In the spring of 1966 Evan R. Collins, president of SUNYA, and Eugene Rabinowitch began a dialogue in which it was proposed that Rabinowitch come to SUNYA and help establish a research center which would be concerned with the impact of science and technology on public policy. In April 1967 the Educational Policies Council of the University Senate approved the creation of such a center, and an ad hoc planning committee was appointed. Throughout 1967 Rabinowitch working in conjunction with Eugene McLaren, assistant Dean of the Division of Science and Mathematics, organized the center and mapped out the future program and goals of the center.
By 1968 the Center for Science and the Future of Human Affairs was a reality. The Center was "organized for the purpose of orderly study of the interactions of modern science, its products and services, with the activities and aims of humankind." The Center was to develop "interdisciplinary research programs dealing with the impact of science and technology on man's personal and social existence" and considers "new approaches to education for life in the scientific age."
During 1967 and early 1968, Eugene Rabinowitch had presented a series of lectures at SUNYA. In September 1968 he was appointed as a professor of biology and chemistry at SUNYA with the additional duty of being senior advisor to the new Center.
On July 1, 1968 Victor Rabinowitch, son of Eugene Rabinowitch, was hired as director of the Center. Serving at the pleasure of SUNYA's president, Victor Rabinowitch was to be "senior administrator and manager of the operations of the Center." The director was assisted by an Advisory Committee drawn from the faculty of SUNYA.
The Center received a small planning grant from the Fleischmann Foundation in 1968. In 1969 another grant was received from the National Science Foundation; however, the Center never received sufficient support or funding from the state legislature, SUNY's central administration, or the SUNYA community.
In August 1969 the Center changed its name to the Center for the Study of Science and Society.
During its existence the Center did conduct at least four conferences. They include: The Scientific Revolution--Its Impact on Man and Society, March 1968; Evolutionary Processes, April 1970; The Integration of Science into General Education, May 1970; and, The Steady State Society, July 1971.
Frustrated by lack of support for the Center, Victor Rabinowitch, resigned as director on February 27, 1970. From March 1 to September 1, 1970 Eugene Rabinowitch was interim director of the Center. Heinz G. Pfeiffer was appointed director of the Center in April 1971, but by June 1971 he was no longer on the University payroll. The exact date that the Center ceased operations is unclear; however, this certainly happened by the time Eugene Rabinowitch left SUNYA in August 1972. The Center was finally a victim of the budget cuts and retrenchment which SUNYA underwent in the early 1970s.
The Center for the Study of Science and Society, 1966-1972, files contain the papers of Eugene Rabinowitch, Victor Rabinowitch, and Eugene H. McLaren. The files consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence, memoranda, reports, budgets, and financial statements, grant proposals, conference programs and papers, participant lists, resumes, press releases, reprints, pamphlets, leaflets, and clippings.
The files detail the history, structure, and activities of the Center. There are files relating to grants, which funded the Center. There are also files detailing the Center's relationship with other offices and departments on the SUNYA campus, as well as with SUNY Central Administration and the New York legislature. Several files detail the conferences and symposia sponsored by the Center. In addition, there are files containing materials from or about similar public policy programs at other institutions.
The files are arranged alphabetically by name of individual, name of organization, or subject. A general file for each letter of the alphabet precedes files for the same letter of the alphabet (ie.: "A" precedes "Advisory Committee"). Material within the files is arranged chronologically by year, month, and day. Partially dated material is placed at the end of the month or year; undated items are placed after dated materials. Enclosures are placed after their letter of transmittal.
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Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Center for the Study of Science and Society Records, 1967-1972. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Center for the Study of Science and Society Records).
|1||1||A||1967 December-1971 March|
|1||2||Ad Hoc Planning Committee||1967 June-1967 November, undated|
|1||3||Advisory Committee, Correspondence||1968 January-1970 December, undated|
|1||4||Advisory Committee, Members' Vitae||Undated|
|1||5||Annual Report||1969/1970, 1970 January-1970 February, undated|
|1||6||Anthropology Department||1970 January-1970 February|
|1||7||B||1967 April-1971 April, undated|
|1||8||Blum, Harold||1968 March-1970 January, undated|
|1||9||Brim Report||1969 August-1969 October|
|1||10||Budget and Finance||1967 April-1971 May, undated|
|1||11||Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists||1969 April-1971 March|
|1||12||Business, School of||1970 July|
|1||13||C||1968 February-1971 May, undated|
|1||14||Case Western Reserve University, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program||Undated|
|1||15||Center for Government Policy Analysis||1970 October, undated|
|1||16||Center for International Programs and Services||1967 October-1968 November|
|1||17||Center for International Programs and Services||1969 January-1971 March|
|1||18||Comparative Development Studies Center||1969 March-1970 July, undated|
|1||19||Cornell University, Science, Technology and Society Progra, Aug 1969 - July 1970||1969 August-1970 July|
|1||20||Criminal Justice, School of||1968 January-1968 April|
|1||21||D||1966 October-1971 February|
|1||22||Development of Science and Technology Seminar||1969 February-1969 November|
|1||23||Director, Search for||1970 February-1970 November|
|1||24||E||1969 April-1971 May|
|1||25||Eastern Regional Conference on Science and Technology for Public Programs||1969 February-1970 February|
|1||26||Economics Department||1968 May-1971 August, undated|
|1||27||English Department||1970 July|
|1||28||Environmental Issues||1968 November-1969 February|
|1||29||Evolutionary Processes Conference||1969 October-1970 September|
|1||30||F||1968 October-1971 January, undated|
|1||31||Five Rivers Program||1970 September-1970 October|
|1||32||Fleischmann Foundation, Correspondence||1967 September-1971 February|
|1||33||Fleischmann Foundation, Grant, Financial Statements||1968 June-1972 May|
|1||34||Fleischmann Foundation, Grant, Project Director's Report||1968 February-1969 August|
|1||35||Fleischmann Foundation, Grant, Proposals||1967 February-1967 September|
|1||36||Fleischmann Foundation, Grant, Proposals||1967|
|1||37||Fleischmann Foundation, Grant, Proposals||1970 June|
|1||38||G||1968 April-1971 January|
|1||39||Graduate School of Public Affairs||1968 October-1971 June|
|1||40||H||1968 October-1970 September, undated|
|1||41||Hall, Warren A.||1969 September-1971 December|
|1||42||Hirshom, Seth, "Center for the Study of Science and Society: A Case Study,"||1972 February|
|1||43||Horn, Axel||1969 March-1970 October|
|1||44||Hudson Institute||1969 February-1970 January|
|1||45||Institute for International Development, State University of New York||1969 January-1969 March|
|1||46||Institute on Man and Science||1968 September-1971 March|
|1||47||Integration of Science Into General Education Symposium||1969 July-1970 June, undated|
|1||48||International Center for Integrative Studies||1968 February-1970 February|
|1||49||International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology||1968 November-1970 February|
|1||50||J||1968 April-1970 November|
|1||51||K||1968 June-1970 February, undated|
|1||53||Levey, Martin||1968 November-1969 March, undated|
|1||54||Library Acquisitions||1968 July-1971 March|
|1||55||M||1967 September-1972 February, undated|
|1||56||McHale, John||1967 August-1967 November|
|1||57||McHale, John||1969 January-1969 March|
|1||58||McHale, John||1969 March|
|1||59||McLaren, Eugene H||1967 January-1970 February, undated|
|1||60||Man and Beast: Comparative Social Behavior Symposium, Smithsonian Institution||1969 May|
|2||1||Manifesto, Mission and Management: A Position Paper||1970 October|
|2||2||Manifesto, Mission and Management: A Position Paper||Undated|
|2||3||Manpower Report on Sponsored Research||1968 April-1968 July|
|2||4||Miscellaneous||1966 October-1969 October, undated|
|2||5||N||1968 April-1970 October, undated|
|2||6||National Academy of Sciences||1969 March-1970 February|
|2||7||National Environmental Library||1971 April|
|2||8||National Science Foundation, Correspondence||1969 July-1970 May|
|2||9||National Science Foundation, Correspondence||1970 June-1972 January|
|2||10||National Science Foundation, Grant, Financial Statements||1969 September-1972 May|
|2||11||National Science Foundation, Grant, Project Director's Report||1969 June-1969 August|
|2||12||National Science Foundation, Grant Proposal||1969, undated|
|2||13||National Water Commission||1969 May-1969 September|
|2||14||New York State Legislature||1970 January-1971 February, undated|
|2||15||New York State Science and Technology Foundation||1969 December-1970 November|
|2||16||New York University, Management of Science and Technology Course||1967-1969 February|
|2||17||Nonviolent Conflict Resolution Forum||1970 May-1970 December, undated|
|2||18||Northern Arizona Field Research Expedition||1969 April-1969 July|
|2||19||O||1969 January-1970 February|
|2||20||Ozarow, Vernon||1968 April-1969 November, undated|
|2||21||P||1967 November-1971 May|
|2||22||Personnel||1968 May-1971 January|
|2||23||Pfeiffer, Heinz G.||1970 September-1971 April|
|2||24||Philosophy Department||1968 June, undated|
|2||25||Physical Facilities, Feb 1968 - Dec 1970, nd|
|2||26||Prescott College, Contemporary Affairs,Center, April - May 1969||1969 April-1969 May|
|2||27||President's Office||1966 March-1971 May|
|2||28||Program on Aging||1968 December-1969 April|
|2||29||Proposal for Center||1966, undated|
|2||30||Prospectus||1970 June-1971 March, undated|
|2||31||Publicity||1968 March-1970 February|
|2||32||Purdue University, Science and Public Policy Program||1967 July-1969 May|
|2||33||R||1967 December-1971 May, undated|
|2||34||Rabinowitch, Eugene||1966 November-1971 December, undated|
|2||35||Rabinowitch, Victor||1968 February-1969 January|
|2||36||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||1968 December-1971 March, undated|
|2||37||Research Office||1967 April-1971 May, Undated|
|2||38||Russian and Soviet Scientific Thought||1968|
|2||39||S||1968 March-1972 February|
|2||40||St. Andrews Presbyterian College||1970 May|
|2||41||Science and Development Conference||1969 August-1970 October|
|2||42||Science and Mathematics Division||1968 November-1969 July|
|2||43||Science and Public Policies Study Group, Correspondence||1967 May-1971 January|
|2||44||Science and Public Policies Study Group, Newsletter||1969 November-1971 March|
|2||45||The Scientific Revolution and Man's Situation, Course||1968 June-1969 June, undated|
|2||46||The Scientific Revolution: Its Impact on Man and Society - Correspondence, Sept 1966 - 1967||1966 September-1967|
|2||47||The Scientific Revolution: Its Impact on Man and Society - Correspondence||1968 January-1968 February|
|2||48||The Scientific Revolution: Its Impact on Man and Society - Correspondence||1968 March-1969 January, undated|
|2||49||The Scientific Revolution: Its Impact on Man and Society - Financial Matters||1968 March-1968 June, undated|
|2||50||The Scientific Revolution: Its Impact on Man and Society - Miscellaneous||1967-1968, undated|
|3||1||Report of Conference||1968 March-1968 April|
|3||2||Seminar on Change, Proposal by James W. Corbett||1969 September, undated|
|3||3||Sloan Foundation||1969 October-1969 December|
|3||4||Social Invention Conference, SUNY Binghamton||1969 February-1969 May|
|3||5||Stanford University, Political and Social Issues Workshop||1969|
|3||6||State University of New York, Central Administration||1967 January-1971 May, undated|
|3||7||The Steady State Society Summer Institute - Correspondence||1970 October-1971 August|
|3||8||The Steady State Society Summer Institute - Miscellaneous||1966 February-1971 July, undated|
|3||9||The Steady State Society Summer Institute - Proposal||1971 February-1971 March, undated|
|3||10||The Steady State Society Summer Institute - Readings||1971 July|
|3||11||T||1969 May-1970 September|
|3||12||Territory of Man||1968 October-1968 December|
|3||13||Trends in Science Policy Seminar, Battelle Seattle Research Center||1969 March-1969 April|
|3||14||U||1968 January-1972 June|
|3||15||Unified Science Course||1967 February|
|3||16||University of California, Davis, Political Science Department||1968 January|
|3||17||University of Michigan||1967 June-1969 September|
|3||18||University of Virginia, Center for the Study of Science, Technology and Public Policy||1968 August-1970 June|
|3||19||V||1968 December-1969 November|
|3||20||W||1968 October-1971 October|
|3||21||Washington University, International Development and Technology Center||1968 July|
|3||22||Working Group on Science and Public Policy||Undated|
|3||23||Z||1968 October-1971 April|