Selections from the Robert K. Merton Papers Exhibit Opens at RBML in September
NEW YORK, August 20, 2010 –

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia University is presenting an exhibit from the collection of noted sociologist Robert K. Merton in honor of his centennial from September 1 to October 22.

Papers and a variety of ephemera spanning 60 years will be on view in the library’s Chang Octagon Exhibition Room located on the 6th Floor East of Butler Library.

Robert K. Merton (1910-2003), the esteemed Columbia sociologist, and one of the trailblazers in the field of the social sciences in America, was best known for founding the sociology of science and for his theoretical work analyzing social structures, particularly the intended and unintended consequences of social action, Merton became the first sociologist ever to win the National Medal of Science in 1994.

The Merton collection chronicles Merton's longstanding tenure with the Sociology Department and contains primary source material documenting Merton's significant contributions to 20th century sociological theory through correspondence with key sociologists, unpublished studies, lectures, syllabi and research notes. The papers can be accessed via Columbia's Rare Book & Manuscript Library: /content/libraryweb/indiv/rbml.html

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The Rare Book & Manuscript Library owns over 500,000 rare books in some 20 book collections and almost 28 million manuscripts in nearly 3,000 separate manuscript collections. It is particularly strong in English and American literature and history, classical authors, children‘s literature, education, mathematics and astronomy, economics and banking, photography, the history of printing, New York City politics, librarianship, and the performing arts. Individual collections are as eclectic as they are extensive. For more information, please see: /content/libraryweb/indiv/rbml.html

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources:  

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