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Finding Aid for the Melvin Pollner papers, circa 1967-2007 LSC.2184
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Box 1-2, 4-5, 8, 13

Field notes.

Scope and Content

Materials include Pollner's field notes for studies which include data sets used for articles.
Box 1: Includes the following folders: Stress and Religiosity, Religious Belief and Well Being, Mental Illness and Divine Relations.
Box 2: Traffic court transaction notes.
Box 4: Interviews and notes for Alcoholics Anonymous article and Taking Findings Back to the Field notes and interview transcripts.
Box 5: Interview transcripts for the following articles: "Making Sense of Making Sense" article and Cross-Culturing and Self-Evaluation: The Case of Lesbian and Gay Elderly. Field notes for Robert S. Roden's "Playing in a Traveling Band." Pollner's transcripts of court proceedings concerning a child's competence to testify in court.
Box 8: Alcoholics Anonymous field notes.
Box 13: Traffic court notes and transcriptions of court proceedings.
Box 4-15

Research files.

Scope and Content

Materials include ethnomethodology papers and articles by Pollner's colleagues, many of which are unpublished, and his related notes.
Box 4: Working notes for studies of observer-observed relationships and notes on inclusion and distance.
Box 5: Aaron V. Cicourel file which includes the following drafts: "Observing the Everyday World in the Act and After the Fact: Structural and Processual Explanations of Discourse and Social Networks in Task-Oriented Environments" and "The Interpenetration of Communicative Contexts: Examples from Medical Encounters.
Box 6: Files include articles, drafts and notes from the following colleagues: Mike Lynch, Richard A. Hilbert, Harold Garfinkel, Eric Livingston, Harvey Sacks, Scott Jacbos, Sally Jackson, Samuel Vuchinich, Max Levin, Albert B. Robillard, Edmond Wright, Jeff Coulter, D. Lawrence Wieder, Alan Blum, Deirdre Boden, James L. Heap, Michael Moerman, David Silverman, Kenneth Charles Leiter and Phillip J. Kuykendall.
Box 7: Files include articles from the following scholars: David T. Helm, Charles Blondel and Dale Lowery.
Box 8: "Delusions of Competence: A Socio-Behavioral Study of the Maintenance of a Deviant Belief System in a Family with a Retarded Child" by Marilyn McDonald Wikler, a bound dissertation inscribed to Mel from Lynn.
Box 9: Files include papers, presentations and notes from the following: Paul Filmer, Michael Phillipson, Maurice Roche, Barry Sandywell, David Silverman, Larry Woods, Gail Jefferson, Seymour Papert, Albert Adato, Craig MacAndrew, Uta Gerhardt, Bob MacKay, Carlos Castaneda, Howard Schwartz, Harold Garfinkel, Roy Turner, Alan Ryave, Carol A.B. Warren, Robert M. Emerson, Bennetta Jules-Rosette, Peter Eglin, Harvey Sacks, Joan P. Emerson, J. Maxwell Atkinson, John Heritage and Jo Anne Goldberg.
Box 10: Files include papers from the following: Timothy Anderson, Aaron V. Cicourel, Robert M. Emerson, Michael E. Lynch, Albert Adato, Ray McDermott, William D. Darrough, Howard Schwartz, Jon Driessen, James A. Holstien, Jim Heap, Bruce A. Katz, Bennetta Jules-Rosette, Jim Schenkein, John Heritage, Michael Moerman, Kenneth Leiter, Russ Rueger, Marshall Shumsky, Harvey Sacks, Jean Widmer, Anita Pomerantz and Roy Turner.
Box 11: Files include papers from the following: Harvey Sacks, Harold Garfinkel, Gail Jefferson, Jeff Coulter, Albert B. Robillard, Thomas P. Wilson, Lindsey Churchill, John Heritage, Renee R. Anspach, Aaron V. Cicourel, Paul Drew, Dorothy E. Smith, James A. Holstein, Hugh "Bud" Mehan, Wayne A. Beach, Norbert Wiley, Richard A. Hilbert and Ethnomethodology Newsletter No. 1 compiled at the Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Box 12: Files include papers from the following: Alan F. Blum, Jeff Coulter, Louis Narens, Peter E. Lord, Bennetta Jules-Rosette, Sherri Cavan, Douglas W. Maynard, David A. Goode, William D. Darrough, D. Lawrence Wieder and Don H. Zimmerman. Materials also include a copy of Pollner's "On the Foundations of Mundane Reasoning" dissertation, Harold Garfinkel's "Some Sociological Methods for Making Everyday Activities Observable" and a binder of lectures by Harvey Sacks.
Box 13: Files include papers by Harold Garfinkel, Louis Narens, D. Lawrence Wieder, Don H. Zimmerman, Albert B. Robillard, Joan C. Zielinski and Berkeley Journal of Sociology which includes articles by Harvey Sacks, Sherri Cavan, Marvin B. Scott, Carl Werthman and Emanuel A. Schegloff.
Box 14: California Mental Health Research Monographs by Dorothy Miller including Words That Fail Part I: Retrospective Analysis of Mental Patients' Careers and Words That Fail Part II: Disbanded Worlds: A Study of Returns to the Mental Hospital. Materials also include a bound copy of Case Studies submitted to the Administrative Director, Southwestern Montana Drug Program and Anita Pomerantz's article, "Extreme Case Formulations: A Way of Legitimizing Claims."
Box 15: A copy of Anita Pomerantz's paper, "Presenting 'Raw Data' as a Conversational Practice" and copies of Peter Eglin's papers, "Reality Disjunctures on Telegraph Avenue: A Study in Practical Reasoning and the Law," "Leaving Out the Interpreter's Work: A Methodological Critique of Ethnosemantics Based on Ethnomethodology" and "What Should Sociology Explain - Regularities, Rules or Interpretations?"
Box 1-5, 15


Scope and Content

Pollner's handwritten and typed drafts of articles including unpublished writing.
Box 1: The Socio-Symbolics of Athletic Courses and Psychological Well-Being, Mental Illness Reader, and Mundane Reasoning. The Mundane Reasoning files include his dissertation proposal, a binder of notes, annotated chapter drafts and proofs.
Box 2: Tell it to the Judge: A Study of Practical Sociological Reasoning in a Municipal Court and Mundane Reasoning chapters.
Box 3: Folder of writing entitled "Misc. Writings."
Box 4: Notes, correspondence and proofs concerning Pollner's contribution to the Handbook of Ethnography, Doubled-Over in Laughter: Humor and the Construction of Selves in Alcoholics Anonymous, He, She and Ha: Gender Differences in the Incidence of Laughter, notes and writings on "Achieving the Observer Role," Linguistic Resources and the Interpretation of Social Reality, Symbolic Resources and the Sense of Order, Reflexivity, The Reflexivity of Constructionism and the Construction of Reflexivity, Cognitive Enterprise in a Case of Folie a Famille, Features of Reality Disjunctures and Their Resolution, Self-Explicating Settings and Family Delusions as Microcultural Systems.
Box 5: The Worst First: Policies and Practices of Psychiatric Case Selection (with Robert M. Emerson), Explicative Transactions: Making and Managing Meaning in Traffic Court, Explicative Transactions notes, The Everyday World as Phenomenon, Sociological and Common-Sense Models of the Labeling Process, Constitutive and Mundane Versions of Labeling Theory, World Sociology Paper with notes, The Making of a Social Problem and Making Sense of Making Sense: Explorations of Members' Methods for Sustaining a Sense of Social Order.
Box 15: Typescript of "'The Very Coinage of Your Brain': The Resolution of Reality Disjunctures," and a folder of handwritten and typed pages in a file labeled Schematizing Experience in Terms of Mundane Reason.
Box 1, 4-5


Scope and Content

Reprints by Pollner.
Box 1: The Effect of Spouse Presence on Appraisals of Emotional Support and Household Strain, Divine Relations, Social Relations and Well Being, The Interpersonal Context of Mental Health Interviews, The Effects of Interviewer Gender in Mental Health Interviews and Cross-Culturing and Self-Evaluation: The Case of Lesbian and Gay Elderly.
Box 4: Left of Ethnomethodology: The Rise and Decline of Radical Reflexivity, The Self We Live By: Narrative Identity in a Postmodern World book review, Inside the Bubble: Communion, Cognition, and Deep Play at the Intersection of Wall Street and Cyberspace, Constructing Participant/Observation Relations and 'The Very Coinage of Your Brain': The Anatomy of Reality-Disjunctures.
Box 5: The Social Construction of Unreality: A Case Study of a Family's Attribution of Competence to a Severely Retarded Child, Narrative Mapping of Social Worlds: The Voice of Experience in Alcoholics Anonymous, A World Without Words and the World with Words, Policies and Practices of Psychiatric Case Selection, Dirty Work Designations: Their Features and Consequences in a Psychiatric Setting, Ethnomethodology and Person-Centering Practices, Difference and Dialogue: Members' Readings of Ethnographic Texts, On the Uses of Members' Responses to Researchers' Accounts, Constitutive and Mundane Versions of Labeling Theory, The Everyday World as Phenomenon, Mundane Reasoning and Explicative Transactions: Making and Managing Meaning in Traffic Court.
Box 1-5, 7-8, 12, 14

Academic course materials.

Scope and Content

Materials include lecture notes, syllabi, readings and student work for Sociology, Ethnomethodology and Communication Studies courses taught by Pollner.
Box 1: UCLA student dissertations include Identity Work Among Homosexual Elderly by Dana Rosenfeld and Rock Musician Careers: The Culture of the Long-Term Professional by Jill Marie Stein.
Box 2: UCLA lecture notes on the rhetoric of objectivity, analysis of Solomon, practicality as a constituent feature, specification of a fatuity and truth. Simulated excuses exercise student work file. Syllabi, readings and lecture notes for Sociology 191: Humor and Laughter and Communication Studies 197G: Humor and Laughter. Sociology 184: Seminar on the Sociology of Humor ungraded student papers annotated by Pollner.
Box 3: Boston University Ethnomethodology course syllabus, Sociology 267 annotated reader, Sociology of Knowledge lectures, Sociology of Science course notes, Reflexivity and Post-structuralism annotated reader, Sociology 222 lecture notes, annotated readings, final exams, syllabi, case studies and class exercises, Sociology 149: Analyses of Belief Structures and Analyses of Practical Activities student papers.
Box 4: Sociology 157 Socio-Somatics papers and notes.
Box 5: Sociology 197 and Communication Studies 197G exercises and project guidelines for courses on humor. Sociology of Consciousness course notes. Sociology 159 syllabi, paper guidelines and notes.
Box 7: Sociology 148/157: Sociology of Mental Illness PowerPoint slide printouts and lecture notes concerning stress, family response, biological/psychological models, societal reaction, mental health establishment and treatment. Sociology 284: Topics in Mental Health and Illness materials include syllabi, notes, lecture notes and student papers. Sociology 184D: Social Structure and Subjectivity materials include syllabi, notes and lecture outlines. Sociology 197: Self and Society materials include lecture note outlines, presentations, exams and annotated readings.
Box 8: Sociology 197: Self and Society reader and lecture notes; Sociology 223: Mind and Body seminar notes, outlines and syllabus; Sociology 159: Sociology of Knowledge reading lists, exams and syllabus and Sociology 220: Sites of Selfing discussion guides and lecture notes.
Box 12: Student "Heap" journal includes Pollner's notes on sociological theories and course assignments, file of Pollner's notes on ethnomethodology and theorists, Sociology 202 notes and Sociology 271: Introduction to Ethnomethodology notes.
Box 14: Sociology 149/Sociology 17 and Sociology 154 lecture notes, class exercises, midterms, finals and copies of readings.
Box 16-17

Open reel audio tapes.

Scope and Content

Box 16: Fourteen tapes. Ten concern Pollner's traffic court field studies, one is a Harold Garfinkel talk with a question and answer session, another includes a note to Garfinkel and two are unidentifed.
Box 17: Twelve tapes concerning Pollner's traffic court field studies.

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