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Harold Mendelsohn Papers

 Collection
Identifier: M083

Harold A. Mendelsohn (1923- ) was a social psychologist who taught in the Mass Communications Department at the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado from 1962 to 1988. He received his doctorate from the New School for Social Research in 1956. He served as chair of the Mass Communications Deptartment from 1970-1978, and director of the University's Center for Mass Communications Research and Policy. His scholarly interests were mass communications, especially the effects of television on society, public opinion, public health and safety, and the sociology of politics. He published over 50 articles and authored four books.

The collection consists primarily of reports, speeches and publications authored by Mendelsohn. Also included are materials from conferences Mendelsohn attended and notes from his research, publications and presentations. The papers also include correspondence, typescripts, journal articles, newspaper clippings, programs, and press releases.

Dates

  • 1951-1989

Creator

Extent

4 Linear Feet (4 record boxes)

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of reports, speeches and publications authored by Mendelsohn. The collection reflects his long and varied academic career, in which he explored the intersection of mass communications with a number of societal issues, including public health, safety, the voting process, political campaigns, and racial integration. Also included in the collection are materials from conferences Mendelsohn attended, and notes from his research, publications and presentations. His papers also include correspondence, typescripts, journal articles, newspaper clippings, programs, and press releases.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Harold Mendelsohn, a noted social psychologist, taught in the Mass Communications Department at the University of Denver from 1962 to 1988. During his tenure he also held a number of administrative positions in the University. He served as Chairman of the Mass Communications Department from 1970 to 1978, Dean of the Social Sciences Faculty beginning in 1984, and was Director of the University's Center for Mass Communications Research and Policy (formerly the Communication Arts Center) from 1962 to 1983.

Mendelsohn received his doctorate in 1956 from the New School for Social Research, where he majored in sociology and psychology. He completed his master's work at Columbia University in 1946 where he worked under Paul Lazarsfeld, concentrating in sociology and mass communications. He did his undergraduate work at the City College of New York, where he received his B.S. in sociology with a minor in psychology in 1945.

From 1958 to 1962 he was an associate director of the Psychological Corporation. He was Associate Manager of Marketing Communications Research for the advertising firm of McCann-Erickson, Inc., from 1952 to 1958, and a research associate at the Bureau of Social Science Research, the American University, Washington, D.C., from 1952 to 1956. Before going to the American University, he served as a senior survey analyst with the International Broadcasting Service of the U.S. Department of State (1950-1952); a study director with the Department of Scientific Research of the American Jewish Committee where, among other research projects, he worked on the Authoritarian Personality study and on the Research in Contemporary Cultures project with Margaret Mead (1947-1950), and as a research fellow, Department of Sociology, City College of New York (1946-1947).

His research activity has focused mainly on social relations; attitudes and public opinion formation and change; communications; public health; and the sociology of politics. He was a frequent contributor to social research journals, publishing over 50 articles and authoring four books. He frequently lectured at conferences and seminars, and was elected to give the annual University Lecture at the University of Denver in 1968. He also served on numerous boards, commissions and governmental committees.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in three series:; 1. Reports and Papers, 1953-1989.; 2. Conferences and Publications, 1951-1989.; 3. General Files, 1953-1988.;

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Harold Mendelsohn, 2003.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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