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Department of Psychology Records

Identifier: UA 004.23

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the official records that reflect the functions and activities of the UNCG Department of Psychology. Items include materials related to animal rights, colloquiums, committees, lectures, course proposals, faculty meetings, correspondence, and memoranda.


  • 1953 - 2000


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Psychology Department grew, like many other departments, out of the Curry School of Education. What started originally as a collection of courses dealing with educational psychology, eventually grew into a small department by 1924 under the leadership of James A. Highsmith. During the late 1920's and 1930's the program was expanded to become more research oriented. 1931 saw the arrival of Key L. Barkley, who continued to expand the program through the Depression and into the 1940's. The program continued to grow through the 1950's and 1960's, adding a Master's degree in 1964. Under the leadership of Robert Eason, the Psychology program developed as a leading institution for the study of clinical psychology, drawing students from across the country. In 1979, the university's Psychology Ph.D. program was fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.

By 1983, the Ph.D. program was ranked highly in a national survey and the Department professed to be bringing in a third to half of all outside grants to UNCG. In 1980, Robert Eason stepped down as head of the department and was replaced in 1982 by Gilbert Gottleib. He was replaced in 1986 by Walter Salinger who served as head of the department until 1993. Anthony DeCasper succeded Salinger as head of the department.


7.09 Linear Feet (18 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Department of Psychology developed out of the Curry School of Education in the 1920s under the leadership of James A. Highsmith. It has continued to develop over the last century and now includes a M.A. and Ph.D program.

The records for the Department of Psychology contain correspondence, memoranda, reports and course proposals.

Arrangement Note

The arrangement scheme for this collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a useable original order. This collection is arranged into five series. Folders in series II and V are organized alphabetically while series I, III, and IV are arranged in chronological order. Within each folder, documents are arranged in chronological order. Series 1: Annual Reports, 1970-2003 Series 2: Correspondence, 1973-1999 Series 3: Course Proposals, 1953-2000 Series 4: Colloquium, 1977-1999 Series 5: General Files, 1963-2008

Method of Acquisition

Transferred from the Department of Psychology in 1987, 1989, 1999, and 2008.

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Processing Information

Processed by Paris E. McCollough, December, 2009 Encoded by Sean A. Mulligan, December, 2009

Department of Psychology Records
Paris E. McCollough
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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US