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John C. Leggett Papers

Identifier: LP001012
The collection consists of writings and research related to John C. Leggett's career as a sociologist. Primarily, the collection contains surveys of Detroit residents conducted for Leggett's book, Class, Race, and Labor: Working Class Consciousness in Detroit.

Leggett established strict parameters for the surveys. Interviewers were required to confirm that survey respondents be male heads of household, with specific restrictions related to income, race/ethnicity, and place of birth. Surveys were conducted via in-person interviews at respondent households.

The survey contained questions related to respondents' race/ethnicity, employment, and political affiliations. Additional questions asked for participants' opinions on labor unions, strikes, and feelings toward other races/ethnicities.


  • Circa 1955-1960.


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


6 Linear Feet (6 SB)


Collection consists of documents related to sociologist John C. Leggett's career. Primarily includes research related to Leggett's book Class, Race, and Labor: Working Class Consciousness in Detroit.


John C. Leggett was born in 1930 in Detroit, MI. He received his bachelor's degree, two master's degrees in political science and sociology, and his doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Michigan. He was the author of numerous books and articles on a variety of subjects but his main focus was on the impacts of class and race on society.

In 1960, Leggett began conducting surveys of Detroit residents. The surveys were used by Leggett as the basis of his book, Class, Race, and Labor: Working Class Consciousness in Detroit, published by Oxford University Press in 1968.


Folders are listed by their location within each box . Folders containing surveys are arranged in numerical order.


Donated by John C. Leggett on November 3, 1980.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Jared Quist on February 20, 2020.
Guide to the John C. Leggett Papers
Processed by Jared Quist.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA