Center for the History of Psychology

In Association with the Smithsonian Institution

The Cummings Center is also home to the Institute for Human Science and Culture. To learn more, visit the Institute website.

About the Center

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The Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology, located at The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, collects, preserves, provides access to, and interprets the historical record of psychology and related human sciences. Read more.

The Center houses the Archives of the History of American Psychology and the National Museum of Psychology, as well as the multidisciplinary Institute for Human Science and Culture

Read our mission and values

The Cummings Center is located on lands that have been home to many diverse nations, including the Ohio Seneca and Cayuga, the Lenni Lenape (Delaware), the Miami, the Shawnee, the Wyandot (Wendat), the Ottawa (Odawa) and the Ojibwe Nations. These lands were ceded in the 1805 Treaty of Fort Industry and the forced removal of tribes through the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The Cummings Center pays respect to the land and lives of Indigenous Nations past and present, and is committed to a process of continual learning, reflection and reconciliation.
Read The University of Akron's Full Land Acknowledgement.


R. Allen and Beatrix T. Gardner papers now open for research

In 2022, the Archives of the History of American Psychology received nearly 500 boxes of papers, films, photographs, and computer hard drives and disks that now comprise the R. Allen and Beatrix T. Gardner papers. Beginning in 1966, the Gardners cross-fostered the chimpanzee Washoe and taught her to communicate using American Sign Language (ASL). In 1972, the Gardners began a second study with days-old chimpanzees, carried out rigorous testing and documentation, and worked with human companions fluent in ASL.

The R. Allen and Beatrix T. Gardner papers are now open for research. Cummings Center staff and student assistants have also digitized and made over 3,400 still images from this collection available through our online repository.

Applications are Now Open for the 2023 Baker Fellowship

The David B. Baker Fellowship in the History of Psychology supports student research at the Archives of the History of American Psychology. The Fellowship supports travel expenses for one graduate or undergraduate student whose research will benefit from access to the Archives’ collections. One Fellowship of $2500 is awarded annually. Learn more and apply now.

Location, hours and contact

73 South College Street, Akron, OH, 44325-4302

Museum and Institute Hours:

Please note that the Cummings Center, including the Museum and Institute galleries, will be closed to the public Saturday, December 23 through Monday, January 8. We will return to our regular hours on January 9.

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wednesday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sunday and Monday: Closed

For additional information on travel, mobility, health and safety, and more, visit our Accessibility page.

Archives: By appointment

Phone: 330-972-7285


Parking: Free parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the building. Visitors can also park in Lot 30 at the corner of College and Market streets. Metered parking is available along South College Street.


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