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

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Kluckhohn, Clyde
  • Bahry, Donna
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Air Force. Human Resources Research Institute
  • National Council for Soviet and East European Research
Free Keywords
citizen attitudes; demographic characteristics; emigration; emigrants; life history; population characteristics; population migration; psychological wellbeing; quality of life; social change; social indicators; World War II
  • Abstract

    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.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Dataset
    • DS2: Frequencies
Temporal Coverage
  • 1950 / 1951
    Time period: 1950--1951
  • 1950 / 1951
    Collection date: 1950--1951
Geographic Coverage
  • Soviet Union
  • Global
Sampled Universe
Soviet displaced persons in Germany, Austria, and the United States in 1950-1951.
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.
Collection Mode
  • Users should note that the card image data locations specified in the codebook are no longer valid.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.

Funding insitution(s): United States Air Force. Human Resources Research Institute (505-934-0001, 33(038)-12909). National Council for Soviet and East European Research (701).
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8972 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Inkeles, Alex, Bauer, Raymond A.. The Soviet Citizen: Daily Life in a Totalitarian Society. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1961.
  • Bauer, Raymond A., Inkeles, Alex, Kluckhohn, Clyde. How the Soviet System Works: Cultural, Psychological, and Social Themes. Russian Research Center Studies, 24.Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 1956.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Kluckhohn, Clyde; Bahry, Donna (1990): Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System, 1950-1951: Life History Interview Recodes. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.