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Inventory of the Donald C. Stone, Jr. Papers, 1971-1983
GTU 2001-8-03  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Donald C. Stone, Jr. Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1971-1983
    Accession number: GTU 2001-8-03
    Creator: Stone, Donald C., Jr.
    Extent: 4 boxes, 4 linear ft.
    Repository: The Graduate Theological Union
    Berkeley, California
    Abstract: The papers document Donald C. Stone's work with Ornstein and Swencionis on the est Outcome Project, and the development of his doctoral research, including his various publications on the human potential movement, up to the completion of his doctoral dissertation.
    Shelf location: 5/D/4-5
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research. Series IV, Interview #38 is restricted to the year 2035.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Donald C. Stone, Jr. Papers, GTU 2001-8-03, The Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Donald C. Stone, Jr.

    Biography

    Donald C. Stone, Jr., while a graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley, 1972-1981, was a teaching assistant for sociologist, Robert Bellah. Stone also worked with psychologist, Robert Ornstein, and psycho-physiologist, Charles Swencionis, at the University of California San Francisco Medical School, on their est Outcome Study. They were interested in demonstrating statistically a relationship between the graduates of Erhard Seminars Training [ est] and their physical and mental well-being.
    Stone writes, "I had the good fortune to be at the center of conceptualizing and carrying out the est Outcome Study which gave me the opportunity to investigate the experience of est graduates with not only the est training but also with religious, quasi-religious, and other human potential movement trainingsAnd having gained the confidence of Werner Erhard [founder of est] that I was a competent survey researcher and could be trusted to oversee an objective studyI was given unusual access as an unpaid volunteer to the est organization and to a random sample of est graduates who I interviewed in depth, 2-4 hours.[Werner] really wanted to know what happened to est graduates during and after the training, both good and bad outcomes, and I was delighted to carry out my mandate to be scrupulously objectiveWhen the est Outcome survey was complete, I then turned to my own research and in-depth interviews of est graduates." [See Box 2, Folder 37, for Stone's autobiographical account.]

    Scope and Content

    The papers document Stone's work with Ornstein and Swencionis on the est Outcome Project, and the development of his doctoral research, including his various publications on the human potential movement, up to the completion of his doctoral dissertation.
    They include, correspondence, annotated manuscripts and transcripts of interviews, handwritten and typed research notes, notebooks, questionnaires, agendas and minutes of meetings, drafts of manuscripts, reports, surveys, printouts, published materials, clippings, audiovisual materials including data tapes and audiocassettes of lectures and panels, flyers and other ephemera.
    Of note is Stone's set of interviews of est graduates, which were coded to secure confidentiality, materials on Erhard Seminars Training at its beginnings, including rare audiocassette recordings of Werner Erhard, and Stone's notes and annotations throughout his papers.

    Arrangement

    The collection is organized into eight series: Doctoral Dissertation; Correspondence; Methodology and Planning; Interviews; Writings and Publications; Erhard Seminars Training; Related Research; and Related Resources.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Erhard, Werner, 1936-
    Est, an Education Corporation--History--Sources
    People's Temple--History--Sources