EMORY UNIVERSITY. CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN SOCIAL CHANGE.
Center for Research in Social Change director's files, circa 1965-1982

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Emory University. Center for Research in Social Change.
Title: Center for Research in Social Change director's files, circa 1965-1982
Call Number:Series No. 10
Extent: 22.5 linear ft. (23 boxes)
Abstract:Records of Fred Roberts Crawford as director of the Center for Research in Social Change (CRSC) at Emory University, including correspondence, printed material, reports, proposals, financial records, and clippings concerning the work of the center particularly related to mental health, civil and urban violence and crime, community relations, racial attitudes, aging, and human resources.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Researchers must contact MARBL in advance to access audiovisual materials in this collection.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Related Materials in This Repository

Series 11 contains the project files and data of the Center for Research in Social Change's Witness to the Holocaust Project.

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Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Center for Research in Social Change director's files, Emory University Archives, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Processing

Processed by Peter J. Leithard, April 1983. Revisions and additions processed by Virginia Cain, December 1985.


Collection Description

Administrative History

The idea for the Center for Research in Social Change (CRSC) was first conceived in the early 1960’s by Dr. John Doby, then Chairman of Emory University’s Department of Sociology. Meanwhile, the Department of Psychiatry of the School of Medicine was planning to establish a center to study the impact of social change on mental health. After 1965, the two planning efforts joined forces and the search for a director was begun. In April 1966, Dr. Fred Roberts Crawford was appointed Director, and the Center was organized under the supervision of the Dean of the Graduate School. Funding for the permanent staff of the CRSC was provided by Emory University; temporary staff members were hired on a project basis, as grants were awarded to the Center.

The initial objectives of the CRSC were twofold: 1) to promote study of social change and 2) to train both graduate and undergraduate students in the actual methods of social research. Projects were designed to study the types, causes, and consequences of social change. Topics which received special emphasis included demography, religious institutions, health and mental health, violence, education, poverty, and human resource development. In 1966, a Civil Aggression Study Team (CAST) was organized to study exclusively the problem of civil and urban violence. A Center for Gerontology and a Religious Research Center were later absorbed into the CRSC. In addition to its scholarly projects, the Center and its Director served as consultants for local and national organizations and were involved in production radio and television programs on social issues directed at the general public.

A native of Texas, Fred Roberts Crawford (March 16, 1924-April 8, 1982) earned an A.B. in Sociology from Trinity University (1948), an M.S. from Texas A & M University (1950), and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas (1957). Before coming to Emory, Dr. Crawford worked as Project Coordinator for a mental patient project sponsored by the Hogg Foundation, as Research Consultant for the Texas State Department of Health, Division of Mental Health, and as Research Chief in the Texas Office of Mental Health Planning. He was a consultant to over 50 organizations in Texas and in Georgia, and authored over 100 published articles and books.

Additional information about Dr. Crawford and the CRSC may be found in Box 7, folders 54-55.

The idea for the Center for Research in Social Change (CRSC) was first conceived in the early 1960’s by Dr. John Doby, then Chairman of Emory University’s Department of Sociology. Meanwhile, the Department of Psychiatry of the School of Medicine was planning to establish a center to study the impact of social change on mental health. After 1965, the two planning efforts joined forces and the search for a director was begun. In April 1966, Dr. Fred Roberts Crawford was appointed Director, and the Center was organized under the supervision of the Dean of the Graduate School. Funding for the permanent staff of the CRSC was provided by Emory University; temporary staff members were hired on a project basis, as grants were awarded to the Center.

The initial objectives of the CRSC were twofold: 1) to promote study of social change and 2) to train both graduate and undergraduate students in the actual methods of social research. Projects were designed to study the types, causes, and consequences of social change. Topics which received special emphasis included demography, religious institutions, health and mental health, violence, education, poverty, and human resource development. In 1966, a Civil Aggression Study Team (CAST) was organized to study exclusively the problem of civil and urban violence. A Center for Gerontology and a Religious Research Center were later absorbed into the CRSC. In addition to its scholarly projects, the Center and its Director served as consultants for local and national organizations and were involved in production radio and television programs on social issues directed at the general public.

A native of Texas, Fred Roberts Crawford (March 16, 1924-April 8, 1982) earned an A.B. in Sociology from Trinity University (1948), an M.S. from Texas A & M University (1950), and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas (1957). Before coming to Emory, Dr. Crawford worked as Project Coordinator for a mental patient project sponsored by the Hogg Foundation, as Research Consultant for the Texas State Department of Health, Division of Mental Health, and as Research Chief in the Texas Office of Mental Health Planning. He was a consultant to over 50 organizations in Texas and in Georgia, and authored over 100 published articles and books.

Additional information about Dr. Crawford and the CRSC may be found in Box 7, folders 54-55.

Scope and Content Note

The office files of the Director of the Center for Research in Social Change (CRSC) contain correspondence, printed material, reports, proposals, financial records, and clippings. Major topics include mental health, violence and crime, community relations, racial attitudes, aging, and human resources.

In general, the original content of individual folders removed from the Director’s office after his death has not been changed, though the folders have been rearranged into eight series. Series 1, Organizational files, includes material concerning organization which the Center or its Director advised, but with which the CRSC did not work directly. Series 2, Operational records, consists of the internal records of the Center. Project Files, mainly containing material collected by the CRSC staff to supplement their own research, are in Series 3. Data collected by the CRSC staff and final project reports are contained in Series 4. Series 5 includes general subject files, many of which relate indirectly to CRSC projects. Series 6, Speeches, contains background material for and typescript copies of Dr. Crawford’s speeches to civic and professional organizations. Emory-related files are in Series 7, and Series 8 contains video cassettes from various sources.

Arrangement Note

Organized into eight series: (1) Organizational files, (2) Operational records, (3) Project files, (4) Project data and final reports, (5) Miscellaneous subject files, (6) Speeches, (7) Emory-related material, (8) Videocassettes, and (9) Unprocessed additions.


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