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McClelland, David C. (David Clarence) Papers of David McClelland, 1900-1998 : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUGFP 145
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: McClelland, David C. (David Clarence)
Title: Papers of David McClelland
Date(s): 1900-1998
Quantity: 37 cubic feet (113 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: David C. McClelland was a Harvard psychologist, noted especially for his work on achievement motivation. These papers chifely document his professional life.

Acquisition Information:

  • 11163: 1987 July 23, David McClelland
  • 13589: 1997 June 18, David McClelland
  • 13881: 1998 November 6, Marian McClelland
  • 13889: 1998 December 10, Beverly Douhan
  • 13918: 1999 March 4, Marian McClelland
  • 14018: 1999 August 25, David G. Winter
  • Processing Information:

    Processed under the direction of Kate Bowers by Jill Snyder and Chris M. Lubicz-Nawrocki, September 2000 through March 2001 .
    Staff at the Harvard University Archives re-housed all papers in acid-free folders and document boxes, organized the material, maintaining the original organization where possible, and produced this finding aid.
    Staff in the Harvard University Archives tried to identify and preserve the organization of the papers as far as possible. While correspondence and course material arrived at the Harvard University Archives in good order, subject and project files and reprints were in no discernable order. Additionally, McClelland would re-use folders, so that sometimes the contents and the folder title are at odds. Staff o the University Archives imposed a rough subject organization where no intrinsic organization could be ascertained.
    A vast amont of material was weeded from the collection. Weeded material did not meet the collecting policy of the Harvard University Archives and consisted chiefly of duplicates, drafts, articles and papers written by other researchers, and raw data with no analysis or context. A small research study of "Rorschach results on renowned scientists," conducted by Anne Roe in 1957, was given to the Archives of the History of American Psychology in Akron, Ohio.

    Conditions on Use and Access:

    General Restriction
  • Consult with the reference staff of the Harvard University Archives for details on obtaining permission to see, to photocopy, or to publish from the Papers of David McClelland.
  • Specific Restrictions:
  • ___Evaluations
  • ___Those portions of the collection in which individuals are evaluated are closed. Those portions of the collection that must be reviewed before patrons may have access includes the entirety of the series relating to undergrateuate or graduate advising and those portions of the correspondence for which the folder title is an individuals' name.
  • ___University Records
  • ___Records of the Department of Psychology and Social Relations; for a period of 50 years, access to these files requires the permission of the Departments of Psychology and Sociology.
  • ___Records of University committees of which Professor McClelland was a member; for a period of 50 years, access to these files require the permission of the University department to which the committee reported.
  • ___Records of faculty search committees of which Professor McClelland was a member; restricted for a period of 80 years.
  • ___Records of University projects headed by Professor McClelland; for a period of 50 years, access to these files require the permission of the University department that sponsored the project.
  • ___ Consulting
  • ___Additional restrictions may apply to papers having to do with McClelland's consulting work.
  • Allied Material

    See works by and about David McClelland cataloged in Harvard's on-line library information system.


    David C. McClelland was a Harvard psychologist, noted especially for his work on achievement motivation.

    Chronology of the life of David McClelland

    Series and Sub-series in the Collection

    Scope and Content of the Papers of David McClelland

    These papers document the professional life of David McClelland. While there are portions of these papers where McClelland's professional life and personal interests intersect, as in the papers relating to religion, McClelland the scholar is always more heavily documented than McClelland the private man.
    Chronologically, the papers cover all of McClelland's life, including a small amount of material from his childhood. Professional papers date from his college and graduate school years. Like his career, this collection is dominated by the years at Harvard.
    McClelland's activities in various arenas, teaching, consulting, pure research, are intermingled. A researcher may expect to find consulting materials from a McBer project among the reading materials for a course, while one may also find test results from a cohort of students in a folder on a reasearch topic.

    Inventory update

    This document last updated 2016 November 9.

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