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Ely Chinoy papers, 1921 - 1975 (Bulk: 1953 - 1977)
3 boxes (1.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: 42

Abstract:
Faculty. Department of Sociology. Contains various documents relating to the career of Ely Chinoy at Smith College including correspondence, photographs, news clippings, published works, research, course materials, and programs.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Ely Chinoy was born on September 5, 1921 in Newark, New Jersey to Sam and Bella Chinoy. He received his B.A. from the University of Newark (now Rutgers University) in 1942 summa cum laude. In the years following he held teaching positions at the Newark College of Engineering, Washington Square College of New York University and at the University of Toronto where he held the 1946 - 1947 Social Science Research Council Fellowship. In 1951 he became an instructor of Sociology at Smith College. Two years later he received his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Chinoy's first book, Automobile Workers and the American Dream, was published in 1955 and became a landmark study of the factory and, in particular, the description and analysis of behavioral psychology of assembly line workers. Other books produced by Chinoy include Sociological Perspective (1954), Society (1961) and The Urban Future (1973). His texts have been translated into various languages including Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Serbo-Croatian and Japanese.

Professionally, Chinoy was incredibly active. From 1959 to 1960 he served as an assistant editor of the American Sociological Review, becoming an associate editor from 1961 until 1964. In 1963 he travelled to England and served as a Fulbright professor at the University of Leicester in addition to lecturing at Oxford, the London School of Economics and at several research instituted associated with former Yugoslavic universities. He was a member of the American Sociological Association, the Eastern Sociological Association, the American Association of University Professors and the American Civil Liberties Union. In 1971 he resumed his Fulbright activities and travelled to the Philippines to lecture. Internally, Chinoy played an important role on several committees, including serving as the President of the Smith College chapter of the American Association of University Professors and the special committee on co-education in 1970 - 1971, which recommended that Smith College remain a women's college.

On April 21, 1975 Chinoy was killed returning home from a speaking engagement in Boston, Massachusetts. His car veered off the road, struck the guardrail and overturned several times. He was 53 years old.

Chinoy's wife, Helen Krich Chinoy (1922 - 2010) was an instructor of Theatre and Speech at Smith College from 1952 until 1986. His son Michael was CNN's Beijing Bureau Chief from 1987 to 1995 during which time he covered the 1989 events at Tiananmen Square. In 1995 he taught as a visiting professor at Smith College. Chinoy's daughter Claire attended Radcliffe and later married David Jones, a flamenco artist known popularly as 'Gypsy Dave'.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains materials from Chinoy's work in the Sociology and Anthropology departments at Smith College and includes course material, departmental correspondence and photographs. There are also a number of obituaries. The bulk of the collection is comprised of Chinoy's published works in English and in translation as well as .75 linear feet of research for "Coeducation at Smith College: A Report to the President and the College Planning Committee".

This collection is organized into four series:


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Ely Chinoy papers, Box #, Smith College Archives

History of the Collection

The Ely Chinoy papers were created by Ely Chinoy and donated to the College Archives.

Processing Information

Processed by Madison White, Class of 2016; Elizabeth Carron, Archives Specialist


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
Collection is primarily in English with some materials in Spanish and Japanese.

Contents List
Series I: Biographical



clippings regarding automobile accident
1975 - 1977

Box 1: folder 1
"Humanizing Work: A Symposium in Honor of Ely Chinoy"
1977

Box 1: folder 2
Series II: Professional



correspondence
1964 - 1965

Box 1: folder 3
faculty file
1963 - 1975

Box 1: folder 4
Series III: Publications



Coeducation, Anyone?
1971

Box 1: folder 5
Knowledge and Action: The Role of Sociology
1970

Box 1: folder 6
releases and reviews
1952, 1955

Box 1: folder 7
Society: An introduction to Sociology, 2nd Edition
1967

Box 1
Sociological Perspective, 2nd Edition
1968

Box 1
Automobile Workers and the American Dream
1965

Box 1
Perspectiva Sociológica
1967

Box 1
Sociological Perspective: Basic Concepts and Their Application
1963

Box 1
Introduccion a la Sociologia
n.d.

Box 1
Sociedade: Uma Introdução à Sociologia
1967

Box 1
La Sociedad: Una Introducción a la Sociología
1967

Box 1
Sociological Perspective (Japanese translation)
1968

Box 1
Series IV: Research



Co-education at Smith
1969

Box 2: folder 1
Conference on the Undergraduate Education of Women, July 1969
1968 - 1969

Box 2: folder 2
Faculty Views- Coeducation, May 1968
1968

Box 2: folder 3
Secondary School Questionnaire


Box 2: folder 4
Smith College and the Issue of Co-education
1968

Box 2: folder 5
Student Survey on Co-education
1968 - 1970

Box 2: folder 6
Faculty Planning Committee Reports
1967 - 1971

Box 2: folder 7
Co-education at other Institutions- Bennington College
1968

Box 2: folder 8
Co-education at other Institutions- Lafayette College
1969

Box 2: folder 9
Co-education at other Institutions- Princeton University
1967 - 1969

Box 2: folder 10
Co-education at other Institutions- Vassar College
1967

Box 2: folder 11
Co-education at other Institutions- Wabash College
1971

Box 2: folder 12
Co-education Computer Data- Secondary School
circa 1970

Box 3: folder 1
Co-education Computer Data- Secondary School
circa 1970

Box 3: folder 2
Co-education Computer Data- Secondary School
circa 1970

Box 3: folder 3
Co-education Computer Data- Secondary School
circa 1970

Box 3: folder 4

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Subjects
  • Chinoy, Ely.
  • Coeducation -- Massachusetts -- Northampton
  • Smith College - Anthropology
  • Smith College - Faculty - History - Sources
  • Smith College -- Administration
  • Smith College -- Sociology
  • Smith College. College Planning Committee.

Genre terms
  • correspondence
  • manuscripts for publishing
  • research (document genres)


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