The collection begins with records from 1929 when Emory Bogardus, Ph.D. of the University of Southern California founded the
Pacific Sociological Association (PSA) and ends in 2008 upon the retirement of PSA Chief Executive Officer, Dean S. Dorn,
Ph.D., of California State University Sacramento. Contents of the collection include correspondence and emails, minutes of
Business and Executive Council meetings, newsletters, annual meeting agendas, election materials, committee reports, copies
of annual PSA presidential addresses and early accounting records. There are gaps in the chronology of some of the earlier
records, especially for meeting minutes, membership and election of officers.
Emory Bogardus, Ph.D. of the University of Southern California founded what is now called the Pacific Sociological Association
(PSA) in 1929. In the fall of that year, Bogardus called together professors of sociology in southern California to form a
regional sociological association. The name adopted at this meeting, Pacific Southwest Sociological Association, was changed
in 1931 to the Pacific Sociological Society and the constitution was changed to provide for an enlarged membership that would
extend from southern California to British Columbia. By vote of the membership in 1960, the name of the organization was changed
to the Pacific Sociological Association. The purpose and object of the association is to promote both sociological research
and the teaching of sociology in universities, colleges, community colleges, and high schools in the Pacific area. It accomplishes
its mission by convening an annual meeting and publishing its journal. The Pacific Sociological Review was launched in 1958
with the intent to publish articles presented at the society’s meetings as well as a few manuscripts submitted independently.
In 1983, the journal was renamed Sociological Perspectives.
17.5 Linear feet
(10 record cartons and 4 flat boxes)
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