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Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Department of Psychology

 Organization

Instruction in psychology as a distinct discipline was first offered at Northwestern in 1900 by Professor (later President) Walter Dill Scott, who had been trained in experimental psychology at the University of Leipzig in the 1890's. The Department of Psychology was created in 1909 by dividing the former Department of Philosophy and Psychology. As of 1984 the Department had approximately thirty full- and part-time faculty, and offered an undergraduate major and doctoral study in seven subspecialties.

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

Donald T. Campbell (1919-1996) Papers, 1928-2006

 Collection
Identifier: 11/3/23/8
Overview The Donald Campbell papers document the principal activities of Campbell's life and his career as a professor of psychology whose research focused on scientific inquiry, which he explored in methodological treatises on field research and research design. Campbell taught at Northwestern from 1953-1979. The bulk of the collection dates between 1947 and 1996 and includes biographical files, correspondence and subject files, papers and lectures.

Robert Harvey Gault (1874-1971) Papers

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Identifier: 11/3/23/2
Abstract The Robert H. Gault Papers include a small amount of biographical materials and correspondence, however the bulk of the papers consists of his various writings, both published and unpublished.

Psychology Department Administrative Files

 Collection
Identifier: 11/3/23/3
Abstract This series consists largely of correspondence, memoranda, and reports on various matters concerning the internal functioning of the Department of Psychology and its relationships with the University and the College of Arts and Sciences. The records span the period 1947 through 1982, with the great bulk dating between 1967 and 1975.

Psychology Department Financial Records

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Identifier: 11/3/23/4
Abstract This series consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, and forms related to the budget of the Department of Psychology. It is arranged in four categories: general budget and payroll files (1947-51, 1965-77); monthly budget statements (1973-78); budget-related correspondence with the Deans of the College of Arts and Sciences (1959-70); and materials relating to grants (1963-74).

Psychology Department Personnel Records

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Identifier: 11/3/23/5
Abstract This series consists of personnel files for former members of the faculty of the Department of Psychology who were no longer associated with the Department as of 1981. Folders are arranged alphabetically by surname and include vitas, lists of publications, recruiting correspondence, letters of appointment, correspondence and memoranda on promotion and tenure decisions, and letters of resignation. Some folders also include correspondence on salaries, teaching loads, secretarial and research...

Walter Dill Scott (1869-1955) Papers

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Identifier: 3/15/1
Abstract The Walter Dill Scott Papers provide a partial view of a pioneering psychologist interested in the classification of military and industrial personnel and a fairly comprehensive portrait of the administrative role of a university president who sought to integrate the disparate components of a university in crisis and develop for it a national reputation. They also illustrate some of the problems faced by an American university during the Depression. The Walter Dill Scott Papers are arranged in...

Robert W. Sekuler (1939- ) Papers

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Identifier: 11/3/23/7
Abstract Sekular joined Northwestern's faculty in 1965 as a professor of psychology. His research interests were primarily in the fields of perception, vision, illusions, and reading, especially among the elderly. The Robert W. Sekuler Papers fill thirteen boxes and span the period 1960-1989. They are organized in five categories: correspondence, teaching files, research files, papers presented before professional organizations, and publications. Four folders of biographical materials are also included.