Guide to the Research Collections

- SECTION -- III -- THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
- PART ONE
- 39 -- SOCIOLOGY, STATISTICS, POLITICAL SCIENCE
- SOCIETIES AND ASSOCIATIONS
- Resources

Resources

Approximately 20,000 volumes in the Research Libraries relate to this topic. Most of the general materials are assigned the subject heading "Societies" in the Public Catalog with numerous additional references to names of particular social and political clubs, fraternal orders, secret societies, and the like. The holdings are adequate; the library collects comprehensively only general works, histories, bibliographies, directories and materials on New York City clubs.

City, country, and other social clubs are represented in the holdings, together with religious auxiliaries which have secular purposes, and other types including such organizations as German-American clubs. Fraternal orders receive adequate coverage with particular attention paid to the Freemasons and Odd Fellows. The holdings of material on American collegiate Greek letter societies are discussed in chapter 42 of this

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 Guide. The American History Division has a collection of books and pamphlets on the Ku Klux Klan; there are also works on secret societies and cults in the Near East, India, and the Far East in the Oriental Division.