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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