Cummings Center for the History of Psychology

Cummings Center for the History of Psychology National Museum of Psychology is open 11 am-4pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday; 11 am-8pm on Thursday. Closed Sunday, Monday, & holidays.
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Free parking in lot on College St. and in Lot 30 at the corner of College and Market Streets. Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology, a research center located at The University of Akron, in Akron, Ohio, cares for, provides access to, and interprets the historical record of psychology and related human sciences. It is home to the Archives of the History of American Psychology, with a vast collection of artifacts, media, and documents, including the personal papers of many important psychologists. The Cummings Center includes a Museum of Psychology that highlights artifacts, documents, films, and photographs from the history of the human sciences. It also houses the Institute for Human Science and Culture, which promotes education and research in history, preservation, documentation, and interpretation of the human experience A Smithsonian Affiliate, entry to the Museum of Psychology is free. The museum is open to the public 6 days a week. Appointments are required for archival research and behind-the-scenes tours. Call or email at least 2 weeks in advance. All materials posted to this page are protected under Title 17 of the United States Code. For access and application for use contact CHP at [email protected].

In 2004, Washington DC held an art exhibition called PandaMania and 150 pandas were customized and painted by local arti...
08/11/2020

In 2004, Washington DC held an art exhibition called PandaMania and 150 pandas were customized and painted by local artists and placed around the city.

One piece on exhibit was Baggy Bear. This spring, Baggy Bear was delivered to the Institute for Human Science and Culture as part of the Lee L. Forman Collection of Bags. In this photo, Baggy Bear stands next to her artist, Robert Alston.

If you look closely, you'll notice bags from the LLF collection hanging from trees on Baggy Bear.

http://www.jophan.org/pandamania/
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We’re stepping up our safety procedures this week and extending our mask policy to the animals of the IQ Zoo. They seem ...
08/10/2020

We’re stepping up our safety procedures this week and extending our mask policy to the animals of the IQ Zoo. They seem to be okay with it. #MaskUpMonday

APA 2020 Virtual, the first all-virtual annual convention of the American Psychological Association, is happening now! C...
08/07/2020

APA 2020 Virtual, the first all-virtual annual convention of the American Psychological Association, is happening now! CCHP Director Dr. Cathy Faye is attending the convention, which includes over 3,000 online sessions available on-demand to those registered.

Unfortunately, no exhibitor’s hall means no CCHP booth this year. Instead, this week’s #CCHPGem is a throwback to the booths of the past. Which was your favorite? And what should we bring to the next convention? Let us know in the comments.

The CCHP is now hiring! Apply now to join our team as Assistant Director of the Cummings Center. Application reviews beg...
08/06/2020

The CCHP is now hiring! Apply now to join our team as Assistant Director of the Cummings Center. Application reviews begin September 3rd, 2020. For more information and to apply, click here: https://www.uakron.edu/hr/job-openings/openings.dot

The CCHP team are masked up and taking the #AkronPledge! Are you?- Always wear a mask while on campus. - Keep at least 6...
08/05/2020

The CCHP team are masked up and taking the #AkronPledge! Are you?

- Always wear a mask while on campus.
- Keep at least 6 feet away from people.
- Refrain from touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Often wash or sanitize your hands and keep your space clean.
- Notice any symptoms? Stay home and call your doctor or Health Services right away.

Click the link to download the Akron Pledge, then share your photos using the hashtag.https://www.uakron.edu/im/online-newsroom/images/2020/7-8/docs/akron-pledge.pdf

We've extended our deadline to August 31 for you to submit your "Stories of Home!" The CCHP started a project this summe...
08/04/2020

We've extended our deadline to August 31 for you to submit your "Stories of Home!" The CCHP started a project this summer to gain a deeper understanding of the Greater Akron community's thoughts, feelings, and ideas of "home." Collecting these stories seems particularly important given our experiences with the recent pandemic and return-to-work guidelines.

Please submit your Stories of Home by August 31 using the link below. Add your name and contact information to be entered into a drawing for a National Museum of Psychology travel mug!

https://akron.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8tOhpZQQUuu3SND
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We’re joining The Library of Congress, US National Archives, and Smithsonian in celebrating 100 years since the 19th ame...
08/03/2020

We’re joining The Library of Congress, US National Archives, and Smithsonian in celebrating 100 years since the 19th amendment went into effect. Follow #19SuffrageStories across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to learn more about the diverse women who fought for voting rights, long before and after the amendment passed.

Psychologist Leta Stetter Hollingworth has been called the "scientific pillar" of the early 1900s women's movement in New York. In her 1916 article “Science and Feminism,” Hollingworth dismissed scientific attempts to justify social and ethical restrictions on the activities of women. Such desires, wrote Hollingworth, “lie wholly outside the field of science.”

The Cummings Center for the History of Psychology stands against social injustice, including all forms of racism, sexism...
08/01/2020
Promoting Diversity and Racial Equity

The Cummings Center for the History of Psychology stands against social injustice, including all forms of racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, and transphobia. We recognize that there is a long way to go in fostering true equity, inclusivity, and diversity within our institution and the larger fields of psychology and museum education.

Read our full statement on diversity and racial equity below. https://centerhistorypsychology.wordpress.com/2020/07/28/promoting-diversity-and-racial-equity/

The events of Summer 2020 have no doubt had a profound impact on the work and perspective of arts and culture institutions across the United States. Protests, still ongoing, against the killings of…

07/30/2020
Psychology Film Club - Prof. Marston and the Wonder Women

Join us tonight at 7:00pm EDT for a live discussion of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. We will be discussing the film, gender and sexuality in science and pop culture, and the enduring legacy of Wonder Woman. Taking part in the conversation will be CCHP Director Dr. Cathy Faye, Drs. Mary Triece and Toni Bisconti of the University of Akron, and Dr. Michelle Vaughan of Wright State University.

As a psychologist and comic book author, Wonder Woman-creator William Moulton Marston was in a unique position to unders...
07/29/2020

As a psychologist and comic book author, Wonder Woman-creator William Moulton Marston was in a unique position to understand the impact of comics on children and general audiences. In 1939, he contributed this article, titled “What Comics Do to Your Children,” to the popular Your Life magazine.

In the article, the self-proclaimed “funnies fan” described comics as a positive form of wish fulfillment, allowing audiences to escape reality and supersede human limitations. He wrote that comics often contained educational and moral lessons, and even ranked the era’s most popular comics based on their “constructive influence.” Among the top-rated were Little Orphan Annie, Flash Gordon, and The Phantom. Among the lowest ranked was Dick Tracy, which Marston criticized for fulfilling the “sadistic wishes” of its readers.

Want to learn more about William Marston and his work? Join us tomorrow at 7pm for our livestream discussion of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women: https://www.facebook.com/events/283138882766429/

Dr. Jodi Kearns and the instructional team have been redesigning the Foundations of Museums & Archives classes to delive...
07/28/2020

Dr. Jodi Kearns and the instructional team have been redesigning the Foundations of Museums & Archives classes to deliver content online and to hold classes in real time remotely for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021!

These core courses are required for earning the undergraduate Museums & Archives Studies certificate and the graduate Public Humanities certificate.

You no longer need to be onsite in Akron to complete these classes; however, space is limited. Register now while there is still a seat available for you!

Current UA students can enroll in MyAkron. Prospective students should contact Admissions.

#IHSCTuesday #InstiTuesday

CCHP staff are back in the building (but not publicly open yet) and taking all necessary precautions to keep everyone sa...
07/27/2020

CCHP staff are back in the building (but not publicly open yet) and taking all necessary precautions to keep everyone safe. Even Freud is joining in and masking up! #MaskOnMonday

Wonder Woman creator Dr. William Moulton Marston was a regular contributor to popular psychology magazines through the l...
07/24/2020

Wonder Woman creator Dr. William Moulton Marston was a regular contributor to popular psychology magazines through the late 1930s and 1940s. Today’s #CCHPGem is the “Truth Quiz for Lovers,” contributed by Marston to Your Life magazine in 1939.

The quiz was included in an article titled “If You Want Love,” in which Marston encouraged lovers to be forthright and truthful with each other. Are you fit for love? Take the quiz and find out!

Want to know more about Prof. Marston, his work, and his relationship with Elizabeth Marston and Olive Byrne? Join us for our Psychology Film Club, next Thursday at 7pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/283138882766429/

One of the best ways to get started teaching with primary sources is with a single letter or one page document.  Lizette...
07/22/2020
CCHP Pandemic Projects Vol. IV: A Single Letter or Document

One of the best ways to get started teaching with primary sources is with a single letter or one page document. Lizette explains more (and provides great examples!) on the blog:

contributed by Lizette Royer Barton. Welcome back for the fourth installment of CCHP Pandemic Projects. First of all, let me be the first to say that there is no substitute for working with physica…

Thank you Akronites who have already submitted your "Stories of Home!" for our project. The CCHP started a project this ...
07/21/2020

Thank you Akronites who have already submitted your "Stories of Home!" for our project. The CCHP started a project this summer to gain a deeper understanding of the Greater Akron community's thoughts, feelings, and ideas of "home." This seems particularly important given our experiences with the recent pandemic.

Please submit your own Stories of Home by July 31 using the link below and you too could be featured in a future exhibit in the Lynn R. Metzger Galleries.

https://akron.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8tOhpZQQUuu3SND

#IHSCtuesday #InstituteTuesday

Our Psychology Film Club series returns July 30th at 7pm with Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. Join us live as we...
07/18/2020

Our Psychology Film Club series returns July 30th at 7pm with Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. Join us live as we discuss the film, gender and sexuality in science and pop culture, and the enduring legacy of Wonder Woman.

We will be welcoming your questions via chat, and viewers are encouraged to watch the film prior to the discussion. Join in and share your thoughts!

For more information, see the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/283138882766429/

Today’s #CCHPGem is a series of photos from the Werner Wolff papers.Werner Wolff was a psychologist who studied (among m...
07/17/2020

Today’s #CCHPGem is a series of photos from the Werner Wolff papers.

Werner Wolff was a psychologist who studied (among many other topics) the conscious and subconscious expression of personality. In this experiment, Wolff photographed his subjects and then reversed and montaged the photos to create alternate “right” and “left” face portraits. Subjects were asked to judge each of these faces. Wolff believed that he could uncover subjects’ unconscious conflicts by determining whether they preferred their true appearance or one of the alternate photos.

You can read more about Wolff’s research over at the CCHP blog: https://centerhistorypsychology.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/werner-wolff-papers-open-for-research/

07/16/2020
Intersections Artist Roundtable

Join us tonight at 7:00pm EDT for a live roundtable discussion with the winners of our Intersections: Archives Inspiring Art contest. Artists Dale Dong, Jesse Smith, and Patrick Broughton will be welcoming your questions and comments as we explore the intersection of art, psychology, and museums as methods of understanding what it means to be human.

Intersections is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC).

The Institute for Human Science & Culture at the CCHP has its own course designation and offers for-credit courses and 2...
07/14/2020

The Institute for Human Science & Culture at the CCHP has its own course designation and offers for-credit courses and 2 certificate programs for The University of Akron.

The undergraduate certificate in Museums & Archives Studies and the (brand new!) graduate certificate in Public Humanities require two core courses taught out of the CCHP. Register now for 1900:301/501 and reserve your spot!

Public Humanities Certificate: https://bulletin.uakron.edu/graduate/colleges-programs/interdisciplinary-programs/public-humanities-certificate/#requirementstext

Museums & Archives Studies Certificate: https://bulletin.uakron.edu/undergraduate/colleges-programs/interdisciplinary-programs/museum-archives-studies/#requirementstext

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Next week, we’ll be hosting a live virtual roundtable with the winners of our Intersections: Archives Inspiring Art cont...
07/11/2020

Next week, we’ll be hosting a live virtual roundtable with the winners of our Intersections: Archives Inspiring Art contest. The winning artists were inspired by these photographs from the Richard D. Walk papers, which depict emotions via body language.

Richard D. Walk is primarily known for his work on the Visual Cliff experiments; however, he was interested in all kinds of visual perception. These photos were taken as part of a series of studies in the 1980s regarding how humans perceive emotion. Subjects would look at figures such as these and attempt to identify the emotions conveyed in their pose.

How did our artists interpret emotion in their work? Join us on Thursday, July 16th to find out: https://www.facebook.com/events/287260185857237/

Stereoscopic photographs consist of two side-by-side images, used to create depth in a picture. When seen through a ster...
07/10/2020

Stereoscopic photographs consist of two side-by-side images, used to create depth in a picture. When seen through a stereoscopic viewer, these images will overlap and appear three-dimensional.

Business partners and efficiency experts Frank Gilbreth, Sr. and Lillian Moller Gilbreth took numerous stereoscopic photos of their industrial/organizational projects, which they sent to Hugo Münsterberg, a pioneer of applied psychology. Today’s #CCHPGem is the Gilbreths’ letter to Münsterberg, along with a few of their photos.

You can view the full Gilbreth Stereoscopic Photograph collection in our digital repository, along with descriptions written by the Gilbreths’ themselves: https://bit.ly/3edbREY

Thanks for following along with the Preserving your Family Treasures blog series. We hope you're ready to tackle those m...
07/06/2020
Care and feeding of your vintage textile collection: Part 2

Thanks for following along with the Preserving your Family Treasures blog series. We hope you're ready to tackle those mementos in your closet!

Read part two of textile preservation from guest blogger Linda Bussey, Director of the Hower House Museum - The University of Akron.

This two-part post from guest blogger Linda Bussey, Director of the Hower House Museum in Akron, discusses how to care for vintage textiles like linens and table cloths. Now that your textiles are …

The 1960s Visual Cliff experiments of Richard Walk and Eleanor Gibson tested the depth perception of a variety of subjec...
07/03/2020

The 1960s Visual Cliff experiments of Richard Walk and Eleanor Gibson tested the depth perception of a variety of subjects—goats, kittens, rats, and human infants. Today’s #CCHPGem is a personal ad placed by the researchers offering mothers $3 for the participation of their infants in these experiments. Walk and Gibson’s work suggested that infants fully perceive depth, as many infant subjects chose not to cross the experiment’s glass-covered “cliff.”

You can see photos from the Visual Cliff experiments in the Richard D. Walk still images collection, available in our digital repository: https://bit.ly/3imh9kM

07/02/2020
Pat Broughton Intersections

Presenting the third and final video in our Intersections: Artist Talk series. Artist Patrick Broughton discusses gestural abstraction and its application in his winning piece.

Watch Patrick’s video below, and don’t forget that we’ll also be hosting a live virtual roundtable discussion on July 16th, where all three of the winning artists will be welcoming your comments and questions. You can RSVP for that discussion here: https://www.facebook.com/events/287260185857237/

Intersections is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC).

Connecting with the Cummings Center is now easier than ever! You can find us on all of our social media platforms at "CC...
07/01/2020

Connecting with the Cummings Center is now easier than ever! You can find us on all of our social media platforms at "CCHPsych." Follow us on Instagram and Twitter to see even more of our museum and archival collections.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CCHPsych
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cchpsych/

Our brand new interdisciplinary graduate Certificate in Public Humanities was designed by partnering departments at The ...
06/30/2020

Our brand new interdisciplinary graduate Certificate in Public Humanities was designed by partnering departments at The University of Akron, including Arts Administration, UA Dept of English, and University of Akron, Department of History.

The certificate offers hands-on experience and scholarly research for graduate students interested in digital humanities, museums and education, heritage preservation, public history, communications, community arts programming, and arts and nonprofit management, and so many more.

Simply register for the Fall core course 1900:501, contact Dr. Jodi Kearns, or reach out to faculty in partnering departments for more information [email protected].

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Preserving your family treasures advice continues with textiles! Read the latest post by guest blogger Linda Bussey, Dir...
06/29/2020
Care and feeding of your vintage textile collection: Part 1

Preserving your family treasures advice continues with textiles!

Read the latest post by guest blogger Linda Bussey, Director of the Hower House Museum - The University of Akron.

This two-part post from guest blogger Linda Bussey, Director of the Hower House Museum in Akron, discusses how to care for vintage textiles like linens and table cloths.Imagine inheriting a collect…

Thursday, July 2nd, we will be releasing the third and final video in our Intersections: Artist Talk series. Patrick Bro...
06/27/2020

Thursday, July 2nd, we will be releasing the third and final video in our Intersections: Artist Talk series. Patrick Broughton will be discussing the method of gestural abstraction and its application in his winning piece and larger body of work.

“You can do a lot with a little,” says Broughton, “Sometimes it’s better to be raw and less refined with your approach, especially when you want to get into the mind of the viewer.” See a selection of his work below, and check back Thursday to see the full video and his winning piece.

Intersections is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC).

Today’s #CCHPGem is the first newsletter of Division 44, the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian and Gay Issu...
06/26/2020

Today’s #CCHPGem is the first newsletter of Division 44, the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian and Gay Issues, published in 1985. It features a message from the division’s first president, Dr. Steve Morin (previously a founding member of the AGLP).

Founded by LGB psychologists and open to all interested social scientists, Division 44 sought to support the study of human sexuality, identity, and attachment. In the decades since the division’s founding, its work has expanded to encompass the complete LGBTQ+ community. Today, Division 44 boasts over 1,500 members worldwide.

Division 44’s creation is important, showing the success of LGBTQ+ activists in their fight for equality throughout the 1970s. Nevertheless, we must recognize that members of the full LGBTQ+ community worldwide still struggle to access affirming mental health care. The work of groups such as Division 44 and the AGLP remains ongoing.

Learn more about Division 44 at their website: https://www.apadivisions.org/division-44/.
And from all of us here at the CCHP, happy #Pride.

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Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 20:00
Friday 11:00 - 16:00
Saturday 11:00 - 16:00

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Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology, a research center located at The University of Akron, in Akron, Ohio, cares for, provides access to, and interprets the historical record of psychology and related human sciences. It is home to the Archives of the History of American Psychology, with a vast collection of artifacts, media, and documents, including the personal papers of many important psychologists. The Cummings Center includes a Museum of Psychology that highlights artifacts, documents, films, and photographs from the history of the human sciences. It also houses the Institute for Human Science and Culture, which promotes education and research in history, preservation, documentation, and interpretation of the human experience Appointments are required for archival research and behind-the-scenes tours. Call or email at least 2 weeks in advance. All materials posted to this page are protected under Title 17 of the United States Code. For access and application for use contact CCHP at [email protected].

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Wow, how could one access Harold and Polly's work!!??? I was Pep's last advisee, and loved their work on "Creative/Productive Non-Conformists!!!! Seriously......I have kept those thoughts in my life for 30 plus years..........
BURGEONING: Senior Portfolio Exhibition is now open! Myers School of Art seniors, Katie Cooke and Morgan Jones work will be on display through January 24th, 2020. Fourth floor of the Cummings Center - Institute for Human Science and Culture rotating galleries. 73 S. College St. Akron, 44325. OPEN: T.W.F.Sa: 11am-4pm | Th: 11am-8pm Parking available on lot adjacent to building or on UA lot 30 (located on corner of Market Ave. and College St.) ***PLEASE NOTE that the Cummings Center will be closed December 23 - Jan 1, 2020***
Does anyone have any materials on the history of Central Neuro- psychiatric Association. I have not been able to find out much about the group.
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The Cummings Center for the History of Psychology will be featured on Saturday (8/5) at 11am in East Salon D in the talk titled "Experiential Learning: A Cross-Country Trip to the Center for the History of Psychology". I hope to see you there!