Lewis A. and Rose Laub Coser Papers, 1846-2003 (bulk 1951-2000)

6311

Collection Overview

Title:
Lewis A. and Rose Laub Coser papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1846-2003
Dates (Inclusive):
1951-2000
Creator:
Coser, Lewis A.
Abstract:
Lewis A. Coser (1913-2003) and Rose Laub Coser (1916 and 1994) were German-born, progressive academic sociologists. Lewis Coser was co-founder of Dissent magazine.
Abstract:
This collection of research papers of the husband and wife academic sociologists Lewis A. and Rose Laub Coser consists primarily of dissertation research, published works, and reviews, including Rose Coser's notes on sociologist Anne Parsons.
Collection Number:
6311
Size:
1 Cubic feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical or Historical Note

Lewis A. Coser (1913-2003) and Rose Laub Coser (1916-1994) were academic sociologists born in Berlin, Germany. Lewis left Germany in 1933 to study comparative literature and sociology at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. In 1941, he left Paris for New York City, where he met his colleague and future wife Rose Laub. They studied at Columbia University under, among others, Professors Robert Merton and Paul Lazarsfeld, and both received their respective doctorates in sociology. Lewis Coser taught at several universities, including the General College of the University of Chicago, University of California at Berkley, Brandeis University, and the State University of New York- Stony Brook. He founded the sociology department at Brandeis and taught there for over fifteen years before moving on to SUNY- Stony Brook where he remained until retiring. Lewis Coser was president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the American Sociological Association, and the Eastern Sociological Association. He was involved with a group of socialist and progressive intellectuals in New York City and was one of the founding editors of the influential journal Dissent. He also contributed to several other progressive political journals in addition to his academic publications in the field of sociology. Rose Coser left Germany in 1939 and came to the United States. She received a doctorate from Columbia University in 1957, and served on the faculty of SUNY- Stony Brook with her husband. Rose Coser was a founding member of the international organization, Sociologists for Women in Society.

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Collection Overview

The Coser Papers measure 1 cubic foot and date from 1846 to 2003 (bulk date: 1951-2000). This collection includes correspondence with Penn State University sociology professor, Alan Sica, and editorial correspondence with Cambridge University Press, among others. Clippings from newspapers and magazines are included, most notably from Dissent. Many publications written by both Lewis and Rose Coser are present, including Rose Cosers The World of our Mothers. The papers also contain research notes created and used by Lewis and Rose Coser for their respective dissertations and scholarly publications, as well as reprints of publications and articles authored by the two. Rose Cosers research notes on the subject of sociologist Anne Parsons, and copies of Parsons thesis and dissertation papers are included in the papers, as well as collected book reviews.

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Collection Arrangement

This collection is divided into two series: Lewis A. Coser; and Rose Laub Coser.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

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Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Lewis A. and Rose Laub Coser Papers (6311), Historical Collections and Labor Archives, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Coser, Lewis A.

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