Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Robert Woodworth papers, 1906-1962

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1378
Bib ID 4079754 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Woodworth, Robert Sessions, 1869-1962
Title Robert Woodworth papers, 1906-1962
Physical Description 15.85 linear feet (38 document boxes)
Language(s) English .

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This collection has no restrictions.



Material is arranged into 6 series.



Correspondence, manuscripts, notes, documents, subject files, financial records, course materials, photographs, and printed materials. Woodworth's professional correspondence is with colleagues, scholars, students, the Columbia University Psychology Department, professional organizations, the Archives of Psychology, the National Academy of Sciences, the Psychological Corporation, and publishers. His own set of psychology subject headings include both general and specific topics such as behavior, color, experimental psychology, learning, memory, perception, personality, sensation, etc. These files contain manuscripts, notes, psychological tests, test data, revisions, for his monographs and other research materials. In addition to the subject files, there is some general, personal and family correspondence; manuscripts of his articles, lectures, addresses, curricular materials, biographical files and photographs. The printed materials consist of his personal collection of reprints of psychological literature arranged according to his own subject headings; reprints by colleagues, some inscribed and signed with his annotations; and books from his library, some of which contain his markings and comments

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

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); Robert Woodworth papers; 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.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of the estate of Robert S. Woodworth via the Psychology Department, 1988.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers: Source of acquisition--Estate of R.S. Woodworth via Psychology Department. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--04/11/88.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Processed 07/--/88.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

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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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Addresses Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Financial records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lectures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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"CUL Collections:"
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Behaviorism (Psychology) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. Department of Psychology Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Learning, Psychology of Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memory Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
National Academy of Sciences (U.S.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Perception Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Psychological tests Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Psychologists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Psychology Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Psychology, Experimental Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Psychologist. He was Professor of Psychology at Columbia University, 1903-1958.