Albion Woodbury Small
Albion Woodbury Small
|10th President of Colby College|
|Preceded by||George Dana Boardman Pepper|
|Succeeded by||Beniah Longley Whitman|
|Born||May 11, 1854|
|Died||February 12, 1926 (aged 71)|
|Alma mater||Ph.D., 1889, Johns Hopkins University|
|Profession||Founder of the School of Social Science at the University of Chicago|
Albion Woodbury Small (May 11, 1854 – March 24, 1926) founded the first independent Department of Sociology in the United States at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois in 1892. He was influential in the establishment of sociology as a valid field of academic study.
Small was born in Buckfield, Maine and grew up in Bangor, Maine. He studied theology from 1876 to 1879 at the Andover Newton Theological School. From 1879 to 1881 he studied at the University of Leipzig and the University of Berlin in Germany history, social economics and politics.
From 1888 to 1889 he studied history at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and was promoted in 1889 with a Ph.D. thesis (The Beginnings of American Nationality) at the same time continuing to teach at Colby College. From 1889-1892 he was the 10th President of Colby.
In 1892 he founded the first Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago. He chaired this department for over 30 years. In 1894 he, along with George E. Vincent, published the first textbook in sociology: An introduction to the study of society. In 1895 he established the American Journal of Sociology. From 1905 to 1925 he served as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Literature at the University of Chicago.
- An Introduction to the Study of Society (1894)
- General Sociology (1905)
- Adam Smith and Modern Sociology (1907)
- The Cameralists (1909)
- The Meaning of the Social Sciences (1910)
- Between Eras: From Capitalism to Democracy (1913)
Albion Woodbury Small was a brother of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Xi chapter).
- Barnes, Harry Elmer. "The Place of Albion Woodbury Small in Modern Sociology quick view," American Journal of Sociology (1926) 32#1 pp. 15-44. accessed at https://www.jstor.org/stable/2765244
- Morrione, Thomas J. (1967). The early life and works of Albion Woodbury Small. University of New Hampshire. OCLC 6381217.