THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON'S DRS. NICHOLAS AND DOROTHY CUMMINGS
Center for the History of Psychology
In Association with the Smithsonian Institution
About the Center
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.
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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.
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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.
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