American Sociological Association


The First 75 Years (1905-1980)

In 1981, in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Association, Lawrence J. Rhoades prepared a history entitled A History of the American Sociological Association, 1905-1980. This 90-page publication provided a brief overview of the founding and early years of the Association, as well as highlights of key activities and events in the intervening decades.

Listen to a 1953 Recording of the American Sociological Society Past Presidents.

The Next 25 Years (1981-2004)

In 2005, in celebration of the Centennial of the founding of the Association, ASA published A History of the American Sociological Association, 1981-2004.  This 201-page book picks up where the 1981 Rhoades history left off and continues the story to through 2004. This volume is the culmination of more than two years of detailed research by Katherine J. Rosich.

This volume captures highlights in the history of the American Sociological Association (ASA) from 1981 to 2004. The objective of this work is to describe and report on the major events in the life of ASA during the last two decades of the 20th century - leading up to a new century and millennium, and also to ASA's commemoration of its 100th anniversary in 2005. 

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