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The Bureau of Applied Social Research brought empirical research in the behavioral sciences out of its infancy in the two decades after 1939. Headed originally by Paul Lazersfeld, the bureau conducted pioneering research in voting behavior, radio listenership, and consumer behavior. Under Kingsley Davis and other directors after 1948, it broadened its scope to study population, economics, education, and international problems, producing hundreds of reports and training many of the new generation of researchers in a rapidly growing field. In a 1977 reorganization by its host institution, Columbia University, the bureau was superseded by the Center for the Social Sciences. From the files at Columbia, three types of documents are included: 508 bureau reports, omitting any that have previously been published as books; 16 monographs; and six bureau training manuals.

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A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century

Eight-volume English edition reprinted in two volumes; two very scarce volumes of the German edition, which were not translated into English, reprinted in a separately available third volume.

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A Concordance to the Poems of Dylan Thomas

Romantic. Affirmative. Rhetorical. The poetry of Dylan Thomas urged readers to ponder life as they never had before. Researchers now have access to a concordance and word list keyed to the 1978 printing of Dylan Thomas: The Poems, edited by Daniel Jones.

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A People at War

Letters, diaries, memoirs, and other personal papers from the Civil War holdings of the Library of Congress. Edited by John R. Sellers.

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The Price to Purchase Your Own Freedom from Slavery

Resources to explore the limitations of freedom for “free” African-Americans before slavery was abolished.

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Explore Research and Funding Opportunities in Women’s Studies

Resources for students and researchers in this eclectic, evolving interdisciplinary field.

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