Harvard University. Russian Research Center

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The Russian Research Center was established in 1948 to encourage and support scholarly study of the Soviet Union and related areas. A major project undertaken by the center in the late 1940's and early 1950's, originally known as the "Russian Refugee Interview Project" became better known as the Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System. In April 1996, the Russian Research Center was renamed the Kathryn W. and Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

From the description of Records of the Russian Research Center, 1947-1984. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 228506730

The Russian Research Center was established in 1948 to encourage and support scholarly study of the Soviet Union and related areas.

From the description of Records of the Russian Research Center, 1947-1984 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 76972654

In the spring of 1950, the Russian Research Center at Harvard University entered into contract AF 33(038)-12909 with the Human Resources Research Institute of the Air University at Maxwell Field Air Base, Alabama, to conduct a large scale, unclassified project, based largely on interviews with Soviet émigrés, with the ultimate goal of gaining new insights into strategic psychological and sociological aspects of the Soviet social system. The project was named the Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System, also known as the Harvard Refugee Interview Project.

The Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System was developed by sociologist Alex Inkeles and social psychologist Raymond Bauer. To test the viability of the project preliminary interviews were conducted in Munich, in 1949, by Merle Fainsod and Paul Friedrich. From 1950 to 1951, several hundred Soviet refugees, residents in West Germany Austria, and the United States, were contacted as prospective interviewees for the HPSSS; some 330 candidates were selected and given full-depth interviews by specialists prominent in the field of Soviet studies. In addition to those named above, these specialists include Joseph Berliner, Alexander Dallin, Robert Feldmesser, Mark Field, Marc Fried, Eugenia Haufmann, Kent Geiger, Sidney Harcave, Ivan London, Michael Luther, John Orton, Alex Peskin, John Reshetar, and others.

From the guide to the Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System digital collection: interviews and manuals, 1950-1953, (H.C. Fung Library.)

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referencedIn Shimkin, Demitri Boris, 1916-. Papers, 1890-1993 (bulk 1935-1988). University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
referencedIn Carnegie Corporation of New York. Carnegie Corporation of New York Records, 1900-2004. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Parsons, Talcott, 1902-1979. Papers of Talcott Parsons, 1921-1979 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Harvard University collection of reference materials relating to academic departments, research centers, laboratories, etc., ca. 1790- Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Ruth Fischer papers, 1925-1961 (inclusive) 1940-1961 (bulk) Houghton Library
referencedIn Brookings Institution Seminar on Problems of U.S. Foreign Policy records, 1948 Hoover Institution Archives
referencedIn Harvard University. Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Office of the Dean of the Faculty. Miscellaneous records, 1939-1972 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Gerschenkron, Alexander. Papers of Alexander Gerschenkron, 1940-1978 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Langer, William L. (William Leonard), 1896-1977. Papers of William Leonard Langer, 1912-1991 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Ruth Fischer papers, 1925-1961 (inclusive) 1940-1961 (bulk) Houghton Library
creatorOf Harvard University Russian Research Center Interview Transcripts, 1950-1951 Hoover Institution Archives
referencedIn Gardner, John W. (John William), 1912-2002. Reminiscences of John William Gardner : oral history, 1969. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Harvard University. Russian Research Center. Russian Research Center interview transcripts, 1950-195l. Stanford University, Hoover Institution Library
creatorOf Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System digital collection: interviews and manuals, 1950-1953 H.C. Fung Library.
creatorOf Harvard University. Russian Research Center. Records of the Russian Research Center, 1947-1984. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Harvard University. Russian Research Center. Correspondence and other records, 1976-1986 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Stouffer, Samuel Andrew, 1900-1960. Papers of Samuel Andrew Stouffer, 1930-1960 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Demitri Boris Shimkin papers, 1890-1993 University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
referencedIn Andreĭ Sakharov papers, 1852-2002 (inclusive), 1960-1990 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Leontief, Wassily, 1906-1999. Papers of Wassily Leontief, 1920?-1968 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Harvard University. Russian Research Center. Records of the Russian Research Center, 1947-1984 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Bauer, Raymond Augustine, 1916-1977. Raymond A. Bauer papers, 1941-1980. Harvard Business School, Knowledge and Library Services/Baker Library
referencedIn Levin, Harry. Harry Levin Papers. 1920-1995. Houghton Library
referencedIn Fainsod, Merle, 1907-1972. Papers of Merle Fainsod, ca. 1930-1972 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
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associatedWith Alice H. Bauer person
associatedWith Bauer, Raymond Augustine, 1916-1977. person
associatedWith Brookings Institution Seminar on Problems of U.S. Foreign Policy (1948 : Stanford University) corporateBody
associatedWith Carnegie Corporation of New York. corporateBody
associatedWith Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. corporateBody
associatedWith Fainsod, Merle, 1907-1972. person
associatedWith Fischer, Ruth, 1895- person
associatedWith Gardner, John W. (John William), 1912-2002. person
associatedWith Gerschenkron, Alexander. person
associatedWith Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University. Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Office of the Dean of the Faculty. corporateBody
associatedWith Kluckhohn, Clyde, 1905-1960. person
associatedWith Langer, William L. (William Leonard), 1896-1977. person
associatedWith Leontief, Wassily, 1906-1999. person
associatedWith Levin, Harry, 1912-1994 person
associatedWith Michael Luther person
associatedWith NKVD corporateBody
associatedWith Parsons, Talcott, 1902-1979. person
associatedWith Red Army corporateBody
associatedWith Russian Research Center, Harvard University. corporateBody
correspondedWith Sakharov, Andreĭ, 1921-1989 person
associatedWith Shimkin, Demitri Boris, 1916- person
associatedWith Stouffer, Samuel Andrew, 1900-1960. person
associatedWith Vashchenko person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Soviet Union.
Russia (Federation)
Soviet Union
United States
Soviet Union
Soviet Union
Germany
Subject
Refugees
Russians--Interviews
Political refugees
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945--Refugees
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Active 1947

Active 1984

Americans

English

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