recent years, the Boston
Psychoanalytic Society and Institute Archives have provided many
documents, transcripts of interviews, letters, photographs and other
materials to support historic research and publication of books,
monographs, photo albums and exhibit catalogs. Some authors visited our
Nemetz Room personally, others - studied our collections
virtually. Our collaborations almost always resulted in new
donated to our library and archives with the words of gratitude. The
new exhibit in the display case on the 3rd floor shows some of
most recent publications.
Edward Bibring Photographs Psychoanalysts of His Time. Analytic Press,
from a recent review by Martin A. Silverman, M.D. in Psychoanalytic
Quarterly 77.4, 2008: "...It is refreshing, therefore, to find
that one group among our number, the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and
Institute, has begun to comb its archives for material that would lend
itself to the possibility of creating a series of publications that
will add in a lively way to the historical record of the field of
psychoanalysis as a living, growing, evolving body of scientific
Society: The First 100 Years.
Andrea Bronner (ed.) Christian Brandstätter. Verlag, 2008
published in celebration of the one
hundredth anniversary of
the Viennese Psychoanalytic Society, presents biographies and
photographs of society members, past and present, with special focus on
the 149 people who together comprised the pre-1938 community. The BPSI
Archives provided over 20 photographs and biographical materials
commemorating the lives of Edward and Grete Bibring, Felix and Helene
Deutsch, Anny Angel-Katan, Berta Bornstein, Wilhelm Reich,
Lampl, Otto Fenichel and many others who had started in Vienna and
later became an important part of the American psychoanalytic scene.
Reich Revisited. Birgit Johler
[H.D.] Verlag Turia+Kant, Jewish Museum Vienna,
of Vienna contacted our archives in preparation
their 2008 travelling exhibit
“Sex! Pol! Energy! – Wilhelm
Reich.” As a
result, several early photographs of Wilhelm
Reich from BPSI’s Bibring
Photograph Collecton, including the
famous “anatomy picture”, have been
displayed both in the exhibit halls
and on the pages of Birgit Johler’s book
published for the occasion.
Written in German, this publication
unknown documents, letters, and
photographs of Wilhelm Reich and the Orgone Institute.
Photo from p.154: Grete
Reich and Edward Bibring at the
class of Julius Tandler, 1919
Freud and Me. Dan Jacobs, M.D (ed.), Steve Morandi (ed.). Publication
of the Hanns Sachs Library and Archives of
the Boston Psychoanalytic
Society and Institute, 2006.
Published as a tribute to Sigmund Freud’s 150th birthday,
monograph also celebrates a community of clinicians and scholars at the
Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The publication features
articles by Michele Baker, M.D., Laura Crain, M.D., Kathryn V. Jones,
M.D., Mary McCarthy, M.D., Cris Ratiner, Ph.D., Philip Freeman, M.D.,
D.M.H., Anton Kris, M.D., Anna Ornstein, M.D., Cordelia
Schmidt-Hellerau, Ph. D., and Stephen Sternbach, M.D. Published on the
cover is a portrait of Sigmund Freud painted by Jonathan Palmer, MD,
oil on canvas (1998).
Edith Jacobson Institut. Festschrift. 2 April 2006.
A recent publication of the Edith Jacobson Institute in Berlin used
images from the BPSI Archives Bibring Photograph Collection depicting
Edith Jacobson’s teachers Hans Lampl and Sandór
Mountain Lodge: The Untold Story. By
Donna Eichstaedt. SWS: New Mexico,
Eichstaedt, a Doña Community College Assistant Professor
in History, visited our archives to gather materials on the beautiful
lodge built in New Mexico in the late 1920s by our own Walter Langer
and his first wife, Juanita Franks, to create the Rocky Mountain Ranch
School for emotionally disturbed boys. Her recently published book
unveils an elegant story of the place and its remarkable people.
Included are numerous photographs and quotes from Walter
letters, Dr. Sanford Gifford’s interview of Juanita Franks,
other documents from the BPSI Archives, all linking that unique
building to the early 20th century history, World
War II, and the
psychoanalytic circles of Vienna and Boston.
Heiress in the Nazi Resistance By
Sheila Isenberg. Palgrave Macmillan, December 2010
is adjunct professor of English at Marist College and the author of
several books. She visited our archives in 2009 to research Muriel
Gardiner’s interviews and biographical materials for her new
book, Muriel’s War. An American heiress turned resistance
hero, Gardiner was an electrifying woman who impressed everyone she met
with her beauty, intelligence, and powerful personality. Her
adventurous life led her from Chicago’s high society to a
Viennese medical school, from Sigmund Freud’s inner circle to
the Austrian underground. Over the years, she saved countless Jews and
anti-fascists, providing shelter and documents ensuring their escape.
This remarkable woman’s life as a legend of the Austrian
Resistance was captured in the movie Julia with Vanessa Redgrave. The
legendary Gardiner only now has her story told in full -- a dramatic
tale of harrowing, heroic intrigue, passionate liaisons, and a
humanistic zeal to aid others. She remains an inspiration to all those
who believe that one individual can change the world.