Collection Number: 40085

Collection Title: Department of Psychology of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-1963

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 150 items)
Abstract The Department of Psychology was officially established in 1920, though coursework in psychology had been offered since the 1890s. Records include correspondence and other files relating to the administration of and programs in the Department of Psychology.
Creator University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Department of Psychology.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Department of Psychology of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records #40085, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Periodic transfer from the offices that create these records.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The history of the psychology program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has its roots in the Philosophy Department, dating from 1795. However, it was more than a century before a course with recognizable psychological content was offered at the university. In 1891, Henry Horace Williams was selected to fill the chair of Mental and Moral Science, and in 1906 he began to offer his two-term psychology course as a junior/senior elective. In 1911, this course was taken over by Harry W. Chase. In 1914, Chase was appointed the university's first Professor of Psychology, and courses in experimental and scientific methodology were soon added to the original general course. With the election of Chase as President of the University in 1919, Professor J. F. Dashiell took over and continued to develop the curriculum and to expand enrollment.

In 1920, the Department of Psychology was formally established in the College of Liberal Arts. Harry W. Crane joined the faculty in 1921, adding clinical perspectives to the curriculum. Courses in social psychology were later developed by Professors Floyd H. Allport and English Bagby. In 1925, the School of Education assumed full responsibility for the course in educational psychology, increasing the department's resources for research and graduate training. With the renovation of New West in 1928, the department moved into expanded quarters with the first floor devoted to offices and classrooms, while the top two floors were furnished as laboratories.

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, the department continued to expand its undergraduate and graduate programs as well as its impact upon the curricula of other university departments and schools. In 1952, a major development was marked with the addition of Louis L. Thurstone and his Psychometric Laboratory from the University of Chicago. This addition made the department one of the centers of quantitative psychological research. The department's move into a renovated Davie Hall in 1967 further improved the research and teaching functions of the department.

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Records include correspondence and other files relating to the administration of and programs in the Department of Psychology.

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Processed by: University Archives Staff

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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