Historical Documents

ICPSR's website through the years

I C P S R website in 1997
1997
I C P S R website in 2002
2002
I C P S R website in 2006
2006
I C P S R website in 2011
2011
I C P S R website in 2012
2012

Historical Files

storage and migration strategies
This blog piece on storage and migration strategies tells the story of the move away from magnetic tape.
tributes to Austin and Heitowit upon their retirements
Tributes to Erik Austin and Hank Heitowit from the 2006-2007 annual report on the occasion of their retirement.
Warren Miller's obituary in the New York Times
The New York Times obituary of Warren Miller, Feb. 3, 1999.
1989 report of ICPSR Review Committee
Report of the ICPSR Review Committee, June 1989 (the Blalock Report).
commissioned paper
A commissioned paper by Jerome Clubb, Erik Austin, Carolyn Geda, and Michael Traugott, contained in the 1985 book Sharing Research Data, lays out the case for data sharing in the social sciences (55 pages).
1981 Vavra article
This 1981 article in the Review of Public Data Use journal by Janet Vavra gives a snapshot of the consortium's activities in the early 1980s.
1971 recruitment letter to Union College
This 1971 letter to officials at Union College is an example of the efforts to attract new members to the consortium.
Philip Converse article
Article by Philip E. Converse, one of ICPSR's founders, in the Public Opinion Quarterly journal from 1964 titled "A Network of Data Archives for the Behavioral Sciences" describing the creation of ICPSR.
Warren Miller article
A 1963 article in the journal American Behavioral Scientist by Warren Miller reporting the activities of ICPSR in its first year.
1963-64 summer program activities
A summary of Summer Program activities from 1963-1964 annual report.
March 1963 grant application to Ford Foundation
A grant application to the Ford Foundation from March 1963 that helped launch ICPSR.
August 1962 letter from Miller to Likert
An August 1962 letter from ICPSR founder Warren Miller to Rensis Likert, director of the Institute for Social Research, describing the establishment of the Consortium.

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