Biographical Note: George Browning Wilbur was born in Larned, Kansas, in 1887. He graduated from Harvard College (1912) and Harvard Medical School (1916), and practiced psychiatry and analysis in Iowa and on Cape Cod. An early member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, he is often associated with Otto Rank, the analyst, whom Wilbur went to see as a patient in New York and Paris. George Wilbur was a second editor of American Imago assuming the position after the death of its founder Hanns Sachs in 1947 and keeping it until 1963.  He was the editor of Psychoanalysis and Culture (1951), the book of essays in honor of Geza Roheim. George B. Wilbur died in Hyannis, Massachusetts, in 1976.

Summary: the collection comprises two boxes of 1922-1923 cases of the State University of Iowa Psychopathic Hospital. Please note that GeorgeWilbur’s letters to Otto Rank and Ives Hendrick could be found in the Related BPSI collections listed below. Our Oral History Transcripts collection contains a transcript of George B. Wilbur’s interview to Sanford Gifford in 1971. Recently added to the collection are two Wilbur’s 1934 letters to his friend, Theo Zercher.

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Related BPSI Collections
Assorted Correspondence, 1872-1996
BPSI History Collections: 25th Anniversary
Hendrick, Ives (1898-1972)
Oral History Transcripts, 1961-2012

Related Sites
George B. Wilbur’s entry in Dictionary of Psychoanalysis
George B. Wilbur’s entry on
George B. Wilbur at 80 (PubMed citation)