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Ely Chinoy Papers

Identifier: LP001630

Scope and Content

The Ely Chinoy Collection contains correspondence, interviews, research notes, reference materials and draft manuscripts relating primarily to the writing of Automobile Workers and the American Dream and Assembly Line, the manuscript of which was incomplete at the time of Professor Chinoy’s death.

Important subjects in the collection: Automobile industry and trade--United States Automobile industry workers--United States Industrial sociology--Research International labor activities Occupational mobility Occupational surveys Oldsmobile plant (Lansing, Mich.) Quality of work life UAW Local 650 (Lansing, Mich.)


  • 1936 - 1983


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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Ely Chinoy was born in Newark, New Jersey, received his doctorate from Columbia University and taught at Newark College of Engineering, New York University and the University of Toronto before becoming professor of sociology and anthropology at Smith College in 1951, where he later chaired the department. A member of the graduate faculty of the University of Massachusetts, he also taught at Clark University and Mount Holyoke College. Professor Chinoy, a specialist in the sociology of labor, described and analyzed discontent on the factory assembly line in his first book, Automobile Workers and the American Dream, and also authored Urban Future and two sociology textbooks, Society and Sociological Perspective. He died in an automobile accident in April of 1975 at the age of 53.


7 Linear Feet (7 SB)


Materials related to the writing of Automobile Workers and the American Dream and Assembly Line.


Folders are listed in the order they appear.


A number of books on automobile work, work generally, social mobility and industrial sociology have been placed in the Archives Library.

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