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Ryder, Norman B., 1923-...

Norman B. Ryder (1923-2010) was a demographer and sociologist who specialized in fertility studies. Ryder obtained a Ph.D. in sociology at Princeton University in 1951. His dissertation originated the Cohort Approach to demographic study, which emphasizes collecting data about groups of people born in the same time period. Following a stint at the Canadian Dominion Bureau of Statistics during the early 1950s, Ryder was employed in the University of Wisconsin Department of Sociology, where he carried out research in demographic studies. Ryder accepted a position in the Sociology Department at Princeton in 1971. While at Princeton, Ryder taught sociology and continued demographic research in the Office of Population Research. During the 1970s, Ryder served as president of both the Population Association of America, and the Sociological Research Association.

Along with Charles Westoff, Ryder directed the American Fertility Study. These broad surveys collected data about Americans' shifting attitudes toward contraception, family planning, and sexuality. The methods employed by the study formed the basis for the World Fertility study which was carried out throughout the 1980s in over 40 countries.

Ryder continued to publish widely on fertility issues, and was a population policy advisor in the United States and Canada.

The Norman Ryder Papers consists of notes, draft publications, correspondence, and administrative papers from Ryder's professional life.

This collection documents the breadth of Ryder's professional career, with a special focus on the cohort research process he developed, which led to the publication of his many articles and book chapters. Notes, drafts, and published works make up the bulk of the collection, but there are also files containing personal and professional correspondence, and a small number of teaching materials.

The collection strengths are its documentation of the fields of demography and human fertility.

The order in which these materials came to Princeton has been maintained.

This collection was donated by Anne Poulter, Norman Ryder's daughter, in July 2010. The accession number associated with this donation is ML.2010.023.

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Public Policy Papers
Finding Aid Date
2017
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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

The Research Files series contains notes, drafts, and correspondence related to Ryder's various projects. Additionally, some folders contain finished publications.

Arrangement

The folders are labeled by title of project or subject area of research.

Physical Description

4 boxes

Iteration, 2000. 1 box.
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1 box

Demographic Theory and Population, 1970-2000. 1 box.
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1 box

Transition Model, 1991-1998. 1 box.
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1 box

Marriage Models, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Vera Cruz Evelyne, 1990. 1 box.
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1 box

Coh Mortality, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Fertility - Swed, 1953-1954. 1 box.
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1 box

Presentation to the Population Commission and Policy Papers, 1958-1971. 1 box.
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1 box

Thinking About Fertility, 1963-1992. 1 box.
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1 box

Cohort Article, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

National Fertility Study, 1970, 1975. 1 box.
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1 box

American Family Study, 1960, 1965. 1 box.
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1 box

Turbulences sur la Demographie I, 1990-1993. 1 box.
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1 box

Turbulences sur la Demographie II, 1990. 1 box.
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1 box

Lotka, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Sixteenth Census 1940 - United States Life Tables and Actuarial Tables 1939-1941, 1946. 1 box.
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1 box

United States Life Tables, 1910-1971. 1 box.
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1 box

The Great Depression in American Fertility, 1964. 1 box.
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1 box

A Demographer's Life Table, 1962. 1 box.
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1 box

The Recent Decline in The American Birth Rate, 1970, 1972. 1 box.
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1 box

Cohort Fertility Over Time: Canada and The USA, 1990. 1 box.
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1 box

World Population Growth and Aging, 1990. 1 box.
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1 box

Unpublished Manuscripts, 1960-1986. 1 box.
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1 box

Unlabled - Materials related to Canadian census and demography, 1984-2001. 1 box.
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1 box

STATCAN, 1978-1996. 1 box.
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1 box

Ethnic Origins, 1973-1993. 1 box.
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1 box

Ethnic Data, 1984-1993. 1 box.
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1 box

Ethnic, 1955-1993. 1 box.
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1 box

Migration and Stable Population, 1986-1996. 1 box.
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1 box

Migration and Stable Population, 1991-1995. 1 box.
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1 box

New Canadian Cohort Tables, 1971-1990. 1 box.
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1 box

Canadian Data Sources, 1990. 1 box.
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1 box

Origins, 1941-1958. 1 box.
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1 box

Forcasting Births, 1988-1993. 1 box.
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1 box

Forecasts and Estimates, 1973-1995. 1 box.
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1 box

Forecasting Births By Translation: Proposal and Contracts, 1986-1990. 1 box.
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1 box

Unpublished III, 1959-1991. 1 box.
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1 box

Unpublished IV, 1958-1980. 1 box.
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1 box

44 (50), 1977-1991. 1 box.
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1 box

Population Association of America History, 1932-2002. 1 box.
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1 box

Miscellaneous I, 1981-2005. 1 box.
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1 box

Ryder's Papers, 1961, 1979. 1 box.
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1 box

Migration and Population Replacement, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Fertility I, 1980-1992. 1 box.
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1 box

A Demographer's Life Table, 1962. 1 box.
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1 box

Papers on Fertility and Population, 1959-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Micellaneous II, 1964-1993. 1 box.
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1 box

Frank W. Notestein, 1983. 1 box.
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1 box

Fertility and Family Structure, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Notestein PS 84, 1984. 1 box.
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1 box

World Fertility Survey, 1982. 1 box.
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1 box

Population and Fertility, 1956-1981. 1 box.
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1 box

Davis PDR, 1937, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Reflections on Replacement Family Planning Perspectives 1993, 1993-1994. 1 box.
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1 box

Components of Temporal Variations in American Fertility, 1980. 1 box.
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1 box

CESME 1975, 1975-1998. 1 box.
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1 box

Fertility II, 1973-1982. 1 box.
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1 box

Published Materials, 1974-1985. 1 box.
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1 box

Reproductive Retrenchment in Canada and the United States, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Cohort Analysisysis, 1991-1992. 1 box.
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1 box

American Fertility, 1986, 1990. 1 box.
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1 box

Papers on Demographics and Fertility, 1958-1981. 1 box.
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1 box

Current Cohort File, 1957-1993. 1 box.
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1 box

FFT Plan and Intro and Specificity, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Bissell Lectures, 1984-1985. 1 box.
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1 box

Transition Theory, 1957-1993. 1 box.
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1 box

Forecast Reconsideration, 1956-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Canadian Text, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Book Reviews, 1950-1959. 1 box.
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1 box

The Centrality of Time In the Study of the Family, 1987. 1 box.
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1 box

Misc. Analysisysis, 1986-1990. 1 box.
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1 box

Mix Stix, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Mix Dem Meth, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Taiwan, 1991. 1 box.
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1 box

Joint Life, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Marriage Market, 1984. 1 box.
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1 box

Redux Bongaarts, 1999. 1 box.
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1 box

Progression Redux, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Translation Model 2000, 1989. 1 box.
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1 box

Death Table, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Translation Model Notes, 1963-1981. 1 box.
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1 box

A Model of Societal Transformation, 1961. 1 box.
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1 box

Life Tables, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

How Long is a Birth Interval?, 1994. 1 box.
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1 box

Notes; Grants; I, II, 1981, 1983. 1 box.
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1 box

Office of Population Research Newsletter Princeton University Spring 1989, 1989. 1 box.
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1 box

[VHS] Founders of Fertility Survey: Norman Ryder Interviewed on 9/18/85 by Barbara Wilson (Master Dupe) 25 Minutes, 1985. 1 box.
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1 box

Card Catalog, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Unpublished - I, 1961-1985. 1 box.
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1 box

Unpublished - II, 1959-1976. 1 box.
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1 box

Unpublished Papers, 1945-1987. 1 box.
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1 box

Scope and Contents

The Teaching and Administrative Files series contains correspondence, notes, drafts, publications, and teaching materials related to Ryder's academic posts. There is a small amount of personal correspondence.

Arrangement

The folders are labeled by subject area.

Physical Description

1 box

Personal, 1978-1996. 1 box.
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1 box

N. B. R. Personal, 1945-1998. 1 box.
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1 box

Bibliography Miscellaneous, 1970-1993. 1 box.
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1 box

Retirement Letters, 1989. 1 box.
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1 box

Salaries, 1945-1988. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence, 1962-1996. 1 box.
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1 box

File Demography, 1993-1996. 1 box.
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1 box

Academic File Correspondence, 1969-1993. 1 box.
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1 box

Current Correspondence, 1968-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Nordberg Award, 1989-2001. 1 box.
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1 box

UM Doctorate, 1993. 1 box.
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1 box

CSP Ryder, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Norman Ryder, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence, 1959-1991. 1 box.
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1 box

Soc. 6016H ADM, 1952-1988. 1 box.
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1 box

Statistics File, 1968-1988. 1 box.
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1 box

Soc 510 ( C ) bibliography, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Bibliography Age, 1983-1989. 1 box.
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1 box

Scope and Contents

The Publications series consists largely of the published results of Ryder's research. There are a small number of notes, drafts, and correspondence scattered throughout.

Arrangement

The folders are labeled by title of publication.

Physical Description

3 boxes

The Measurement of Fertility Patterns, 1965. 1 box.
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1 box

Some Problems of Fertility Res Taeuber 1978, 1978. 1 box.
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1 box

Some Sociological Suggestions…(Hawaii 1976), 1976. 1 box.
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1 box

Some Views On (Brussels), 1984. 1 box.
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1 box

Specification, 1976. 1 box.
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1 box

Structure of Pregnancy Intervals, 1985. 1 box.
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1 box

Time Series of Instrumental Fertility Variables, 1981. 1 box.
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1 box

Review (Clel and Hobc) and WFS PDR Jn 86, 1985. 1 box.
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1 box

Sex on Campus, 1962. 1 box.
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1 box

Time Series of Pill and IUD Use, 1972. 1 box.
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1 box

The Translation Model, 1963. 1 box.
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1 box

Trend of Expected Parity, 1967. 1 box.
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1 box

US: The Papal Encyclical, 1970. 1 box.
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1 box

US: The Pill and the Birth Rate, 1967. 1 box.
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1 box

Two Cheers for ZPG, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

US: Methods of Fertility Control, 1967. 1 box.
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1 box

Use of Oral Contraception, 1965. 1 box.
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1 box

Variability and Convergence, 1960. 1 box.
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1 box

What is Going to Happen to Am Fertility 1990, 1990. 1 box.
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1 box

When to Have Children, 1982. 1 box.
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1 box

Where Do Babies Come From?, 1981. 1 box.
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1 box

Analysis, 1954-1989. 1 box.
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1 box

Morgan (NAS), 1994. 1 box.
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1 box

UFS, 1971-1981. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence and Reports I, 1962-1971. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence and Reports II, 1967-1969. 1 box.
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1 box

Unlabled accordion file, 1959-1963. 1 box.
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1 box

Canadian Population Prospects (1956), 1956. 1 box.
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1 box

Changes in Parity Orientation 1981, 1981. 1 box.
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1 box

Citation Classic, 1981. 1 box.
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1 box

Cohort Analysis IESS, 1963. 1 box.
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1 box

Cohort and Period Orientations 1981 (NVPT), 1981. 1 box.
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1 box

Comment on Meillassoux, 1981. 1 box.
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1 box

Commentary on "Sexual Adjustment to Contraception", 1974. 1 box.
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1 box

The Comparative Relevance…Rome 1954, 1954. 1 box.
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1 box

Components of Temporal Variations Hiorns 1980, 1980. 1 box.
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1 box

Components of Canadian Pop Growth, 1954. 1 box.
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1 box

Conception of the Transition in Fertility, 1957. 1 box.
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1 box

Consistency of Reporting 1979, 1979. 1 box.
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1 box

Contraceptive Failure in the United States, 1973. 1 box.
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1 box

Demography of Youth, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Differential Fertility Regulation 1982 (Sewell), 1982. 1 box.
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1 box

Discussion of Brass 1980, 1980. 1 box.
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1 box

Duration of Use of Oral Contraception, 1968. 1 box.
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1 box

Effects on the Family Tokyo 1988, 1988. 1 box.
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1 box

Emergence of a Modern Fertility Pattern, 1969. 1 box.
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1 box

Expectations and Progressive Analysis (On Proj) 1984, 1984. 1 box.
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1 box

Experience with Oral Contraception, 1968. 1 box.
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1 box

Factors Affecting Catholic Wives, 1968. 1 box.
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1 box

Family Limitation in the US, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

The Family in Developed Countries SCICAM 1974, 1974. 1 box.
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1 box

Fertility, 1959. 1 box.
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1 box

Fertility and Family Structure New Delhi 83, 1983. 1 box.
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1 box

Fertility in Developed Countries, 1965. 1 box.
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1 box

Fertility Measurements SF 1975, 1975. 1 box.
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1 box

Fertility Trends (Encyc), 1982. 1 box.
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1 box

Future of American Fertility SP F '79, 1979. 1 box.
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1 box

Interpretation of Origin Stats, 1955. 1 box.
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1 box

Introductory Comments IUSSP New York 1961, 1961. 1 box.
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1 box

La Mesure Des Variations, 1956. 1 box.
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1 box

Measures of Recent Nupt, 1961. 1 box.
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1 box

Methods in Measuring the Family Life Cycle, 1977. 1 box.
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1 box

A Model…Demography Nov '78, 1978. 1 box.
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1 box

Models of Family Demography, 1977. 1 box.
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1 box

Net Reproduction Rate Pop. Ind. Apr '49, 1949. 1 box.
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1 box

Notes on Fertility in Columbia '79, 1979. 1 box.
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1 box

Notes on Fertility Measurement MMFQ Oct '71, 1971. 1 box.
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1 box

Notes on the Concept of a Population, 1964. 1 box.
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1 box

Notes on Stationary Populations, 1975. 1 box.
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1 box

Observations on Demography Trends in Canada, 1978. 1 box.
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1 box

Observations on the History of Cohort Fertility PDR '86, 1986. 1 box.
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1 box

Oral Contraception Coital Frequency and…, 1969. 1 box.
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1 box

Plus CA Change, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Population Growth, 1970. 1 box.
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1 box

Population Translation and Demography Translation ASOCA 1983 IUSSP 1983, 1983. 1 box.
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1 box

Predictability, 1976. 1 box.
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1 box

Predictive Validity, 1977. 1 box.
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1 box

Progressive Fertility Analysis, 1982. 1 box.
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1 box

Recent Developments in the Formal Demography of the Family, 1985. 1 box.
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1 box

Recent Discussion of the Net Reproduction Rate '49, 1949. 1 box.
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1 box

Reproductive Retrenchment, 1992. 1 box.
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1 box

Reconsideration of a Model of Family Demography '87, 1987. 1 box.
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1 box

The Reproductive Renaissance North of the Rio Grande, 1958. 1 box.
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1 box

The Structure and Tempo of Current Fertility, 1960. 1 box.
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1 box

The Structure of Attitudes Toward Abortion, 1969. 1 box.
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1 box

Evaluation and Assessment: Session on Fertility, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Fertility Planning Status: United States, 1965, 1965. 1 box.
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1 box

The Influence of Declining Mortality on Swedish Reproductivity, 1954. 1 box.
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1 box

An Appraisal of Fertility Trends in the United States, 1958. 1 box.
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1 box

The Character of Modern Fertility, 1967. 1 box.
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1 box

The Cohort as a Concept in the Study of Social Change, 1965. 1 box.
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1 box

Contraceptive Practice among Urban Blacks in the U.S., 1965, 1970. 1 box.
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1 box

A Critique of the National Fertility Study, 1973. 1 box.
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1 box

A Demographic Optimum Projection for the United States, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

The Time Series of Fertility in the United States, 1969. 1 box.
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1 box

The Time Series of Pill and IUD Use: United States, 1961-1970, 1972. 1 box.
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1 box

Two Cheers for ZPG, 1973. 1 box.
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1 box

U.S.: The Papal Encyclical and Catholic Practice and Attitudes '69, 1970. 1 box.
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1 box

Use of Oral Contraception in the United States, 1965, 1966. 1 box.
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1 box

Wanted and Unwanted Fertility in the United States: 1965 and 1970, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Relationships Among Intended, Expected, Desired, and Ideal Family Sizes: U.S. 1965, 1969. 1 box.
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1 box

Reproductive Behavior and the Family Life Cycle, 1973. 1 box.
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1 box

Notes on Fertility Measurement, 1971. 1 box.
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1 box

The Pill and Coital Frequency, 1971. 1 box.
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1 box

Problems of Trend Determination During a Transition in Fertility, 1956. 1 box.
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1 box

The Process of Demographic Translation, 1964. 1 box.
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1 box

Print, Suggest