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The archives cover the work of the Department and its eminent psychologists with items including photographs, notebooks, lecture notes, minutes and accounts. Material dates from 1875 with James Ward, up until 1987 with Oliver Zangwill.  The collection has largely been assembled by John Mollon, DSc FRS, Professor of Neuroscience. The image on the right shows the notebooks of Dr W.S. Stiles, OBE, FRS whose papers are held in the Archive. Of particular importance is the correspondence spanning many years with the Cambridge physiologist, W.A.H. Ruston, FRS, which he carefully pasted into these notebooks.


The Archive is kept as a storage for the existing information produced in the department intending to inform, support and document our history. This gives the opportunity for scientists to access from the source of when everything started. 


The Departmental Archive contains rare and unique materials from key figures working in Experimental Psychology at Cambridge from 1870 onwards. Materials include personal papers and correspondence, minutes and notebooks, photographs and pamphlets/reprints.

Individuals include:

  • Kenneth Craik
  • Henry Head
  • Alice Heim
  • WHR Rivers
  • Dr W S Stiles
  • Oliver Zangwill

These materials are at present uncatalogued.

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