Library News

“Analyst’s Desk With Framed Bust and Cloth Cat” by Shellburne Thurber

New books, upcoming events and ongoing projects are described in the latest BPSI Library Newsletter, Winter 2018.

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 photographs of psychoanalytic spaces by Shellburne Thurber (displayed on easels around the library table this spring). Only a small sample of 75 photographs in her “Analysis” series show “the room as a third participant in the analytic process – a presence that was both witness and container for the layered histories that emerged within its walls.”


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

The Library Committee has undertaken a new initiative to interview noted book authors and senior analysts. Follow the links to watch recently filmed conversations with Arnold Modell, MDMalkah T. Notman, MD, Paul Ornstein, MD, Ilonka Venier Alexander, and Stephanie Brody, PhD.


Meet the Author Series 2018-2019


Meet the Author: Freud – on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

In celebration of the centenary of Freud, S. (1918). From the History of an Infantile Neurosis. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XVII (1917-1919): 1-124, three speakers will discuss The Wolf-Man: Past and Present Encounters, first presented at the winter APsaA Oral History Workshop in New York:

  • Olga Umansky, MLS, will present a pictorial biography of the Wolf-Man’s Russian heritage
  • John Baker, PhD, will discuss Light and Darkness in the Landscapes by the Wolf-Man
  • Diane O’Donoghue, PhD, will talk about “Wild” Animals of Everyday Life: Freud’s Early Picture Book

Time: Reception – 7:30pm, Discussion – 8:00-9:30pm. Click here to register.

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


In the Archives

We recently acquired new Judy Kantrowitz, Karen Horney, Grete Bibring, and George Wilbur materials. Latest research and inquiries are described in the BPSI Library Newsletter, Winter 2018.

BPSI Collaboration with WGBH 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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