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Guide to the Records of the 1948 Election Voting Study in Elmira, New York
1939-1972 (bulk 1948-1954)
 MS 196

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Scope and Contents Note

The records of the 1948 election voting study in Elmira, New York, include the project documents compiled, most likely, by Bernard R. Berelson, and that underlie the publication Voting: A Study of Opinion Formation in a Presidential Campaign. These documents include the project’s files concerning administration, planning, funding, methodology, field interviewer instructions, data coding, and analysis. The collection includes an extensive number, perhaps all, of the completed questionnaires and interviews from the study. These include the four “waves” of questionnaires implemented in 1948 and discussed in  Voting, probing voter attitudes toward the Presidential candidates, their perspective on key national and international issues, and influences on their voting choice. There are also two additional sets of questionnaires from 1950 that relate, although in an unclear manner, to the Elmira study. The collection also includes examples of mass media with potential influence on voting behavior in Elmira, especially local newspapers and other periodicals and recordings of radio broadcasts over local station WENY. Most of these recordings are of the syndicated national program of conservative newscaster, Fulton Lewis, Jr.

Arrangement Note

The collection is organized in three series:

Series I. General Project Documents, 1948- 1972 (bulk, 1948-1954)

Series II. Questionnaires, 1948-1950

Series III: Reference Materials, 1947-1948