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THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF SCIENCE AND SOCIETY
RECORDS, 1967-1972

(UA-440.13)

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Administrative History

Scope and content note

Box and folder list


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Administrative History

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In the spring of 1966 Evan R. Collins, president of SUNYA, and Eugene Rabinowitch began a dialogue in which it was proposed that Rabinowitch come to SUNYA and help establish a research center which would be concerned with the impact of science and technology on public policy. In April 1967 the Educational Policies Council of the University Senate approved the creation of such a center, and an ad hoc planning committee was appointed. Throughout 1967 Rabinowitch working in conjunction with Eugene McLaren, assistant Dean of the Division of Science and Mathematics, organized the center and mapped out the future program and goals of the center.

By 1968 the Center for Science and the Future of Human Affairs was a reality. The Center was "organized for the purpose of orderly study of the interactions of modern science, its products and services, with the activities and aims of humankind." The Center was to develop "interdisciplinary research programs dealing with the impact of science and technology on man's personal and social existence" and considers "new approaches to education for life in the scientific age."

During 1967 and early 1968, Eugene Rabinowitch had presented a series of lectures at SUNYA. In September 1968 he was appointed as a professor of biology and chemistry at SUNYA with the additional duty of being senior advisor to the new Center.

On July 1, 1968 Victor Rabinowitch, son of Eugene Rabinowitch, was hired as director of the Center. Serving at the pleasure of SUNYA's president, Victor Rabinowitch was to be "senior administrator and manager of the operations of the Center." The director was assisted by an Advisory Committee drawn from the faculty of SUNYA.

The Center received a small planning grant from the Fleischmann Foundation in 1968. In 1969 another grant was received from the National Science Foundation; however, the Center never received sufficient support or funding from the state legislature, SUNY's central administration, or the SUNYA community.

In August 1969 the Center changed its name to the Center for the Study of Science and Society.

During its existence the Center did conduct at least four conferences. They include: The Scientific Revolution--Its Impact on Man and Society, March 1968; Evolutionary Processes, April 1970; The Integration of Science into General Education, May 1970; and, The Steady State Society, July 1971.

Frustrated by lack of support for the Center, Victor Rabinowitch, resigned as director on February 27, 1970. From March 1 to September 1, 1970 Eugene Rabinowitch was interim director of the Center. Heinz G. Pfeiffer was appointed director of the Center in April 1971, but by June 1971 he was no longer on the University payroll. The exact date that the Center ceased operations is unclear; however, this certainly happened by the time Eugene Rabinowitch left SUNYA in August 1972. The Center was finally a victim of the budget cuts and retrenchment which SUNYA underwent in the early 1970s.


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The Center for the Study of Science and Society, 1966-1972, files contain the papers of Eugene Rabinowitch, Victor Rabinowitch, and Eugene H. McLaren. The files are arranged alphabetically by name of individual, name of organization, or subject. A general file for each letter of the alphabet precedes files for the same letter of the alphabet (ie.: "A" precedes "Advisory Committee"). Material within the files is arranged chronologically by year, month, and day. Partially dated material is placed at the end of the month or year; undated items are placed after dated materials. Enclosures are placed after their letter of transmittal.

The files consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence, memoranda, reports, budgets, and financial statements, grant proposals, conference programs and papers, participant lists, resumes, press releases, reprints, pamphlets, leaflets, and clippings.

The files detail the history, structure, and activities of the Center. There are files relating to grants, which funded the Center. There are also files detailing the Center's relationship with other offices and departments on the SUNYA campus, as well as with SUNY Central Administration and the New York legislature. Several files detail the conferences and symposia sponsored by the Center. In addition, there are files containing materials from or about similar public policy programs at other institutions.

Some important correspondents in these papers include:

Benezet, Louis T. - SUNYA President, 1970-1975
Blum, Harold - Advisory Committee Member (Biology)
Boyer, Ernest L. - SUNY Chancellor, 1970-1977
Clinchy, Everett - Director, Institute on Man and Science
Collins, Evan R. - SUNYA President, 1949-1969
Corbett, James - Advisory Committee Member (Physics)
Droessler, Earl G. - SUNYA Vice President for Research and Advisory Committee Member
Gould, Samuel B. - SUNY Chancellor, 1964-1970
Hall, Warren - Assistant Director, 1970-1971
Heaphey, James - Advisory Committee Member (Public Administration)
Kuuisisto, Allan A. - SUNYA President, 1969-1970
Levey, Martin - Advisory Committee Member (History of Science)
Parsegian, V. L., - Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Poland, Orville - Advisory Committee Member (Public Administration)
Reese, William - Advisory Committee Member (Philosophy)
Renshaw, Edward - Advisory Committee Member (Economics)
Richter, Maurice N. - Advisory Committee Member (Sociology)
Salkever, Louis - Advisory Committee Member (Economics)
Schaefer, Vincent J. - Advisory Committee Chairman (Atmospheric Science)
Wilson, Stephen - Advisory Committee Member (Geography)


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Box and Folder List

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Box 1

1. A, Dec 1967 - March 1971
2. Ad Hoc Planning Committee, June - Nov 1967, nd
3. Advisory Committee, Correspondence, Jan 1968 - Dec 1970, nd
4. Advisory Committee, Members' Vitae, Undated
5. Annual Report, 1969 - 1970, June - Nov 1970, nd
6. Anthropology Department, Jan - Feb 1970
7. B, April 1967 - April 1971, nd
8. Blum, Harold, March 1968 - Jan 1970, nd
9. Brim Report, Aug - Oct 1969
10. Budget and Finance, April 1967 - May 1971, nd
11. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, April 1969 - March 1971
12. Business, School of, July 1970
13. C, Feb 1968 - May 1971, nd
14. Case Western Reserve University, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program, Undated
15. Center for Government Policy Analysis, Oct 1970, nd
16. Center for International Programs and Services, Oct 1967 - Nov 1968
17. Center for International Programs and Services, Jan 1969 - March 1971
18. Comparative Development Studies Center, March 1969 - July 1970, nd
19. Cornell University, Science, Technology and Society Program, Aug 1969 - July 1970
20. Criminal Justice, School of, Jan - April 1968
21. D, Oct 1966 - Feb 1971
22. Development of Science and Technology Seminar, Feb - Nov 1969
23. Director, Search for, Feb - Nov 1970
24. E, April 1969 - May 1971
25. Eastern Regional Conference on Science and Technology for Public Programs, Feb 1969 - Feb 1970
26. Economics Department, May 1968 - Aug 1971, nd
27. English Department, July 1970
28. Environmental Issues, Nov 1968 - Feb 1969
29. Evolutionary Processes Conference, Oct 1969 - Sept 1970,
30. F, Oct 1968 - Jan 1971, nd
31. Five Rivers Program, Sept - Oct 1970
32. Fleischmann Foundation, Correspondence, Sept 1967 - Feb 1971
33. Fleischmann Foundation, Grant, Financial Statements, June 1968 - May 1972
34. Fleischmann Foundation, Grant, Project Director's Report, Feb 1968 - Aug 1969
35. Fleischmann Foundation, Grant, Proposals, Feb - Sept 1967
36. Fleischmann Foundation, Grant, Proposals, 1967
37. Fleischmann Foundation, Grant, Proposals, June 1970
38. G, April 1968 - Jan 1971
39. Graduate School of Public Affairs, Oct 1968 - June 1971
40. H, Oct 1968 - Sept 1970, nd
41. Hall, Warren A., Sept 1969 - Dec 1971
42. Hirshom, Seth, "Center for the Study of Science and Society: A Case Study," Feb 1972
43. Horn, Axel, March 1969 - Oct 1970
44. Hudson Institute, Feb 1969 - Jan 1970
45. Institute for International Development, State University of New York, Jan - March 1969
46. Institute on Man and Science, Sept 1968 - March 1971
47. Integration of Science Into General Education Symposium, July 1969 - June 1970, nd
48. International Center for?Integrative Studies, Feb 1968 - Feb 1970
49. International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology, Nov 1968 - Feb 1970
50. J, April 1968 - Nov 1970
51. K, June 1968 - Feb 1972, nd
52. L, July 1968 - 1970
53. Levey, Martin, Nov 1968 - March 1969, nd
54. Library Acquisitions, July 1968 - March 1971
55. M, Sept 1967 - Feb 1972, nd
56. McHale., John, Aug - Nov 1967
57. McHale, John, Jan - March 1969
58. McHale, John, March 1969
59. McLaren, Eugene H., Jan 1967 - Feb 1970, nd
60. Man and Beast: Comparative Social Behavior Symposium, Smithsonian Institution, May 1969

Box 2

1. Manifesto, Mission and Management: A Position Paper, Oct 1970
2. Manifesto, Mission and Management: A Position Paper, Undated
3. Manpower Report on Sponsored Research, April - July 1968
4. Miscellaneous, Oct 1966 - Oct 1969, nd
5. N, April 1968 - Oct 1970, nd
6. National Academy of Sciences, March 1969 - Feb 1970
7. National Environmental Library, April 1971
8. National Science Foundation, Correspondence, July 1969 - May 1970
9. National Science Foundation, Correspondence, June 1970 - Jan 1972
10. National Science Foundation, Grant, Financial Statements, Sept 1969 - May 1972
11. National Science Foundation, Grant, Project Director's Report, June - Aug 1969
12. National Science Foundation, Grant Proposal, March 1969, nd
13. National Water Commission, May - Sept 1969
14. New York State Legislature, Jan 1970 - Feb 1971, nd
15. New York State Science and Technology Foundation, Dec 1969 - Nov 1970
16. New York University, Management of Science and Technology Course, 1967 - Feb 1969
17. Nonviolent Conflict Resolution Forum, May - Dec 1970, nd
18. Northern Arizona Field Research Expedition, April - July 1969
19. 0, Jan 1969 - Feb 1970
20. Ozarow, Vernon, April 1968 - Nov 1969, nd
21. P, Nov 1967 - May 1971
22. Personnel, May 1968 - Jan 1971
23. Pfeiffer, Heinz G., Sept 1970 - April 1971
24. Philosophy Department, June 1968, nd
25. Physical Facilities, Feb 1968 - Dec 1970, nd
26. Prescott College, Contemporary Affairs,Center, April - May 1969
27. President's Office, March 1966 - May 1971
28. Program on Aging, Dec 1968 - April 1969
29. Proposal for Center, 1966, nd
30. Prospectus, June 1970 ? March 1971, nd
31. Publicity, March 1968 ? Feb 1970
32. Purdue University, Science and Public Policy Program, July 1967 - May 1969
33. R, Dec 1967 - May 1971, nd
34. Rabinowitch, Eugene, Nov 1966 - Dec 1971, nd
35. Rabinowitch, Victor, Feb 1968 - Jan 1969
36. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Dec 1968 - March 1971, nd
37. Research Office, April 1967 - May 1971, nd
38. Russian and Soviet Scientific Thought, 1968
39. S, March 1968 - Feb 1972
40. St. Andrews Presbyterian College, May 1970
41. Science and Development Conference, Aug 1969 - Oct 1970
42. Science and Mathematics Division, Nov 1968 - July 1969
43. Science and Public Policies Study Group, Correspondence, May 1967 - Jan 1971
44. Science and Public Policies Study Group, Newsletter, Nov 1969 - March 1971
45. The Scientific Revolution and Man's Situation, Course June 1968 - May 1969, nd
The Scientific Revolution--Its Impact on Man and Society

46. Correspondence, Sept 1966 - 1967
47. Correspondence, Jan - Feb 1968
48. Correspondence, March 1968 - Jan 1969, nd
49. Financial Matters, March - June 1968, nd
50. Miscellaneous, Feb 1967 - 1968, nd

Box 3

1. Report of Conference, March - April 1968

2. Seminar on Change, Proposal by James W. Corbett, Sept 1969, nd
3. Sloan Foundation, Oct - Dec 1969
4. Social Invention Conference, SUNY Binghamton, Feb - May 1969
5. Stanford University, Political and Social Issues Workshop, 1969
6. State University of New York, Central Administration, Jan 1967 - May 1971, nd
The Steady State Society Summer Institute
7. Correspondence, Oct 1970 - Aug 1971
8. Miscellaneous, Feb 1966 - July 1971, nd
9. Proposal, Feb - March 1971, nd
10. Readings, July 1971

11. T, May 1969 - Sept 1970
12. Territory of Man, Oct - Dec 1968
13. Trends in Science Policy Seminar, Battelle Seattle Research Center, March - April 1969
14. U, Jan 1968 - June 1972
15. Unified Science Course, Feb 1967
16. University of California, Davis, Political Science Department, Jan 1968
17. University of Michigan, June 1967 - Sept 1969
18. University of Virginia, Center for the Study of Science, Technology and Public Policy, Aug 1968 - June 1970
19. V, Dec 1968 - Nov 1969
20. W, Oct 1967 - 1971
21. Washington University, International Development and Technology Center, July 1968
22. Working Group on Science and Public Policy, Undated
23. Z, Oct 1968 - April 1971


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