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Paul S. Goodman Collection

Identifier: 2012-0001

Scope and Contents note

The Paul S. Goodman papers, which date from 1996 to 2006, document his work as a documentary film maker. The collection is housed in 7 boxes and arranged in four series according to documentary production: The Dabbawallas, Escola de Samba, The Changing Nature of Work, and Miscellaneous materials. The collection consists largely of raw master footage and some final cuts. The primary formats included are: Betacam SP, Digital Betacam, DVCAM, and MiniDV. Also included are cassette tapes, compact discs, DVD’s, Hi8MP and VHS.


  • 1996-2006


Biographical/Historical note

Paul S. Goodman was a professor of Organizational Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. After joining the faculty in 1972, he became the tenured professor of industrial administration and psychology in 1979 and in 2000 the Richard M. Cyert Professor of Organizational Psychology. Goodman produced over 20 educational films and documentaries, most notably The Changing Nature of Work, The Dabbawallas, and Escola de Samba. The Changing Nature of Work, created for work and classroom use, focused on how technology, global competition and new demographic patterns have changed the nature of work. Some of the professions looked at are that of a waitress, nurse, and lobsterman. It was from this series that two full length documentaries were produced: The Dabbawallas and Escola de Samba—both of which aired on PBS. Here Goodman was interested in documenting how complex work systems function without the use of modern technology. It is footage from these films that make up the Paul S. Goodman collection.


7.0 Linear feet



Arrangement note

The collection is divided into 4 series:

Series I: The Dabbawallas

Series II: Escola de Samba

Series III: The Changing Nature of Work

Series IV: Miscellaneous

Each series is further divided into sections according to media type.
Paul S. Goodman Collection, 1996-2006
Finding aid prepared by Jennifer Needham
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Repository Details

Part of the Carnegie Mellon University Archives Repository

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