

Box 39   Folder 14

"Workshop Rules for Research," 1934

Box 39   Folder 15

"Effectiveness of the Church in Contemporary American Life," 1934

Box 39   Folder 16

"The Changing Social Scene in 1934," 1934

Box 39   Folder 17

"Freedom," 1934

Box 39   Folder 18

"How Machines Change Our Lives," 1934

Box 39   Folder 19

Review of The Challenge to Liberty by Herbert Hoover, 1934

Box 39   Folder 20

"This Freedom," review of Women Who Work by Grace Hutchins, 1934

Box 39   Folder 21

"A Sociologist Looks at the City of Tomorrow," 1935

Box 39   Folder 22

"Leaves from a Sociologist's Notebook," 1935

Box 39   Folder 23

"Recent Changes in Marriage," 1935

Box 39   Folder 24

"Population Studies of the South," 1935

Box 39   Folder 25

"Factors in the Variation of Crime among Cities," 1935

Box 39   Folder 26

"Sidelights on Current Scenes," 1935

Box 39   Folder 27

"Prospecting for the Future," 1935

Box 39   Folder 28

"Indexes of Social Trends and Their Fluctuations," 1935

Box 39   Folder 29

"Income Classes and the Roosevelt Vote in 1932," 1935

Box 39   Folder 30

"Non-Intellectual Aspects of Personality Facing Education," 1935

Box 39   Folder 31

"What's Ahead in the Home," "What's Ahead in the Community;" "What's Ahead in Education;" "What's Ahead in Government," 1935

Box 39   Folder 32

"Recent Social Changes," 1935

Box 39   Folder 33

"Nationalism as Religion," 1935

Box 39   Folder 34

"Changing Social Trends," 1935

Box 39   Folder 35

"Social Influences Affecting the Education of the Future," 1935

Box 39   Folder 36

"Does It Cost Less to Live in the South?" 1935

Box 39   Folder 37

"Technology and Governmental Change," 1936

Box 39   Folder 38

Speech at University of Chicago Trustees dinner, 1936

Box 39   Folder 39

"Manners," 1936

Box 39   Folder 40

"Business Conditions in Presidential Election Years," 1936

Box 39   Folder 41

"Indexes of Social Trends," 1936

Box 39   Folder 42

"Stationary and Changing Societies," 1936

Box 39   Folder 43

"Our Future Cities," 1936

Box 39   Folder 44

"Independent Voting in Presidential Elections," 1936

Box 39   Folder 45

"Regions," 1936

Box 39   Folder 46

"Population Changes," 1936

Box 39   Folder 47

Reviews of Length of Life, Louis I. Dublin and Alfred J. Lotka, The Sociology of Invention and Inventing the Ship, S. Colum Gilfillan, and The Twilight of Parenthood, Enid Charles, 1936

Box 39   Folder 48

Social Characteristics of Cities series, 1936-1937

  • "I. Population Traits"
  • "II. Occupations"
  • "III. Family Life"
  • "VI. Regional Differences"
  • "VII. Urban Resemblances and Regional Differences"
  • "VIII. The Average City"
Box 40   Folder 1

Social Characteristics of Cities series, 1936-1937

  • "IX. Different Types of Cities"
  • "X. Specialization and Suburban Development"
  • "XI. How Satellite Cities Differ from Others"
  • "XII. Wealthy Suburbs and Industrial Suburbs"
  • "XIII. Increasing and Decreasing Cities"
  • "XIV. Government and Population Changes"
Box 40   Folder 2

"Recovery and Social Conditions," 1937

Box 40   Folder 3

"Culture," 1937

Box 40   Folder 4

"The Influence of Inventions on American Social Institutions in the Future," 1937

Box 40   Folder 5

"Today's Inventions Foretell Our Future," 1937

Box 40   Folder 6

"Culture and Sociology," 1937

Box 40   Folder 7

"New Note in Statecraft," 1937

Box 40   Folder 8

"Technology and Sociology," 1938

Box 40   Folder 9

"An Interpretation of Business as a Social Institution by Government with Respect to Technology," 1938

Box 40   Folder 10

"Machines and Tomorrow's World," 1938

Box 40   Folder 11

Review of Science and Social Welfare in the Age of Newton by G. N. Clark, 1938

Box 40   Folder 12

Review of Science for Citizens by Lancelot Hogben, 1938

Box 40   Folder 13

"Contributions to Sociological Research," 1939

Box 40   Folder 14

"Future Trends in Education," 1939

Box 40   Folder 15

Review of Housing for the Machine Age by Clarence Arthur Perry, 1939

Box 40   Folder 16

"Building a Better Society," 1939

Box 40   Folder 17

"Economic Bases of Family Life," 1940

Box 40   Folder 18

"Social Trends," 1940

Box 40   Folder 19

"Statistical Trends," 1940

Box 40   Folder 20

"The Economic Factor in the Roosevelt Elections," 1940

Box 40   Folder 21

"An Economic Interpretation of the Social Characteristics of Cities," 1940

Box 40   Folder 22

"The Changing Pattern of America," 1940

Box 40   Folder 23

"Four Issues Ahead," 1940

Box 40   Folder 24

"The Rise of American Civilization, 1932-1940," 1940

Box 40   Folder 25

Review of Science and Social Change by Jesse Thornton, Engines of Democracy by Roger Burlingame, and The Telephone in a Changing World by Marion May Dilts, 1941

Box 40   Folder 26

Review of National Income and Its Composition, 1919-1938 by Simon Kuznets, 1941

Box 40   Folder 27

"Inventions, Population and History," 1942

Box 40   Folder 28

"Our Times," 1942

Box 40   Folder 29

"There'll Always Be a Family," 1942

Box 40   Folder 30

"La Familia, Institutión Eterna," 1942

Box 40   Folder 31

Review of Climate Makes the Man by Clarence A. Mills, 1942

Box 40   Folder 32

"Things to Come - How Science May Shape the Next Twenty-Five Years," 1943

Box 40   Folder 33

"Whither Population?" 1943

Box 40   Folder 34

"Can We Win the War and Have Democracy at the Same Time?" 1943

Box 40   Folder 35

"Southern Regional Folkways Regarding Money," 1943

Box 40   Folder 36

"Government and Industry after the War," 1943

Box 41   Folder 1

"Marriages, Births, and Divorces," 1943

Box 41   Folder 2

"War, Babies, and the Future," 1943

Box 41   Folder 3

"Two Victory Musts," 1943

Box 41   Folder 4

"Marital Separations," 1944

Box 41   Folder 5

"Size of Community as a Factor in Migration," 1944

Box 41   Folder 6

"On Preventing Germany from Starting Another War," 1944

Box 41   Folder 7

Review of Outlay and Income in the United States, 1921-1938 by Harold Barger, 1944

Box 41   Folder 8

"The Foreign Policy of the United States," 1944

Box 41   Folder 9

"Air Age Transportation," 1945

Box 41   Folder 10

"Ideologies of the South in Transition," 1945

Box 41   Folder 11

"Atomic Energy and the Fate of Nations," 1945

Box 41   Folder 12

Review of "An Essay on the Psychology of Invention in the Mathematical Field" by Jacques Hadamard, 1945

Box 41   Folder 13

"Atomic Force: Its Meaning for Mankind," 1945

Box 41   Folder 14

Reviews of Trends in Musical Taste by John H. Mueller and Kate Hevner, and National Budgets for Full Employment by the National Planning Association, 1945

Box 41   Folder 15

"Sociology and the Atom," 1946

Box 41   Folder 16

"Industrial Relations in an Atomic World," 1946

Box 41   Folder 17

"Inventions of Local Transportation and the Patterns of Cities," 1946

Box 41   Folder 18

"On What We Want," 1946

Box 41   Folder 19

"Aviation and Society," 1946

Box 41   Folder 20

"From the Old South to Cities of the North," ca. 1946

Box 41   Folder 21

"On Scientific Writing," 1947

Box 41   Folder 22

"The Process of Adjustment to New Inventions," 1948

Box 41   Folder 23

"Education, Income, and Family Unity," 1948

Box 41   Folder 24

"Who Will Be Who in 1980," 1948

Box 41   Folder 25

"Thoughts on Freedom and Organization," 1948

Box 41   Folder 26

"Technology and Internationalism," 1948

Box 41   Folder 27

"Are Our Wars Good Times?" 1948

Box 41   Folder 28

"Long Trail Winding," 1948

Box 41   Folder 29

"Defense through Dispersal," 1948

Box 41   Folder 30

"Social Implications of Aviation," 1949

Box 41   Folder 31

Comment on editorial, "Education in Georgia," 1949

Box 41   Folder 32

"The Atlantic Community Faces the Bomb," 1949

Box 41   Folder 33

"America's Economic Promise," 1949

Box 41   Folder 34

"Can Science Bring Us Happiness?" 1949

Box 41   Folder 35

Reviews of Length of Life by Louis I. Dublin, Alfred J. Lotka, and Mortimer Spiegelman, and Demographic Yearbook, 1949 by the United Nations, 1949

Box 42   Folder 1

"Questions Raised by the Hydrogen Bomb," 1950

Box 42   Folder 2

"Human Nature and the Bomb," 1950

Box 42   Folder 3

"The Census Shows Us Up," 1950

Box 42   Folder 4

"Living under the Threat of the Atomic Bomb," 1950

Box 42   Folder 5

"From Big Cities to Small," 1950

Box 42   Folder 6

"Implications of the Hydrogen Bomb," 1950

Box 42   Folder 7

"Can We Control Divorce?" 1950

Box 42   Folder 8

"The Pattern of Social Change," 1950

Box 42   Folder 9

"Social Aspects of the Armament Program," 1950

Box 42   Folder 10

"Technology and Education in the United States," 1950

Box 42   Folder 11

"The Process of Adjustment to New Inventions," 1950

Box 42   Folder 12

"Population, Private Ownership, Technology, and the Standard of Living," 1951

Box 42   Folder 13

"Changing Patterns of Family Behaviour and the Design of Nonhousing Facilities," 1951

Box 42   Folder 14

"Aviation and Society Abstracts," 1951

Box 42   Folder 15

"How Technology Changes Society," 1951

Box 42   Folder 16

"A Few Words by Professor Ogburn," 1951

Box 42   Folder 17

"The Impact of the Airplane on Civilization," 1951

Box 42   Folder 18

Review of The Lonely Crowd by David Riesman, 1951

Box 42   Folder 19

"Hiking Living Standard Called India's No. 1 Job," 1952

Box 42   Folder 20

"Sociology in the U. S. A.," 1952

Box 42   Folder 21

"Technology and the Standard of Living in the United States," 1955

Box 42   Folder 22

"Implications of the Rising Standard of Living in the United States," 1955

Box 42   Folder 23

"The Comparative Influence of Increases in Early Marriage and of Increases in Per Capita Income on the Increases of Birth Rates, 1940-1950," 1955

Box 42   Folder 24

"Some Observations on Sociological Research," 1955

Box 42   Folder 25

"Factors Related to the Virginia Vote on Segregation," 1956

Box 42   Folder 26

"Trends in a Half Century of Sociology in the United States," 1956

Box 42   Folder 27

"Technology as Environment," 1956

Box 42   Folder 28

"Comparaciones entre las ciencias sociales y las ciencias naturales," 1956

Box 42   Folder 29

"Social Forces Affecting the Future of the United States," 1957

Box 42   Folder 30

"Social Trends," 1957

Box 42   Folder 31

"The Family in Our Changing Society," 1958

Box 42   Folder 32

"The Wolf Boy of Agra," 1959

Box 42   Folder 33

"Fertility Control in Underdeveloped Areas - An Experimental Design," 1959

Box 42   Folder 34

"Influences Affecting the Future of Sociology," 1959

Box 42   Folder 35

"Technological Development and Per Capita Income," 1959

Box 42   Folder 36

"On the Trail of the Wolf-Children," 1959

Box 42   Folder 37

"Technology and Cities - The Dilemma of the Modern Metropolis," 1960

Series VII: Publicity

This series contains news clippings and other materials organized topically under headings used by Ogburn. Included are newspaper and magazine reports of Ogburn's research, interviews and public statements concerning social trends and national problems, notices of lectures and addresses, reviews of some of Ogburn's books and articles, and miscellaneous biographical items. Some clippings date as far back as 1908, announcing Ogburn's acceptance at graduate school at Columbia University, his marriage, and hiring at Reed College. Among the topics in the series are the controversies engendered by a pamphlet written by Ogburn, "You and Machines," which was banned by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and Ogburn's clash with Mary Rumsey while on the Consumers Advisory Board of the National Recovery Administration in 1933.

Box 43   Folder 1

Atomic age problems

Box 43   Folder 2

Changes in mankind

Box 43   Folder 3

Child and youth problems

Box 43   Folder 4

Civilian Conservation Corps banning of Ogburn pamphlet, "You and Machines"

Box 43   Folder 5

Commencement addresses, attendance, awards and honorary degrees

Box 43   Folder 6

Conferences and forums

Box 43   Folder 7


Box 43   Folder 8


Box 43   Folder 9


Box 43   Folder 10


Box 43   Folder 11-13


Box 44   Folder 1

Health problems

Box 44   Folder 2

Home life

Box 44   Folder 3

Income and consumption patterns

Box 44   Folder 4


Box 44   Folder 5

Inventions and technology and their social effects

Box 44   Folder 6

Lectures and addresses

Box 44   Folder 7

Marriage and divorce

Box 44   Folder 8

Mercer University

Box 44   Folder 9-10

National Recovery Administration

Box 44   Folder 11-12

New Dea

Box 44   Folder 13

Personal and professional, miscellaneous

Box 44   Folder 14

Political science

Box 44   Folder 15


Box 44   Folder 16


Box 45   Folder 1


Box 45   Folder 2

Press releases

Box 45   Folder 3

Recent Social Trends

Box 45   Folder 4

Red probes

Box 45   Folder 5

Reed College

Box 45   Folder 6

Research Committee on Social Trends

Box 45   Folder 7

Social Change

Box 45   Folder 8

Social Effects of Aviation

Box 45   Folder 9

Social trends

Box 45   Folder 10

Sociology by Ogburn and Mimkoff

Box 45   Folder 11

Southern problems

Box 45   Folder 12

Soviet Union

Box 45   Folder 13


Box 45   Folder 14

Technological trends and national policy

Box 45   Folder 15


Box 45   Folder 16

Urban change

Box 45   Folder 17

War planning

Series VIII: Personal Journals

The last series contains a transcript of journals that Ogburn kept from 1942 until a few days before his death in 1959. Among the subjects of his reflections and ruminations are friends and colleagues, social gatherings, current events, travels, and bird watching. In a foreword, Ogburn wrote that the journals expressed traits of contemplation, love of ideas, curiosity, love of nature, and an aesthetic appreciation. Many of the entries indicate this philosophical side of his character, while others give frank critiques of the academic profession and political affairs. Ogburn hoped that his journals would show that "a life unadventurous in action need not be a dull one, if we make a hobby of reflecting on what we do and on what we observe." Included at the beginning of the series is an account of a sociological field trip Ogburn made to several Indian villages in Arizona in 1917.

Box 46   Folder 1

Tour of Indian villages in Arizona, 1917

Box 46   Folder 2

Journal 1, June 22, 1942 to November 29, 1946

Box 46   Folder 3

Journal 2, May 26, 1947 to January 17, 1949

Box 46   Folder 4

Journal 2 1/2, January 17, 1949 to May 19, 1951

Box 47   Folder 1

Journal 3, May 29, 1951 to March 31, 1953

Box 47   Folder 2

Journal 4, May 19, 1953 to July 19, 1955

Box 47   Folder 3

Journal 5, July 28, 1955 to February 12, 1957

Box 47   Folder 4

February 12, 1957 to August 18, 1957

Box 47   Folder 5

October 17, 1957 to April 23, 1959