The Changing Social Patterns on the Lingering Frontier Records Collection, available at the Center for Western Studies, contains tape recordings and transcripts of 97 interviews generated by a nine month pilot study in 1966, conducted by William R. Wyatt and financed by the Rockefeller Foundation, "to measure and evaluate in dynamic terms the frontier attitude as it has existed in South Dakota from the inception of settlement in the 1880s and 1890s down to the present time." In addition to the original interview recordings and transcripts, the collection includes copies of Wyatt's final project report and correspondence between Herbert Krause and Gerald Freund of the Rockefeller Foundation about the project. Note: the dimensional measurement includes five linear feet of audio records, recorded on seven-inch reels. Also included is information from a separate study conducted by William R. Wyatt on the subject of television viewing habits. Questionnaires were filled out by residents of Harding, Corson, and Mellette Counties in South Dakota. Relative items include both sample and completed questionnaires, research on national trends and averages, and handwritten reports on the study's findings. This study was conducted in 1968 and appears to be unrelated to the Changing Social Patterns project.
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