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Arnold Marshall Rose papers

Identifier: uarc 381

Scope and Content

This collection contains publications and published papers by Arnold Rose; manuscripts and drafts of many articles, including What is Prejudice, Law and Social Structure, and "Social Problems," a chapter from a book. Many of these are accompanied by correspondence regarding the article. There are reprints and journal articles; book reviews, correspondence and memos regarding publications; study on African Americans (transcripts regarding history and purpose of study) including research done in collaboration with Gunnar Myrdal ; organizations and conferences such as Midwest Sociological Society Programs, American Sociological Association, and Minnesota Association for Mental Health - these may include minutes, correspondence, etc.; trial notes, correspondence, newspaper articles, and other information, including a copy of Libel and Academic Freedom, concerning his libel suit against Christian Research Inc.; clippings, a handwritten diary, high school themes, valedictory speech, University of Chicago transcripts, diplomas, army documents, letters of recommendation, appointments, travel in Europe, and personal reports. Also included are studies and information on mental health and aging; extensive material on his social isolate study (questionnaires, thesis, raw data, tabulation sheets, notes), and extensive material on his school study (raw data, questionnaires, tabulation statistics, correspondence).


  • Creation: 1935-1968


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Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Sketch of Arnold M. Rose (1918-1968)

Arnold Rose was born on 2 July 1918. He received his B.A. in sociology in 1938, his B.A. in economics in 1939, his M.A. in sociology in 1940, and his Ph.D. in sociology in 1946, all from the University of Chicago. Arnold Rose came to the University of Minnesota in 1949 as an associate professor of sociology, being promoted to full professorship in 1952.

Rose was widely known for his studies on African Americans, the aged, mental health, and unions in America. He was the author of 20 books and 150 articles. In 1941, at age 23, he assisted Swedish sociologist Gunnar Myrdal on the research and writing of An American Dilemma: the Negro problem and modern democracy. Other books by Arnold Rose includedThe Negro in America, a condensation of Myrdal's book, published in 1948 and The Power Struggle, published in 1967, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Caroline Baer married Arnold Rose in 1943. She also served on the faculty in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota and co-authored several books and articles with her husband.

In 1964, Rose successfully brought a libel suit against the right-wing Minneapolis group, Christian Research Inc., Gerda Koch, its head and Adolph Grinde. Rose charged the group had libeled him in an article that implied he was a Communist sympathizer because of his collaboration with Gunnar Myrdal. Rose won the suit, but the $20,000 in damages was thrown out by the Minnesota Supreme Court on the grounds that Rose was a public figure. The case was viewed as a defense of academic freedom.

Rose was elected to the Minnesota state legislature in 1962, serving the 41st District, which included the University of Minnesota, but declined to run again in 1966 after being diagnosed with cancer. Arnold Rose died on 2 January 1968 in Minneapolis at the age of 49.


29 boxes (36.25 linear feet)


This collection contains the papers of Arnold M. Rose, sociology professor at the University of Minnesota.

Source of acquisition

This collection was donated to University Archives by Caroline Rose.

Related Material in University Archives

Caroline Baer Rose papers

Arnold Marshall Rose Papers, 1935-1968
Clodaugh Neiderheiser; updated by Amy Flessert
July 2006
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