Library News

New books, upcoming events and ongoing projects are described in the latest Library Newsletter Winter 2019 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.

Check out the new exhibit of photographs by Jon K. Meyer, MD, entitled “In the Mind’s Eye”. The four images, recently installed behind the large table in the library, will be rotated every two weeks to show a total sequence of eight photographs representing the course of an imaginary analysis:

  1. Self-Reflection
  2. Sadness at the Core
  3. Transference-and Countertransference-Dream
  4. There Are Two of Us in This
  5. A Second Dream in Analytic Space and Time
  6. This is Infuriating
  7. There is a Devil in Me, but its Rage Not Sin
  8. It’s Me, Just Complicated Me

According to Meyer’s artist statement, these images hope to capture “part of the sweep of an analysis from self-assessment, depression, eroticized transference and countertransference, and anger to acceptance of who one is.” For more information, visit Jon Meyer’s web site or see his captivating art on your next visit to the library.


Meet the Authors – Stephanie Brody and Frances Arnold – Mon, May 6, 7:30-9:30pm

On Monday, May 6, 2019 at 7:30-9:30 pm, Stephanie Brody, PsyD, and Frances Arnold, PhD, will discuss their new book Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Women and Their Experience of Desire, Ambition and Leadership (Routledge, 2019). The reception in the Community Room will be followed by discussion and reading in the library. THIS PROGRAM IS FREE, BUT PLEASE REGISTER HERE TO ENSURE YOUR SEAT RESERVATION.


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 continues interviewing noted book authors and senior analysts. Follow the links to watch recently filmed conversations with Dan Buie, MD, Lewis Kirshner, MDAna-Maria Rizzuto, MD, Arnold Modell, MDMalkah T. Notman, MD, Paul Ornstein, MD, Ilonka Venier Alexander, and Stephanie Brody, PhD.

The library is also involved in the production of interviews with Kravitz Award recipients. The Arthur R. Kravitz Award for Community Action and Humanitarian Contributions recognizes Members of BPSI who have provided noteworthy psychoanalytically-informed service to our broader community. The latest addition is the interview with Judy Yanof, MD, recorded in the library on March 22, 2019. The first interview recorded in this series featured Drs. Roberta Apfel’s and Bennett Simon’s in conversation with Ann Katz.


In the Archives

We recently acquired M. Robert Gardner’s unfinished manuscript and research papers, new children’s drawings, audio recordings of Karen Horney’s lectures, and several books that used BPSI archival materials. Latest acquisitions, research and inquiries are described in the latest Library Newsletter Winter 2019.

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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