Biography and History

Norman Ryder (1923-2010) was a demographer and sociologist who conducted a series of ground-breaking studies on birth-rates and fertility. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, he earned a bachelor's degree from McMaster University and a master's degree from the University of Toronto, both in political economy. After being commissioned in the Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, he came to Princeton, where he received a master's in economics in 1949 before earning his doctorate in sociology. During the 1940's and 1950's he aided in the cultivation of the "cohort" approach to research. This method involved the long-term observation of subjects who were born in the same time period and shared common experiences. In 1956 he joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, where he founded the Center for Demography and Ecology. During his time as a professor at Princeton, where he taught for eighteen years, he and Charles Westoff also founded and directed The National Fertility Studies. These studies, conducted in 1965, 1970, and 1975, shed new light on the sexual attitudes and contraceptive practices of American women. The works of Ryder and Westoff continue to be used as a model for fertility studies today.

Source: From the finding aid for MC250

  • Ansley J. Coale Papers. 1935-1998 (inclusive), 1954-1994 (bulk).

    Call Number: MC208

    Professor Ansley J. Coale (1917-2002) was a demographer whose work focused on nuptiality, fertility, and mortality in several countries. Coale joined the Princeton University faculty in 1947 and spent his entire career as a member of the university's Office of Population Research (OPR). The papers contain correspondence, Coale's research papers and projects, and samples of data collected. The material spans the several decades (1950s to 1990s) Coale spent as a member of the Princeton faculty, as well as the work he did during his retirement.

  • Norman Ryder Papers. 1916-2004 (inclusive), 1960-1980 (bulk).

    Call Number: MC250

    Norman Ryder (1923-2010) was a demographer and sociologist who conducted a series of ground-breaking studies on birth-rates and fertility. The collection covers the years 1916-2004, with the bulk of the materials dating from the 1960s through the 1980s. Included are published and unpublished material by Norman Ryder and publications featuring Ryder's work as well as personal and professional correspondence, research notes, and photographs.

  • Norman Ryder Papers. 1916-2004 (inclusive), 1960-1980 (bulk).

    Call Number: MC250

    Norman Ryder (1923-2010) was a demographer and sociologist who conducted a series of ground-breaking studies on birth-rates and fertility. The collection covers the years 1916-2004, with the bulk of the materials dating from the 1960s through the 1980s. Included are published and unpublished material by Norman Ryder and publications featuring Ryder's work as well as personal and professional correspondence, research notes, and photographs.