Drexel University: Archives and Special Collections
Table of Contents
- Arthur B. Shostak publications
- Shostak, Arthur B.
- Inclusive Dates
- 0.67 Cubic feet
- Call Number
- Finding Aid Prepared By
- Finding aid prepared by Laura Bees (2014)
- W. W. Hagerty Library 3300 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 215.895.6706 email@example.com
Access and Use
The collection is open for research use.
Controlled Access Headings
- Blue collar workers
- Drexel University--Faculty
- Labor unions
- Marriage customs and rites
Arthur B. Shostak was born May 11, 1937 in Brooklyn, NY. He earned a B.S. degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University in 1958 and his Ph.D. in industrial sociology from Princeton University in 1961.
Shostak's areas of expertise include futuristics, the history and future of the American work force, organized labor, industrial sociology, and the management and social implications of modern technology. He was a faculty member at the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania from 1961-1967, and then a professor at Drexel from 1967 until his retirement in 2003. Shostak, an applied sociologist, taught courses in industrial sociology, management and technology, and futuristic and social implications of twentieth century technology, and was also director of the Drexel University Center for Employment.
He also served as an adjunct sociologist with the National Labor College degree program at the AFL-CIO George Meany Center for Labor Studies; assisted the American Federation of Government Employees, Steelworkers Union, Postal Workers Union, IBEW and many others; and is the author, co-author or editor of over 150 articles and 31 books. Shostak has been a futurist consultant for Johnson & Johnson, Monsanto, Proctor & Gamble, and federal, state and local governments. His forecasts have appeared in major newspapers, leading magazines, and different publications of the World Future Society (WFS); in 1972 he co-created the Philadelphia Chapter of the WFS, and led it alone from 1974 until 2004.
Sources: News release by Phillip Terranova, Vice President for Office of University Relations, 2003
Scope and content note
This collection consists of newspaper and magazine articles, research papers, journal publications and books either authored, co-authored or edited by Arthur Shostak, ranging in date from 1953 to 2007. It is only a small portion of Shostak's extensive publications, so there are no series, but the folder list is arranged alphabetically by subject and each file contains several writings related to that topic. A large portion of the collection focuses on blue collar workers and labor unions, as well as predictions for the future in regards to jobs, education, technology and society. There is also a large file on Shostaks's writings related to sociology and society. Much of this collection came from Shostak himself, and was delivered to the Drexel archives over a period of a few months in 2005.
Aging and technology 1984-1992
Blue collar stress and manhood 1972, 1979-1980
Blue collar workers and labor 1965, 1978, 1980, 1990-1991
Education in the future 1978-2005
Ethnicity and blue collarites 1970-1975, 1980
Jobs and work in the future 1990, 1995
Marriage and families 1967, 1979, 1981
Oral sex 1979
Plant closings 1980-1981
Promotional releases 1999, 2002, 2005
Society and technology in the future 1976-2006
Sociology and society 1968-2001
Teaching notes 1975
Unions and cyberunions 1991-2007
Urban cities in the future 1977, 1981-1982
War film criticism 1953
Work and the workplace 1966, 1992-2000