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Amitai Etzioni papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS0657-UA

Collection Scope and Content

Materials in this collection include diaries, articles (in English and Hebrew), books, posters, photographs, newspapers, correspondence, and manuscripts. They range in date from 1941-65, and were donated to the University Archives in two accessions by Amitai Etzioni in 1997. One accession has not been processed.

Dates

  • 1941-1965

Creator

Restrictions on Access

The entire collection is closed until the death of the donor or with permission from the donor.

Restrictions on Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Historical or Biographical Note

Amitai Etzioni (1929- ) is University Professor and Professor of International Affairs, and Director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies at The George Washington University. Dr. Etzioni was born in Koln, Germany on January 4, 1929. He received his B.A. (1954) and M.A. (1956) from The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1958.

After receiving his Ph.D. in Sociology he served as a Professor of Sociology at Columbia University for twenty-two years and served as chair of the of the department from 1969-71. He was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution in 1978 before serving as a Senior Advisor to the White House on domestic affairs from 1979-1980. In 1980, Etzioni was named the first University Professor at GW, where he is the Director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies. From 1987-1989, he served as the Thomas Henry Carroll Ford Foundation Professor at the Harvard Business School.

Dr. Etzioni served as the president of the American Sociological Association in 1994-95, and in 1989-90 was the founding president of the International Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. In 1990, he founded the Communitarian Network, a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to shoring up the moral, social and political foundations of society. He was the editor of “The Responsive Community: Rights and Responsibilities,” the organization's quarterly journal, from 1991-2004. In 1991, the press began referring to Dr. Etzioni as the ‘guru' of the communitarian movement.

Dr. Etzioni is the author of twenty-four books, including The Monochrome Society (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001), The Limits of Privacy (New York: Basic Books, 1999), The New Golden Rule (New York: Basic Books, 1996), which received the Simon Wiesenthal Center's 1997 Tolerance Book Award, The Spirit of Community (New York: Crown Books, 1993), and The Moral Dimension: Toward a New Economics (New York: Free Press, 1988). His most recent books are My Brother's Keeper: A Memoir and a Message (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), and From Empire to Community: A New Approach to International Relations (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).

Outside of academia, Dr. Etzioni's voice is frequently heard in the media. In 2001, he was named among the top 100 American intellectuals as measured by academic citations in Richard Posner's book, Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline. Also in 2001, Etzioni was awarded the John P. McGovern Award in Behavioral Sciences as well as the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He was also the recipient of the Seventh James Wilbur Award for Extraordinary Contributions to the Appreciation and Advancement of Human Values by the Conference on Value Inquiry, as well as the Sociological Practice Association's Outstanding Contribution Award.

Etzioni is married and has five sons.

The collection was donated to the University Archives in two accessions by Amitai Etzioni in 1997

N.B. This history note was written in 2005

Extent

10.5 Linear Feet

Language

English

Abstract

Materials in this collection include diaries, articles (in English and Hebrew), books, posters, photographs, newspapers, correspondence, and manuscripts. They range in date from 1941-1965.

Collection Organization

Organized into two series both titled papers.

Acquisition Information

These records were donated to the University Archives in two accessions by Amitai Etzioni in 1997.
Title
Preliminary Guide to the Amitai Etzioni papers, 1941-1965
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

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