Theodore D. Goldfarb Collection

An environmental chemist, Ted Goldfarb was a founder of the Science for the People chapter at SUNY Stony Brook and an organizer of the group's second trip to the People's Republic of China in June 1978. The twelve delegates from SftP went with the intention of studying the organization of science and technology in China with respect to how it met people's needs, and they were toured through a succession of factories, production facilities, farms, schools, and institutes in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Changsha, and Beijing, among other locations.

The nearly 400 slides in this collection were taken by Ted Goldfarb (and handful by his colleague Judith Weinstein) when they were members of the second Science for the People delegation to the People's Republic of China in June 1978. Reflecting their interests in science and technology, the slides document a succession of factories, production facilities, schools, and institutes they visited, but include shots of typical street scenes, markets, artisans and factory workers, and tourist sites such as the Great Wall, Ming Tombs, and Forbidden City. In addition to the images of China, a handful were taken during a stopover in Delhi and Agra, India, on the way back to the United States.

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Background on Ted Goldfarb

Oil processing plant: machinery, June 1978

Oil processing plant: machinery, June 1978

A chemist and founder of the Science for the People chapter at State University of New York at Stony Brook, Ted Goldfarb began his academic career as a specialist in molecular spectroscopy and dynamics. By the 1970s, however, he moved gradually into the emerging field of environmental chemistry and became increasingly interested in the issues surrounding scientific ethics, science and public policy, and science education.

A long-time member of the editorial collective of Science for the People magazine, Goldfarb was one of the organizers of the second Science for the People delegation to China that visited there in the summer 1978. The proposal, which appeared in their magazine for May-June 1977, described both the goals and long-delayed background for the trip:

The idea of a second SftP trip to China first received serious consideration in December 1974. After a couple of false starts, a resolution was finally agreed upon at a Northeastern Regional Coordinating Committee meeting in September 1976 to make a serious attempt to generate the activity and support needed to develop a proposal to send to the People's Republic of China before the end of the year. Although we didn't quite make the deadline, the effort was a success and the proposal that follows was forwarded to China by members of the first trip delegation in mid-March of this year.

The political work that was involved in reaching an agreement on the goals and specific contents of the proposal underlined the need for a decision-making structure and a more adequate communication network within SftP. On the other hand it also demonstrated that a joint effort by five widely separated groups is possible even under the present structureless circumstances.

The twelve delegates comprising the SftP delegation spent one month in China, arriving in Hong Kong on May 30 and proceeding along a circuit that included Guangzhou, Hainan Island, Changsha, Shanghai, Suzhou, Jinan, Shandong, Beijing, and Hebei Province. In keeping with their stated goals of studying "how science and technology were organized in China to meet people's needs," the delegation visited grain processing plants, fertilizer plants, textile mills, tractor factories, agricultural academies, the Shengli oil fields, and land reclamation projects, as well as standard touristic sites such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Ming Tombs before leaving the People's Republic on July 2.

Goldfarb was just 66 when he died on April 3, 2002.

Contents of Collection

The nearly 400 slides in this collection were taken by Ted Goldfarb (and handful by his colleague Judith Weinstein) when they were members of the second Science for the People delegation to the People's Republic of China in June 1978. Reflecting their interests in science and technology, the slides document a succession of factories, production facilities, schools, and institutes they visited, but include shots of typical street scenes, markets, artisans and factory workers, and tourist sites such as the Great Wall, Ming Tombs, and Forbidden City. In addition to the images of China, a handful were taken during a stopover in Delhi and Agra, India, on the way back to the United States.

Collection inventory
People's Republic of China
1978 June-July
1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
(mums859-tg01-i015)
1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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Box 2
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Box 2
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Box 2
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Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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Box 2
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Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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India
1978 July
1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
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1978 June
Box 2
(mums859-tg01-i438)
1978 June
Box 2
(mums859-tg01-i439)
1978 July
Box 2
(mums859-tg01-i327)
1978 July
Box 2
(mums859-tg01-i330)
1978 July
Box 2
(mums859-tg01-i335)
1978 July
Box 2
(mums859-tg01-i336)
1978 July
Box 2
(mums859-tg01-i339)
1978 July
Box 2
(mums859-tg01-i346)
1978 July
Box 2
(mums859-tg01-i347)
1978 July
Box 2
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1978 July
Box 2
(mums859-tg01-i350)
1978 July
Box 2
(mums859-tg01-i359)
1978 July
Box 2
(mums859-tg01-i360)
1978 July
Box 2
(mums859-tg01-i361)
1978 July
Box 2
(mums859-tg01-i374)
1978 July
Box 2
(mums859-tg01-i387)
1978 July
Box 2
(mums859-tg01-i399)

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Language:

English

Location of Originals

Scans of the slides were generously prepared with the assistance of Tom Conner at the UC San Diego. The originals were retained by the family.

Bibliography

Goldfarb, Ted and Judy Weinstein, "Since the Cultural Revolution: Science Policy Changes in China," Science for the People 13, 2 (1981):11-15.

"Second SftP China trip: itinerary report," Science for the People 10, 5 (1981):37-39.

Related material

SCUA also contains two other substantial collections of photographs of post-Cultural Revolution China:

Provenance

Gift of Brain Goldfarb through Tom Conner, 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, Dec. 2014.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Theodore D. Goldfarb Collection (PH 071). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms

Subjects

  • Acrobats--China--Shanghai--Photographs
  • China--Photographs
  • Cotton manufacture--China--Shanghai--Photographs
  • Factories--China--Photographs
  • Forbidden City (Beijing, China)--Photographs
  • Great Wall of China (China)--Photographs
  • India--Photographs
  • Ming Tombs (China)--Photographs
  • Textile factories--China--Shanghai--Photographs

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Names

  • Science for the People
  • Weinstein, Judith

Genre terms

  • Photographs