Milton Rokeach Papers
UA.17.304

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Rokeach, Milton
Title
Milton Rokeach papers
ID
UA.17.304
Date [inclusive]
undated
Extent
8.5 Cubic feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Best known for his work on dogmatism and human values, psychologist Milton Rokeach was born in Poland in 1918 and moved with his family to Brooklyn, New York at age seven. He received a B.A. in Psychology from Brooklyn College in 1941 and an M.A. in Social Psychology from the University of California Berkley in the fall of the same year. Rokeach served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, working as a psychological assistant at Buckley Field. With help from the GI Bill, he worked at the Psychological Testing Unit following the war’s end. He received a Ph.D. from Berkley in 1947 and thereafter moved to East Lansing, Michigan, where he served as professor of Psychology at Michigan State University until 1970. During his time at MSU, Rokeach published some of his best known and highly acclaimed works, including The Open and Close Mind (1960),  Beliefs, Attitudes and Values: A Theory of Organization and Change (1968), and  The Three Christs of Ypsilanti: A Psychological Study (1964) which was later made into an opera and screenplay. Following his work at MSU, Rokeach served as faculty at the University of Western Ontario from 1970 to 1972, later joining Washington State University from 1972 to 1986. It was during this eight year period at WSU that he published  The Nature of Human Values (1973) and  Understanding Human Values: Individual and Societal (1979), and was the recipient of an honorary degree from the University of Paris (1984) as well as the Kurt Lewin Memorial Award of the American Psychology Association in 1984. Rokeach joined the faculty at USC in 1986 and was the recipient of the Harold Lasswell Award from the International Society of Political Psychology in 1988. He died on October 25, 1988 in Los Angeles, California.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains manuscript drafts and notes pertaining to Rokeach’s psychological studies and published works, including clinical materials, psychological profiles, doctors’ and nurses’ notes, correspondence, patients’ writings, and transcripts of interviews with patients, all collected in the course of his research. Most of the collection concerns research for his book The Three Christs of Ypsilanti. The collection is organized into 8 series: I. Drafts of  The Three Christs of Ypsilanti II. Research Materials for the Three Christs project III. Patients’ Letters & Notes of Group Meetings IV. Clinical Patient Observations V. Transcripts of Patient Interviews VI. Notes on Patient Observations (made by research assistants, nurses, medical staff, and Milton Rokeach, including comments on transcripts of group interviews with patients) VII. Drafts of  Open and Closed Mind VIII. Drafts of  Beliefs, Attitudes and Values.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections August 2012

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. In the interest of protecting patients’ privacy and in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the research materials and rough drafts relating to The Three Christs of Ypsilanti have been photocopied and redacted to block out the patients’ real names. These blocked out names have been replaced with initials that follow the pseudonyms used in  The Three Christs of Ypsilanti.

Legal Status

Copyright: Retained by the author, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Libraries. Special Collections Division.

Genre(s)

  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Manuscripts
  • Notebooks
  • Reports

Subject(s)

  • Psychology
  • Psychology -- Research

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Collection Inventory

Redacted and Unrestricted Files 

Series I: Drafts of The Three Christs of Ypsilanti 

Box Folder

First draft of Preface 

4040 1

First draft of Chapter 1: The Problem of Identity 

4040 2

First draft of Chapter 2: The Encounter 

4040 3

First draft of Chapter 3: Who They Were 

4040 4

First draft of Chapter 4: That's Your Belief, Sir 

4040 5

First draft of Chapter 5: Through the Looking Glass 

4040 6

First draft of Chapter 6: Days and Nights at Ypsilanti 

4040 7

First draft of Chapter 6: Days and Nights at Ypsilanti 

4040 8

First draft of Chapter 7: The Rotating Chairmanship 

4040 9

First draft of Chapter 8: Exit Dr. Rex 

4040 10

First draft of Chapter 9: R.I.D. 

4040 11

First draft of Chapter 9: R.I.D. (copy 2) 

4040 12

First draft of Chapter 10: Final Confrontations 

4040 13

First draft of Chapter 11: Flora and Fauna Commission 

4040 14

First draft of Chapter 12: The Problem of Authority 

4040 15

First draft of Chapter 13: Enter Madame Dung 

4040 16

First draft of Chapter 14: Madame God Makes a Few Suggestions 

4040 17

First draft of Chapter 15: A Research Assistant Becomes God 

4040 18

First draft of Chapter 16: The Lonely Duel 

4040 19

First draft of Chapter 17: Dad Makes a Few Suggestions 

4040 20

First draft of Chapter 18: The Loyalty Test 

4040 21

First draft of Chapter 19: Reports to Nobody 

4040 22

First draft of Chapter 20: Discussion 

4040 23

First draft of Epilogue 

4040 24

Preliminary draft of Chapter 5 

4040 25

"Setting" draft of pages 1-73 

4040 26

"Setting" draft of pages 74-174 

4040 27

"Setting" draft of pages 175-265 

4041 1

"Setting" draft of pages 266-381 

4041 2

"Setting" draft of pages 387-515 

4041 3

"Preliminary draft" of Three Christs of Ypsilanti 

4041 4

"Preliminary draft" of Three Christs of Ypsilanti 

4041 5

Final typescript of Three Christs of Ypsilanti 

4041 6-8

Series II: Research Materials for the Three Christs Study 

Box Folder

Application for research funding 

4041 9

Correspondence concerning the Three Christs project 

4041 10

Notes on the Three Christs project by Milton Rokeach 

4041 11

Bibliography including index cards 

4041 12

Cut-sheets & notes for "The Lonely Duel" 

4041 13

Cut-sheets & notes for "The Duel is Over, The Final Retreat" 

4041 14

Cut-sheets & notes for "Final Chapter" 

4041 15

Cut-sheets & notes for "Chapter 10: Final Chapter" 

4041 16

Patient intake and medical assessment (WAIR) forms 

4041 17

Series III: Patients' Letters & Notes of Group Meetings 

Box Folder

LG/Rex's letters May 1957-December 1959 

4041 18

LG/Rex's letters January-June 1960 

4042 1

JC's notes undated 

4042 2

"Meeting Chairman" lists [not copied] 

4042 3

JC's notebook 

4042 4

JC's notebook 

4042 5

JC's notebook [not copied] 

4042 6

Meeting reports (Most of the meeting reports written by JC; some by LG/Rex) 1959 

4042 7

Meeting reports January-March 1960 

4042 8

Meeting reports April-July 1960 

4042 9

Meeting reports August-October 1960 

4042 10

Meeting reports November-December 1960 

4042 11

Meeting reports January-March 1961 

4042 12

Meeting reports April-May 1961 

4042 13

Meeting reports June 1961 

4042 14

Meeting reports July 1961 

4042 15

Meeting reports August 1961 

4042 16

Meeting reports September 1961 

4042 17

Meeting reports October 1961 

4042 18

Meeting reports November 1961 

4042 19

Meeting reports December 1961 

4042 20

Meeting reports January 1962 

4042 21

Meeting reports February 1962 

4042 22

Meeting reports undated 

4042 23

Patient correspondence with Dr. Yoder (Most of these letters were written by JC; some by LG/Rex) July-December 1960 

4042 24

Patient correspondence with Dr. Yoder January-August 1961 

4042 25

Series IV: Observation Notebooks 

Box Folder

Ron Hoppe's notebook June 26 – July 6, 1959 

4042 26

Richard Bonier's notebook July 1 – August 10, 1959 

4042 27

D. Raisanen's Notebook July 1-30, 1959 

4042 28

Cheryl Normington's notebook July 1 – July 30, 1959 

4042 29

M. Rokeach's (?) Notebook July 1-30, 1959 

4042 30

Ron Hoppe's Notebook July 1-30, 1959 

4042 31

Cheryl Normington's Notebook [not copied] August 1-September 1, 1959 

4042 32

D. Raisanen's notebook [not copied, no folder in redacted files] August 3 – September 20, 1959 

Box Folder

Richard Bonier's notebook August 12 – September 12, 1959 

4042 33

Cheryl Normington's notebook [not copied, no folder in the redacted files] September 3 – September 19, 1959 

Box Folder

Richard Bonier's notebook September 15-20, 1959 

4042 34

Nurses' notes January 10 1960 – January 22, 1961 

4043 1

Mrs. Kells' notes on interviews in Detroit 1960 

4043 2

Series V: Transcripts of Interviews with Patients 

Box Folder

Transcripts of patient interviews 1959 

4043 2

Transcripts of patient interviews (some transcripts are carbon copies of ones in previous folder) 1959 

4043 3

Transcripts of patient interviews 1959 

4043 4

Transcripts of patient interviews 1959 

4043 5

Transcripts of group meetings July 2–27, 1959 

4043 6

Transcripts of group meetings July 30 – August 27, 1959 

4043 7

Transcripts of group meetings August 28 – December 14, 1959 

4043 8

Transcripts of group meetings December 16, 1959 – April 30, 1960 

4043 9

Transcripts of group meetings May 2 – September 29, 1960 

4043 10

Transcripts of group meetings October 3 – November 30, 1960 

4043 11

Transcripts of group meetings December 1, 1960 – March 29, 1961 

4043 12

Transcripts of group meetings March 30 – May 10, 1961 

4043 13

Transcripts of group meetings May 11 – June 1, 1961 

4043 14

Transcripts of group meetings June 6 – June 26, 1961 

4043 15

Transcripts of group meetings June 27 – July 20, 1961 

4043 16

Transcripts of group meetings July 25 – August 15, 1961 

4043 17

Transcripts of group meetings 1962-1964 

4043 18

Series VI: Observations of Patients 

Box Folder

Observations March 1959 

4043 19

Observations August 1959 

4043 20

Observations September 1959 

4043 21

Observations October 1959 

4043 22

Observations November 1959 

4043 23

Observations December 1959 

4043 24

Observations January 1960 

4043 25

Observations February 1960 

4043 26

Observations March 1960 

4043 27

Observations April 1960 

4043 28

Observations May 1960 

4043 29

Observations June 1960 

4043 30

Observations July 1960 

4043 31

Observations August 1960 

4043 32

Observations September 1960 

4043 33

Observations October 1960 

4043 34

Observations November 1960 

4043 35

Observations December 1960 

4043 36

Observations January 1961 

4043 37

Observations February 1961 

4043 38

Observations March 1961 

4043 39

Observations April 1961 

4043 40

Observations May 1961 

4044 1

Observations June 1961 

4044 2

Observations July 1961 

4044 3

Observations August 1961 

4044 4

Observations September-October 1961 

4044 5

Observations November-December 1961 

4044 6

Observations January-July 1962 

4044 7

Series VII: Drafts of Open and Closed Mind 

Box Folder

Outline of The Organization of Belief Systems and draft of Preface 

4044 8

Drafts of Chapter 1: Introduction 

4044 9

Draft Chapter 2: Organization of Belief–Disbelief Systems 

4044 10

Second draft Chapter 2: Organization of Belief–Disbelief Systems 

4044 11

Draft Chapter 3: Fundamental Distinctions between Open and Closed Systems 

4044 12

Draft Chapter 4: Measurements of Open and Closed Mind 

4044 13

Draft Chapter 5: Two Validation Studies with High & Low Dogmatic Groups 

4044 14

Draft Chapter 6: Dogmation and Opinionation in Politics and Religion 

4044 15

Draft Chapter 7: Two Kinds of Prejudice or One? 

4044 16

Draft Chapter 8: Denny Doodlebug Problem 

4044 17

Draft Chapter 9: Dogmatic Thinking vs. Rigid Thinking 

4044 18

Draft Chapter 10: The Formation of a New Belief System 

4044 19

Draft Chapter 11: Role of Past Experience 

4044 20

Draft Chapter 12: On Party-line Thinking 

4044 21

Draft Chapter 13: On Loyalty to and Defection From A Belief System 

4044 22

Draft Chapter 14: The Formation of New Perceptual Systems 

4044 23

Draft Chapter 15: The Enjoyment of New Musical Systems 

4044 24

Draft Chapter 16: The Organization of Disbelief Systems 

4044 25

Draft Chapter 17: Some Behavioral Manifestations of Disbelief Systems 

4044 26

Draft of Chapter 18: Changes in Values in Relation to Open-Closed Systems 

4044 27

Draft of Chapter 19: Dogmatism, Anxiety, and Childhood Experience 

4044 28

Draft of Chapter 20: Time Perspective, Dogmatism and Anxiety 

4044 29

Draft of Chapter 21: Some Reactions to A Person Employing Opinionated Language 

4044 30

Draft of Chapter 22: The Effect of Threat on the Dogmatization of Catholicism 

4044 31

Draft of Chapter 23: Personality, Ideology, and Cognitive Functioning 

4044 32

Draft of Appendix 

4044 33

Peer reviews of Chapters 1-10 

4044 34

Peer reviews of Chapters 11-23 

4044 35

Sample Questionnaire 

4044 36

Series VIII: Drafts of Beliefs, Attitudes and Values 

Box Folder

Draft of Beliefs, Attitudes and Values, pp. 1-112 

4044 37

Draft of Beliefs, Attitudes and Values, pp. 113-213 

4045 1

Draft of Beliefs, Attitudes and Values, pp. 214-End 

4045 2

Preliminary draft of Preface 

4045 3

Draft of "chapter 3": Private Acceptance and External Support (not published) 

4045 4

Draft of "chapter 4": The Measurement of Values and Value Systems (not published) 

4045 5

Preliminary draft of chapters 4 & 5: Principle of Belief Congruence and Nature of Attitudes 

4045 6

Draft of chapter 5: The Nature of Attitudes 

4045 7

Preliminary draft of "Chapter 5" (later became chapter 7) 

4045 8

Draft of chapter 7: A Theory of Organization and Change Within Value and Attitude Systems 

4045 9

Preliminary draft of chapter 9: Attitude Change & Behavioral Change 

4045 10