James Watson and Peter Meiksins Study of Engineering Profession

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Call Number: D.462
Dates: 1980s-1990s
Physical Description: 8 manuscript boxes, 3 cassette boxes, 1 box 3 1/2 inch floppy discs
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Processing Information
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Related Materials
Content List
Series I. Research Materials
Box 1
Series II. Interviews
Box 2
Box 3
Box 4
Box 5
Box 6
Box 7
Box 8
Box 9
Box 10
Box 11
Box 12
Collection Overview
Call Number: D.462
Dates: 1980s-1990s
Physical Description: 8 manuscript boxes, 3 cassette boxes, 1 box 3 1/2 inch floppy discs
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Sociologist James M. Watson was born in 1931 in Los Angeles, California and received his B.A. in Philosophy and his Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA. His thesis on the Watts Riot, for which he directed the field interviews, was one of the first studies of 20th century race riots that revealed the important role of police brutality as a key factor. Funded partly by government grants, it was requested by then Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy's office.

After a first job at Indiana University, Watson came to the U. of Rochester in 1968, where his thesis chairperson, (Raymond J. Murphy) had become chair of the Sociology Department. A local firm had donated $50,000 to the University to set up an "Urban Observatory" to study the race riot that had occurred in Rochester and other cities, and some data had already been collected locally by Rochester sociology professor Dean Harper.

When the U of R Sociology was disbanded a few years after his arrival, Watson was invited to become the Chairperson of the Sociology Department at SUNY Geneseo. Watson remained at Geneseo for some 17 years serving as Chair and teaching a variety of courses. Watson's research interests also included the study of professions, theory, and class structure. One of the several research projects he was involved in was the study of engineers.

The material donated herein is based on an incomplete interview- in- depth- study of that profession. He was especially sensitive to the challenges of coding the interview material. Also included in this donation is some data that Watson and colleague Peter Meiksins did of a more survey research type with regard to engineers. Professor Watson was keenly interested in the divide between engineers who created and those who administered, or ones who moved from one focus to the other---i.e. with the topic of job satisfaction and its larger implications for society. He intended future research to include a special focus on women engineers. The interviews were done in the northeast, especially in upstate New York and Connecticut. However, Professor Watson died unexpectedly in August of 2010.

In retirement Professor Watson also taught at the Eastman School of Music, exercising his considerable interest in and knowledge of all types of music, music history and the sociology of music.

Scope and Content
The James Watson and Peter Meiksin Study of Engineering Profession is comprised of two series: Research Materials and Interviews. Both series span the late 1980s and 1990s. The first series includes two folders with notes related to an engineering study Watson conducted, which may be the same one referred to in the Interviews series. The second series includes lists of participating institutions and individuals, selected interview transcripts and questionnaires that subjects submitted.In addition to the eight manuscript boxes of questionnaires, there are 112 cassette tapes with interviews conducted by Watson and Meiksin as part of their study. There are also 58 3 1/2 inch floppy discs with selected interviews transcribed into a software called, Ethnograph.

Series I: Research Materials

Series II: Interviews

Processing Information
This collection was processed by Lori Birrell and Lee LaFleur in 2013. Finding aid written by Lori Birrell and Lee LaFleur in 2013.Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were the gift of Leah S. Watson, 2012.Access
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[Item title, item date], JAMES WATSON AND PETER MEIKSINS STUDY OF ENGINEERING PROFESSION, D.462, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
Subject headings

Watson, James Milton, 1931-

Meiksins, Peter, 1953-

Engineers -- Northeastern States -- Interviews .

Engineers -- Employment -- Northeastern States -- Attitudes.

Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055

Content List
Series I. Research Materials
Box 1
Research Materials and Interview Transcripts
1. Research Notes (1 of 2)
2. Research Notes (2 of 2)
Series II. Interviews
3. List of Participating Institutions and Survey's Scoring Breakdown
4. Interview Questions
5. Donald Allred, Interview Transcript
6. John Long, Interview Transcript
7. Richard Lux, Interview Transcript
8. J. Cobb, Personal Background Data
9. Peter Flowers, Personal Background Data
10. A1-8
11. A9-14
12. A22-23
13. A25-32
14. A33-37
Box 2
1. A38-42
2. A46, 48-51, 53
3. A56-61
4. A62-63, 65-68
5. A70-72, 74-76
6. A77-81, 84, 87
7. A88, 90-91, 93, 95-96
8. A97-102
9. A103-107
10. A111-116
11. A117-123
12. A125-131
13. A132-138
Box 3
1. A140-146
2. A146-156
3. A157-164
4. A166-174
5. A175-183
6. A184-192
7. A195-201
8. A202-208
9. A209-213
10. A214-223
11. A224-232
12. A233-240
Box 4
1. A241-251
2. A253-265
3. A266-271
4. A273-284
5. A285-294
6. A295-303
7. A304-310
8. A311-316
9. A317-322
10. A323-333
11. A334-339
12. A341-347
Box 5
1. A348-354
2. A355-362
3. A363-370
4. B11-18
5. B1-10
6. B19-31
7. B32-40
8. B41-49
9. B51-57
10. B58-64
11. B65-72
12. B74-79
13. B81-89
Box 6
1. B90-96
2. B97-102
3. B103-110
4. B111-118
5. B120-126
6. B129-135
7. B138-147
8. B149-154
9. B155-162
10. B163-166
11. C3-10
12. C12-19
13. C20-30
14. C33-40
15. C42-46
Box 7
1. C47-55
2. C57-68
3. C69-78
4. C79-86
5. C90-96
6. C97-103
7. C104-111
8. C113-118
9. C119-126
10. C130-131, D1-5
11. D6-16
12. D19-26
13. D29-35
14. D36-49
Box 8
1. D53-59
2. D60-69
3. D73-78
4. D80-86
5. D87-93
6. D94-102
7. D103-110
8. D113-120
9. D123-130
10. D131-139
11. D142-147
12. D149-151
Box 9
Interview Recordings (A- Gre)
Allred, Donald (2 cassettes)
Biasi, Terry (2 cassettes)
Brown, Mike (2 cassettes)
Chang, Linda (2 cassettes)
Cobb, Josh (2 cassettes)
Connell, Richard (4 cassettes)
Cordery, Robert (2 cassettes)
Czernick, Roman (2 cassettes)
Davidson, Mike (2 cassettes)
Dearlove, John (2 cassettes)
Durst, Robert (2 cassettes)
Flowers, Peter (2 cassettes)
French, Dale (2 cassettes)
Garguilo, Joe (2 cassettes)
Gillespie, Frank (2 cassettes)
Gravell, Linda (2 cassettes)
Greener, Jehuda (2 of 4 cassettes)
Box 10
Interview Recordings (Gre- N))
Greener, Jehuda (2 of 4 cassttes)
Hallaby, Adonis (2 cassettes)
Haque, Shahid(2 cassettes)
Hass, Dan (2 cassettes)
Hughes, Marjaneh (3 cassettes)
Jeffrey, Brigette (3 cassettes)
Kessler, David (2 cassettes)
Kuchyt, Jerry (2 cassettes)
Kurtz, Andy (4 cassettes)
Lang, John (2 cassettes)
Levy, Steve (2 cassettes)
Lux, Richard (3 cassettes)
Martin, Bud (2 cassettes)
McRay, Nelson (3 cassettes)
Millman, David (2 cassettes)
Moore, Karen (2 cassettes)
Naclerio, Ed (2 cassettes)
Box 11
Interview Recordings (P- Z)
Palamar, Peter (2 cassettes)
Raman, G. (2 cassettes)
Riello (2 cassettes)
Scwartz, Leon (2 cassettes)
Silverberg, Mort (2 cassettes)
Sisson (2 cassettes)
Smith, Paul (1 cassette)
Stevens, Lee (2 cassettes)
Supron, Steve (2 cassettes)
Taylor, Bret (2 cassettes)
Valcarcel, Eric (3 cassettes)
Weiss, Armin (3 cassettes)
Wenner, Steve (3 cassettes)
Young, Doug (2 cassettes)
Zemelman, E. (2 cassettes)
Zuidema, Eric (2 cassettes)
Box 12
Transcribed interviews, 3 1/2 floppy discs
Allred, Donald (2 floppy discs)
Biasi, Terry (2 floppy discs)
Chang, Linda (2 floppy discs)
Czernick, Roman (2 floppy discs)
Dearlove, John (2 floppy discs)
French, Dale (2 floppy discs)
Garguilo, Joe (2 floppy discs)
Gravell, Linda (2 floppy discs)
Greener, Jehuda (1 floppy disc)
Hallaby, Adonis (2 floppy discs)
Hughes, Marjaneh (1 floppy disc)
Jeffrey, Brigette (2 floppy discs)
Kessler, David (2 floppy discs)
Kurtz, Andy(1 floppy disc)
Lang, John (1 floppy disc)
Levy, Steve (2 floppy discs)
Lux, Richard (1 floppy disc)
Naclerio, Ed (2 floppy discs)
Palamar, Peter (2 floppy discs)
Raman, G. (2 floppy discs)
Riello (2 floppy discs)
Scwartz, Leon (2 floppy discs)
Sisson (1 floppy disc)
Stevens, Lee (2 floppy discs)
Supron, Steve (1 floppy disc)
Taylor, Bret (1 floppy disc)
Valcarcel, Eric (1 floppy disc)
Watson, James (4 floppy discs)
Weiss, Armin (2 floppy discs)
Wenner, Steve (2 floppy discs)
Young, Doug (3 floppy discs)
Zemelman, E. (1 floppy disc)
Zuidema, Eric (1 floppy disc)

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