Bureau of Applied Social Research records, 1944-1976
The Bureau of Applied Social Research, headed by sociologist Paul Lazarsfeld, was established in 1944 and helped make Columbia
a pioneering institution in the social sciences. Through empirical research, ideas regarding the functioning of individuals
and groups were developed and tested. Many ground-breaking studies were conducted by Lazarsfeld and his colleagues, among
the most important of which was the impact of radio and television on the American public. Through such work, the Bureau become
the "birthplace" of mass communication research. Many survey techniques were developed at the Bureau, such as the focused
interview and panel interviewing methods. The Bureau was eventually succeeded by the Center for the Social Sciences in 1976.
Scope and Contents
Project materials, including reports, monographs, books, articles, Masters essays, Doctoral dissertations, foreign publications,
and audio-visual materials.