1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Floyd Nelson House

First Chair (Anthropology & Sociology)

Ph.D. University of Chicago 1924

1893 — 1975

Selected Publications:

  • 1936 - The development of sociology. Westport, Conn., Greenwood Press.
  • 1936 - Some methods of studying race and culture. (Reprinted from Social Forces, Vol. 15, no. 1, Oct. 1936.)
  • 1935 - Pareto in the development of modern sociology. Journal of Social Philosophy, v. 1, no. 1.
  • 1929 - The range of social theory; a survey of the development, literature, tendencies and fundamental problems of the social sciences. New York, Holt.

Title: Papers of Floyd Nelson House [manuscript], 1919-1974.

  • Description: 3 ft. (5000 items) Summary: Correspondence, course outlines and lecture notes, drafts of books, articles and addresses, research material, legal and financial papers. Summary: The papers include drafts of House's books "Essays in general sociological theory," and "The sociolgical method."
  • Summary: House's correspondence, 1921-1974, concerns professional meetings, publications, editorial advising for publishers, students and their work, lecture series at the University of Virginia, and the Department of Sociology at the University of Virginia, including hiring of professors, Phelps-Stokes grants, and the establishment of the anthropology department.
  • Summary: Teaching materials include course outlines for criminology, property theory, ethics, and introductory sociology. Summary: House's writings include articles on race and culture (including the "Negro Question"), social psychology, industrialization, and Unitarianism.
  • Summary: Research findings and articles by colleagues and students include the topics of methodology, value theory, and war and political movements. Biographies and bibliographies of other sociologists are included.
  • Summary: Correspondents include David Friend Aberle, Edward L. Bernays, Robert Burns Eleazar, Melvin Humphrey Hampton, Clyde Kluckhohn, Robert I. Larus, Betty Bailey Latham, George A. Lundberg, Mark Arthur May, John Lloyd Newcomb, Howard Washington Odum, Robert Ezra Park, Talcott Parsons, Ben Reitman, Charles Cephas Rodeffer, Edward Alsworth Ross, John Carver Scott, Hoke S. Simpson, Albion Woodbury Small, William Royall Smithey, Pitirim Solokin, Robert Taft, William Isaac Thomas, William Weber, Edward Henry Winter, Leopold Max Walter von Wiese und Kaiserwaldau, Eric Robert Wolf, and Monroe Nathan Work.
  • Cite as: Floyd Nelson House Papers, 1919-1974, Accession #12779, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.


Race and culture (including the "Negro Question"), social psychology, industrialization, and Unitarianism, methodology, value theory, and war and political movements.

In Memoriam

J. Christopher Crocker
Professor, Emeritus
James Deetz
Professor, Emeritus
Floyd Nelson House
First Chair (Anthropology & Sociology)
Dell H. Hymes
Commonwealth Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus
Virginia D. Hymes
Lecturer, Emerita
Nancy J. Martin-Perdue
Scholar in Residence, Emerita
Charles L. Perdue, Jr.
Professor, Emeritus
Victor W. Turner
William R. Kenan Professor of Anthropology and Religion
Edith Turner
Lecturer Emerita
Roy Wagner
Edward H. Winter
Professor, Emeritus
Virginia Young
Lecturer, Emerita