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Reminiscences of Donald Ramsey Young : oral history, 1967.

Creator: Young, Donald, 1898-1977
Project: Research Center for Arts and Culture Oral History Collection.
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Phys. Desc. :Transcript: 180 pages Sound recording: 3 reels
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Executive Director and President, Social Science Research Council; Director, Russell Sage Foundation; Consultant, United States Joint Army & Navy Committee on Welfare and Recreation; Consultant and Visiting Scholar, Rockefeller Institute.

Scope and Contents

Postdoctoral studies at University of Pennsylvania; joining Social Science Research Council (SSRC) as Secretary for Fellowships and Grants-in-Aid, 1932; objectives and membership of SSRC at time of joining; early interactions with Carnegie Corporation; process of fellowship administration at SSRC; joint programs with National Research Council and American Council of Learned Societies under Conference Board of Associated Research Councils; supervising United States Employment Service classification of occupations under Wagner-Peyser Act, 1933; Charles A. Beard and THE IDEA OF NATIONAL INTEREST, 1934; Frederick Osborn study of foster children, 1937; Ralph Bunche, Gunnar Myrdal and AN AMERICAN DILEMMA, 1938-1944; Samuel A. Stouffer and THE AMERICAN SOLDIER, 1941-1949; Executive Director of SSRC, 1945-1947; Institute for Advanced Study investigation of sociological aspects of atomic energy, 1946; THE RECRUITMENT, SELECTION AND TRAINING OF SOCIAL SCIENTISTS, 1947-1948; the General Education Board and evaluation of SSRC fellowship programs; Stuart Chase and THE PROPER STUDY OF MANKIND, 1948; conveying technical aspects of sociology to the general public; President of SSRC, 1948; conference on development of university area studies programs; departure from SSRC to become director of Russell Sage Foundation, 1948; consultant to United States Joint Army & Navy Committee on Welfare and Recreation; negotiation of relocation of New York School of Social Work to former Andrew Carnegie Mansion, 1949; involvement with Common Council for American Unity; thoughts on American Council on Education and Educational Testing Service; the Carnegie Corporation’s influence on the field of American sociology as a whole; Harvard University’s Russian Research Center and Department of Social Relations; thoughts on the Carnegie Corporation’s staff and its publication CARNEGIE QUARTERLY; the Russell Sage Foundation’s publication of THE FOUNDATION DIRECTORY; creation of the Foundation Library Center, 1956; comparison of Carnegie with the Rockefeller Foundation and Ford Foundation. Impressions of Frederick P. Keppel, Charles Dollard, D.C. Josephs, Frederick Osborn.

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