William T. James papers

William T. James papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: William T. James papers
Creator: James, William T., 1903-1998
Inclusive Dates: 1927-1988
Language(s): English
Extent: 3.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Collection Number: UA0042
Repository: University of Georgia Archives

Collection Description

Biographical/historical note

A Cornell graduate, William T. James joined the University of Georgia's Psychology Department in 1946. Dr. James continued as a member of the UGA Psychology Department's faculty for 24 years, serving as department head for three years. He was well-known for his research in the the field of animal behavior, especially that of dogs and opossums. In fact, Dr. James came to be considered the world's leading authority on the learning ability of the opossum. Upon his retirement in 1970, James was named Professor Emeritus of Psychology at UGA. In addition to being the author of numerous scholarly articles, James was a member of the Psi Chi, Sigma Xi, and Phi Kappa Phi honorary societies. These materials were collected by former department head, Dr. Roger Thomas, for his studies into the history of the UGA Psychology Department.

Scope and Content

The majority of this collection deals with Dr. James' research as a member of the UGA Psychology Department's faculty starting in 1946. It serves to highlight Dr. James' dog and opossum behavioral research through numerous notes and photographs. The collection also includes his correspondence and a large number of reprints.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is divided into three series: research; correspondence, reprints, and biographical; and print materials.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William T. James papers, UA0042, University Archives, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

General Notes

Related audiovisual materials are housed in the Walter J. Brown Media Archive: http://purl.libs.uga.edu/brown/har-ua0042/bmac-coll

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Research

11[Album of Canine Studies at Cornell Farm]
12Plates used in publication of research at Cornell Farm
13[Apparatus], circa 1953
14[Opossum related material], 1953-1968
15Graphs of young opossum and rat in Lashley Maze
16Opossum chapter , 1983
17References to opossum chapter, 1980-1982
18Pictures for publication-opossum-Lendes Plates
19"Opossum!" pictures-article from newspaper, 1957
110-11Opossum [and other] photographs
112William James: research
113[Animal studies-photographs]
114[Dog activity graphs]
115Undergraduate learning
116Social behavior-outdoor lab situation
117Nutritional deficiency
118[Lantern slide of opossum]
119[Dog studies-photographs]
120[Photographs of dogs]
121Disharmonies in occlusion produced by cross breeding
122Last pictures of dogs at new laboratory-Athens, GA, 1972
123Data on racing dogs-received from Mr. Brimley, 1963

2. Correspondence, reprints, and biographical materials

21[Sonia Walunas' opossums], 1977
22Edwards and James letters , 1946
23Letters regarding experiment (Anti-Vivisectionists) , 1941
24Liddell-letters to and from, 1933-1939
25[William James correspondence], 1959-1960
26[William James-correspondence] , 1961-1962
27Concerning ESP controversy and criticism of McConnell by Floyd G. Humphreys
28"New frontiers of the mind"
29[I.Q. test material] , 1920s-1930s
210[Conference on the effects of early experience on mental health- photographs], 1951
211Historical outline-"Learning theory history"
212James, W. T. [vitae]
213[Philosophy. Cunningham. Cornell. notes taken from lectures of Dr. Cunningham in a course on "History of Philosophy] , 1927-1928
214[Laboratory experiments in Psychophysiology-from Cornell University lab]
215[James' photocopies, notes, etc.]
216[William James-photographs]
217Autobiography of William James , 1988
218James [later years]
219[James reprints A-E]
220[James reprints F-V]
221"The genetic and endocrinic basis for differences in form and behavior"and related material, 1941
222[Annotated reprint and photographs] , 1953
223[Opossum articles by other authors-includes annotations]
224Results of students in introductory Experimental Psychology thesis of T. W. Harrell , 1933

3. Print material regarding dogs and opossums

41[Roscoe B. Jackson Memorial laboratory dogs] , 1957
42The London illustrated newsarticles sent by Marilyn McGaughey, 1968
43[James reprints], 1937-1962
44[Julius Springer-correspondence and reprints], 1934
45-6[Dr. William Angermeier-Dr. James' PhD student-reprints and correspondence] , 1961-1986
47[Correspondence, reprints, programs and article] , 1944-1960
48Ulric Moore papers-XMas [reprints] , 1976
49[Edmund Mayer-correspondence and reprint] , 1947
410[Daniel Primac-correspondence and reprint] , 1980-1981

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