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Curator, web design/editor: Craig Harkema

Visiting Researcher (January-May, 2008): Dr. Pavel Krotov


We gratefully acknowledge the generous financial support of Dr. Sergei Sorokin.

A special thanks to Doug Macdonald and Alicia Hanwell for IT support.




The Pitirim A.  Sorokin Collection is housed in the Special Collections Department at the University of Saskatchewan:

Social Change

Writings on Social Change  

An outstanding trait or characteristic of importance in Sorokin's work is its concentration on social change after his arrival in America. He devoted most of his time to social change or "dynamics" as he calls it. He sought to find out what social change meant, why it has occurred, what it did to the person and the societies, and what were the eventual destinations of persons and societies in the new forms.

The Sorokin Collection

Welcome to the Pitirim A. Sorokin Collection at the University of Saskatchewan Special Collections.    


Pitirim A. Sorokin



The following archival records have been digitized and are available online: 


The following is a partial bibliography of books by Pitirim Sorokin. Titles in bold represent the University of Saskatchewan Special Collections holdings: 


Prestuplenie i kara, podvig i nagrada: Sotsiologicheskij etyud ob osnovnykh formakh obschestvennogo povedeniya i morali.(Crime and Punishment: Service and Reward) 1914, St. Petersburg: isdatelstvo Dolbysheva, (was issued in 1913).

L. N. Tolstoi, kak filosof (Leo Tolstoi as a Philosopher). Moscow: isdatelstvo Posrednik, 1915.

Sorokin in Review

The following is a semi-complete list of further research materials not available at the University of Saskatchewan's holdings.


Welcome to the Pitirim A. Sorokin Collection at the University of Saskatchewan Special Collections.

Pitirim A. SorokinPitirim A. Sorokin was born in 1889 in Komi (province in Northern Russia) into a peasant family. During his early childhood he traveled with his father and two brothers earning their living by remodeling and painting rural churches.

“Pitirim Alexandrovich Sorokin: a giant of 20th century sociological thought" Robert K. Merton