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Paul Kecskemeti papers

Identifier: 11-MWalb02744

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials related to the life and work of Paul Kecskemeti (1901-1980). Document types include notes, correspondence, memoranda, and drafts of publications, including materials related to publications by and about German Sociologist, Karl Mannheim (brother-in-law of Kecskemeti).

Paul Kecskemeti was a Hungarian philosopher and political scientist. He came to the United States in 1940, and served as a Regional Analyst in the U.S. Office of War Information from 1942-1945, and in the War Department from 1946-1948. Later, he became a founding member of the RAND Corporation in the position of Senior Research Associate, during which time he authored numerous publications. Finally, Kecskemeti served as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at Brandeis from 1966-1967, after which he was regularly invited back to replace permanent faculty members who were taking leave.

Source: "Paul Kecskemeti (1901-1980)," by Gordon Fellman, ASA Footnotes, August 1981 (Volume 9, Number 6)


  • 1939-1956

Conditions Governing Access

This collection has not yet been reviewed for access and may contain restricted materials. Please contact the University Archives & Special Collections in advance to request access.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.


4 Boxes (4 boxes)

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Custodial History

As this was an early donation, the provenance of this collection is somewhat unclear. Paul Kecskemeti willed his papers to Brandeis University upon his death in 1980. The transfer of the materials in this collection to the Brandeis Library was facilitated by Professor Martin Rein of M.I.T and a Professor Gans, sometime around 1981-1984.

Processing Information

Collection was maintained in the order in which it was received by the archives.

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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

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