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Robert Harvey Gault (1874-1971) Papers

Identifier: 11/3/23/2

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Robert Harvey Gault are organized into: biographical materials; correspondence (general correspondence, and testimonial letters); and writings.

The Biographical File is fairly comprehensive. The two folders containing Testimonial Letters also help illuminate Gault's career, in that they were written on the occasion of a dinner and a conference honoring him in 1951. The first folder is arranged alphabetically by correspondent with a list of those correspondents added.

The manuscript of his book Social psychology appears to be a revision made for a new edition published in 1940. (Chapters ten and eleven are missing.) The two prospectuses were for books which were never published. The draft "Crooked Sticks to Cub Tractors" may have been written for the International Harvester Company or the United States Department of Agriculture.

The Other Writings category includes a manuscript, ‘Juvenile Delinquincy’, which may be chapters from a proposed book, but they seem never to have been published. The folder titled "Preliminary Script" includes a proposal for a series of programs which Gault had intended to write.


  • 1909-1972


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Robert Harvey Gault taught psychology at Northwestern University from 1909 to 1940. His papers consist chiefly of his writings, both published and unpublished; they include biographical materials and some correspondence.


The papers of Robert Harvey Gault are organized into: biographical materials; correspondence (general correspondence; and testimonial letters); and writings (Social psychology, and prospectuses for proposed books; articles, arranged by date; drafts; pamphlets and reports, arranged by date; course lectures, arranged by institution and course; other writings).

Method of Acquisition


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Elisabeth Wittman, June 1977.

Guide to the Robert Harvey Gault (1874-1971) Papers
Elisabeth Wittman
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
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