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HUGFP 2 and HUGBS 837.72

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

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This finding aid has been encoded by the Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics as part of a collaborative project supported by a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities, an independent federal agency. Collaboration members in 1999 consisted of: American Institute of Physics, California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Rice University, University of Alaska, University of Illinois, and University of Texas.

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUGFP 2 and HUGBS 837.72
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Stevens, S. S. (Stanley Smith), 1906-1973.
Title: Papers of Stanley Smith Stevens, 1931-1973
Date(s): 1931-1973
Quantity: 9.4 cubic feet (28 boxes and 2 folders)
Language of materials: English.
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.

Provenance and Acquisition Information:

Gift of Geraldine Stevens.
Accession 7354 May 9, 1974.
Accession 7375 June 17, 1974
Accession 7544 February 20, 1975
Accession 8064 March 1, 1977.

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.

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.

Organization of Collection

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.

Inventory update

This document last updated 2016 June 2.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Patents.
Psychoacoustics -- Research.
Psychology -- Research.
Psychology -- Societies, etc.
Psychophysics -- Research.
Stevens, S.S. (Stanley Smith), 1906-1973.
Skinner, B.F. (Burrhus Frederic), 1904-1990
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.

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