Biographical Note: Sanford Gifford was a well-known psychoanalyst, psychiatrist, historian, and the BPSI Archives Director from 2000 through 2013. He served as the Hanns Sachs Library Director from 1966 to 2000, taught many BPSI seminars, and helped to develop the BPSI Archives. The creator of our unique Oral History Interviews project, Dr. Gifford recorded conversations with noted psychoanalysts and their relatives for over forty years. Even in retirement he continued teaching at the Harvard Medical School, working at the West Roxbury VA hospital, and chairing the History and Archives Committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association. In May of 2013, several months before his death, Dr. Gifford received an award for the Lifetime Contribution to the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is the author of numerous publications. Please refer to p.3-4 and 6 of the fall 2013 issue of the library newsletter for his bibliography articles about Sanford Gifford.

Summary: this collection contains 13 boxes of papers written by Sanford Gifford: reprints, biographies, articles, book reviews, correspondence, notes, and workshop materials mostly covering the period of 1977-present. Latest additions include recently written articles and book reviews.  Please note that many Gifford’s materials could be found in the Related BPSI Collections listed below.  The Oral History collections feature interviews conducted and recorded by Dr. Sanford Gifford. In 2014, 639 audio-cassettes and 22 cartons of papers have been added to the Sanford Gifford archive. All sound recordings have been processed: unique interviews have been cataloged and added to the Oral History Interviews and Oral History Workshops collections. Finding Aid for the updated Sanford Gifford Papers can be found here.


Related BPSI Collections
Oral History Interviews
Oral History Workshops
Oral History Transcripts, 1961-2012
BPSI History Collections
Deutsch, Felix (1884-1964)
Hanns Sachs Library Records, 1938-1996
Scientific Meetings, 1940s-1977

Related Sites
Sanford Gifford, from the Face of Experience Exhibit by Allen Palmer
The Emmanuel Movement by Sanford Gifford (Harvard University Press)