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Harvard University. Psycho-Acoustic Laboratory. Records of the Psycho-Acoustic Laboratory : 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.: UAV 713.9025 through UAV 713.9269.5
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Harvard University. Psycho-Acoustic Laboratory.
Title: Records of the Psycho-Acoustic Laboratory, 1940-1972
Date(s): 1940-1972
Quantity: 11 cubic feet (34 boxes)
Language of materials: English.
Abstract: The Psycho-Acoustic Laboratory was established in 1940 to conduct research on speech, hearing, and communications during World War II. It continued to operate after the War and in 1962 it was renamed the Laboratory of Psychophysics. These records document the activities of the laboratory.

Provenance and Acquisition Information:

The Harvard University Archives received the majority of records as unnumbered accessions, probably prior to 1975. The computer programs were donated to the Archives in accession number 8064 by Mrs. Stanley S. Stevens.

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 by Kate Bowers to conform to Harvard University guidelines.

Restrictions on Use of the Records:

University Records are restricted for 50 years from the date of the record. Student and personnel records are restricted for 80 years. Consult Harvard University Archives reference staff for details.

Related Materials in the Harvard University Archives

This collection is complemented by the Papers of Stanley Smith Stevens (HUGFP 2)http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua07005.

History of the Psycho-Acoustic Laboratory

The Psycho-Acoustic Laboratory was established in 1940 to conduct research on speech, hearing, and communications during World War II. It continued to operate after the War and in 1962 it was renamed the Laboratory of Psychophysics.

Organization of Collection

Scope and Contents of Collection

These records document the activities of the Psycho-Acoustic Laboratory and the Laboratory of Psychophysics. Documentation includes administrative records and records of projects undertaken either as contracts or grants. Topics include sound laboratories, acoustics, bioacoustics, and the design of scientific and hearing apparatus.

Inventory update

This document last updated 2016 June 21.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Sound laboratories.
Bioacoustics -- Research.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Communications -- Research.
Photoprints.
Personnel records.
Contracts.
Stevens, S. S. (Stanley Smith), 1906-1973.
Harvard University. Psycho-Acoustic Laboratory -- Administration.
Harvard University. Laboratory of Psychophysics.
Harvard University. Dept. of Psychology.
Harvard University. Psychological Laboratory.
Harvard University. Dept. of Psychology -- Faculty.
Harvard University -- Laboratories.
Harvard University -- Scientific apparatus collections.
Harvard University -- Research grants.
United States. Office of Scientific Research and Development.
United States. National Defense Research Committee.
United States. National Science Foundation.
United States. Federal Communications Commission.
United States. Army.
United States. Navy.
National Research Council (U.S.)
Bell Telephone Laboratories, inc.
Harvard University -- Relations with federal government.
Harvard University -- Psychology.
Harvard University -- Relations with industry.

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