Finding Aids for the Research Institute for the
Study of Man (RISM) Archival Collections
in the New York University Archives

Founded in 1955 by Dr. Vera D. Rubin (19111985), RISM brought the burgeoning methodologies of the social sciences to bear on the study of developing and rapidly changing societies. Much of this seminal work was pioneered in the Caribbean, and the Collections form an important resource for that region. But they document as well the breadth of social science research that has flourished at RISM, as researchers in fields ranging from history to anthropology, medicine to demographics have sought to understand the human experience through the lens of societies being transformed by economic and social forces. Below are links to the finding aids to the RISM archival collections housed in the New York University Archives.


Audiovisual Collection, 1957-1996
Sula Benet Papers, 1954-1982
The Bolivia Project, 1964-1997
Census of Mental Hospitals in the Caribbean, 1959-1971
Center for Haitian Studies, 1967-1975
Cross-Cultural Comparisons of Aging and Longevity Study, 1976-1995
Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Cannabis Conference
Interuniversity Consortium, 1962-1975
Medical School Attitude Questionnaire (MSAQ, 1959-1960
New Perspectives on Caribbean Studies: Toward the 21st Century
and Prospects for Caribbean Basin Integration, 1979-2008 (bulk 1984)
Peace Corps Training Program, 1960-1982
Puerto Rico Project, 1943-1951
Study of the Aspirations of Youth in a Developing Society (The Trinidad Study), 1957-1961
Study of Chronic Marihuana users in Jamaica (The Ganja Project), 1970-981
Vertical Files, 1900-2000
Carl L. Withers Manuscript Collection, 1947-1984

Last Updated: October 14, 2010