-Contributed by Rodrigo Miranda.
In today’s post, doctoral student Rodrigo Miranda shares some of his finds in the CHP collections, focusing on those relevant to an international history of psychology and psychology in Latin American countries.
Sometimes we hear that an Archive, the place where we find materials for historical research, is just a spot for old stuff, for materials that, after catalogued, remain static housed neatly in boxes, for the most part unmoved and untouched.
However, things are not like this! The Center for the History of Psychology has several examples that show us that everyday life in a historical archive is a continuous “work in progress”.
One example is a project I have been working on to appraise materials for reintegration into manuscript collections. These materials include unpublished written works, raw data, research files, ephemera, and mixed media such as photographs, films, and artifacts. Restoring these materials to their original collections rather than keeping them as a separate collection allows for better public access and adds more context to the rich resources at CHP.
In assisting with this process, I have found material for psychologists and historians whose interests are tied to Latin-American countries, such as Argentina, Brazil, etc.
For instance, I found correspondence between David McClelland (USA) and Arrigo Angelini, who was professor of Psychology in the Universidade de Sao Paulo (Brazil). Another example: there is a rich report written by social psychologist Otto Klineberg (Canada) discussing “The Role of Psychologist in International Affairs” and his relations with Anisio Teixeira, an important Brazilian educator.
The materials also include interesting newspaper clippings. One box of materials contains sources from David McClelland on Colombia and Brazil. Geographic, cultural and social aspects are mentioned on those sources. These clippings from the 1950s are intriguing texts because they show us an American standpoint on foreign countries.
Another example is found in a box of materials from Roger Russell. This is a document called “Appendices to Report of the La Napoule Planning Conference (July 23 – August 1, 1962)“. In this document we see an American perspective on the development of psychology in Latin-American countries (e.g., Argentina) at that time.