Albert Galloway Keller

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Albert Galloway Keller (10 April 1874 – 31 October 1956) was a sociologist, author, and student and colleague of William Graham Sumner.

Keller is best known as the editor of William Graham Sumner’s papers in many volumes published in the early 20th century by Yale University Press. He was scholar in his own right and wrote on German colonial policy, economic geography, and sociology.

Keller came from Springfield, Ohio. He graduated from Yale College in 1896 and received his Ph.D. from Yale in 1899. He immediately joined the social science faculty at Yale and was appointed professor in 1907, succeeding his mentor, and taught at Yale until 1942.

He was the first holder of the William Graham Sumner Chair of Political Science at Yale.[1]

Yale's eclectic approach to social science during Keller's time is illustrated by the Festschrift for Keller which was edited by George Peter Murdock. The volume of essays was created in honor of Keller in celebration of his completion of 30 years as a professor. The work consisted of essays by 26 scholars who studied with Keller at Yale.[2]

Professor Keller and his wife, née Caroline Louise Gussman, were the parents of Deane Keller[3] and the grandparents of Deane G. Keller.[4]

Selected works[edit]

  • The Beginnings of German Colonization, Yale Review, May 1901.
  • The Colonial Policy of the Germans, Yale Review, February 1902.
  • Homeric Society: A Sociological Study of the Iliad and the Odyssey, New York: Longmans,Green, and Company, 1902.
  • Queries in Ethnography, New York: Longmans, Green, 1903.
  • Notes on the Danish West Indies, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, vol. 22, no. 1, 1903.
  • Portuguese Colonization in Brazil, New Haven, 1906.
  • Colonization: A Study of the Founding of New Societies, Boston: Ginn & Company, 1908.
  • Race Distinction, New Haven: Department of Anthropology, Yale University, 1909.
  • Physical and Commercial Geography: A Study of Certain Controlling Conditions of Commerce, with Herbert Ernest Gregory and Avard Longley Bishop, Boston: Ginn & Company, 1910.
  • Commercial and Industrial Geography, with Avard Longley Bishop, Boston: Ginn & Company, 1912.
  • Societal Evolution: A Study of the Evolutionary Basis of the Science of Society, New York: Macmillan Company, 1915; later editions in 1931 and 1947.
  • Industry and Trade: Historical and Descriptive Account of Their Development in the United States, with Avery Longley Bishop, Boston: Ginn & Company, 1918.
  • Through War to Peace: A Study of the Great War as an Incident in the Evolution of Society, New York: Macmillan Company, 1921.
  • Starting Points in Social Science, Boston: Ginn & Company, 1925.
  • Man's Rough Road: Backgrounds and Bearings From Mankind's Experience, New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1932; acondensed edition of Sumner's, Keller's, and Davie's, The Science of Society; and Reminiscences (mainly personal) of William Graham Sumner; New Haven: Yale University Press, 1933.
  • Brass Tacks, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1938.
  • Net Impressions, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1942.
  • «A Byzantine admirer of ‘western’ progress: Cardinal Bessarion», in Cambridge Historical Journal (Cambridge). Vol. 11 (1953–55), pp. 343–348.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Albert G. Keller, at Yale 42 Years; Professor Emeritus of the Science of Society Dies -- Taught 16,000 in Career," New York Times. November 1, 1956.
  2. ^ Keller, Albert et al. (1937). "Editorial Preface" in Studies in the Science of Society Presented to Albert Galloway Keller in Celebration of his Completion of Thirty Years as Professor of the Science of Society in Yale University, p. vi.
  3. ^ "Deane Keller, Painter And Art Teacher, 91," New York Times. April 17, 1992.
  4. ^ "Deaths: Keller, Deane G.," New York Times. July 13, 2007.

References[edit]

  • Keller, Albert Galloway and George Peter Murdock. (1937). Studies in the Science of Society Presented to Albert Galloway Keller in Celebration of his Completion of Thirty Years as Professor of the Science of Society in Yale University. New Haven: Yale University Press; London: Oxford University Press. OCLC 25127693