another rare Sorokin photo






Pitirim A. Sorokin 2-11-1959
Pitirim A. Sorokin speaking at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, February 11, 1959


This grainy photograph of Pitirim A. Sorokin was published in The Daily Collegian (Wayne State University) on February 12, 1959.

The day before, Sorokin had delivered a lecture to “an overcrowded lecture hall” on the Wayne State University campus on a topic he had addressed numerous times: mutual convergence of the Russian and American systems and values.



— Roger W. Smith

   October 2018

caricature of Sorokin lecturing



This caricature of Pitirim A. Sorokin lecturing at Harvard appeared in the Harvard Guardian, vol. II, no. 2 (November 1937), pg. 11.



caricature of Sorokin - Havard Guardian, Nov 1937.jpg


rare photo of Sorokin



Pitirim A. Sorokin 1926.jpg



One of my favorite Sorokin books, “Leaves from a Russian Diary,” was reviewed in the Minneapolis Sunday Tribune in 1926.

Sorokin was teaching at the University of Minnesota then.

The following photo of Sorokin appeared in the newspaper. It is one of the best photos of Sorokin I have seen and to me it was entirely new.

— Roger W. Smith

Sorokin sites



Visitors to this site will be interested to know of two extremely interesting and useful sites devoted to Pitirim A. Sorokin:


Pitirim A. Sorokin Foundation (USA)



The Pitirim A. Sorokin Foundation (in Russian)




The Russian site is maintained by Александр Долгов (Aleksandr Dolgov). Aleksandr and his site are on Facebook.




See also Yuri Doykov’s site:


for interesting information based upon original research about Sorokin and related historical and political topics. Yuri Doykov is a Russian journalist and historian. He has written a two-volume biography of Sorokin. A much needed translation of the biography into English is underway.



— Roger W. Smith


   July 2018

Yuri Doykov’s site (Сайт Юрия Дойкова)



Students of Russian history and scholars interested in Pitirim A. Sorokin and his cultural milieu may be interested to know that the Russian journalist and historian Yuri Doykov has a site.


There you will find information about and downloadable text from Doykov’s biography of Sorokin: Питирим Сорокин. Человек вне сезона (Pitirim Sorokin: A man out of season).


The site also contains posts focusing on Sorokin, for example, two recent ones:









— Roger W. Smith

    June 2018


Carle C. Zimmerman, “Sorokin, The World’s Greatest Sociologist”




Carle C. Zimmerman, ‘Sorokin; The World’s Greatest Sociologist’




Posted above as a downloadable PDF file is the inaugural Annual Sorokin Lecture, which was presented in October 1968 by Pitirim A. Sorokin’s friend and former colleague, the sociologist Carle C. Zimmerman, at the University of Saskatchewan in 1968.

The University of Saskatchewan is a main repository of materials from the library of Sorokin, including letters, notebooks, photographs, books, original and revised manuscripts, Sorokin’s works in translation, and book reviews. The university holds an annual lecture in Sorokin’s honor, with the most recent lecture, in the 49th in the series, having been given in January 2018.





The PDF file posted above contains the complete text of:


“Sorokin, The World’s Greatest Sociologist: His Life and Ideas on Social Time and Change”

Sorokin Lectures No. 1

delivered by Carle C. Zimmerman

University of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

October, 1968




— posted by Roger W. Smith

June 2018


review of “The Crisis of Our Age”; The Thomist 1942



review of ‘The Crisis of Our Age’ – The Thomist, July 1942




Posted here (above) as a downloadable PDF file is a review of The Crisis of Our Age by Pitirim A. Sorokin:


The Crisis of Our Age by Pitirim A. Sorokin (review)

By Louis A. Ryan

The Thomist: A Speculative Quarterly Review

Volume 4, Number 3 (July 1942), pp. 523-533


It is a very thorough and thoughtful as well as discerning review, and I thought it worth posting.



— Roger W. Smith

   June 2018