Cummings Center for the History of Psychology

Cummings Center for the History of Psychology The National Museum of Psychology and Institute galleries will be reopening on Thursday, April 1st with limited hours (Tues 11am-4pm, Thurs 11am-8pm).
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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

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

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The Rhoda K. Unger papers are now available to researchers!  The papers document her work as a feminist psychologist who...
06/21/2021

The Rhoda K. Unger papers are now available to researchers! The papers document her work as a feminist psychologist whose published works included the psychology of women and gender. View the finding aid here: https://cdm15960.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15960coll10/id/1496/rec/5

The Unger papers were processed as part of the CCHP's ongoing efforts to increase the diversity of our holdings and resources.

Image description: Black and white headshot of a smiling woman with shoulder-length hair and black-rimmed glasses wearing a blazer and a floral-patterned scarf.

The Rhoda K. Unger papers are now available to researchers! The papers document her work as a feminist psychologist whose published works included the psychology of women and gender. View the finding aid here: https://cdm15960.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15960coll10/id/1496/rec/5

The Unger papers were processed as part of the CCHP's ongoing efforts to increase the diversity of our holdings and resources.

Image description: Black and white headshot of a smiling woman with shoulder-length hair and black-rimmed glasses wearing a blazer and a floral-patterned scarf.

In 1948 and 1953, the Kinsey Reports broke new ground in the study of human sexuality, featuring data on the experiences...
06/18/2021

In 1948 and 1953, the Kinsey Reports broke new ground in the study of human sexuality, featuring data on the experiences of over 12,000 male and female research participants. To collect this information, Alfred Kinsey relied on a team of field interviewers with very specific qualifications: the ideal interviewer was “happily married, preferably in their thirties or early forties” and “able to meet persons of all social levels and quickly win confidence and cooperation from utter strangers.” One critical qualification: “We cannot use anyone who is afraid of sex.”

A bisexual man himself, Alfred Kinsey helped to affirm that homosexuality, bisexuality, and other desires were not aberrant, but common expressions of human sexuality. View more documents from the history of psychology & the LGBTQ+ community in our online exhibit, “A Clockwork Lavender”: https://uakron.edu/chp/education/a-clockwork-lavender

Image description: Scanned typewritten document titled “Qualifications for Field Interviewer – Kinsey Research Project”. See comments for transcription.

In 1948 and 1953, the Kinsey Reports broke new ground in the study of human sexuality, featuring data on the experiences of over 12,000 male and female research participants. To collect this information, Alfred Kinsey relied on a team of field interviewers with very specific qualifications: the ideal interviewer was “happily married, preferably in their thirties or early forties” and “able to meet persons of all social levels and quickly win confidence and cooperation from utter strangers.” One critical qualification: “We cannot use anyone who is afraid of sex.”

A bisexual man himself, Alfred Kinsey helped to affirm that homosexuality, bisexuality, and other desires were not aberrant, but common expressions of human sexuality. View more documents from the history of psychology & the LGBTQ+ community in our online exhibit, “A Clockwork Lavender”: https://uakron.edu/chp/education/a-clockwork-lavender

Image description: Scanned typewritten document titled “Qualifications for Field Interviewer – Kinsey Research Project”. See comments for transcription.

Join us tonight at 5:00pm ET for our live screening of the 1943 film “Cadet Classification,” in celebration of the 53rd ...
06/17/2021
Cheiron 2021 Film Night - "Cadet Classification"

Join us tonight at 5:00pm ET for our live screening of the 1943 film “Cadet Classification,” in celebration of the 53rd meeting of Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral & Social Sciences. We’ll be sharing the film, narrated by then-lieutenant Ronald Reagan, answering your questions, and highlighting some original artifacts and documents from our collection that are featured in the film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-1sBM4yyPw

To celebrate this year’s virtual meeting of Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral & Social Sciences, the CCHP will be hosting a Vi...

Drawing from the over 12,000 bags of the Lee L. Forman Collection of Bags, Cultural Carry-On: America’s Literal Baggage ...
06/15/2021

Drawing from the over 12,000 bags of the Lee L. Forman Collection of Bags, Cultural Carry-On: America’s Literal Baggage showcases human experience and culture in the 20th and 21st centuries—from travel to politics to trash—through the canvas of bags.

The student-designed exhibit opens Friday, July 16th in the Institute for Human Science and Culture’s Metzger Galleries, with an opening reception from 4:00-6:00pm. Click here to RSVP and get your timed tickets for the event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cultural-carry-on-americas-literal-baggage-tickets-154638771729

Image descriptions: A white gallery wall adorned with a large variety of bags, some flattened, some open and popping out from the wall, and some framed, along with corresponding labels. Farther down the wall there is a display case containing additional bags.

A promotional image featuring a pop art illustration of a white woman with blue eyes, reddish blonde hair, red lips, and red nail polish holding her hands to her face. This image is interspersed between black squares with white text reading: “Cultural Carry-On: America’s Literal Baggage. Museums & Archives Certificate Program Student Exhibition” In the bottom right corner logos for the Lee L. Forman Collection of Bags, the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology, the Institute for Human Science and Culture, and The University of Akron are displayed.

06/14/2021

To celebrate this year’s virtual meeting of Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral & Social Sciences, the CCHP will be hosting a Virtual Film Night this Thursday, June 17th at 5:00pm ET.

Join us live on our YouTube channel for a screening of the 1943 U.S. Air Force film “Cadet Classification,” narrated by then-lieutenant Ronald Reagan. CCHP Assistant Director Dr. Jennifer Bazar and Archives Assistant Tony Pankuch will introduce the film and present original World War II artifacts and documents from the Archives of the History of American Psychology. Viewers can take part in a Q&A session during & after the film via live chat.

You can access the live screening here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-1sBM4yyPw

06/13/2021

We’re closing out MuseumWeek with #WordsForTheFutureMW visitors of the CCHP – words we have been waiting to say for far too long: “WELCOME BACK!”

Beginning July 6th, the National Museum of Psychology & Institute galleries will be open to the public 5 days a week. You’ll be able to visit Tuesdays, 11am-4pm; Wednesdays, 1-8pm; and Thursdays-Saturdays 11am-4pm. For more information on admission and health & safety precautions, click here: https://uakron.edu/chp/museum/covid-19-precautions

For information on scheduling a research appointment at the Archives of the History of American Psychology, click here: https://uakron.edu/chp/archives/visit.dot

We can’t wait to show you all that the CCHP has to offer!

Today’s MuseumWeek theme is #ArtIsEverywhereMW. Our collections feature plenty of art in unexpected places—just take a l...
06/12/2021

Today’s MuseumWeek theme is #ArtIsEverywhereMW. Our collections feature plenty of art in unexpected places—just take a look at this store bag from the Institute for Human Science and Culture’s Lee L. Forman Collection of Bags! Sure, the bag itself may be considered a piece of art, but we’re more invested in this tiny painter proudly displaying his work!

You’ll be able to see a wide variety of bags from the Forman Collection on display soon in our upcoming exhibit, Cultural Carry-On: America’s Literal Baggage. The exhibit opens mid-July.

Image descriptions: A rectangular store bag with a black and white design sitting on a shelf. The design features figures in late 18th century attire lounging, walking, and painting in an outdoor garden environment. In the center is a logo for Cowtan and Tout. Boxes are visible on shelves behind the bag.

Detail of a black and white design on a store bag. A man is holding a palette and brushes and gesturing toward an easel while a woman reclines nearby and watches. Behind them is a small structure with four columns and a large urn inside, surrounded by a tree and foliage.

Today for MuseumWeek it’s #CaptionThisMW. What do you think might be going through the minds of this unusual pair of box...
06/11/2021

Today for MuseumWeek it’s #CaptionThisMW. What do you think might be going through the minds of this unusual pair of boxers? Their photo is included in the collection of Marian and Keller Breland’s Animal Behavior Enterprises.

Image description: Black and white photo of a young white boy with short hair wearing patterned shorts and boxing gloves in a boxing ring with a goat. The goat is also wearing boxing gloves while standing on its hind legs and appears to be lunging at the boy.

Today for MuseumWeek it’s #CaptionThisMW. What do you think might be going through the minds of this unusual pair of boxers? Their photo is included in the collection of Marian and Keller Breland’s Animal Behavior Enterprises.

Image description: Black and white photo of a young white boy with short hair wearing patterned shorts and boxing gloves in a boxing ring with a goat. The goat is also wearing boxing gloves while standing on its hind legs and appears to be lunging at the boy.

Today’s MuseumWeek theme is #EurekaMW. We’re sharing one of the great discoveries of modern neuropsychology by Roger Spe...
06/10/2021

Today’s MuseumWeek theme is #EurekaMW. We’re sharing one of the great discoveries of modern neuropsychology by Roger Sperry.

Sperry was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1981 for his work on “split brain” patients. Sperry worked with patients whose corpus callosum, which normally connects the left and right hemispheres of the brain, had been severed to treat epilepsy. His work showed that functions were localized in the two hemispheres of the brain and that those two hemispheres communicate in our everyday functioning.

You can view Sperry’s Nobel Prize on display now in the National Museum of Psychology: https://uakron.edu/chp/museum/

Image descriptions: Black and white photo of a balding white man with short gray hair sitting at a table in a lab environment. His left arm is outstretched toward a monitor on the table, while his right hand is resting on his left forearm, holding a pencil above a large note pad.

Detail view of a Nobel Prize sitting on a wooden table. It is a round gold medal bearing a profile image of Alfred Nobel, a bearded man wearing a suit and tie. Nobel’s name is included alongside his image.

MuseumWeek continues with the theme #ChildrensEyesMW.Today, a view from Eleanor J. Gibson and Richard D. Walk’s visual c...
06/09/2021

MuseumWeek continues with the theme #ChildrensEyesMW.

Today, a view from Eleanor J. Gibson and Richard D. Walk’s visual cliff study. If you were in this infant’s place, do you think you would cross the visual cliff? Come try it for yourself at the National Museum of Psychology!

Image descriptions: Black and white photo of an infant crawling away from the viewer toward a glass walkway that resembles a cliff or drop-off. A woman is leaning over the opposite side of the glass walkway with a pinwheel, smiling at the infant.

Black and white view of a glass walkway resembling a cliff or drop-off in a museum environment. The angle appears as though the viewer is standing right on the edge of the false cliff.

Continuing our MuseumWeek celebration, today’s theme is #BehindTheScenesMW. A lot goes into our work here at the CCHP. R...
06/08/2021

Continuing our MuseumWeek celebration, today’s theme is #BehindTheScenesMW.

A lot goes into our work here at the CCHP. Records and Reference Services Manager Lizette Royer Barton is fulfilling reference requests, while Special Collections Manager Rhonda Rinehart monitors environmental conditions in the museum. Meanwhile, student assistants Kristie and Cris are hard at work with the Institute for Human Science and Culture collections, including the soon-to-be on display Lee L. Forman Collection of Bags.

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06/07/2021

It’s MuseumWeek ! We’re joining this year’s celebration with 7 posts, 7 themes, and 7 hashtags dedicated to creativity. Today’s theme is #OnceUponATimeMW.

Once upon a time, psychologist E. G. Boring wrote one of the most recognizable openings in the history of psychology…

We were saddened to hear of the passing of our friend, Donald K. Routh. Don was a long-time friend of the Archives and c...
06/05/2021

We were saddened to hear of the passing of our friend, Donald K. Routh. Don was a long-time friend of the Archives and conducted research in the archives many times. His enthusiasm for historical research was infectious. We will miss him.

Pictured left to right: Marge Gonzalez (Don's wife), Don, and former APA President Carol Goodheart at the 2010 opening of the CCHP’s first public gallery space.

We were saddened to hear of the passing of our friend, Donald K. Routh. Don was a long-time friend of the Archives and conducted research in the archives many times. His enthusiasm for historical research was infectious. We will miss him.

Pictured left to right: Marge Gonzalez (Don's wife), Don, and former APA President Carol Goodheart at the 2010 opening of the CCHP’s first public gallery space.

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and we’re excited to join Smithsonian in spotlighting the historic and cultural achievements...
06/04/2021

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and we’re excited to join Smithsonian in spotlighting the historic and cultural achievements of LGBTQ+ individuals. We’ll be sharing materials from our collections throughout the month, starting with this 1975 issue of the Psychologists for Social Action newsletter. Written entirely by gay and lesbian psychologists, the “Gay Issue” prominently featured the history of the Association of Gay Psychologists (AGP), founded in 1973 to combat the negative treatment of LGBTQ+ individuals in psychology. #SmithsonianPride

You can read more about the AGP and explore the full newsletter in this 2020 blog post by Archives Assistant Tony Pankuch: uakron.edu/chp/pride

Image description: Scanned cover of a newsletter titled “Social Action: Newsletter of Psychologists for Social Action”. Text in the top right corner identifies this as the “Gay Issue.” The headline reads “Gay Psychology Coming Out!” Below the headline is a cartoon drawing of a skeleton wearing a wide-brimmed floral-patterned hat stepping out of a closet.

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and we’re excited to join Smithsonian in spotlighting the historic and cultural achievements of LGBTQ+ individuals. We’ll be sharing materials from our collections throughout the month, starting with this 1975 issue of the Psychologists for Social Action newsletter. Written entirely by gay and lesbian psychologists, the “Gay Issue” prominently featured the history of the Association of Gay Psychologists (AGP), founded in 1973 to combat the negative treatment of LGBTQ+ individuals in psychology. #SmithsonianPride

You can read more about the AGP and explore the full newsletter in this 2020 blog post by Archives Assistant Tony Pankuch: uakron.edu/chp/pride

Image description: Scanned cover of a newsletter titled “Social Action: Newsletter of Psychologists for Social Action”. Text in the top right corner identifies this as the “Gay Issue.” The headline reads “Gay Psychology Coming Out!” Below the headline is a cartoon drawing of a skeleton wearing a wide-brimmed floral-patterned hat stepping out of a closet.

Beginning today, in accordance with The University of Akron guidelines, fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be r...
06/03/2021

Beginning today, in accordance with The University of Akron guidelines, fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be required to wear face coverings in the National Museum of Psychology and Institute galleries. We ask that unvaccinated individuals please continue to wear face coverings when in the museum and galleries.

Interactive and hands-on museum displays have been reactivated. Visitors are encouraged to use the readily available hand sanitizer stations before engaging in the interactive displays. Free admission will continue to be offered through Tuesday, July 6th, at which point we will be resuming our standard admission rates and expanding our open hours.

For more information on our health and safety policies, visit https://uakron.edu/chp/museum/covid-19-precautions. We look forward to seeing you at the Cummings Center soon!

Image description: A woman in a face mask and red flannel shirt with long brunette hair standing in a museum looking at a display labeled “Rise of the Asylum.” A straitjacket, medical device, and photos of asylums are featured in the display.

Beginning today, in accordance with The University of Akron guidelines, fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be required to wear face coverings in the National Museum of Psychology and Institute galleries. We ask that unvaccinated individuals please continue to wear face coverings when in the museum and galleries.

Interactive and hands-on museum displays have been reactivated. Visitors are encouraged to use the readily available hand sanitizer stations before engaging in the interactive displays. Free admission will continue to be offered through Tuesday, July 6th, at which point we will be resuming our standard admission rates and expanding our open hours.

For more information on our health and safety policies, visit https://uakron.edu/chp/museum/covid-19-precautions. We look forward to seeing you at the Cummings Center soon!

Image description: A woman in a face mask and red flannel shirt with long brunette hair standing in a museum looking at a display labeled “Rise of the Asylum.” A straitjacket, medical device, and photos of asylums are featured in the display.

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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!