Biographical Note: Edward Bibring was born in Stanislau, Galicia, on April 20, 1894. He studied philosophy and history at the University of Czernowitz until the first World War. After his military service he went to study medicine at the University of Vienna, and later was accepted for training by the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society. A full member of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society since 1927, Dr. Edward Bibring became the director of society’s outpatient department for mental diseases. Along with Freud and other society members, Edward Bibring went to London in 1938, where he continued his work as a co-editor-chief of the Internationale Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse and an analyst at the London Psycho-Analytic Institute and Clinic. He moved to Boston in 1941 to become a training analyst and an outstanding lecturer at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, serving as a society director from 1947 to 1949. Edward Bibring’s publications made exceptional scientific contributions to the theory of psychoanalytic therapy, the study of depression, and the history of psychoanalysis. He died on on January 11, 1959 after a long and destructive illness.
Summary: the collection consists of 11 manuscript boxes containing materials for Edward Bibring’s monographs and lectures as well as his book reviews, working papers, handwritten notes on readings, and miscellaneous correspondence. BPSI also holds a collection of books from Edward Bibring’s personal library and a unique archive of photographs (see Bibring Photograph Collection), some of which have been recently published in a book Edward Bibring Photographs Psychoanalysts of His Time by the joint effort of BPSI members and the Analytic Press.
Edward Bibring Papers at Countway Library of Medicine