Riesman, David, 1909-2002

Alternative names

Hide Profile

David Riesman taught at Harvard University from 1959 to 1980 where he was Henry Ford II Professor of Social Sciences. He had previously taught at the University of Chicago from 1946 to 1959.

From the description of Papers of David Riesman, ca. 1931-1988 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 76977303

Educator, sociologist.

From the description of Reminiscences of David Riesman : oral history, 1967. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122440684

From the description of Reminiscences of David Riesman : oral history, 1982. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122631706

David Riesman (born September 22, 1909, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.-died May 10, 2002, Binghamton, New York) was an American sociologist, attorney, writer, and educator. He is best known as the author of The Lonely Crowd: A Study of the Changing American Character (with Reuel Denney and Nathan Glazer, 1950), an examination of post-WWII American society. The book struck a chord with readers and became a bestseller, contributing the terms "inner-directed," "outer-directed," and "tradition-directed" to discourse on the social character of modern Americans in an age of burgeoning prosperity and consumerism.

Riesman was educated at Harvard University, receiving an A.B. in biochemistry in 1931 and a law degree in 1934. Following law school, he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis for a year, then taught law at the University of Buffalo from 1937 to 1941 (now the State University of New York at Buffalo). He also served as a deputy assistant district attorney in Manhattan in 1940, where he contributed to the state legislature's anti-Communist Rapp-Coudert committee hearings. Riesman spent World War II working as an executive at the Sperry Gyroscope Company.

Riesman married Evelyn Hastings Thompson, a writer and art critic, in 1936. She died in 1998. They had two daughters, Lucy Lowenstein and Jennie Riesman; and a son, Michael.

The remainder of Riesman's career was in academia. He taught social sciences at the University of Chicago from 1946 to 1958, then at Harvard until his retirement in 1980. He wrote and co-authored more than a dozen books, including Faces in the Crowd: Individual Studies in Character and Politics (with Glazer, 1952), Thorstein Veblen: A Critical Interpretation (1953), Individualism Reconsidered and Other Essays (1954), Abundance for What? and Other Essays (1964), and The Academic Revolution (with Jencks, 1968).

From the guide to the Riesman, David. Papers, 1947-1982, (Special Collections Research Center University of Chicago Library 1100 East 57th Street Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Diggins, John P. John P. Diggins papers, 1966-2008. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Riesman, David, 1909-2002. Letters, 1939-1980, n.d., to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Robert A. Nisbet Papers, 1949-1994, (bulk 1953-1990) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Salvador E. Luria Papers, 1923-1992 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Lynd, Robert Staughton, 1892-1970. Robert Staughton Lynd and Helen Merrell Lynd papers, 1895-1968 (bulk 1922-1968). Library of Congress
referencedIn Chase, Richard Volney, 1914-1962. Richard Volney Chase papers, ca.1930-1984. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Hart, Henry Melvin. Papers of Henry Melvin Hart, 1927-1969 (inclusive). Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
referencedIn Macdonald, Dwight. Dwight Macdonald papers, 1865-1984 (inclusive), 1920-1978 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Lerner, Max, 1902-2001. Max Lerner papers, 1927-1992 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Gilmore, Robert Wallace, 1921-1988. Robert Wallace Gilmore papers, 1960-1982. Swarthmore College, Peace Collection, SCPC
referencedIn Hannah Arendt Papers, 1898-1977, (bulk 1948-1977) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
referencedIn Cowan, Paul. Papers, 1963-1987. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Denney, Reuel, 1913-1995. Papers, 1932-1988. New Hampshire Newsp Project
referencedIn Marshall, Lenore, 1897-1971. Papers, 1887-1980. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn American Scholar, Records, 1926-2006, (bulk 1944-2005) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
referencedIn Records, 1946-2000 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Riesman, David, 1909-2002. Reminiscences of David Riesman : oral history, 1982. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957. Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972 (inclusive), 1929-1957 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Hans J. Morgenthau Papers, 1858-1981, (bulk 1925-1981) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
referencedIn Papers, 1918-1993 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Williams, Michael, 1878-1950. Records, 1926-1989. University of Notre Dame, Hesburgh Library
creatorOf Fromm, Erich, 1900-1980. Erich Fromm papers, 1929-1949, bulk (1932-1949). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Religious Formation Conference. Records, 1936-[ongoing]. Marquette University Raynor Memorial Library, John P. Raynor Library
creatorOf American Committee for the Guidance of Professional Personnel. American Committee for the Guidance of Professional Personnel records, 1938-1945. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Papers, 1888-1964 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Arendt, Hannah, 1906-1975. Hannah Arendt papers, 1898-1977 (bulk 1948-1977). Library of Congress
referencedIn Falk, I. S. (Isidore Sydney), 1899-1984. Isidore Sydney Falk papers, 1918-1984 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn John P. Diggins papers, 1966-2008 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Riesman, David. Papers, 1947-1982 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
referencedIn Morgenthau, Hans J. (Hans Joachim), 1904-1980. Hans J. Morgenthau papers, 1858-1981 (bulk 1925-1981). Library of Congress
referencedIn Davis, Hope Hale. Papers, 1831-1835, 1916-2002 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Cora Alice Du Bois papers, 1869-1988 (inclusive), 1912-1985 (bulk) Tozzer Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Thomas, Norman, 1884-1968. Norman Thomas papers, 1904-1967, bulk (1933-1967). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Joseph Barnes Papers, 1923-1970 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Denney, Reuel, 1913-1995. Papers, 1932-1988. New Hampshire Newsp Project
creatorOf Riesman, David, 1909-2002. Reminiscences of David Riesman : oral history, 1967. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Bryson, Lyman, 1888-1959. Lyman Bryson papers, 1893-1978 (bulk 1917-1959). Library of Congress
referencedIn Richard Volney Chase Papers, ca.1930-1984. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Riesman, David, 1909-2002. Papers of David Riesman, ca. 1931-1988 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn May Sarton Papers, 1846-1995, 1920-1995 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Student Peace Union (U.S.). Records, 1958-1964. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Herbert Gans Papers, 1944-2004. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Flansburg, James Sherman, 1932-. Papers of James S. Flansburg, 1962-1998. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Papers, 1916-1972 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Wright, Quincy, 1890-1970. Papers, 1907-1972. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Lyman Bryson Papers, 1893-1978, (bulk 1917-1959) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
referencedIn Nisbet, Robert A. Robert A. Nisbet papers, 1949-1994 (bulk 1953-1990). Library of Congress
referencedIn Antioch Review mss., 1940-2007 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn American Scholar records, 1926-2006 (bulk 1944-2005). Library of Congress
referencedIn Boorstin, Daniel J. (Daniel Joseph), 1914-2004. Daniel J. Boorstin papers, 1882-1995 (bulk 1944-1994). Library of Congress
referencedIn Phi Beta Kappa. Massachusetts Iota (Radcliffe College). Records of Radcliffe Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, 1907-1995 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Huber, Joan, 1925-. Joan Huber papers, 1961-2001. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Barnes, Joseph, 1907-1970. Joseph Barnes papers, 1907-1970, 1923-1970. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Harris, T. George, 1924-. Papers, 1940-2004. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Bendix, Reinhard. Reinhard Bendix papers, 1929-1998. University at Albany, University Libraries
referencedIn Daniel J. Boorstin Papers, 1882-1995, (bulk 1944-1994) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
referencedIn Oswald Garrison Villard papers, 1872-1949. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Papers of George Wald, 1927-1996 Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957. Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972 (inclusive), 1929-1957 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Gans, Herbert J. Herbert Gans papers, 1944-2004. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn American Committee for Cultural Freedom. Records, 1939-1957, 1950-1957 (bulk). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Gitlin, Todd. Todd Gitlin and Nanci Hollander papers, 1961-1970. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Robert Staughton Lynd and Helen Merrell Lynd Papers, 1895-1968, (bulk 1922-1968) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
referencedIn Bernard Barber Papers, 1938-1988. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Barber, Bernard. Bernard Barber papers, 1938-1988. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Women's Equity Action League of Massachusetts. Records, 1971-1992 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Papers, 1927-1984 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Papers, 1831-1835, 1916-2002 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Stuart, Mary. Mary Stuart cassette tapes and transcripts of tapes, 1979-1980. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Higgins, Mary Tyng, 1913-. Papers, 1912-1987 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Alumni Association (University of Michigan), Individual Photographs, ca. 1880-ca. 1960s Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Halle, Louis Joseph, 1910-. Papers of Louis J. Halle [manuscript], 1915-1985 bulk (1947-1985). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Hughes, Everett Cherrington, 1897-. Papers, 1924-1982 (inclusive). University of Chicago Library
creatorOf Riesman, David, 1909-2002. Dilemmas of the educated woman : commencement address at Mount Holyoke College : typescript, 1968 June 2. Mount Holyoke College, Williston & Miles-Smith Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Direct Relationships
Relation Name
associatedWith American Committee for Cultural Freedom. corporateBody
associatedWith American Committee for the Guidance of Professional Personnel. corporateBody
correspondedWith American Scholar corporateBody
associatedWith Antioch review. corporateBody
correspondedWith Arendt, Hannah, 1906-1975. person
associatedWith Barber, Bernard. person
associatedWith Barber, Bernard. person
associatedWith Barnes, Joseph, 1907-1970. person
associatedWith Bendix, Reinhard. person
correspondedWith Boorstin, Daniel J. (Daniel Joseph), 1914-2004. person
correspondedWith Bryson, Lyman, 1888-1959. person
associatedWith Carnegie Corporation of New York. corporateBody
associatedWith Casner, A. James, 1907-1990 person
associatedWith Chase, Richard Volney, 1914-1962. person
associatedWith Cowan, Paul. person
associatedWith Davis, Hope Hale. person
associatedWith Denney, Reuel, 1913-1995. person
associatedWith Diggins, John P person
associatedWith Diggins, John P. person
correspondedWith Du Bois, Cora Alice, 1903- person
associatedWith Falk, I. S. (Isidore Sydney), 1899-1984. person
associatedWith Flansburg, James Sherman, 1932- person
associatedWith Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957. person
associatedWith Fromm, Erich, 1900-1980. person
associatedWith Gans, Herbert J. person
associatedWith Gilmore, Robert Wallace, 1921-1988. person
associatedWith Gitlin, Todd. person
associatedWith Glueck, Sheldon, 1896- person
associatedWith Grossner, Isabel S., person
associatedWith Halle, Louis Joseph, 1910- person
associatedWith Harris, T. George, 1924- person
associatedWith Hart, Henry Melvin. person
correspondedWith Harvard Law School Forum corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University corporateBody
associatedWith Higgins, Mary Tyng, 1913- person
associatedWith Huber, Joan, 1925- person
associatedWith Hughes, Everett Cherrington, 1897- person
associatedWith James, H. Thomas (Henry Thomas), 1915- person
associatedWith Lerner, Max, 1902-2001. person
associatedWith Luria, S. E., (Salvador Edward), 1912-1991 person
correspondedWith Lynd, Helen Merrell, 1896-1982 person
correspondedWith Lynd, Robert Staughton, 1892-1970. person
associatedWith Macdonald, Dwight. person
associatedWith Marshall, Lenore, 1897-1971. person
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
correspondedWith Morgenthau, Hans J. (Hans Joachim), 1904-1980. person
associatedWith Mount Holyoke College corporateBody
correspondedWith Nisbet, Robert A. person
correspondedWith Nisbet, Robert A. person
associatedWith Paul A. Freund person
associatedWith Phi Beta Kappa. Massachusetts Iota (Radcliffe College) corporateBody
associatedWith Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964 person
associatedWith Religious Formation Conference. corporateBody
associatedWith Riesman, Evelyn Thompson person
associatedWith Sarton, May, 1912-1995 person
associatedWith Spencer Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Stuart, Mary. person
associatedWith Student Peace Union (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Thomas, Norman, 1884-1968. person
associatedWith University of Chicago corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Alumni Association. corporateBody
correspondedWith Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949 person
correspondedWith Wald, George. person
associatedWith Women's Equity Action League of Massachusetts. corporateBody
associatedWith Wright, Quincy, 1890-1970. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Subject
Endowment of research
Educator--Interviews
Women's colleges
Sexism
Sociologists--Interviews
Education--Research
Occupation
Function

Person

Birth 1909-09-22

Death 2002-05-10

Americans

English

Information

Permalink: http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w69z9jwz

Ark ID: w69z9jwz

SNAC ID: 71921028