William Foote Whyte Additional Papers

Collection Number: /4173

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
William Foote Whyte Additional Papers, 1931-1990
Collection Number:
/4173
Creator:
Whyte, William Foote
Quantity:
1 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 #/4173. 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 1938-1990
28 photographs
Box 1 Folder 2 1942-1973
21 photographs
Box 1 Folder 3 1982-1986
Box 1 Folder 4 1981
Box 1 Folder 5 1931-1932
Box 1 Folder 6 1931-1932
Box 1 Folder 7 1931-1932
Box 1 Folder 8 1931-1932
Box 1 Folder 9 1931-1932
Box 1 Folder 10 1965
1 Photograph
Box 1 Folder 11 1961
1 Photograph
Box 1 Folder 12 1932
Box 1 Folder 13 1935-1936
3 Photographs
Box 1 Folder 14 1933
Swarthmore College student literary magazine. Contains "The Executive" by Bill Whyte
Box 1 Folder 15 1935
Swarthmore College student literary magazine. Contains "Mary Lee" by Bill Whyte. 3 copies.
Box 1 Folder 16 1935
Swarthmore College student literary magazine. Contains "Political Pressure and City Budgets" by Bill Whyte. 3 copies.
Box 1 Folder 17 1936
Swarthmore College student literary magazine. Contains "Maiden Speech" by Bill Whyte
Box 1 Folder 18 1936
Swarthmore College student literary magazine. Contains "Queer" by Bill Whyte
Box 2