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 Summer 2017. Please note: Meet the Author with Stephen Schlein planned for January 8, 2018, has been cancelled. The new Meet the Author evening with Nathan Kravis has been scheduled for Monday, January 22, 2018. See details below.

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 with Book Authors and Senior Analysts

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 Malkah T. Notman, MD, Paul Ornstein, MD, Ilonka Venier Alexander, and Stephanie Brody, PhD.


Meet the Author Series

On Tue, Oct 17, 2017, Ellen Pinsky will discuss her new book Death and Fallibility in the Psychoanalytic Encounter: Mortal GiftsRoutledge, May 2017.


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.

A print-friendly flyer is posted here. Audio recordings of past events are available from BPSI Archives. Email to request.


On Mon, Jan 22, 2018, Nathan Kravis will visit BPSI to talk about his new publication On the Couch: A Repressed History of the Analytic Couch from Plato to Freud  (MIT Press, 2017). “In this original integration of psychoanalysis, art history, furniture history, and history of medicine, Nathan Kravis achieves an unexpected and entirely fresh perspective on the origins of the use of the analytic couch. A large number of beautiful and provocative images complement a text that manages to be both erudite and lighthearted. On the Couch is an exciting new cultural history of recumbent posture as well as a meditation on the central—and today much disputed—icon of psychoanalytic treatment. This book opens up and changes the way we think about the use of the couch in psychoanalysis.” —Otto F. Kernberg, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College; Director, Personality Disorders Institute, New York Presbyterian Hospital; Training and Supervising Analyst, Columbia Psychoanalytic Center

About the Author: Nathan Kravis is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, where he is also Associate Director of the DeWitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry, and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.


In the Archives

We recently acquired interviews of Anna Freud and her colleagues, recorded in 1976 at Hampstead by a film maker, Joan Tewkesbury. The reel-to-reel tapes accompanied transcripts and photographs were put in our care by for safe-keeping and research purposes. The materials are being digitized with the help of the American Psychoanalytic Foundation grant.

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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