Library News

palmer_allen_bpsi-library-04New books, upcoming events and ongoing projects are described in the latest Library Newsletter, Winter 2017.

Visit our beautiful library at 141 Herrick Rd in Newton, MA.  Our academic year hours are 9:30am-9:30pm on Mon-Thu, 9:30am-5:00pm on Fri.

Consult the library resource page for a full list of our current electronic journals available in the library. Everyone in the building can download fulltext from these resources.

Check out new photographs of BPSI’s homes by Allen Palmer, MD (displayed on easels around the library table). An exhibit of beautiful artwork by BPSI members is shown throughout the building until the end of February, 2017.


Recent Publications by Our Members

Read about new publications by BPSI members in the BPSI AuthorsRecent Work, and Film Series sections of the website.


Recent Video Interviews with Book Authors

The Library Committee has undertaken a new initiative to interview noted authors about their recently released books. These filmed conversations are posted on the BPSI Website and BPSI Facebook page as they become available.


Meet the Author Series 2016-2017

On Tue, Sep 27, 2016, Axel Hoffer talked about his new book Freud and the Buddha: The Couch and the Cushion. (Karnac, 2015).
On Tue, Jan 10, 2017, Paul Lynch will discuss Sexualities: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Perspectives (Routledge, 2015), co-edited with Alexandra Lemma.
On Mon, May 15, 2017, Steven Cooper will present his new publication, The Analyst’s Experience of the Depressive Position: The Melancholic Errand of Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2016).


Audio recordings of past events, including 2016 meetings with Judy Kantrowitz and Ana-Maria Rizzuto, are available from BPSI Archives. Email to request.


Time: Reception – 7:30pm, Discussion – 8:00pm, Book Signing – 9:15pm.

Location: Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Library Room, 141 Herrick Rd, Newton Center, MA 02459.


In the Archives

Jeremy Nahum, MD, entrusted our archives with a rare photograph of Sigmund Freud. The picture was taken by Bertram Lewin, possibly when he visited the Freud family in Vienna around 1926. Bertram Lewin, an American analyst trained in Berlin in the 1920’s, is known for his important contributions to the study of elation and dream screen. Dr. Nahum inherited the portrait from his uncle, Dr. Yale David Koskoff, a close friend of Dr. Lewin. The photograph is on display in the library.
We recently acquired filmed interviews of Anna Freud and her colleagues, recorded in 1977 in Hampstead by Joan Tewkesbury. The reel-to-reel tapes and accompanied transcripts were put in our care by for safe-keeping and research purposes.

BPSI Collaboration with WGBH’s Library and Archives

Grete Bibring’s video interview with Oliver Cope has been posted online! Click on the link to view: Psychoanalysis: A Personal View, WGBH, 1975. In the fall of 2013, BPSI Archives worked with the WGBH Archives, becoming curators of WGBH’s Psychology One programs from the 1957-58 and a video recording of Grete Bibring’s Interview with Oliver Cope, 1975. Our archivist, Olga Umansky, MLS, teamed up with Murray Cohen, PhD, a long time BPSI member, to create a historic commentary to the televised psychology lectures of Dr. Edwin Boring (click here to watch Psychology One episodes online). Sanford Gifford, MD, Director of BPSI Archives, shared his biographical notes about Hanns Sachs, who was Dr. Boring’s analyst and journal co-editor. BPSI Archives also contributed a transcript, metadata, and various biographical materials to contextualize Grete Bibring’s interview with Dr. Cope (DVD is available on loan from the library). WGBH’s Media Library and Archives are attempting to digitize their historic video collections with the support of the Melon Foundation and American Archive. You can read about WGBH’s digital preservation efforts in the Boston Globe article from November 15, 2013.


Please contact Olga Umansky, MLS, Librarian/Archivist, for any questions about BPSI library and archives.

(617) 266-0953 ext. 104

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