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Stevens, S. S. (Stanley Smith), 1906-1973. Papers of Stanley Smith Stevens : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Harvard University Archives
Call No.: HUGFP 2 and HUGBS 837.72
Creator: Stevens, S. S. (Stanley Smith), 1906-1973.
Title: Papers of Stanley Smith Stevens, 1931-1973 (inclusive)
Quantity: 9.4 cubic feet (28 boxes and 2 folders)
Abstract: Stanley Smith Stevens (1906-1973) was a physicist and professor at Harvard University. He was an authority on the physics of sensory perception, especially hearing. He was director of the Psycho-Acoustics Laboratory and the Psychophysics Laboratory at Harvard. This collection documents Stevens' research and professional activities.
Language of materials: English.

Note

This document last updated 2005 March 14.

Selected Search Terms

These papers have been indexed in the International Catalog of Sources for History of Physics and Allied Sciences (ICOS) using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.
Stevens, S.S. (Stanley Smith), 1906-1973.
Skinner, B.F. (Burrhus Frederic), 1904-
Ross, Strange.
Von Békésy, Georg, 1899-1972.
American Psychological Association.
Acoustical Society of America.
American Physiological Society (1887)
Harvard University. Dept. of Psychology -- Faculty.
Harvard University. Dept. of Psychology -- Admissions.
Harvard University. Dept. of Psychology -- Students.
National Research Council (U.S.)
National Science Foundation (U.S.)
University of Hawaii.
Harvard University -- Psychology.
Harvard University -- Faculty.
Patents.
Psychoacoustics -- Research.
Psychology -- Research.
Psychology -- Societies, etc.
Psychophysics -- Research.

Provenance and Acquisition Information :

Accession numbers 7354, 7375, 7544, and 8064 were gifts of Geraldine Stevens in May 9, 1974 , June 17, 1974 , February 20, 1975 , and March 1, 1977 , respectively.

Processing Information:

These records were processed by staff in the Harvard University Archives probably prior to 1985. The finding aid was encoded at the American Institute of Physics and revised to conform to Harvard University guidelines.

Restrictions on Use of Collection :

Permission is required for access to the Papers of Stanley Smith Stevens. Consult Harvard University Archives reference staff for details.

Organization of Collection

Each of the series listed below contains several subseries. The existence of the subseries indicates that Steven's kept material in distinct groups; however, the archivists could not discover what distinguished one group from another.

Biography of Stanley Smith Stevens

Stanley Smith Stevens (1906-1973) was a physicist and professor at Harvard University. He was Stevens was an authority on the physics of sensory perception, especially hearing. His primary contribution was Stevens' Law, which states that the magnitude of a sensation grows as a power function of the intensity of the stimulus. He was director of the Psycho-Acoustics Laboratory and the Psychophysics Laboratory at Harvard.

Scope and Contents of Collection

These papers document the professional work of Stanley Smith Stevens. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence. The correspondence documents Stevens' research, teaching, and consulting activities. Letters concern publishing and scientific societies, Harvard Psychology Department business, Harvard committee work, consulting, and lecturing. Correspondence with colleagues and students, and a small amount of personal correspondence is included. This collection also contains student notes for psychology courses taken by Stevens at Harvard in early 1930s, manuscripts and notes for speeches, data in the form of tables and graphs, and reprints.

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