Austin S. Edwards papers

Austin S. Edwards papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Austin S. Edwards papers
Creator: Edwards, A. S. (Austin Southwick), 1885-1976
Inclusive Dates: 1911-1976
Language(s): English
Extent: 11 Linear Feet 14 boxes
Collection Number: UA0064
Repository: University of Georgia Archives

Collection Description

Biographical/historical note

In 1916 when Austin Southwick Edwards began his tenure with the University of Georgia the Psychology Department was still a part of the School of Education. After serving in the United States Army from 1917-1919 he returned to the Psychology Department and was appointed head of the department.

Dr. Edwards was instrumental in the establishment of the Psychology Department as an independent academic unit within the College of Arts and Sciences in 1921-22 and in having the department placed into the Biological Sciences Division during the college reorganization of 1933-35. In addition he founded the influential University Psychology Clinic in 1930 and continued to serve as the head of the Psychology Department until his retirement in 1951 upon which time he was named Professor Emeritus.

In 1948 Dr. Edwards was one of the key players, along with Dr. Florene Young, in establishing the requirement in the state of Georgia that clinical psychologists must be professionally licensed and served as a member of the original Board of Examiners. He was published in many scholarly journals, helped establish a chapter of Sigma Xi on campus, and was responsible for his department becoming a charter member of Psi Chi.

Scope and Content

While predominately reflecting the years 1916 through Edwards' death in 1976, the four accessions that make up this collection also include some material dating prior to Edwards arrival at the University of Georgia.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged into four series that reflect their original accessioning order: UA00-028; UA04-033; UA04-038; UA06-010.

Administrative Information

Custodial history note

These materials were collected by former department head Dr. Roger Thomas for his studies into the history of the Psychology Department.

Preferred Citation

Austin S. Edwards papers, UA0064, University Archives, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: July 2005.

General Notes

RG 2-10-21

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing



Accession UGA 00-028 helps to illuminate the activities of the UGA Psychology Department from the 1936 through the end of the 20th century. Of special interest are materials that highlight the equipment and space needs of the growing department along with a listing of requirements for the new Psychology Building that would be finished in 1969. In addition the collection contains information relating to Psi Chi (the National Honorary Society in Psychology) and "The A. S. Edwards Award".
11Edwards, Austin Southwick biographical sketch/obituary, 1976
12Building, Psychology Laboratories, 1936
13Building, 1950-1961
14Building plan (new), 1952-1958
15Building Plans, 1966
16Edwards-building's name, 1980
17A. S. Edwards [includes "Bradberry Case"], 1925-1951
18History of Psychology at the University of Georgia by May Zeigler [and material pertaining to UGA history]
19History of [UGA] departments
110History of Psychology Department
111To Dean correspondence, 1937-1941
112Graduate faculty, 1941-1947
1Award to A. S. Edwards for fifty years of service at the University of Georgia, 1967 May 6
113UA rules and regulations, 1940-1948
114[UGA Psychology Club]
115Psi Chi booklet and general information
116Britt Foundation, 1950-1956
117Psi Chi, 1956-1957
118Psi Chi A. S. Edwards Awards, 1954-2000
119Correspondence re: films Psi Chi, 1955-1958
120Psi Chi and A. S. Edwards Award stencil
121Psi Chi initiate ballots
122Miscellaneous correspondence and letters Psi Chi, 1955-1958
123Miscellaneous correspondence receipts, etc. Psi Chi, 1957-1959
124Work [May Zeigler]
125National ads-correspondence Psi Chi, 1947-1958
126Order blanks and price lists [Psi Chi]
127Psi Chi Treasurer, 1952-1954
128Request for reinbursement Psi Chi, 1953-1957
129Psi Chi Corresponding Secretary
130Psi Chi Secretary, 1931-1944
131Psi Chi receipt book, 1948-1962
132Psi Chi newsletter, 1955-1958
133Psi Chi membership information, 1929-1954
134Supply orders-copies Psi Chi, 1956-1957
135Parliamentary practice-P.H. Mell, 1888


21[Gradebooks (L.R. Geissler)], 1912-1914
22[Gradebooks], 1913-1914
23[Gradebooks], 1915-1920
24[Gradebooks], 1920-1923
25[Gradebooks], 1923-1926
26[Gradebooks], 1926-1929
27[Gradebooks (Allgood) and (Harrell)], 1929-1931
28[Gradebooks], 1929-1932
29[Gradebooks], 1932-1935
210[Gradebooks], 1935-1938
211[Gradebooks], 1938-1940
212[Gradebooks], 1940-1942
213[Gradebooks], 1942-1945
214[Gradebooks], 1945-1951
215[Gradebooks summer (McGinnies and Ashford)], 1946, 1948
216[Gradebooks], 1951-1954
217Reprints by A.S. Edwards
218[Reprints of articles by UGA affiliated authors]
219Report of survey of Athens and Clarke County-conducted by A.S. Edwards
220[Articles, programs and brochures], 1911-1934
31-2Psi Chi, 1929-1940
33Psi Chi newsletters, early 1930s
34Psi Chi fraternity-local papers, 1931-1939
35[History of the chapter of Psi Chi, University of Georgia], 1931-1938
36Psi Chi [National Honorary Society in Psychology], 1941
37Psi Chi [National Society in Psychology], 1942
38[Psychology Department research], 1945-1946, 1948-1949
39Department of Psychology annual reports [incomplete set], 1917-1934
310Department of Psychology annual reports, 1944-1951
311Biology [Psychology of Teaching], 1925
312Drawing [Psychology of Teaching], 1925
313Economics [Psychology of Teaching], 1925
314English Composition [Psychology of Teaching], 1925
315Foreign Languages [Psychology of Teaching], 1925
316Geography, History, Civics [Psychology of Teaching], 1925
317Literature [Psychology of Teaching], 1925
318Mathematics [Psychology of Teaching], 1925
319Observational Learning [Psychology of Teaching], 1925
320Physical Education [Psychology of Teaching], 1925
321Reading [Psychology of Teaching], 1925
322Science-General and Physics [Psychology of Teaching], 1925
323Spelling [Psychology of Teaching], 1925
324Woodwork [Psychology of Teaching], 1925
325Writing [Psychology of Teaching], 1925
326Negro ["Religious genius of the Negro"-condensed], 1919
327Handbook on the Constitutions of the United State and Georgia [annotated], 1947
329[Examination book]
330"Georgia is awakening to education" [oversized], 1925
41Correspondence, 1917
42Correspondence, 1921-1926
43Correspondence, 1927-1929
44Correspondence, 1933
45-7Correspondence, 1934
48Correspondence, 1935-1936
49Correspondence, 1941-1947
410-11Transfers of training, 1915-1916
412"Transfers actually taking place in education" by Austin Southwick Edwards
413University of Georgia Clinic, 1930-1932
414Early exams (tantrums and convulsions), 1933-1941
415Family squabble, 1938 December 14-15
416Over solicitous, 1934
417Depression, 1938
418Emotional conflict, 1939 November 24
419Attitude-no physical [causes], 1939
420Sex conflicts-natural urges vs. civilization, 1939
421A marital discard, 1939
422Worries/hysteria, 1933
423[Case of depression (deceased June 1942)], 1932-1934
424Manic depressive, 1934-1945
425Nightmares-fear (Stepmother), 1941-1943
426Involutional melancholia, 1943
427Improvement of teaching, 1950
428[Psychiatrist request], 1943
429 American journal of Orthopsychiatry , 1930-1932
430[Assessing] mental condition, 1939-1942
431Review of clinical cases, 1930-1931
432[Cases], 1941-1945
433Psychology Clinic, 1929-1930
434University Clinic-beginning, 1930-1931
435[Psychology Department memorandum], 1932 July 7
436Georgia Council of Education, 1924-1925
437[Speech test]
438Thin board tests
439The fundamental principles of learning and study by A.S. Edwards, 1925
51Hiking Scout Camp, 1933 August 7-11
52-3Boy Scouts, 1933
54-5Boy Scouts, 1934
6[The Finger Tromometer (actual pieces of testing apparatus along with article written by Edwards entitled "The finger tromometer" published in The American journal of Psychology volume LIX, number 2, 1946 April
1"Georgia is awakening to education" [ 2 posters]


Accession UGA 04-038 provides a good deal of insight into psychological theories of the 1920s through the 1940s. In addition, artifacts and paperwork related to Edwards' service in the army during World War I and the department's Civil Defense bombshelter research from 1965 through 1968 are included within this collection. Also found in this accession is an entertaining group of newpaper clippings from around the nation covering Edwards' 1938 study into the effects of 100 hours of sleep deprivation on six UGA students.
81[Budget-Department Of Psychology], [1917-1926]
82-3[Inventory-Department Of Psychology], [1919-1949]
84Annual Reports, [1915-1932]
85Army Receipts And Orders, [1917-1919]
86Victory Medal , 1920 March 27
87Plans For The Development Of The Department Of Psychology
88[Questionaire Approved By Board Of Trustees], 1924
89Psychology, 1926
810References-Objective Exams
811Staff Meetings-Psychology Department , 1932-1933
812New Catalog-Quarter System [Psychology Classes], 1930-1931
813Psychology Students , 1917-1920
814[Invitations To Hold The 1922 Convention Of The Southern Society for Philosophy And Psychology In Memphis, Tennessee], 1922
815Psychology Of A Sale, 1911
816Elementary Experiments In Psychology By A. S. Edwards -1925 Desk Copy
817Mathematical Treatment In Psychology By A. S. Edwards
818Manuscripts Elementary Experiments/Mathematical Treatment In Psychology 1927 Edition, 1927
819Laboratory, 1926
820Experiments-Social Psychology
821Experiments And Problems In Social Psychology By A. S. Edwards
822Experimental Social Psychology
823Social Psychology
825Alcohol - A.A., 1947-1948
826Telepathy, 1917-1945
827Dreams, circa 1930
828Illusions, 1930-1931
829Greek Psychology, 1950
830Treatment Of The Problem Drinker, circa 1930
831The Psychological Corporation, 1924-1932
832Psychology Of Marriage, circa 1930
833Malingering, circa 1930
834Epilepsey, 1946
835Eugenics [Pamphlets], 1920s
836Normality - Exp./Statistics, 1931
837Memorials, 1945-1949
838Morale, [1919-1941]
830Health-Georgia Citizens Council, 1947
91Dept. Of Psychology History, A. S. Edwards 1917-1947 (Includes Annual Reports) [Formerly Accessioned as UGA 97-11.59 And UGA 01-023 (4:4)], 1917-1947
92Social Welfare, 1917-1920
93Gerontology-Chronological Age, 1950
94-5Psychology, 1918-1950s
96Book Reviews Bibliography
97Reprints:Osborne, 1949-1951
98An Introduction To Psychology By A. S. Edwards, 1927
99Experiments In Psychology [Copies to Prove Copyright], 1927
910Outline Of Abnormal Psychology By A. S. Edwards, 1937
911Fundamental Principles Of Learning And Study By A. S. Edwards - 2nd Chinese Edition, 1930
912-15Civil Defense Research - Shelteree Lists, 1965-1967
913Civil Defense Research- Shelteree List, 1967 June 13
914Shelteree Characteristics Tables - Total For ES 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 1968
101Mental Hygiene-Psy 17-18 [Includes Brochures And Pamplets], 1920s
102Physical And Mental Hygiene (Includes Data On Minnesota Grade School Pupils) . [Poster Extracted And Placed In "Single Folder Oversize : Box 1"], 1911-1920s
103Learning And Study, 1916-1932
104Synaesthesia, 1921-1955
105Lectures - Psy 22 And 52, 1933-1935
106Illustrations, 1932 November 14
107[Judging Intelligence From Photographs], circa 1930
108Applied Psychology, 1920s-1940s
109Hobbies, circa 1930
1010Habit [Bending], 1930s
1011Speech Difficulties, 1932-1933
1013Social Psychiatry
1014Psychology Of Religion
1015Immediate Recall After Looking At Advertisements - Margaret Woodward
1016Child Development - H. E. 90 - Instructor : Florence M. Young [Syllabus, 1934]
1017Anthropology [Review], 1923
1018A Study Of Student Academic Success At The University Of Georgia By May Zeigler, 1936
1019Physical Conditions [Studies]
1020Experimental Psychology Methods, Etc.
1021Elimination From School - 1927-1937 [Study And Correspondence], 1939
1022Applied Psychology
1023Adolescence-Psy 4, 1920s
1024Mathematical Treatment In Psychology By A. S. Edwards
1025Systematic Psychology - Exams, 1922 May 24
1026Systematic Psychology - William James
1027Systematic Psychology - Historical, 1927
1028Child And School Hygiene [Correspondence Study C19]
1029Experimental Psychology, 1922
1030Correspondence Course In Applied Psychology - New Readings , late 1920s
1031Adjustment And Attitudes Of Civilians By A. S. Edwards, 1945 January
1033[Charts Mapping Color Zones Of Eyes - Dorothea White And E. Massey]
1034A Study Of The 'Normal' Individual By Mrs. G. M. Broadhurst
1035Lecture Notes, 1930-1931
1036Color Blindness, 1930s
1037Teaching, 1923-1945
1038Graduate Examinations - Psy 102 - S. S., 1926
1039Systematic Psychology (Graduate), 1929
1040Graduate Work - S. S., 1928
1041Norms, 1920s-1940s
1042Psychology 7 - 8, 1920s
1043Preliminary Syllabus Diagnosis In Education, 1926
1044Psychology - Psy 102, 1925-1926
1045Systematic Psychology - Psy 101 - Weiss - S. S., 1927
111Differential Aptitude Tests, 1948 March
112-3The Differential Aptitude Tests, 1951 October
114[The Stanford Revision Of The Binet-Simon Tests...Record Booklet], 1934
115Psychology Tests - Results, 1918-1920
116-9Samples Of Tests
1110Research Problems [Minnesota Paper Board Test - Sample Problems]
1111Thurstone Test , 1926
1112Tests : Personality Values, 1922-1934
1113Psychogalvanometer, 1946 May
1114Control Cases - Langley Thesis, 1934 August 24
1115Psychology Principles - University Of Minnesota, 1909-1910
1116-17A Critical Study Of Some Methods Of Measuring Emotional Reactions Thesis Of Willie Mae Cook, 1927-1928
1118-19University Of Georgia Psychology Clinic, 1962
121Abnormal Psychiatry - Historical
122Amnesia, 1931
123Benign Stupor
124Dementia Praecox - (Schizophrenia) - Cases, 1926-1938
125Drug Psychoses
126Encephalitis, 1931
127Enuresis, 1939
128Epileptic Psychosis, 1930-1934
1211Huntingon's Chorea
1212Manic-Depressive Psychosis, 1930-1932
1213Psychoneurosea, Hysteria, Etc
1215Paranoidal - Religious
1216Paranoid (Psychopath) Schizo?, 1935
1218Regression And Alternating Personality
1219Senile And Arteriosclerotic, 1930s
1220Clinical Cases, 1923-1930
1221Psychiatric Cases, 1929-1936
1222Sanitarium Clinics, 1925-1933
1223Medical Clinics, 1930
1224Cases Milledgeville, 1934
1225Clinic [Notes And Correspondence], 1935-1936
1226Psychology Clinics At Milledgeville, Ga., 1936 May 14-15
131-2Loss Of Sleep Results, 1930-1931, 1938
1332 Cases - Summary Of Tables - Personal Copy
134My Copies [Sleep Deprivation Studies], 1896-1941
135One Hundred Hours Without Sleep [Psychology Study With Six UGA Students], 1938
136100 Hours Without Sleep , 1938
137Conclusions And Clinical Notes - 100 Hours Without Sleep , 1938 January
138Final Copy Journal Article "...Loss Of...Sleep" [Editoral Comments], 1940 August
139Effects Of The Loss Of One Hundred Hours Of Sleep By A. S. Edwards, 1941 January
1310Drugs - To Keep Awake - Local Students, 1939


14Psych Test, Correspondence, Printed Materials-Topics Ranging from ESP and Parapsychology to 1917 psychological tests conducted at Camp Lee , 1911-1976

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