Harold Garfinkel was a professor of
sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1954 to 1987. The papers
include: materials relating to Garfinkel's study of correspondence received by California
Governor Edmund G. (Pat) Brown regarding the criminal case of Caryl Chessman (executed on
May 2, 1960) and issues regarding capital punishment; transcripts and audio recordings of
UCLA course lectures by Garfinkel (Sociology Department); correspondence; speeches and
presentations; reprints; research notes and data; and research proposals.
Harold Garfinkel was the social theorist who developed and utilized ethnomethodology to
study social thought and practice. He received a BS in economics from the University of
Newark in 1939; an MA in sociology from the University of North Carolina in 1942; and a Ph.D
in sociology from Harvard University in 1952. He worked as an assistant professor
(1954-1957) and professor of sociology (1960-1984) at UCLA. He received the Cooley-Mead
Award of the Social Psychology Section of the American Sociological Association in 1995. He
wrote Studies in Ethnomethodology published in 1967.
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