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Ernst Z. Rothkopf Books and Manuscripts, 1955-1990

Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID 13558883 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Rothkopf, Ernst Z. (Ernst Zacharias)
Title Ernst Z. Rothkopf Books and Manuscripts, 1955-1990
Physical Description 7.5 Linear Feet (6 record cartons (per AT, includes 45 vol with EZR contrition, 8 PhD theses, 25 scholarly books, binders of ms materials) )
Language(s) English .

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This collection is located on-site.


Scope and Contents

A. Four Binders, 1955 to ca. 1990 I. Group of 58 papers and scholarly contributions, 1955 to 1976, chiefly offprints, many signed by him, some duplicated typescripts; with framed blocks for graphs illustrating an early paper II. Group of 32 papers and scholarly contributions, 1968 to 1984, chiefly offprints, some duplicated typescripts; with award of Thorndike Medal for 1985, related correspondence and letters of congratulations III. Appointment to Cleveland Dodge Professorship at Teachers College: group of letters of congratulations (20) and other ephemera, 1984-1985 IV. Ephemera, 1988

B. Books and serials I. Group of scholarly works, EZR contributions, 45 vols., many signed by him II. Ph.D. Theses supervised by EZR, 8 total, several inscribed by the scholars III. Scholarly books in the field of educational psychology, several signed by EZR, 25 vols.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Conditions Governing Access

Material is unprocessed. Please contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

This collection is located on-site.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Ernst Z. Rothkopf Books and Manuscripts; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Carol Z. Rothkopf, 2015.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Ernst Z. Rothkopf (1925 - 2012) was born in Vienna, Austria. He came to the U.S. and served in the 88th Infantry Division, 913 Field Artillery as an officer in World War IL He was a distinguished alumnus of Syracuse University and the University of Connecticut where he received his doctorate. After many years as head of the Learning and Instructional Processes Department at Bell Telephone Laboratories he went on to become the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Telecommunications and Education at Columbia University Teacher's College. Rothkopf wrote over 100 significant articles on educational psychology and developed the theory of mathmagenic behavior that aided in the understanding of learner's internal transformation of instructional content. He served as the president of Division 15 (educational psychology) of the American Psychological Association and was the winner of the Edward Lee Thorndike Award.