Melville Dalton papers, 1941-2003

Finding aid prepared by Mary Priest, 2015; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
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Title: Melville Dalton papers
Collection number: 2268
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.8 linear ft. (2 document boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1941-2003
Abstract: Melville Dalton (1907-1978) was a sociologist and UCLA professor of sociology who focused his career on studying staff relationships in industry. This collection contains manuscripts of Dalton’s professional writings and correspondence largely relating to publications, including the publication of Men Who Manage.
Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Creator: Melville Dalton

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Copyright to portions of this collection has been assigned to the UCLA Library Special Collections. The library can grant permission to publish for materials to which it holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or quote must be submitted in writing to the UCLA Library Special Collections Librarian Special Collections. Credit shall be given as follows: ©The Regents of the University of California on behalf of the UCLA Library Special Collections.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Melville Dalton Papers (Collection 2268). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Donated by Dorothea Dalton in 2012.

Processing Information

Processed by Mary Priest in 2015 in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT) , with assistance from Jillian Cuellar. Processing of this collection was generously supported by the Constantine and Perina Panunzio Endowment for University Archives.


Melville Dalton was born in 1907 and spent his early years in Indiana, working as a hotel bellhop to support himself after being orphaned. Despite his inability to receive a high school or undergraduate education, Dalton took the Master’s qualifying exam for sociology for the University of Chicago in 1944 and passed. He was admitted to the program and received his master’s degree in 1946 and went on to receive his PhD in Sociology from the same university in 1949. Dalton spent several years teaching at Washington University and University of Kansas before accepting a faculty position in the department of sociology at UCLA in 1953. Dalton published his major work, Men Who Manage, in 1959 which still serves as a classic study of business management relations in the field of sociology. Following the book, Dalton continued to publish articles concerning staff relationships while also teaching at UCLA. Dalton retired from UCLA in 1971. Melville Dalton died on November 17, 1978 in Santa Monica, California.

Scope and Content

This collection contains manuscripts of Dalton’s professional writings and correspondence relating largely to his publications, including the publication of Men Who Manage. Included in this collection is an unpublished book manuscript titled Formal and Informal Organization in Industry. Materials also relate to Dalton’s education at the University of Chicago and his time teaching at UCLA.

Organization and Arrangement

Items are arranged chronologically within subject.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7611224 

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Dalton, Melville--Archives.
University of California, Los Angeles. Department of Sociology--Faculty--Archives.

Box 1, Folders 1-2

Correspondence Regarding Men Who Manage. 1954-2003.

Box 1, Folders 3-4

Correspondence Regarding Published Writing Other Than Men Who Manage. 1947-1978.

Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence and Teaching Materials. 1949-1971.

Box 1, Folders 6-7

Formal and Informal Organization Manuscript and Related Correspondence. 1958-1975.

Box 2, Folders 1-2

Education and Employment. 1941-1979.