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William J. McGill papers, 1929-1979

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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

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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.

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Processing Information

Entered in AMC 10/08/90.

Revision Description

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

Subject Headings

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Gardner, John W (John William), 1912-2002 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kennedy, Edward M (Edward Moore), 1932-2009 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Moynihan, Daniel P (Daniel Patrick), 1927-2003 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Salk, Jonas, 1914-1995 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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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.

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Series I: Correspondence, 1941-1977


Cataloged Correspondence



Box 1 Folder 1 Barzun, Jacques, 1970


Box 1 Folder 2-5 Gardner, John W., 1977, 4 folders


Box 1 Folder 6 Geisel, Theodor Seuss and Audrey, 1970


Box 1 Folder 7 Haley, Alex, 1977


Box 1 Folder 8 Hope, Bob, 1971


Box 1 Folder 9 Jackson, Barbara Ward (Lady), 1970


Box 1 Folder 10 Javits, Jacob K., 1970


Box 1 Folder 11-12 Johnson, Lady Bird Taylor (Mrs. Lyndon B.), 1972, 2 folders


Box 1 Folder 13 Kennedy, Edward M., 1979


Box 1 Folder 14 Mead, Margaret, 1970


Box 1 Folder 15 Moynihan, Daniel Patrick, 1977


Box 1 Folder 16 Pusey, Nathan, 1970


Box 1 Folder 17 Rockefeller, David, 1970


Box 1 Folder 18 Salk, Jonas, 1969


Box 1 Folder 19 Sills, Beverly, 1978


Box 1 Folder 20 Sulzberger, Arthur Ochs, 1977


Box 1 Correspondence, 1941-1950


Box 1 1953-1956


Box 1 1956-1957


Box 1 Correspondence - Uncertainty Analysis, 1952-1960


Box 1 1958-1959 July


Box 1 1959 July-1960


Box 1 1960


Correspondence



Box 2 1960-1965



Box 3 1965-1968



Box 4 1968-1970



Box 5 1970



Box 6 1970-1977

Series II: Subject Files



Box 7 A


Box 7 Ad Hoc Committees


Box 7 American Psychological Association


Box 7 American Psychological Association Paper, 1967


Box 7 B


Box 7 C


Box 7 Career Development Review Branch, National Institutes of Health Columbia University


Box 7 D


Box 7 Davis, Angela - journal by William J. McGill


Box 7 Duke University


Box 7 E


Box 7 Employment


Box 7 F


Box 7 Fitts, Paul M.


Box 7 Fordham Alumni Dinner



Box 8 G


Box 8 Goldberg, James P.


Box 8 Gordon Conference, 1967


Box 8 Graham, Clarence H.


Box 8 H


Box 8 Harvard University


Box 8 I


Box 8 Industrial Acoustics Company Chamber Specifications


Box 8 Institute for Information Systems


Box 8 International Congress of Psychology, 1960


Box 8 J


Box 8 Job Descriptions


Box 8 Johnson Foundation Awards, 1973-1974


Box 8 Journal of Mathematical Psychology


Box 8 K


Box 8 L



Box 9 M


Box 9 McGill, Marie (Marcy)


McGill, William J.


Box 9 Personal, 1940-1960


Box 9 School and College Records, 1929-1947


Box 9 Hunger Drive (diet)


Box 9 Sabbatical Leave, 1963


Box 9 Photographs and miscellaneous items


Box 9 Press releases


Box 9 TV appearances, 1968-1970


Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Box 9 Barnstable Summer Study, 1958


Box 9 Operational Applications Lab


Box 9 N


Box 9 National Association of College & University Attorneys


Box 9 National Science Foundation Grant, 1966-1968


Box 9 O


Box 9 Oxford University Press



Box 10 P


Box 10 Professional Psychology


Box 10 Psychological Bulletin


Box 10 Psychometric Society


Box 10 Psychometrika


Box 10 Psychonomic Press


Box 10 Psychonomic Society


Box 10 Publishers



Box 11 R


Box 11 S


Box 11 Society of Experimental Psychologists


Speeches


Box 11 UCSD Library Goundbreaking,, 1968 July 1


Box 11 Rotary Club, Torrey Pines, 1968 July 24


Box 11 Rotary Club, San Diego, 1968 August 22


Box 11 San Diego COC Keyman's Club, 1968 October 2


Box 11 Muir College, 1968 October 3


Box 11 Military Order of the World Wars - Admiral Kidd Club, 1968 October 15


Box 11 Holy Name Society, Sacred Heart Church, Coronado, CA, 1969 May 4


Box 11 UCSD Commencement, 1969 June 14


Box 11 A Requiem for Joe College, 1969 July 7


Box 11 The Problem of Freedom in the University, 1969 October 28


Box 11 Joe College RIP, 1969 November 5


Box 11 American Nuclear Society, 1969 November 12


Box 11 The New Youth Culture - History in the Making, 1969 December 13


Box 11 Youth in Turmoil - Implications for the Job World, 1969 December 14



Box 12 ACLU, LeBaron Hotel, 1970 January 30


Box 12 City Managers' Section, League of California Cities, 1970 February 27


Box 12 Forum of the Foothills, 1970 April 5


Box 12 Cancer Seminar, San Diego Naval Hospital, 1970 April 14


Box 12 San Francisco Alumni, Columbia University, 1970 April 18


Box 12 Alumni of Columbia University, 1970 June 2


Box 12 Catholic University Commencement, 1970 June 7


Box 12 American College Public Relations Association National Conference, 1970 June 7


Box 12 President's Commission on Student Unrest, Los Angeles, 1970 August 4


Box 12 American Bar Association, St. Louis, 1970 August 12



Box 13 Miscellaneous texts, notes, correspondence and related material



Box 14 Spiess Committee Report


Box 14 Summer Conference


Box 14 Summer Workshop, 4 folders


Box 14 Sylvania Contract


Box 14 T


Box 14 U


Box 14 University of California - Council and Assembly, 1968-1969


Box 14 W


Box 14 Western Psychological Association, Inc.


Box 14 Z


Carnegie Commission on the Future of Public Broadcasting



Box 15 1977 June-September



Box 16 1977 October-1978 March



Box 17 1978 April-October



Box 18 1978 November-1979 January



Box 19 1979 February-June


New York, State of - Special Advisory Panel on Medical Malpractice


Correspondence, notes and memoranda



Box 20 1975 June-August



Box 21 1975 August-1976 January



Box 22 Meetings



Box 23 Reports

Series III: Psychology


Works by William J. McGill



Box 24 Abstracts


Box 24 American Psychological Association Paper ("Two Sources of Transmitted Information. . ."), 1953


Box 24 American Psychological Association Paper ("Attention. . ."), 1958


Box 24 Analysis of Information . . .


Box 24 Application of Information Theory. . . (NYAS Paper)


Box 24 Back to Personal Equations


Box 24 Deutsch, J.A. - Realization of the Compartment Model – Comments


Box 24 Equivalence of Detection Probabilities. . ., On the


Box 24 General Gamma Distribution



Box 25 Human Factors Research



Box 26 Introduction to Counter Theory in Psychophysics


Box 26 Isomorphism Paper


Box 26 Loudness and Reaction Time


Box 26 Loudness Function


Box 26 Lousy Lectures


Box 26 Luce, R.D., et al - Developments in Mathematical Psychology. . . - Review


Box 26 Multivariate Information Transmission ("MIT")



Box 27 Neural Counting


Box 27 Poisson Counting


Box 27 Polynomial Psychometric Functions in Audition


Box 27 Psychophysics and the Ideal Observer (Symposium, International Congress), 1963



Box 28 Pure Tone Intensity Discrimination


Box 28 Random Fluctuations of Response Rate


Box 28 Reaction Time


Box 28 Recent Developments in the Theory of Reaction


Box 28 Relation Between Information and Variance Analyses


Box 28 Relation Between Uncertainty, Variance, and Correlation Analyses Reviews


Box 28 Scaling of Subjective Estimates of Magnitude


Box 28 Search Distributions in Magnified Time


Box 28 Serial Effects


Box 28 Statistical Description of Verbal Learning


Box 28 Stochastic Latency Mechanisms



Box 29 Study of the Near-Miss Involving Weber's Law. . .


Box 29 Study of the Relationship Between Motor and Sensory Measures of Perseveration (Master's dissertation, Fordham University), 1947


Box 29 Uncertainty Analysis - various talks


Box 29 Variations on Marill's Formula


Box 29 Visual and Auditory Counting Papers


Box 29 Visual Detection


Box 29 Visual Search


Box 29 Miscellaneous works


Notes



Box 30 Analysis of Variance


Box 30 Auditory Chapter


Box 30 Click Suppression


Box 30 Counter Model


Box 30 Detection - Visual, Auditory Research



Box 31 Discrete Counting Distributions and Analysis of Discrimination


Box 31 Elastic Stochastic


Box 31 Feller


Box 31 General Gamma Distribution


Box 31 Lab Experiments


Box 31 Limulus


Box 31 Loudness, 4 folders



Box 32 Loudness and Reaction Time Study


Box 32 Loudness Experiment


Box 32 Mathematics, Pure


Box 32 Mathematical Papers and Tables in Uncertainty Analysis


Box 32 Mathematical Psychophysics


Box 32 Mathematics and Statistics


Box 32 Mathematics, Committee on the Undergraduate Program in


Box 32 Matrix Algebra



Box 33 Mosteller and Tukey


Box 33 Number Search Experiments


Box 33 Photometry


Box 33 Poisson Distribution



Box 34 Psychophysics and Detection Theory


Box 34 Quantitative Psychology


Box 34 Random Noise


Box 34 Random Walk Detectors


Box 34 Random Walk Problem


Box 34 Rate Fluctuations


Box 34 Search Distributions


Box 34 Statistical Behaviorism



Box 35 Miscellaneous notes


Class Materials


Notes



Box 36 Analysis of Variance



Box 37 Colloquium


Box 37 Introductory Psychology


Box 37 Measurement, 1948


Box 37 Motivation


Box 37 Pro-Seminar, 1948-1949


Box 37 Psychophysics and Sensory Psychology



Box 38 Statistics

(1 folder, 1 binder)


Box 38 UCLA Lecture Series


Box 38 Miscellaneous, 2 folders



Box 39 Miscellaneous


Exams, assignments and class records


Box 39 Exams


Box 39 Grade Books


Box 39 Harvard Exams


Box 39 Harvard - Miscellaneous


Box 39 Intermediate Lab experiments


Box 39 Miscellaneous, 3 folders



Box 40 Data Books

(mainly M.I.T. and Columbia University)


Papers and Reports by Others



Box 41 Papers and Reports by Others



Box 42 Papers and Reports by Others



Box 43 Papers and Reports by Others



Box 44 Papers and Reports by Others



Box 45 Papers and Reports by Others



Box 46 Papers and Reports by Others



Box 47 Slides

(FRAGILE. GLASS)



Box 48 Printed Material by William J. McGill


Printed Material by Others



Box 49 Printed Material by Others



Box 50 Printed Material by Others



Box 51 Printed Material by Others

Series IV: University of California at San Diego



Box 52 Academic Senate, 3 folders


Box 52 Chancellor



Box 53 Chancellorship Files


Box 53 Committee on Educational Policy, Academic Senate


Box 53 Committee: Long Range


Box 53 Committee Memberships


Box 53 Directives Worth Saving


Box 53 H.E.W. Grant


Box 53 Invitations accepted, 1970


Box 53 Invitations regretted, 1968-1970



Box 54 Lumumba-Zapata College


Box 54 Psychology Department


Box 54 Recruiting


Box 54 Student Unrest



Box 55 Miscellaneous, 2 folders


Box 55 Printed Material and Reports



Box 56 Printed Materials and Items