Register of the Marjorie Fiske Papers, 1937-1949

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Register of the Marjorie Fiske Papers, 1937-1949

Collection number: MSS 84-7

UCSF Library & CKM

Archives and Special Collections

University of California, San Francisco

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  • UCSF Library & CKM
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Processed by:
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Date Completed:
June 1990
Encoded by:
Brooke Dykman Dockter
© 1998 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Marjorie Fiske Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1937-1949
Collection number: MSS 84-7
Creator: Fiske, Marjorie. 1914-1992
Extent: 20 cartons
Repository: University of California, San Francisco. Library. Archives and Special Collections.
San Francisco, California 94143-0840
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information


Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Marjorie Fiske Papers, MSS 84-7, Archives & Special Collections, UCSF Library & CKM

Biographical Data

Social psychologist Marjorie Fiske was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts on June 25, 1914. She received her B.A. from Mt. Holyoke College in 1935 and M.A. from Columbia University in 1938. The first six years of her career following graduate school were spent in New York City. From 1949-1953 she was deputy director of the evaluation staff of the State Department's International Broadcasting Service (Voice of America). In 1953-1954 she served as the executive director of the Ford Foundation's national planning committee on research in television. From 1953-1955 she also served as research director for Columbia University's Bureau of Applied Social Research.
In 1955 she came to California, serving as a lecturer in the sociology department of the University of California at Berkeley from 1955-1956, and from 1956-1958 she directed a book selection and censorship study and also lectured in social research at that institution's school of librarianship. In 1958 she came to the University of California School of Medicine at San Francisco, first as a lecturer in the psychiatry department (1958-1965) and later as professor of social psychology (1966-1983; emerita, 1983-1992).
At UCSF, she chaired the graduate group in human development, was founder and director of a pre-and post-doctoral training program in adult development and aging, and directed a closely related research program on social, psychological and cultural factors associated with adaptation at critical periods of adulthood and old age. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Sociological Association, the Gerontological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she also served as president of the Psychological and Social Sciences Section of the Gerontological Society, and in 1973 was the recipient of that society's Kleemeier Award for outstanding and meritorious contributions to reserch in aging. A frequent contributor of articles to professional journals, she authored or co-authored a number of books, most notably Mass Persuasion (1946), Book Selection and Censorship(1959), Lives in Distress (1964), Aging and Mental Disorder in San Francisco (1967), Four Stages of Life: A Comparative Study of Women and Men Facing Transitions (1975) and Middle Age: The Prime of Life?(1979).
Marjorie Fiske died on February 11, 1992.

Container List

Carton Carton 1

Appointment books, 1961, 1964-74. 12 vols.

Carton Carton 2

Graduate student matters (5 folders); M. Fiske and staff reprints/papers (43); UCSF committees (20); consultant work (15); misc. (10)

Carton Carton 3

M. Fiske reprints: misc. (13 folders); trans. (31); GRP (25); pre-GRP (24)

Carton Carton 4

Speeches, outlines, publicity, drafts, reports, correspondence, reviews: Fund for Adult Education, National Federation Business & Professional Women's Clubs (1943-45); Implementation Comm. on TV; grant proposals, e.g., Rockefeller Foundation (1952); vita; chronological file correspondence, 11/75-1979 (45 folders)

Carton Carton 5

Student memos, course notes (17 folders); notes for talks (59)

Carton Carton 6

Reprints: Fiske, Simon, Estes, etc. (108 folders)

Carton Carton 7

Johann Richert;Hermann Ravin: case study; mss of book (9 folders, mss notes on cards)

Carton Carton 8

Clipping file (2 folders); Gerontological Society 1972-73 (6); Psychological/social sciences program, M. Fiske, Chair (20)

Carton Carton 9

UCB/UCSF files (19 folders); other universities, institutions (26)

Carton Carton 10

Consultant files (12 folders); hospitals (10); correspondence (2); Dept. of Mental Health (1958-65) and other state agencies (6); federal agencies (10)

Carton Carton 11

Conferences, symposia on aging, gerontology (1951-70) (70 folders)

Carton Carton 12

Chronological files, 1968-78 (15 folders)

Carton Carton 13

Human Development Program (5 folders); misc. correspondence (9); American social associations (3); American Psychological Assn, Calif. Psychological Assn, Western Psychological Assn (12)

Carton Carton 14

Site visit training 1976 (9 folders); Consultants Conference (6); other institutions (9); misc. correspondence, 1974-76 (2); honorary degree Mt. Holyoke (4); name change (1); other (2)

Carton Carton 15

American Assn Public Opinion Research (9); AAAS, other organizations (4); Gerontological Society, American Geriatrics Society, International Society Gerontology, Western Gerontological Society (28 folders)

Carton Carton 16

UCSF committees (27); M. Fiske students (4); funding (5); misc. (12)

Carton Carton 17

UCSF correspondence, 1958-71 (21 folders); misc. correspondence (13)

Carton Carton 18

Gerontological Society, 1969-75 (26 folders)

Carton Carton 19

Professional associations, 1970-74 (54 folders)

Carton Carton 20

Publications, publishers' correspondence (29) folders; reviews, consultations (13)