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BANC MSS 99/285 c  
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  • Access
  • Accruals
  • Acquisition Information
  • Alternate Forms Available
  • Biographical Information
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  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • System of Arrangement
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Publication Rights

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Bob Blauner papers
    Creator: Blauner, Bob (Robert)
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 99/285 c
    Physical Description: 21.4 Linear Feet (16 cartons, 1 box, and 2 card file boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1949-2011
    Abstract: The Bob Blauner papers consist of materials related to the distinguished sociologist’s research, writings, and teachings on race relations, class, and masculinity. The bulk of the collection consists of Blauner’s research for his study of racism, manhood, and culture, "Black lives, white lives: three decades of race relations in America." There are also materials related to an anti-poverty project in Richmond, California, other books and writings, course materials, and a small amount of correspondence, personalia, and files related to his career in the Sociology Department at UC Berkeley.
    Language of Material: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.


    RESTRICTED. Requests for use of original must be approved by the appropriate curator. Box 1 contains restricted student information and is sealed until 2046 per curator stipulation.


    No additions are expected.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Bob Blauner in 1999 and Karina Epperlein in 2018.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Biographical Information

    Bob (Robert) Blauner was Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. A factory worker for five years, Blauner went on to earn a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Chicago, in 1948 and 1950 respectively, and a Ph.D from UC Berkeley in 1962. He taught at the University of Chicago and San Francisco State University before settling into his career at U.C. Berkeley (1963-1993). Blauner is recognized for his work on racial minorities in the United States, and for his hypothesis differentiating between the experiences of racism and discrimination among voluntary migrants and colonized peoples. He died at the age of 87 in Berkeley in 2016.


    Finding Aid Author(s):
    Mario H. Ramirez
    Date Completed:
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    The former title of this collection was the Bob Blauner research notes.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Access to audio-visual materials may be restricted due to technical limitations.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Bob Blauner papers, BANC MSS 99/285 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Processing Information

    Processed by Mario H. Ramirez in 2013. Additions processed by Marjorie Bryer in 2019

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Scope and Content Note

    The Bob Blauner papers consist of materials related to the distinguished sociologist’s writings, and teachings on race relations, class, and masculinity. The bulk of the collection consists of interviews, notes, and other materials from Blauner’s research in the San Francisco Bay Area and northern California during 1967-1969 and 1977-1986 for his study of racism, manhood, and culture in American society, which was published under the title "Black lives, white lives: three decades of race relations in America." There are also interviews from New Careers for the Poor, a Richmond, California anti-poverty project (1966-1967); notes on an unidentified race relations project and reading notes on classics of race theory to 1972; Blauner's published and unpublished writings, including major book projects on factory workers and alienation, racial oppression in America, men’s grieving the loss of their mothers, the 1968 Huey Newton trial, and the Loyalty Oath at Cal. The collection is divided into 7 series: Black Lives, White Lives/Racism, Manhood and Culture in America; New Careers for the Poor (Richmond Project); Race Relations Project; Correspondence and Personalia; Writings; Course Materials; and Administrative Materials.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright for materials in Cartons 1-7 and cardfile boxes 1-2 have been transferred to the Regents of the University of California. Copyright for materials in Cartons 8-16 and Box 1 have been retained by the donor, Karen Epperlein. Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Berkeley (Calif.)
    Faculty papers
    University of California, Berkeley. -- Department of Sociology.
    Race relations.
    African Americans -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area -- Interviews.
    African Americans - Civil rights
    Working class.
    Mothers and sons.
    Academic freedom -- California -- History -- 20th century.
    Loyalty oaths--California--Berkeley
    Oral history
    Blauner, Bob (Robert)