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MS Am 2405

Erikson, Erik H. (Erik Homburger), 1902-1994. Erik Homburger Erikson journal, 1923-1924: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2405
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Erikson, Erik H. (Erik Homburger), 1902-1994.
Title: Erik Homburger Erikson journal,
Date(s): 1923-1924.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.25 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in German and English.
Abstract: Autograph manuscript notes made by psychoanalyst Erik Erikson while traveling in Europe in 1923-1924.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2002M-32. Gift of Kai Erikson, 53 Quarry Dock Rd., Branford, Connecticut 06405; received: 2002 October 18.

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Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Erik Homburger Erikson Journal, 1923-1924 (MS Am 2405). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

German-born as Erik Homburger, Erik Erikson (1902-1994) was an American psychoanalyst, educator, and author. In 1930 he married Joan Mowat Serson, a Canadian dancer and artist. In 1933 they immigrated from Vienna to the U.S. He was best known for his work in child development and life-span studies, coining the phrase "identity crisis", and in the field that became known as psychohistory.

Scope and Contents

When Erikson completed his Gymnasium education in Germany, he embarked on a journey from 1923-1924. This "Wanderschaft" was common to German youth in their early twenties. This journal, handwritten in German, was a product of that time in Erikson's life.
Also included are copies of Erikson's introduction to this volume (in German and English) and a typescript transcript (carbon) version of the journal, all written at later dates.

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