William Foote Whyte Additional Papers

Collection Number: /4094

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
William Foote Whyte Additional Papers, 1974-1988
Collection Number:
/4094
Creator:
Whyte, William Foote.
Quantity:
3 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Papers (documents).
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

William Foote Whyte (June 27, 1914-July 16, 2000) was a sociologist chiefly known for his ethnographic study in urban sociology, Street Corner Society. Whyte, from an upper middle class background, showed an early interest in writing, economics and social reform. After graduating from Swarthmore College, he was selected for the Junior Fellows program, where his landmark research was done. After his research in Boston, he entered the sociology doctoral program at the University of Chicago. Street Corner Society was published by the University of Chicago Press in 1943. He spent a year teaching at the University of Oklahoma, but developed polio in 1943 and spent two years in physical therapy at the Warm Springs Foundation. Rehabilitation was only partially successful; Whyte walked with a cane for the rest of his life, and used two arm crutches in his later years. He briefly returned to the University of Chicago in 1944, then joined the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in 1948, remaining at Cornell for the remainder of his career. He worked for social reform and social change, directing his efforts toward "empowering the disenfranchized and narrowing the gap between rich and poor." He studied industrial and agricultural workers and workers' cooperatives in Venezuela, Peru, Guatemala and in the Basque region of Spain, as well as in the United States. He authored hundreds of articles and 20 books including an autobiography. He is considered a pioneer in industrial sociology.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Whyte, William Foote, 1914-2000

Form and Genre Terms:
Papers (documents)


INFORMATION FOR USERS

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Cite As:
William Foote Whyte Additional Papers #/4094. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

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CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1986
Box 1 Folder 2 1985-1986
Box 1 Folder 3 1978-1982
Box 1 Folder 4 1978-1982
Box 1 Folder 5 1984-1985
Box 1 Folder 6 1984-1986
Box 1 Folder 7 1984-1986
Box 1 Folder 8 1984-1986
Box 1 Folder 9 1981-1986
Box 1 Folder 10 1981-1986
Box 1 Folder 11 1976-1988
Box 1 Folder 12 1983-1986
Box 1 Folder 13 1982-1986
Box 1 Folder 14 1983-1986
Box 1 Folder 15 1982-1983
Box 1 Folder 16 1984-1986
Box 1 Folder 17 1984
Box 1 Folder 18 1984
Box 2 Folder 1 1982-1987
Box 2 Folder 2 1984
Box 2 Folder 3 1975
Box 2 Folder 4 1988
Box 2 Folder 5 1985-1986
Box 2 Folder 6 1976
Box 2 Folder 7 1987
Spanish
Box 2 Folder 8 1986
Box 2 Folder 9 1977
Box 2 Folder 10 1987-1988
Box 2 Folder 11 1985-1987
Box 2 Folder 12 1980-1985
Box 2 Folder 13 1980
Box 3 Folder 1 1982-1986
Box 3 Folder 2 1981-1983
Box 3 Folder 3 1983-1986
Box 3 Folder 4 1974-1977
Box 3 Folder 5 1981-1984
Box 3 Folder 6 1979-1982
Box 3 Folder 7 1984-1985
Box 3 Folder 8 1982-1986
Box 3 Folder 9 1978-1984
Box 3 Folder 10 1982
Box 3 Folder 11 1985