University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the David Rodnick Papers, 1936-1980

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Rodnick, David, 1908-
Title: Rodnick, David, Papers
Dates: 1936-1980
Abstract: Composed of research notes and reports, a diary, speeches, manuscripts, other literary works, and photographs, the David Rodnick Papers, 1936-1980, document Rodnick’s career as a sociologist and anthropologist.
Accession No.: 84-99
Extent: 3 ft., 2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, sociologist and anthropologist David Rodnick (1908-1980) earned a B. S. from New York University in 1930, an M.A. from Yale in 1933, and a Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in 1936. Following World War II, he began cultural analysis of European countries and cultures including posts at the Office of Military Government in occupied Germany, the Paris office of Air University, the University of Oslo, Columbia University, and Princeton University. In the 1950s he became a professor at Inter-American University, San German, Puerto Rico, before moving to Iowa Wesleyan College and then Texas Technological University (1965-1975). Rodnick’s fieldwork also included study of the Assiniboin and Siksika Indians of Montana and historical research of La Bahía Mission in Victoria County, Texas, for the National Park Service. He collaborated with Dr. Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead and authored many books including The Fort Belknap Assiniboine of Montana: A Study in Culture Change (1938), Postwar Germans, An Anthropologist’s Account (1948), The Norwegians; A Study In National Culture (1955), and The Strangled Democracy: Czechoslovakia, 1948-1969 (1970).


“Rodnick, David.” Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Scope and Contents

Composed of research notes and reports, a diary, speeches, manuscripts, other literary works, and photographs, the David Rodnick Papers, 1936-1980, document Rodnick’s career as a sociologist and anthropologist. Published and unpublished manuscripts, other literary works, notes, reports, interviews, and speeches chronicle Rodnick’s field research and ensuing publications on such topics as Native Americans, post-war Europeans, Jewish culture, and Louis Juchereau de St. Denis. A diary chronicles his work and life in Norway, while photographs portray Rodnick and his wife Elizabeth, the couple with Ruth Benedict, and a certificate making him an honorary member of the Assiniboine tribe. Additional material relates to Rodnick’s teaching and fellowships.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Rodnick, David, 1908- -- Archives
St. Denis, Louis Juchereau, chevalier de, 1676-1744
Assiniboine Indians -- Social life and customs.
Anthropology -- Research
Jews -- Civilization
National characteristics, British.
National characteristics, Czech.
National characteristics, French.
National characteristics, German.
National characteristics, Norwegian
Potawatomi Tribe -- Social life and customs
Siksika Indians -- Social life and customs
Sociology -- Research

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

David Rodnick Papers, 1936-1980, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project," 2009-2011.

Detailed Description of the Papers


Early career:

3W42 American Indian reports, Office of Indian Affairs, Dept. of Interior
Office of War Information:
Reports and notes, 1943-1944.
Report, "Basic Background on Austrian Culture" undated.
Economic Cooperation Administration and Mutual Security Administration, 1951-1952.


Research on European countries:

3W42 Czechoslovakia:
Fellowship applications, plans of study, reports, correspondence, manuscript outline and sections
Original interviews, January-June 1948.
Original interviews, June-November 1948.
Materials on German culture, 1942-1946.
Information Control Division: briefs, interview, correspondence, 1945-1946.
3W43 Interviews:
Interviews, December 1945-January 1946.
Interviews, February-March 1946.
Interviews, April-May 1946.
Government personnel close to Adenauer, 1956.
Bonn, ; Eschwege 19571957
Eschwege, 1971.
Monograph (incomplete) on Eschwege, : 1958
Chapters II-IV
Chapters V, VI, VIII-XI
Photocopies from The Germans; Public Opinion Polls 1947-1966, 1967
3W44 France:
Visits to French schools, 1953.
Chateauroux area, 1952-1953.
Visits, November 1952-1953, April 1954.
Visits, 1955, July 1957.
Reports, August 1953 and April 1954.
Unpublished manuscript, "The Politics of Frustration : The Cultural Milieu of Communism in France", 1956.
Chapters I-III
Chapters IV-VI
Chapters VII-X
3W45 Other literary productions:
Master thesis, Yale University, 1933.
"Hassidism - A Study of a Mystical Culture Among the East European Jews":
Part one
Part two
Second copy of part one, pp. 1-79
Monographs, speeches, papers given:
Materials, 1946, 1951, 1959.
Materials, 1960-1964.
Materials, 1966, 1969, 1972-1973.
Materials, 1974.
"Societies and Cultres of India", 1974.
3W46 "Latin America", part I, 1974.
"Latin America", part II, 1974.
Materials, 1975.
Materials, 1976-1977, 1980.
Books reviews, 1956-1980.
Norway diary, 1949-1950.
Pp. 1-121
Pp. 122-243
Pp. 244-364
3W47 Major unpublished manuscripts:
"Great Britain: The Psychological Impact of the Suez Affairs,", 1956:
Chapters I-V
Chapters VI-XII
"Gentle Warrior: The Life and Times of Louis Juchereau de St. Denis,", 1957-1958:
Abstracts, chapters I-III
Chapters III-VII
Chapters VIII-XI, bibliography
3W48 "The Development of the Jews from the Perspective of a Social Scientist,", 1980:
Chapters I-V
Chapters VI-VIII
Chapters IX-XI
Chapters XII-XIV
3W49 Chapters XV-XVI
Chapters XVII-XVIII, bibliography
Personnel file, 1936, 1951, 1959-1963
Correspondence with editor of Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1964-1966
Class teaching outlines, 1958-1960, 1978
3Y45 Photographs:
David and Elizabeth Rodnick
Indian "certificate" given to David Rodnick
David and Elizabeth Rodnick with Ruth Benedict