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William J. McGill papers, 1929-1979

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0822
Bib ID 4079709 View CLIO record
Creator(s) McGill, William J (William James), 1922-1997
Title William J. McGill papers, 1929-1979
Physical Description 23.35 linear feet (56 document boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Language(s) English .
Access

The following boxes are located offsite: 2-56. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room

This collection was restricted during the donor's lifetime.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in four series: Series I: Correspondence; Series II: Subject Files; Series III: Psychology; Series IV: University of California at San Diego.

Description

Summary

Correspondence, memoranda, notes, speeches, scientific data, photographs and printed material. Half of the collection relates to McGill's research and writing in the fields of experimental and mathematical psychology, particularly in the psychology of perception, and contains drafts of papers, notes, class materials and works by others. Also included are files relating to McGill's chairmanship of the Carnegie Commission on the Future of Public Broadcasting, files pertaining to his participation on the New York State Special Advisory Panel on Medical Malpractice, and some papers from his chairmanship of the psychology department, and later chancellorship, of the University of California, San Diego. Some personal correspondence and documents are also included. Among the cataloged correspondence are John W. Gardiner, Edward M. Kennedy, Margaret Mead, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Jonas Salk, and Beverly Sills

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

The following boxes are located offsite: 2-56. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room

This collection was restricted during the donor's lifetime.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); William J. McGill papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

For additional materials related to McGill's tenure as University President, please consult Central Files (UA#0001). Additional speeches and remarks can be found in the William J. McGill speeches, 1971-1980 (UA#0309).

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of William J. McGill, 1980.

Transfer from the President's Office, 1984.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Entered in AMC 10/08/90.

Revision Description

2020-06-29 PDF replaced with full finding aid (JR)

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Lectures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memoranda Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Speeches Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Broadcasting Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carnegie Commission on the Future of Public Broadcasting Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College administrators Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- Presidents Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gardner, John W (John William), 1912-2002 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kennedy, Edward M (Edward Moore), 1932-2009 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mead, Margaret, 1901-1978 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Medical personnel -- Malpractice Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Moynihan, Daniel P (Daniel Patrick), 1927-2003 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Psychology Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Public broadcasting Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Salk, Jonas, 1914-1995 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sills, Beverly Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
University of California, San Diego Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

William J. McGill received an AB and MA from Fordham and the Ph.D. from Harvard. After serving as an assistant professor at MIT, McGill joined Columbia's Department of Psychology in 1956, became associate professor in 1958 and full professor two years later, serving as chairman of the psychology department from 1961 to 1963. He left Columbia for five years to become a professor and chancellor at UC San Diego and returned to Columbia as president in 1970. His administration was marked by recovery from a state of fiscal instability, growth in fund raising, construction of several major facilities, curricular innovations and establishment of the Society of Fellows in the Humanities. In 1980, McGill retired to La Jolla, California following his tenure as president.