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HUGFP 60.xx

Skinner, B. F. (Burrhus Frederic), 1904- Papers of Burrhus Frederic Skinner : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUGFP 60.xx
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Skinner, B. F. (Burrhus Frederic), 1904-
Title: Papers of Burrhus Frederic Skinner
Date(s): 1928-1979
Quantity: 28.7 cubic feet
Quantity: 82 containers
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Burrhus Frederic Skinner (1904-1990), Harvard professor, made an indelible mark in the field of psychology. He was a strict behaviorist who championed the theory of operant conditioning. These papers document his professional life, research interests, and public reaction to his provocative ideas.

Acquisition Information:

  • Accession 9674; 1983 March 2; received from B. F. Skinner
  • Accession 9710; 1983 April 14; received from B. F. Skinner
  • Accession 11013; 1987 January 15; received from Dennis Trumble
  • Restrictions on Access:

    Permission of the archivists of the Harvard University Archives is required for viewing the Papers of B. F. Skinner.

    Restrictions on Use:

    Permission of the archivists of the Harvard University Archives is required for photoduplication from the Papers of B. F. Skinnner; permission of a third party is required for publishing from the papers until 2015. For details, contact the reference staff of the Harvard University Archives.

    Related Material by B.F. Skinner in the Harvard University Archives:

    See also books by and about B. F. Skinner cataloged in Harvard's on-line library information system.

    Abbreviated Biography of B. F. Skinner

    Burrhus Frederic Skinner (1904-1990) was a strict behaviorist who championed the theory of operant conditioning. He made an indelible mark in the field of psychology with both his ideas and his audacious advocacy of them. Skinner earned his Harvard Ph.D. in 1931, and after teaching at the University of Minnesota and the University of Indiana, he returned to Harvard as a professor in 1948; he stayed at Harvard for the remainder of his career.

    Series and Subseries in the Collection

    Scope of the Papers of B. F. Skinner

    These papers document Skinner's professional life, research, and public reaction to his provocative ideas. They provide a small amount of information on Skinner's personal life in the family photographs found in the Photographs series.

    Inventory update

    This document last updated 2016 October 24.

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