Thomas, William Isaac, 1863-1947

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William I. Thomas was born in Russell County, Virginia on August 13, 1863. He attended the University of Tennessee (B.A., 1884), (Ph.D. in Literature, 1886). Thomas was awarded a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 1896.

Thomas was a Professor at Oberlin College (1889-1894). In 1900 he moved to the University of Chicago where he became Assistant Professor (1900-1910), and Professor of Sociology (1910-1918). Thomas was a lecturer at the New School for Social Research (1923-1928), and Harvard University (1936-1937). He also served as the Director of the Helen Culver Fund for Race Psychology, (1908-1918), and the President of the American Sociological Society, (1927).

Among Thomas' published works are: Sex and Society: Studies in the Social Psychology of Sex (1907), The Origins of Society and the State (1915), The Polish Peasant in Europe and America (1918-1920), Old World Traits Transplanted (1921), The Child in America: Behavior Problems and Programs (1928), and Primitive Behavior: An Introduction to the Social Sciences (1937). Thomas was also the subject of Social Behavior and Personality: Contributions of W.I. Thomas to Theory and Social Research (1951).

William I. Thomas died on December 5, 1947.

From the guide to the Thomas, William I., Papers, 1908-1974, (Special Collections Research Center University of Chicago Library 1100 East 57th Street Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.)

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creatorOf Thomas, William Isaac, 1863-1947. Correspondence to Johan Thorsten Sellin, 1931-1943. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Papers of Ethel Sturges Dummer, 1689-1962 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Znaniecki, Florian, 1882-1958. Papers, 1918-1968. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Day, Edmund Ezra, 1883-1951. Edmund Ezra Day papers, 1921-1952. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Bernard, L. L. (Luther Lee), 1881-1951. Luther Bernard collection, 1854-1961. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Park, Robert Ezra. Collection, 1882-1979 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
creatorOf House, Floyd Nelson, 1893-1975. Papers of Floyd Nelson House [manuscript], 1919-1974. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Park, Robert Ezra, 1864-1944. Papers, 1882-1979 (inclusive). University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Dummer, Ethel Sturges, 1866-1954. Papers, 1766-1962 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Glueck, Sheldon. Sheldon Glueck papers. 1916-1972. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Thomas, William Isaac, 1863-1947. Papers, 1908-1974. University of Chicago Library
creatorOf Thomas, William I., Papers, 1908-1974 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
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associatedWith Marden, Elizabeth. person
associatedWith Park, Robert Ezra, 1864-1944. person
associatedWith Tate, Leland B. person
associatedWith Tate, Leland B. (Leland Burdine), 1905- person
associatedWith Thomas, Dorothy Swaine Thomas, 1899-1977. person
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associatedWith Znaniecki, Florian, 1882-1958. person
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Birth 1863-08-13

Death 1947-12-05





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