Biography and History

Melvin Tumin was a professor of sociology and anthropology at Princeton University. Before coming to Princeton in 1947, Tumin served as director of the Mayor's Commission on Race Relations in Detroit. Noted for his research on segregation and desegregation, he was also one of the first to speak up against what Philip Roth, then a writer-in-residence at Princeton, called "blatant patterns of discrimination against Jews" in the university's student clubs. Tumin retired from Princeton in 1989.

Source: From the finding aid for C1396

  • Department of Sociology Records. 1962-1969 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC380

    This collection consists of seven research reports written in the 1960s by faculty in the Department of Sociology.

  • Melvin M. Tumin Papers. 1942-2007 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C1396

    Melvin Tumin was a professor of sociology and anthropology at Princeton University. Consists of correspondence, articles, papers, and book reviews by Melvin Tumin, including his dissertation research on the ladino and Pokomám Maya population of San Luis Jilotepeque in Eastern Guatemala. The collection is especially notable for Tumin's correspondence with writers Saul Bellow, Iris Murdoch, and Philip Roth.

  • Melvin M. Tumin Papers. 1942-2007 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C1396

    Melvin Tumin was a professor of sociology and anthropology at Princeton University. Consists of correspondence, articles, papers, and book reviews by Melvin Tumin, including his dissertation research on the ladino and Pokomám Maya population of San Luis Jilotepeque in Eastern Guatemala. The collection is especially notable for Tumin's correspondence with writers Saul Bellow, Iris Murdoch, and Philip Roth.