Records pertaining to the administration of the center and its programs.
The Stanford Center for the Study of Families, Children and Youth was established in 1974 with support from Father Flanagan's
Boys' Town. The Center, known then as the Boys' Town Center for the Study of Youth Development at Stanford, sponsored interdisciplinary
research on the effects of deprivation and neglect on the life chances of children. Professor Robert Sears was appointed interim
Director during the organization of the Center, with Professor Al Hastorf appointed its first Director. Subsequent directors
included Merrill Carlsmith, Michael Wald, and Sanford Dornbusch.
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