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Don Albert Martindale papers

Identifier: 1019

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, class materials essays and book reviews.


  • circa 1955-1986


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


Requests for permission to quote from the Don Albert Martindale papers should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives head.

Biographical Sketch of Don Albert Martindale (1915-1985)

Don Martindale was born on February 9, 1915 in Marinette, Wisconsin. After graduating from high school, Martindale went to work full-time on farms and factories in Northern Wisconsin. It was not until the Great Depression that he decided to attend college at the University of Wisconsin. He earned his B.A. in philosophy in 1939 and his M.A. in 1940. During World War II, Martindale served in the army in the Pacific Theater (1942-1946). After his war service, Martindale returned to complete his Ph.D. in sociology at Wisconsin.

From 1946 to 1948, Professor Martindale taught sociology at the extension schools of the University of Wisconsin. He came to the University of Minnesota in 1948. Over his academic career, Professor Martindale wrote over two dozen books on sociology and related topics. In 1971, he received an honorary degree at The Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he played a role in establishing a department of sociology and an institute for social research. Professor Martindale retired from the University of Minnesota in 1983. He passed away in 1985.


32 boxes (41.6 linear feet)


Collection contains correspondence, class materials essays and book reviews by Don Martindale, professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota.

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Source of acquisition

Donated to University Archives from 1989 to 1998.

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Don Albert Martindale papers, circa 1955-1986
Karen Spilman
January 2005
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