Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology

Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy 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. Free parking in lot on College St. and in Lot 30 at the corner of College and Market Streets.
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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 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].

Though the first domiciliary homes for soldiers in the United States were authorized in 1811, the aftermath of the Civil...
05/25/2020

Though the first domiciliary homes for soldiers in the United States were authorized in 1811, the aftermath of the Civil War brought about the widespread establishment of State Veterans’ and Soldiers’ Homes to provide housing and medical care for veterans in need. Numerous such institutions were established in the decades that followed to care for those who served.

The attractive architecture and landscaping of these homes and their facilities made them ideal subjects for early 20th century picture postcards, which often highlighted public structures such as hospitals, churches, and monuments as a means of promoting civic pride. Our David P. Campbell Postcard Collection contains numerous Soldiers’ Home postcards, which you can view here: https://bit.ly/36m3C7r

Today we’re continuing to honor the work of retiring CCHP Director, Dr. David Baker. Beginning in 2001 with “Even the Ra...
05/23/2020

Today we’re continuing to honor the work of retiring CCHP Director, Dr. David Baker. Beginning in 2001 with “Even the Rat Was White: Twenty-Five Years of Change and Challenge: A Conference in Honor of Robert V. Guthrie,” Dr. Baker organized a series of conferences promoting underrepresented voices in psychology. The Guthrie Conference drew more than 150 attendees to discuss the work of Guthrie, the first African American to donate his papers to the Archives.

In 2006, the conference “Abraham Maslow and the Blackfoot Experience” examined the influential role of Blackfoot (Siksika) Indian culture on the work of Abraham Maslow. The conference generated awareness of the contributions of American Indians to the social sciences, featuring discussions of Blackfoot philosophies and research ethics between American Indian peoples and psychology and anthropology researchers.

In 2007, Dr. Baker organized “Psychological Perspectives on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Persons: A Retrospective and Prospective Discussion.” The conference honored the contributions of Dr. Evelyn Hooker, who helped spur the movement to depathologize homosexuality.

We’re grateful to Dr. Baker for his commitment to the creation of a more inclusive and equitable culture.

With Ohio BMVs reopening next week, now seems like a great time to introduce a new kind of driving test. Presenting toda...
05/22/2020

With Ohio BMVs reopening next week, now seems like a great time to introduce a new kind of driving test. Presenting today’s #CCHPGem: The Drivometer.

Invented by psychologist Alvah Lauer and traffic researcher Bruce Greenshields, the Drivometer was a device for testing the psychophysical reactions of drivers. Variations on this device were created, but they typically consisted of a test car with then-standard controls and a miniature highway display. The Drivometer measured the reaction times of drivers in response to visual stimuli such as road signs. In 1940, the device was one of several tests used to determine the winner of Ford Motor Company’s "Good Drivers League" competition at the New York World’s Fair. Students competed for scholarship prizes by showing off their safe driving skills.

See more of our still image collection here: http://collections.uakron.edu/digital/collection/p15960coll2

CCHP Pandemic Projects Volume III is now available on the blog! Volume III is more adaptable to K-12 students but also w...
05/20/2020
CCHP Pandemic Projects Vol. III: American Psychosis and Creative Laziness

CCHP Pandemic Projects Volume III is now available on the blog! Volume III is more adaptable to K-12 students but also works for college students.

These fully digital learning projects give students a way of engaging directly with primary source, historical material. They are useful for teaching history, historical research skills, history of psychology, information literacy…the sky is the limit!

https://centerhistorypsychology.wordpress.com/2020/05/12/cchp-pandemic-projects-vol-iii-american-psychosis-and-creative-laziness/

contributed by Lizette Royer Barton Welcome to the third installment of CCHP Pandemic Projects. These fully digital learning projects give students a way of engaging directly with primary source, h…

For their final project, students in the Museums and Archives Studies Certificate Program developed and researched a mus...
05/19/2020

For their final project, students in the Museums and Archives Studies Certificate Program developed and researched a museum exhibition. Their exhibit showcasing the Lee L. Forman Collection of Bags is titled "Cultural Carry-On: America's Literal Baggage."

Although they couldn't physically install the exhibit, they developed to-scale floor plans and display designs. Take a look at this work from Kristie Zachar and Nicole Orchosky. #InstiTuesday #IHSCtuesday #InstituteTuesday

May is Mental Health Month and, indeed, these past few months have been A LOT. This blog from Dr. Charity Smith might he...
05/18/2020
Grief in a time of COVID-19

May is Mental Health Month and, indeed, these past few months have been A LOT. This blog from Dr. Charity Smith might help some of us make sense of how we’re feeling. Dr. Smith was a graduate student assistant at the Center from 2015 to 2017 and played an integral role in designing the National Museum of Psychology.

She writes, “it feels strange to turn to a friend and say, “I’m grieving the loss of my routine”…because these things can feel trite in the grand scheme of a global pandemic. In fact, they aren’t trite at all—they are genuine parts of our individual and collective human experience”

The different ways we mourn the loss of routine and roles as well as loved ones.

Congratulations to CCHP Executive Director Dr. David Baker, who has been awarded the Exemplary Service Award from The Un...
05/16/2020

Congratulations to CCHP Executive Director Dr. David Baker, who has been awarded the Exemplary Service Award from The University of Akron. The award, nominated and selected by his peers, recognizes Dr. Baker for his leadership and commitment to the university and its students.

After becoming Director of the Archives for the History of American Psychology in 1999, Dr. Baker worked to secure funding and collaboration for the creation of the Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology, a Smithsonian Affiliate. In addition to the Archives, the Center is home to the National Museum of Psychology and the Institute for Human Science and Culture. He has been instrumental in creating a world-class facility dedicated to the history of psychology and related human sciences. All of these efforts have resulted in countless new programs and opportunities for University of Akron students and staff. In addition to this, Dr. Baker has worked closely with students in teaching the History of Psychology courses and graduate seminars.

We couldn’t be more proud of what Dr. Baker has accomplished, and we’re delighted to see him recognized with this award.

How are your professors using technology to teach their courses?In the 1950s, psychologist B. F. Skinner devised a serie...
05/15/2020

How are your professors using technology to teach their courses?

In the 1950s, psychologist B. F. Skinner devised a series of machines to automate student instruction, using techniques similar to those that he had tested with rats and pigeons. The Skinner Teaching Machine used paper discs to present students with one question at a time, only revealing the correct answer once students had submitted their own. Once submitted, answers could not be changed. Variations existed for teaching Natural Sciences and Arithmetic.

These machines were a far cry from Brightspace and Blackboard, but they got the job done! #CCHPgem

We’re pleased to announce that this month’s Psychology Film Club live stream will take place on Thursday, May 28th at 6:...
05/14/2020

We’re pleased to announce that this month’s Psychology Film Club live stream will take place on Thursday, May 28th at 6:00pm EDT. Join us on Facebook Live for a discussion of Pixar’s Inside Out and its depiction of developmental and emotional psychology.

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! https://www.facebook.com/events/271429480927752/

Inside Out is available to stream for free on Disney+ (with subscription) and for rent or purchase on Amazon Prime, iTunes, YouTube, and Google Play.

The 8th Annual Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. Distinguished Lecture in the History of Psychology has been postponed until 2021.Du...
05/13/2020
Benjamin Lecture

The 8th Annual Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. Distinguished Lecture in the History of Psychology has been postponed until 2021.

During Spring 2021, David B. Baker, Ph.D. will present "Saving Time: The History of Psychology and the Human Experience".

Updates will be posted on social media and on the CCHP website: https://www.uakron.edu/chp/education/benjamin-lecture.dot

Benjamin Lecture

05/12/2020
Pandemic Pick-Me-Up Postcard Project

We have received tremendous response to our Pandemic Pick-Me-Up Postcard Project with 70 postcards sent out in the first two weeks!

We have a fresh roll of postcard stamps and we'd like to send a postcard and say hi, so DM us (or email [email protected]) your mailing address or the address of someone else, and a CCHP staff member will send a personalized postcard.

#IHSCtuesday #InstiTuesday

Attention instructors! On the blog, Lizette outlines 5 projects for you relating to eugenics and the census. This is par...
05/11/2020
CCHP Pandemic Projects Vol. II: Eugenics and the Census

Attention instructors! On the blog, Lizette outlines 5 projects for you relating to eugenics and the census.

This is part of the CCHP Pandemic Projects, which are designed to connect primary sources to instructors teaching remotely.

https://centerhistorypsychology.wordpress.com/2020/05/01/cchp-pandemic-projects-vol-ii-eugenics-and-the-census/

contributed by Lizette Royer Barton. The United States conducts a census every ten years with the goal of counting every single resident of the U.S. The data is used to determine disbursement of al…

In honor of CCHP Director Dr. David Baker’s retirement this month, we’re continuing to share some of our favorite memori...
05/09/2020

In honor of CCHP Director Dr. David Baker’s retirement this month, we’re continuing to share some of our favorite memories from his time here at the CCHP.

In 2010, we began renovations on the Roadway Building, which would become the new home for the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology, a dream Dr. Baker had envisioned from the beginning of his Directorship. Dr. Baker is seen here with Dr. Nicholas Cummings and former UA President Dr. Luis Proenza in February of 2010 at the Center’s official wall-breaking ceremony.

In honor of National Nurses Week, today’s #CCHPGem is the Vermont Asylum for the Insane’s 1853 report, which details nur...
05/08/2020

In honor of National Nurses Week, today’s #CCHPGem is the Vermont Asylum for the Insane’s 1853 report, which details nurses’ efforts to combat an epidemic of smallpox within the asylum. Patients were quarantined and treated only by nurses who had experienced the disease and were therefore familiar with its treatment. Of the nurses, the superintendent wrote that “all appeared to be actuated by the principle ‘Whatsoever ye would that others should do to you, do ye even so to them.’ May they have their reward.”

Explore the full report and the rest of our digital asylum report collection in our online repository: http://collections.uakron.edu/digital/collection/p15960coll25/id/36143/rec/1

We’re striving to make the CCHP more accessible and inclusive for all. In today’s blog post, our Archives Assistant Tony...
05/07/2020
Toward a More Accessible CCHP

We’re striving to make the CCHP more accessible and inclusive for all. In today’s blog post, our Archives Assistant Tony talks about their work to provide our visitors with clear and informative accessibility resources.

What can we do to make our museum and services more accessible for you? What information would you like to see on our website and social media? Let us know in the comments!

https://centerhistorypsychology.wordpress.com/2020/05/04/toward-a-more-accessible-cchp/

– contributed by Tony Pankuch (Archives Assistant) Since beginning my work as a staff member of the CCHP earlier this year, much of my focus has been directed toward the increased accessibili…

The “Intersections: Archives Inspiring Art” public exhibition has been postponed, but we’re bringing the art and artists...
05/06/2020

The “Intersections: Archives Inspiring Art” public exhibition has been postponed, but we’re bringing the art and artists to you virtually!

We’ll be sharing a biweekly series of Artist Talk videos from each of the winners beginning on June 4th. We’ll also be holding a live virtual roundtable with all of the artists on July 16th via Facebook Live, where we’ll welcome your comments and questions. We’re looking forward to sharing with you the art and voices of these local artists in the coming weeks.

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

The CCHP hosts and teaches the only undergraduate certificate in museums and archives in the country. More than half of ...
05/05/2020

The CCHP hosts and teaches the only undergraduate certificate in museums and archives in the country. More than half of these The University of Akron certificate holders are currently working in museums, libraries, or archives.

Fall registration is open to students from any major. In fact, you can register even if you're not a full-time UA student. Join us and you'll be part of our 6th cohort!

Leave us a comment if you are one of our program graduates. Go Zips!

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

#IHSCtuesday #InstiTuesday

Happy birthday to our favorite mascot, Zippy!  She turned 67 on Friday, which makes her almost old enough to fit in with...
05/04/2020

Happy birthday to our favorite mascot, Zippy! She turned 67 on Friday, which makes her almost old enough to fit in with these psychologists. 😉

#GoZips #ZipsRiseTogether

It’s hard to believe, but CCHP Director Dr. David Baker will be retiring in just three weeks! Over the next few weeks, w...
05/02/2020

It’s hard to believe, but CCHP Director Dr. David Baker will be retiring in just three weeks! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite memories from his time here at the Center.

Today's photo is Dr. Baker serving as an expert for a Discovery Channel episode featuring the work of Stanley Milgram, ca. 2009. Dr. Baker made several appearances on the Discovery Channel over the years, covering notable stories from the history of psychology.

Thanks to all who attended our Psychology Film Club last night! We had a great time discussing Experimenter with you all...
05/01/2020

Thanks to all who attended our Psychology Film Club last night! We had a great time discussing Experimenter with you all. Stay tuned for more information on next month’s film club discussion, where we'll be covering Pixar's Inside Out and related topics in child psychology.

04/30/2020
Psychology Film Club

Join us tonight on Facebook Live for the first CCHP Psychology Film Club. We're hosting a free discussion of Michael Almereyda’s 2015 film Experimenter: The Stanley Milgram Story. We're discussing the film with CCHP Assistant Director Dr. Cathy Faye, as well as Drs. Toni Bisconti, John Mohl, Gina Perry, and Donald Sharpe.

Remember the Painting with Fran event in January? The rocks have been sealed to preserve the messages and hidden around ...
04/29/2020

Remember the Painting with Fran event in January? The rocks have been sealed to preserve the messages and hidden around Akron.

Tag us if you find one on your nature walks! #ZipsRiseTogether

Do you know some people who could use a pandemic pick-me-up? Send their names and mailing addresses to us privately or e...
04/28/2020

Do you know some people who could use a pandemic pick-me-up?

Send their names and mailing addresses to us privately or email them to [email protected] to receive a personalized, handwritten postcard from a CCHP staff member!

#IHSCtuesday #InstiTuesday

Have you watched Experimenter: The Stanley Milgram Story yet for our Psychology Film Club? Key to the obedience studies ...
04/27/2020

Have you watched Experimenter: The Stanley Milgram Story yet for our Psychology Film Club?

Key to the obedience studies depicted in the film was the simulated shock generator, or “shock box.” Today, the simulated shock generator is on display at the National Museum of Psychology. When the museum reopens, you can visit to see this original artifact and experience an interactive recreation of the experiment.

Our discussion of Experimenter will take place on Thursday (4/30) at 6pm EST. Will you be there?

April is Ohio Native Plant Month and Ohio’s State fruit is the native papaw (also spelled pawpaw). Today’s #CCHPGem is a...
04/24/2020

April is Ohio Native Plant Month and Ohio’s State fruit is the native papaw (also spelled pawpaw). Today’s #CCHPGem is a 1916 article from the Journal of Heredity titled, “Where are the best Papaws?”

Have you ever had a papaw?

Read the article in its entirety in our online repository: http://collections.uakron.edu/digital/collection/p15960coll25/id/14234/rec/1

How are you connecting to nature on this Earth Day? Our Henry H. Goddard still image collection includes photos of Godda...
04/22/2020

How are you connecting to nature on this Earth Day? Our Henry H. Goddard still image collection includes photos of Goddard’s trip to Glacier National Park, including spectacular views of the park’s glaciers, lakes, and mountain ranges.
Goddard and his party performed the first recorded ascent of the park’s Mount Gould in 1920. Over the course of the past century, the landscape of Glacier National Park has changed dramatically due to climate change. The park has faced increasingly frequent wildfires and glacial retreat, and a 2003 geospatial model predicted that the park’s two largest glaciers would cease to be active by 2030.

See more of our digital still image collection: http://collections.uakron.edu/digital/collection/p15960coll2

Each spring semester, students in the Museums and Archives Studies Certificate Program develop, research, and install a ...
04/21/2020
Unpacking America’s Baggage

Each spring semester, students in the Museums and Archives Studies Certificate Program develop, research, and install a museum exhibition. #InstituteTuesday

This spring is different, but the students are still working hard on their exhibition, Cultural Carry-On: America's Literal Baggage. Read an update on their progress:

– contributed by Kristie Zachar, Museums & Archives Studies student and CCHP Student Assistant. A sneak peek at some Bloomingdale’s bags in the Lee L. Forman Collection of Bags. We …

How do these images make you feel? In the 1960s and 1970s, Eckhard Hess conducted a series of pupillometric studies, mea...
04/20/2020

How do these images make you feel?

In the 1960s and 1970s, Eckhard Hess conducted a series of pupillometric studies, measuring the dilation and contraction of subjects’ pupils in relation to various visual stimuli. Images shown to the subjects included, among other things, babies, landscapes, food, and members of the opposite sex. These studies demonstrated a connection between pupil diameter and the mood and interest levels of individual subjects.

Hess’s pupillometric research has long been subject to criticism, commonly related to his methodology and sample sizes, and has been replicated numerous times in efforts to either refute or further justify the findings. In spite of this controversy, his work has had a significant impact, particularly in marketing and consumer research. By studying the behavior of individuals' pupils, advertisers can gain a seemingly objective understanding of what consumers are really interested in.

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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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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!