In a project of this nature, the number of persons to be thanked is legion. No reasonable amount of space would permit even the mere listing of the names of those who contributed to this presidential performance study in one way or another. We are especially grateful to the sixty interviewees who spent hours in verbal discourse with us and to the nearly one thousand American historians who took the time to answer our survey questionnaires and return them for analysis. Without the cooperation of these historians, this study would have been impossible.
Apart from these two historian groups, there are a few specific individuals who have our heartfelt thanks. Professor Stanley Weintraub, Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies, and Dr. Stanley Paulson, former Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at The Pennsylvania State University, gave psychological and monetary support throughout the period required to secure the data. Robert D. Lee Director for Research in the Institute of Public Administration, and Robert Mowitz (now deceased), Director of the Institute of Public Administration at The Pennsylvania State University, provided advice on sampling techniques and supplied us with specialized personnel to help construct the survey instrument and solve polling problems as they arose. Glen Kreider, Research Application Specialist, and William McCane, Instructional Specialist, both in the Center for Computer Assistance at The Pennsylvania State University, were our contacts for computer-related problems. Historians Philip S. Klein, Warren W. Hassler, Ira V. Brown, Earl Kaylor, and Richard Hatch gave unselfishly of their time to aid us with the historical aspects of the study.
The laborious chores of envelope stuffing, mail sorting, and codification of data would never have been completed without the help of such persons as Robin Floyd, Janet Winters, Kathy Cresswell, Richard Russell, Michael Pavkovic, Su-Ya Chang, Joshua Rosen, and Marilyn Parrish. Shirley Rader, Jan Shoemaker, and especially Carol McGahen cheerfully assumed the burden of typing the manuscript and setting up the many tables and appendixes. Eve Murray's editorial and literary suggestions made the conversion of statistical data into prose read less boring than it might otherwise have been.