Columbia University Archives

Psychology Department Fifty Years photographs, 1942

Summary Information


This collection consists of the photographs of the Department of Psychology's PhD recipients in its first 50 years, from 1891 to 1941.

At a Glance

Call No.: UA#0241
Bib ID 13239809 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Columbia University. Department of Psychology
Title Psychology Department Fifty Years photographs, 1942
Physical Description 0.72 linear feet (2 pamphlet boxes)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located onsite.

This collection has no restrictions.



This collection is arranged in one series.



This collection consists of the two-volume set containing the photographs of 158 of the 278 Department of Psychology PhD recipients from 1895 to 1941. The 5" x 7" black-and-white photographs are organized by the alumni's last name and the year of the degree is included after the name.

  • Series I. Photograph volumes, 1942

    This series contains the two volumes of photographs of the Psychology Department's alumni put together in 1942. The year that appears next to the alumni's name is the year the degree was conferred (not the date of the photograph).

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located onsite.

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); Psychology Department Fifty Years photographs; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University in the City of New York.

Selected Related Material at Columbia

The Columbia University Psychological Laboratory: a fifty-year retrospect


No additions are expected

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Joanna Rios. Finding aid written by Joanna Rios in April 2018.

Revision Description

2018-04-28 File created.

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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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Columbia University -- Alumni and alumnae Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

A course in psychology was offered at Columbia College (as Columbia University was known then) as early as 1867 as part of the Department of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy and English Literature. This first course was only open to seniors and covered the philosophy of intellect, feelings and will. With the separation of the English Literature Department in 1881, the new Department of Philosophy, Ethics and Psychology came into being. James McKeen Cattell was appointed Professor of Psychology and was assigned laboratory space in 1891. That same year, Experimental Psychology appears as its own department in the year's Announcement, although it would officially remain under the Department of Philosophy until 1920. The Department of Psychology marked its fiftieth anniversary as 1941. As part of celebration, the Department published a retrospective brochure with a history of the department written by Robert S. Woodworth and a list of alumni with their current locations. In addition, they reached out to the PhD alumni and asked them to send a recent photograph for an exhibition and a permanent file. Of the 278 graduates, 158 sent in photographs (33 women and 125 men) and those portraits were collected in a two-volume set.