New Assistant Director at AHAP

Cathy Faye, ABD in the History and Theory of Psychology program at York University, has been appointed Assistant Director of the Archives of the History of American Psychology (AHAP) in Akron, Ohio. David Baker remains the director. Faye begins her 2-year term as Assistant Director of the Archives in August.

The Archives of the History of American Psychology was founded in 1965 by Dr. John Popplestone and Dr. Marion White McPherson with the aim “to preserve the historical record of psychology.” Each year more than 300 individuals visit the archives.

Included in the Archive are:

Over 750 Manuscript Collections
Over 20,000 images in the Still Image Collection
Over 6000 films
Over 3000 audio tapes

Under the leadership of David Baker, who is now also provost and interim senior vice-president at the University of Akron, AHAP has become an affiliate of the prestigious Smithsonian Institution Affiliates program and secured a $2.1 million gift from The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation to endow the directorship.

Currently, a development campaign for a new 10,000 square-foot National Museum of Psychology is underway. The Museum will be housed in a new “Center for the History of Psychology” presently under construction at the University of Akron, the result of the donation of a 70,000 square foot building by Roadway Express Inc. The Center will not only house the Museum, but also the Archives, as well as staff, meeting rooms, and seminar spaces.

Further information on previous attempts to establish a Museum of Psychology can be found in a recent article, “Where’s psychology’s museum,” by Ludy T. Benjamin.

For those attending the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Toronto August 6-9, AHAP will have a booth in the Exhibit Hall of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. In booth #526 artifacts from the Robber’s Cave Experiment, Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment, and a 1954 copy of the first edition of the DSM will all be on display.

About Jacy Young

Jacy Young recently completed a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Surrey in the UK. She earned her doctorate in the History and Theory of Psychology at York University in 2014.