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Photograph of Daniel Bell, 1982. HUA 605 Box 1.

The Daniel Bell Collection

The Harvard University Archives recently acquired the papers of eminent sociologist, author, editor and Harvard professor Daniel Bell. The collection includes nearly 200 cubic feet of personal and professional correspondence; research and consulting files; speeches, lectures, and writings; teaching materials and photographs. Among the broad range of correspondents represented in the papers are Hannah Arendt, William F. Buckley, Jr., Noam Chomsky, Ralph Ellison, John Kenneth Galbraith, Lyndon B. Johnson, Irving Kristol, and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. The collection will be made available to researchers in 2016.

Daniel Bell (1919-2011) was a leading intellectual figure of the twentieth century, best known for his work on post-industrialism. His most influential publications include The Coming of Post-Industrial Society (1973) and The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism (1976).

Bell was memorialized by his Harvard colleagues as “a sociologist whose analysis of the end of ideology, post-industrial society, and the cultural contradictions of capitalism shaped the perspectives of a generation of intellectuals and political leaders.” Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences Memorial Minute, October 1, 2013