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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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Creator: Berelson, Bernard, 1912-1979
Title: Records of the 1948 election voting study in Elmira, New York
Dates [inclusive]: 1939-1972 (bulk 1948-1954)
Abstract: The records of the 1948 election voting study in Elmira, New York, include the documentation underlying the book Voting: A Study of Opinion Formation in a Presidential Campaign, co-authored by Bernard R. Berelson, Paul F. Lazarsfeld, and William N. McPhee. In this study, the authors sought to analyze how citizens made up their minds as to how to vote. The study centered on the 1948 U.S. presidential contest between Harry S. Truman and Thomas E. Dewey, using the "normal community" of Elmira, New York, as the test site. The records include the completed questionnaires administered to over 1,000 participants at four points in time during and after the election campaign, study administration files, analyses, background reference materials, local newspapers and other periodicals from Elmira, and phonograph recordings of topical radio broadcasts, especially those of Fulton Lewis, Jr. and of  Meet the Press.
Quantity: 14.88 Linear feet  in 14 record cartons, one document box, and 67 phonograph records
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Call Phrase: MS 196