Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System, 1950-1951: Life History Interview Recodes (ICPSR 8972)

Published: Feb 16, 1992

Principal Investigator(s):
Clyde Kluckhohn; Donna Bahry


Version V1

This data collection contains recodes of interviews with displaced persons who had left the USSR during and after World War II. Fielded in 1950-1951, the interviews were designed to explore the day-to-day life experience of Soviet citizens, the way that Soviet institutions functioned at the level of the ordinary citizen, and the psychological characteristics of the Soviet population. Major areas of investigation included education, work, government, communications, family, philosophy, and ideology. Background information on respondents includes sex, year respondent left the USSR, nationality, party membership, Komsomol membership, occupation, marital status, age, and highest educational level.

Kluckhohn, Clyde, and Bahry, Donna. Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System, 1950-1951:  Life History Interview Recodes. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-16. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08972.v1

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United States Air Force. Human Resources Research Institute (505-934-0001, 33(038)-12909)

National Council for Soviet and East European Research (701)

1950 -- 1951

1950 -- 1951

Users should note that the card image data locations specified in the codebook are no longer valid. A variable name index appended to the codebook links the codebook to the LRECL data file via the SPSS control cards. These data were produced under the auspices of the Soviet Interview Project, James R. Millar, Principal Investigator.

Quota sample. Respondents were chosen randomly to provide equal numbers from among eight occupational groups, five age groups, and men and women. Preference was given to people who had left the Soviet Union most recently.

Soviet displaced persons in Germany, Austria, and the United States in 1950-1951.

transcripts of personal interviews

survey data




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