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This guide highlights both print and online sources useful for research in sociology.

Primary Sources on Sociology at Gelman Library

Lester Frank Ward Papers

Lester Frank Ward (1841-1913) has been described by some as the father of American sociology. His contributions to sociology are almost forgotten today, but at one time he was considered to be one of America's leading intellectuals. The collection consists of diaries, correspondence, photographs, a scrapbook, and sixty-nine articles written by Lester Frank Ward. The materials range in date from 1883 to 1919.

Donald Ray Papers

Donald Ray received his Master of Arts degree in 1947 from The George Washington University, and served as Director of the National Institute of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The collection includes correspondence, reports, articles, pamphlets and books. The materials range in date from 1938 to 1992.

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