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 Psychology, with a vast collection of artifacts, media, and documents, including the personal papers of many important psychologists. The Cummings Center includes the National 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. 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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This month we are recognizing Jewish American Heritage Month with stories from our collection. Erika Fromm (1909-2003) w...
05/07/2021

This month we are recognizing Jewish American Heritage Month with stories from our collection.

Erika Fromm (1909-2003) was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family in Frankfurt, Germany. Only two short weeks after earning her doctoral degree from the University of Frankfurt in 1933, she was forced to flee to Holland to escape Nazi rule. During her time in Holland she established the first Psychology Laboratory in a Dutch State Hospital before emigrating with her family to the United States in 1938. Fromm established her career in Chicago, becoming perhaps best known for her research in hypnosis and her advocacy of non-medical psychoanalysis.

Image description: Yellow-toned black and white portrait of Erika Fromm as a young woman. Her dark hair is pulled back off her face and she is wearing a dark sweater.

This month we are recognizing Jewish American Heritage Month with stories from our collection.

Erika Fromm (1909-2003) was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family in Frankfurt, Germany. Only two short weeks after earning her doctoral degree from the University of Frankfurt in 1933, she was forced to flee to Holland to escape Nazi rule. During her time in Holland she established the first Psychology Laboratory in a Dutch State Hospital before emigrating with her family to the United States in 1938. Fromm established her career in Chicago, becoming perhaps best known for her research in hypnosis and her advocacy of non-medical psychoanalysis.

Image description: Yellow-toned black and white portrait of Erika Fromm as a young woman. Her dark hair is pulled back off her face and she is wearing a dark sweater.

It’s National Postcard Week, and the David P. Campbell Postcard Collection is available for viewing in the 4th floor lib...
05/06/2021

It’s National Postcard Week, and the David P. Campbell Postcard Collection is available for viewing in the 4th floor library at the Cummings Center! Stop by today from 11am to 8pm to browse the collection and see our curated display of postcards related to life in the era of COVID.

The Campbell Collection is made up of more than 250,000 postcards on topics that range from travel to politics. Click here to explore the collection in our digital repository: http://collections.uakron.edu/digital/collection/p15960coll19

Did you know that intelligence testing can be traced back to the 1905 Binet-Simon Measuring Scale of Intelligence? It wa...
05/05/2021

Did you know that intelligence testing can be traced back to the 1905 Binet-Simon Measuring Scale of Intelligence? It was developed by French psychologists Alfred Binet and Theodore Simon following the passage of French laws that mandated school for children aged 6-14. The examination tested several abilities believed to be linked to the “mental age” of children. These tests were intended to provide an objective, singular measurement for determining at what level a child should be placed in school, but were later adapted by Henry H. Goddard for screening out so-called “mental defectives” among the 5,000 immigrants daily seeking entry into the U.S.

For more on the overlapping histories of intelligence testing, eugenics, and immigration policy in the United States, view our online exhibit, Exploring Heredity: https://uakron.edu/chp/education/exploring-heredity

Did you know that intelligence testing can be traced back to the 1905 Binet-Simon Measuring Scale of Intelligence? It was developed by French psychologists Alfred Binet and Theodore Simon following the passage of French laws that mandated school for children aged 6-14. The examination tested several abilities believed to be linked to the “mental age” of children. These tests were intended to provide an objective, singular measurement for determining at what level a child should be placed in school, but were later adapted by Henry H. Goddard for screening out so-called “mental defectives” among the 5,000 immigrants daily seeking entry into the U.S.

For more on the overlapping histories of intelligence testing, eugenics, and immigration policy in the United States, view our online exhibit, Exploring Heredity: https://uakron.edu/chp/education/exploring-heredity

Today we remember the four Kent State students killed and nine injured during the Kent State Shootings in 1970. The stud...
05/04/2021

Today we remember the four Kent State students killed and nine injured during the Kent State Shootings in 1970. The students were part of a protest against the expansion of U.S. troops into Cambodia during the Vietnam War when they were shot by the Ohio National Guard.

The impact of the event was felt across the country. The William S. Verplanck papers at the Cummings Center contain an announcement of a planning meeting for a nation-wide solidarity strike that was published by students at the University of Tennessee. Their plans included campus and community rallies along with an end-of-week march on Washington.

Image description: Yellowing page announcing a strike meeting with typed and handwritten text. The first portion of the text explains the purpose of the strike events and the second portion provides a schedule of events for the week. The logo of the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology appears in the bottom right of the page.

The full text of the page reads:
STRIKE
In response to Nixon's invasion of Cambodia and in protest of the murder of four Kent State demonstrators, The University of Tennessee will participate in a nation-wide strike of universities called by the National Student Association. Students who want to express their outrage for the Cambodian and Kent State issues will not attend classes and instead will participate in alternative activities.
STRIKE MEETING 9:00 Ballroom
To organize
Tuesday May 5th.
9:00 pm
Student Center Ballroom
Strategy planning -- People are needed for:
Publicity (leaflets, posters etc.
Fund raising
Pickets
Liberation Classes
etc.
PROGRAM FOR THE WEEK
Tuesday: 9:00 pm Student Center Ball Room --- Organizational meeting
Wednesday: Organizational activities -- all day
Film: "Up Against the Wall" (Newsreel film of Columbia strike)
1:00 pm and 3:00 pm Student Center
8:00 pm -- Hess Hall
10:00 pm -- Presidential
Thursday: STRIKE
2:00 pm -- Rally in Free Park (Circle Park)
3:30 pm -- March to Post Office
Film: "Up Against the Wall"
8:00 pm -- Stadium Hall
10:00 pm Greve
Friday: Liberation Classes:
the war in Viet Nam
R.O.T.C.
Women's rights
Free University
Dormitory restructuring
Saturday: Strike continues
National March on Washington

Today we remember the four Kent State students killed and nine injured during the Kent State Shootings in 1970. The students were part of a protest against the expansion of U.S. troops into Cambodia during the Vietnam War when they were shot by the Ohio National Guard.

The impact of the event was felt across the country. The William S. Verplanck papers at the Cummings Center contain an announcement of a planning meeting for a nation-wide solidarity strike that was published by students at the University of Tennessee. Their plans included campus and community rallies along with an end-of-week march on Washington.

Image description: Yellowing page announcing a strike meeting with typed and handwritten text. The first portion of the text explains the purpose of the strike events and the second portion provides a schedule of events for the week. The logo of the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology appears in the bottom right of the page.

The full text of the page reads:
STRIKE
In response to Nixon's invasion of Cambodia and in protest of the murder of four Kent State demonstrators, The University of Tennessee will participate in a nation-wide strike of universities called by the National Student Association. Students who want to express their outrage for the Cambodian and Kent State issues will not attend classes and instead will participate in alternative activities.
STRIKE MEETING 9:00 Ballroom
To organize
Tuesday May 5th.
9:00 pm
Student Center Ballroom
Strategy planning -- People are needed for:
Publicity (leaflets, posters etc.
Fund raising
Pickets
Liberation Classes
etc.
PROGRAM FOR THE WEEK
Tuesday: 9:00 pm Student Center Ball Room --- Organizational meeting
Wednesday: Organizational activities -- all day
Film: "Up Against the Wall" (Newsreel film of Columbia strike)
1:00 pm and 3:00 pm Student Center
8:00 pm -- Hess Hall
10:00 pm -- Presidential
Thursday: STRIKE
2:00 pm -- Rally in Free Park (Circle Park)
3:30 pm -- March to Post Office
Film: "Up Against the Wall"
8:00 pm -- Stadium Hall
10:00 pm Greve
Friday: Liberation Classes:
the war in Viet Nam
R.O.T.C.
Women's rights
Free University
Dormitory restructuring
Saturday: Strike continues
National March on Washington

We're saying goodbye to three student assistants this week. Katelynn and Kristie are graduating, and Laurel is completin...
05/03/2021

We're saying goodbye to three student assistants this week. Katelynn and Kristie are graduating, and Laurel is completing an internship before graduating in the fall.

We thank them for their valuable work at the CCHP and wish them luck in their futures. ❤️

Myers School of Art student Kwame Gomez’s senior exhibition, “An Abyss of Sunshine,” is opening tonight from 4-8pm ET in...
04/30/2021

Myers School of Art student Kwame Gomez’s senior exhibition, “An Abyss of Sunshine,” is opening tonight from 4-8pm ET in our Institute for Human Science and Culture galleries! You can still reserve your free timed tickets for the opening by clicking this link: https://bit.ly/3cYqrSd

As a reminder, a maximum of 10 visitors will be allowed in the galleries at a time, and masks and social distancing practices are required. The building and gallery space are mobility accessible.
See the link above for more information.

The Archives of the History of American Psychology (AHAP) holds a variety of moving images and audio recordings document...
04/29/2021

The Archives of the History of American Psychology (AHAP) holds a variety of moving images and audio recordings documenting the history of psychology—among them, a five-part interview series with psychologist Carl Jung, conducted in 1957 by Richard Evans. In these interviews, Jung discusses a range of topics from Sigmund Freud to psychosomatic medicine. Click below to see the full film series!
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs_lMA2MqXWNCsSIyvlwW2hrGwZCf-NGZ

A print transcript of Evans’s conversations with Jung, featuring reactions from psychoanalyst Ernest Jones, is available from The University of Akron Press: https://blogs.uakron.edu/uapress/product/richard-i-evans-conversations-with-carl-jung-and-reactions-from-ernest-jones/

The Archives of the History of American Psychology (AHAP) holds a variety of moving images and audio recordings documenting the history of psychology—among them, a five-part interview series with psychologist Carl Jung, conducted in 1957 by Richard Evans. In these interviews, Jung discusses a range of topics from Sigmund Freud to psychosomatic medicine. Click below to see the full film series!
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs_lMA2MqXWNCsSIyvlwW2hrGwZCf-NGZ

A print transcript of Evans’s conversations with Jung, featuring reactions from psychoanalyst Ernest Jones, is available from The University of Akron Press: https://blogs.uakron.edu/uapress/product/richard-i-evans-conversations-with-carl-jung-and-reactions-from-ernest-jones/

New images of the Robbers Cave study have been digitized from the Muzafer and Carolyn Wood Sherif papers. You can now ac...
04/28/2021

New images of the Robbers Cave study have been digitized from the Muzafer and Carolyn Wood Sherif papers. You can now access over 70 image booklets from the widely known study in our digital repository: https://bit.ly/2RWWueo

Conducted in 1954, the Robbers Cave study explored realistic conflict theory by assigning children between the ages of 11 and 12 into competing groups. They competed in various games for limited prizes—the winners received trophies, medals, and pocketknives, while the losers received nothing. The researchers suggested that conflict for limited resources can lead to prejudiced attitudes and discriminatory behavior and that such conflict may be reduced through activities that require cooperation.

Thanks to everyone who attended last night’s “Growing Pains” exhibit opening! If you missed opening night, don’t worry—y...
04/24/2021

Thanks to everyone who attended last night’s “Growing Pains” exhibit opening! If you missed opening night, don’t worry—you can still see the exhibit during our regular hours (Tuesdays 11am-4pm & Thursdays 11am-8pm) through Sep. 9, 2021.

Meanwhile, installation is underway for Myers School of Art student Kwame Gomez’s senior exhibition, “An Abyss of Sunshine,” opening next Friday, April 30th in our Institute for Human Science and Culture galleries. You can get your timed tickets here: https://bit.ly/3cYqrSd

Myers School of Art student Anika Calcei’s senior exhibition, “Growing Pains,” opens tonight from 4-8pm ET in our Instit...
04/23/2021

Myers School of Art student Anika Calcei’s senior exhibition, “Growing Pains,” opens tonight from 4-8pm ET in our Institute for Human Science and Culture galleries. There’s still time to reserve your free timed tickets for the opening: bit.ly/3f8XeXh

As a reminder, a maximum of 10 visitors will be allowed in the galleries at a time, and masks and social distancing practices are required. The building and gallery space are mobility accessible.
See the link above for more information.

04/22/2021
Psychology Film Club - Mad to Be Normal

Join us tonight on Facebook Live for a discussion of Robert Mullan's 2017 film Mad to Be Normal. We will be discussing the film’s portrayal of R. D. Laing and his legacy within the psychiatric and psychological fields. We'll be welcoming your questions via live chat, and viewers are encouraged to watch the film prior to the discussion. Join in and let us know what you think of the film!

For more information on our panelists, click here: https://fb.me/e/8zDFtx63D

Additional tickets have been added for the opening night exhibitions from Myers School of Art students Anika Calcei (Fri...
04/21/2021

Additional tickets have been added for the opening night exhibitions from Myers School of Art students Anika Calcei (Friday, April 23rd) and Kwame Gomez (Friday, April 30th). Follow the links below to get your free timed tickets!

Anika Calcei “Growing Pains”: https://bit.ly/3f8XeXh
Kwame Gomez “An Abyss of Sunshine”: https://bit.ly/3cYqrSd

These events will continue to follow health and safety guidelines set by The University of Akron. A maximum of 10 visitors will be allowed in the galleries at a time, and masks and social distancing practices are required.

A key figure in American politics, Walter Mondale’s bids for the office of Vice President in 1976 and 1980 and for Presi...
04/20/2021

A key figure in American politics, Walter Mondale’s bids for the office of Vice President in 1976 and 1980 and for President in 1984 resulted in the production of a variety of political merchandise and ephemera, including these bags—serious and satirical—now featured in the Lee L. Forman Bag Collection. http://collections.uakron.edu/digital/collection/p15960coll22

A key figure in American politics, Walter Mondale’s bids for the office of Vice President in 1976 and 1980 and for President in 1984 resulted in the production of a variety of political merchandise and ephemera, including these bags—serious and satirical—now featured in the Lee L. Forman Bag Collection. http://collections.uakron.edu/digital/collection/p15960coll22

Fall 2021 registration is open at The University of Akron! Enroll in Foundations of Museums & Archives I to begin your U...
04/20/2021

Fall 2021 registration is open at The University of Akron! Enroll in Foundations of Museums & Archives I to begin your Undergraduate Certificate in Museum & Archives Studies or your Graduate Certificate in Public Humanities. For more information, click the link below.

https://uakron.edu/chp/institute/certificate

#UAkron

Fall 2021 registration is open at The University of Akron! Enroll in Foundations of Museums & Archives I to begin your Undergraduate Certificate in Museum & Archives Studies or your Graduate Certificate in Public Humanities. For more information, click the link below.

https://uakron.edu/chp/institute/certificate

#UAkron

You may recognize Tony Pankuch from Psychology Film Club and other CCHP events.  We’re excited to announce that their po...
04/19/2021

You may recognize Tony Pankuch from Psychology Film Club and other CCHP events. We’re excited to announce that their position as Archives Assistant has been made full-time! Tony will continue their work on new events, online and in-person exhibits, and accessibility initiatives.

You may recognize Tony Pankuch from Psychology Film Club and other CCHP events. We’re excited to announce that their position as Archives Assistant has been made full-time! Tony will continue their work on new events, online and in-person exhibits, and accessibility initiatives.

Install has begun for Myers School of Art student Anika Calcei’s upcoming multimedia senior exhibition, “Growing Pains.”...
04/17/2021

Install has begun for Myers School of Art student Anika Calcei’s upcoming multimedia senior exhibition, “Growing Pains.” You can learn more about Anika’s art and get your free timed tickets for the April 23rd exhibit opening by clicking here: https://bit.ly/3f8XeXh

04/16/2021

In a 1975 interview with Richard Evans, psychiatrist R. D. Laing discussed his views on a variety of topics in psychiatry and mental health treatment. In this 80 second clip, Laing critiques the use of diagnostic categories and notions of normalcy in psychiatric treatment.

Join us next Thursday, April 22nd at 7:00pm ET for a live discussion of the film Mad to Be Normal, starring David Tennant as R. D. Laing. For more information, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/853512635490950

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Thursday 11:00 - 20:00

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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!