Guide to the Philip Brickman (1943-1982) Papers

Collection Title: Philip Brickman (1943-1982) Papers
Dates: 1949-1987
Identification: 11/3/23/6
Creator: Brickman, Philip
Extent: 7 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Philip Brickman Papers consist of research papers, essays, stories, and other work produced during elementary and high school, 1949-1960; undergraduate materials, 1960-1964; graduate school materials 1965-1968; and a small amount of correspondence and publications from his tenure as an instructor and assistant professor in the psychology department at Northwestern University, 1970-1978.
Acquisition Information: The University Archives acquired the four archival boxes of the Philip Brickman Papers from his mother, Molly Brickman, on September 15 and 21, 1988. The collection was accessioned as 88-217 and 88-223.
Processing Information: Tyler O. Walters, December 21, 1988.
Separated Materials: None.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Philip Brickman was born on August 22, 1943 in Montreal, Canada. He became a U.S. citizen on November 11, 1954 upon his family's move to New Brunswick, New Jersey.

In 1960 Philip Brickman graduated from Metuchen High School, New Jersey and matriculated to Harvard University. He graduated from Harvard with a BA degree, magna cum laude, in 1964. He took a doctorate in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1968. Brickman's specific research interests were in social psychology, and in particular, issues and concepts of justice, happiness, pain, inequality, helping, and coping.

From 1968 to 1978 Brickman was an instructor and assistant professor in the psychology department at Northwestern University. He also served as director of the department's graduate training program in social psychology, 1972-1978.

In 1978 Brickman Left Northwestern to return to the University of Michigan as a professor in the department of psychology. At Michigan he served as the director of the Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research. Brickman published over fifty articles during his academic career. He also served on many national committees of professional societies.

On May 13, 1982 Philip Brickman took his own Life. He was survived by his wife and three daughters.

Scope and Content

The Philip Brickman Papers consist of research papers, essays, stories, and other work produced during elementary and high school, 1949-1960; undergraduate materials, 1960-1964; graduate school materials 1965-1968; and a small amount of correspondence and publications from his tenure at Northwestern University, 1970-1978.

The first subseries consists of Brickman's elementary and high school work. These items provide a unique insight into the young intellectual curiosity and development of a future productive scholar. Fiction stories based on the Sherlock Holmes character, science papers, poems, and other English papers are included.

Brickman's studies at Harvard University are documented by letters written to his parents and sister and by course materials. The latter includes research papers, his bachelor's thesis, commencement materials, and a transcript. Brickman's application for admission to the University of Michigan Graduate School is included with the transcript.

Brickman's studies at the University of Michigan, are reflected by similar materials: correspondence to family and course materials. Virtually all the letters are written to his parents. The course materials include syllabi and other items pertaining to Brickman's own teaching activities, research papers, and a copy of his doctoral dissertation. The dissertation is entitled, “Expectancy Disconfirmation and Information Search: Cognitive and Affective Components.”

Addition, Boxes 5-7

The addition to the Philip Brickman Papers fills two and one-half boxes with material dating from 1960-1982. Also included in the addition are Commencement Programs, News Clippings, reports from the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, various published works, and a manuscript of his book Commitment and Exchange

Arrangement of Materials

Materials are arranged chronologically within each subseries.

Subjects

Personal Name

Brickman, Philip--Archives

Brickman, Philip--Correspondence

Subjects

Psychology--Study and teaching


Container List / Contents

  • Elementary & High School Materials
    • Elementary School Work, 1949-1951Box 1, Folder 2
    • Elementary School Work, 1952Box 1, Folder 3
    • Elementary School Work, 1953Box 1, Folder 4
    • Elementary School Work, 1954Box 1, Folder 5
    • High School Writings, 7th Grade, 1955Box 1, Folder 6
    • High School Writings, 8th Grade, 1956Box 1, Folder 7
    • High School Writings, 9th Grade, 1957Box 1, Folder 8
    • High School Writings, 9th Grade, 1957Box 2, Folder 1
    • Geography I Scrapbook, 1957Box 2, Folder 2
    • High School Writings, 10th Grade, 1958Box 2, Folder 3
    • English III Essays, 1958-1959Box 2, Folder 4
    • High School Writings, 11th & 12th Grade, 1959-1960Box 2, Folder 5
    • English IV Essays, 1960Box 2, Folder 6
    • High School Yearbook, 1960Box 3, Folder 1
    • Miscellaneous High School Writings, n.d.Box 3, Folder 2
  • Harvard University Materials
    • Correspondence, 1961-1962Box 3, Folder 3
    • Correspondence, 1963Box 3, Folder 4
    • Correspondence, 1964Box 3, Folder 5
    • Research Papers, 1961-1963Box 3, Folder 6
    • Bachelor's Thesis, 1964Box 3, Folder 7
    • Commencement, 1964Box 3, Folder 8
    • Transcript & Miscellaneous, 1964Box 3, Folder 9
  • Graduate School, University of Michigan
    • Correspondence, 1965Box 3, Folder 10
    • Correspondence, 1966Box 3, Folder 11
    • Correspondence, 1967Box 4, Folder 1
    • Correspondence, 1968-1969Box 4, Folder 2
    • Courses Taught by Brickman, 1965-1968Box 4, Folder 3
    • Research Papers, 1965-1968Box 4, Folder 4
    • Doctoral Dissertation, 1968Box 4, Folder 5
  • Northwestern University Materials
    • Correspondence, 1970-1978Box 4, Folder 6
    • Articles, 1970-1978Box 4, Folder 7
  • Addition
      Separated materials:  None. Scope and Contents: The addition to the Philip Brickman Papers fills two and one-half boxes with material dating from 1960-1982. Also included in the addition are Commencement Programs, News Clippings, reports from the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, various published works, and a manuscript of his book Commitment and Exchange
    • Family Correspondence, 1964Box 5, Folder 1
    • Family Correspondence, 1965Box 5, Folder 2
    • Family Correspondence, 1966Box 5, Folder 3
    • Family Correspondence, 1967Box 5, Folder 4
    • Family Correspondence, 1968Box 5, Folder 5
    • Family Correspondence, 1969Box 5, Folder 6
    • Family Correspondence, 1970Box 5, Folder 7
    • Family Correspondence, 1971Box 5, Folder 8
    • Family Correspondence, 1972Box 5, Folder 9
    • Family Correspondence, 1973Box 5, Folder 10
    • Family Correspondence, 1974Box 5, Folder 11
    • Family Correspondence, 1975Box 5, Folder 12
    • Family Correspondence, 1976Box 6, Folder 1
    • Family Correspondence, 1977Box 6, Folder 2
    • Family Correspondence, 1978Box 6, Folder 3
    • Family Correspondence, 1979Box 6, Folder 4
    • Family Correspondence, 1980Box 6, Folder 5
    • Family Correspondence, 1981Box 6, Folder 6
    • Family Correspondence, 1982Box 6, Folder 7
    • Commencement Programs--A.B. Harvard; Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1964, 1968Box 6, Folder 8
    • Classmate Autographs, 1954-1960Box 6, Folder 9
    • Miscellaneous News Clippings, Pre-1960, 1980Box 6, Folder 10
    • Miscellaneous Award Certificates, 1954-1964Box 6, Folder 11
    • News Clippings of Family Members, n.d.Box 6, Folder 12
    • Institute for Social Research Newsletters and Reports, University of Michigan, 1979-1980Box 6, Folder 13
    • Research Reports, 1979-1980Box 6, Folder 14
    • Published Works, 1969-1982Box 6, Folder 15
    • Manuscript "Commitment and Exchange", 1981Box 6, Folder 16
    • Manuscript of book on commitment
      • "Control", n.d.Box 7, Folder 1
      • "Disorder and the Relation Between Thought and Behavior", n.d.Box 7, Folder 2
      • "Development", n.d.Box 7, Folder 3
      • "Meaning and Value", n.d.Box 7, Folder 4
      • "Reason", n.d.Box 7, Folder 5
  • Biographical Materials, 1971-1987Box 1, Folder 1