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Clyde H. Coombs Papers, 1932-1988 (majority within 1964-1987)

7 linear feet

Founder of the mathematical psychology program at the University of Michigan; correspondence, lectures, student notebooks, teaching files, and writing and research material.

The Clyde H. Coombs papers document the teaching and research aspects of the career of America's foremost mathematical psychologist. In many ways the collection reflects the close congruence between the teaching and research interests of Coombs. His research ideas permeated his teaching; what he learned while teaching came to be incorporated into his research. If Coombs embodied the model teacher-researcher, the collection only palely reflects this ideal in all save his theory of data research and seminars. This is largely because of a 1974 fire at the Coombs' home which destroyed all the materials he had stored there. Thus the collection, while strong in parts, has significant lacunae, including all documentation of Coombs' work as an editor, his work for the American Psychological Association, and, most importantly, his drafts of Mathematical Psychology. The strength of the collection is its thorough coverage of Coombs' teaching during the 1950s when his seminars and mimeographs of summary lectures justly earned a reputation as groundbreaking work among psychologists. The collection's detailed documentation of Coombs' later research on mathematical psychology will also be of interest to the specialist.

The Coombs papers span the years 1932-1988 and are organized into six series: Vitae and Biographies, Correspondence, Lectures, Student Notebooks, Teaching, and Writing and Research. The first three series reflect Coombs' arrangement scheme and remain in original order. Given the thin line between teaching and research for Coombs, the latter two series might well be viewed as complementary units. The material in these two series was rearranged in the course of processing to bring it into a rough chronological order with similar material (courses or research projects) placed together. In addition to these five series, there is one folder of biographical material in the front of Box 1.


Daniel Katz papers, 1925-1997

9 linear feet

Professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, known for his work in social psychology, organizational behavior and race relations; papers document his teaching and research activities 1925-1997, and involvement in professional organizations.

Daniel Katz's papers document his research and teaching activities from 1925 to 1997. His papers reflect the major issues and trends in social psychology, from its early development through its edification as a discipline. The development of Katz's thinking and work is illuminated through his extensive correspondence with contemporaries, articles and other publications, and research materials.

The Katz collection is divided into nine series: Personal; Professional Correspondence; Office of War Information; Professional organizations and related; Research and Surveys; Teaching and course materials; Articles; Published/Unpublished Materials; and Topical Files.


Department of Psychology (University of Michigan) records, 1903-1998 (majority within 1960-1990)

11.25 linear feet (in 11 boxes) — 437 KB (online)

Teaching and research unit of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts of the University of Michigan. Records include administrative files, committee minutes, reports, some course material and a topical file which contains some information on student antiwar activities, 1966-1967. Also several photos of the psychology laboratories, 1903-1915.

The records of the University of Michigan Department of Psychology document the department from its beginnings, through a period of rapid growth after World War II, to its present standing as a diverse and well established division of the University of Michigan. The first accession of materials from the department was received in 1990 and consisted of about 5 linear inches. Four linear feet of materials have now been added forming one integrated run of records.

The materials are arranged into nine series: History, Administrative Committees, Budget, Course Materials, Sub-disciplines, Topical Administrative Files, Faculty, Students, and publications.


Donald R. Brown Papers, 1949-1996

8 linear feet

Donald R. Brown was a professor in the University of Michigan Department of Psychology (1964-1996) and director of the U-M Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT). He was also co-director from its inception of the Integrated Premedical-Medical Program, known as Inteflex. Professor Brown published many articles in the area of personality and student development; he also presented papers at many symposia and was a consultant on topics of learning and teaching. The collection includes files from his career at the University of Michigan.

The Donald R. Brown papers, a combination of administrative records and professional papers, are divided into three principal series: Psychology, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, and Inteflex. These series are preceded by some biographical information


Everett L. Kelly Papers, 1926-1986

3 linear feet

Professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. Papers include an unpublished autobiography; files relating to his work with the Civil Aeronautics Administration during World War II in developing a pilot aptitude test and a flight training manual; and correspondence and subject files relating to his professional activities and research on such subjects as color-hearing, extrasensory perception, a marriage longitudinal study, and predictors for student success; also papers detailing his work on the Thalia Massie rape case; and photographs.

The Everett Kelly collection is arranged into four series. The bulk of the collection relates to his professional interests outside of the University of Michigan.


Klaus F. Riegel Papers, 1955-1977

15 linear feet

Professor of psychology and member of the Institute of Gerontology of the University of Michigan. Correspondence, conference and symposium files, teaching materials, grant proposals and reports, and papers and reprints; also papers of Ruth Riegel.

The Klaus Riegel papers, 1955-1977, document his educational, professional, and research activities in the discipline of psychology. The collection includes correspondence, grant applications, and progress reports, research reports, unpublished papers, reprints, lecture notes and transcriptions, syllabi and handouts, examinations, and conference programs. Riegel's specific interests within the discipline of psychology included developmental psychology of the aged, psycholinguistics, and history of the social sciences. Riegel's research activity in these areas was conducted under grant funding. Scope, objectives, and results of various research projects will be found in the Grant Materials series. While a few of the grant applications were to support graduate-level education, the Teaching Materials series contains course-related materials used by Riegel in his classes, most of which were offered through the Psychology department. Professional activity was a large part of Riegel's career. The Correspondence and Conferences and Symposia series are strongly related and illustrate the active role Riegel played in professional and theoretical development.


Martha Louise Kinsey Olmsted papers, 1972-1976

1 linear foot

Doctoral student in educational gerontology at the Institute of Gerontology of the University of Michigan. Class notes and other materials received from her course work in psychology, social work, and education; and other collected material on topic of aging.

The Martha Olmsted collection relates primarily to her education at the University of Michigan and to her professional interests. Included are syllabi, handouts, notebooks, and essays for graduate school courses in psychology, social work, and education (including extensive teaching aids for student teaching of a secondary school social studies class); handouts and notes from two special short-term programs in gerontology, one at the University of Southern California and one on milieu therapy at the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan; Olmsted's dissertation along with some supporting documents; and scattered documents from the Washtenaw County Council on Aging (WCCOA), and the Hand-in-Hand Cross Age Program for Girl Scouts in Oakland County.


Martin Mayman papers, 1945-1997

8 linear feet

Director of psychological training at the Menninger Foundation (1951-1966); professor of psychology at the University of Michigan (1967-1999); associate director (1967-1973), later co-director (1974-1981) of the Psychological Clinic at the University of Michigan. The collection consists of correspondence, drafts of writings, published articles, research notes, lecture outlines and transcripts, audio recordings of lectures, committee minutes, and psychodiagnostic scales and tests.

The Martin Mayman collection has been arranged into five series: Correspondence, Writings, Drafts and Notes, Seminars/Courses, Subject Files, Menninger Clinic, and UM Psychological Clinic.


Richard D. Mann papers, 1965-1984

5 linear inches (in 1 box)

Professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, and an organizer of the teach-ins on the Vietnam War in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and elsewhere, 1965-1966. Autobiographical papers; files on the protest against the Vietnam War; and materials on Program for Educational and Social Change, an effort to open university courses to the local community.

The Richard D. Mann papers are arranged in chronological order according to his teach-in activism and teaching activities. The materials include correspondence, notes of telephone conversations and meetings, leaflets, course material, research papers, conference pamphlets, and printed materials. The Vietnam War Protest materials contain interesting correspondence with McGeorge Bundy, national security advisor to President Johnson, and Mann's organizational notes. The Program for Educational and Social Change materials detail Mann's efforts to teach free courses on community activism and the response of the university administration to his efforts.


Shepard family papers, 1807-1934

3 linear feet — 1 folder — 1 oversize folder

John F. Shepard family; diaries, photographs, recipes and correspondence concerning family matters and nineteenth century farm life; also professional correspondence, student notebooks and lecture notes of John F. Shepard.

Although the Shepard family papers (1807-1934) cover three generations, the bulk of the materials are from John F. Shepard. The earliest correspondence is primarily addressed to his father Arthur, and to his grandfather John from family members and relatives. The letters deal with health, crops, and relatives. There are also letters from John F. Shepard's wife Berenice to her mother Mary Barnes (maiden name Van Valin) and from Berenice's father Charles to her mother. The Barnes and VanValins lived in Marshall, Michigan.

The John F. Shepard papers include professional correspondence from 1911 to 1934, mostly relating to University building plans. There are also minutes (1921-1925) of the Committee of Five on the Comprehensive Building Program, as well as Shepard's student notebooks from philosophy and psychology courses taught by James R. Angell and James H. Tuft at the University of Chicago, and by Alfred H. Lloyd and Walter B. Pillsbury at the University of Michigan.

The photographs are mainly of his wife's family, many from the late nineteenth century.