Library News

New books, upcoming events, archival research and ongoing projects are described in the Fall 2019 issue of the library newsletter. Visit our beautiful library at 141 Herrick Rd in Newton, MA. Our academic year hours are 10:30am-9:30pm on Mon-Thu, 10:30am-5:30pm on Fri.

Allen Palmer’s new book of photographs, In Sight, is currently on display in the library. According to the photographer’s statement, this project is primarily grounded in his “exploration of people in different spaces, at rest or in motion, in solitude or in company, and in the artifacts they leave behind.”

“I approach the capture of visual imagery in a parallel manner to my work as a child and adult analyst, being receptive to the visual information in my surround, the sensations I experience and the emotional tone of the moment.  For me, photographing is a type of purposeful visual play or reverie, shaping an emotionally-toned story, resulting in my personal visual synthesis. I select the instant from a flow of visual information, of light and shadows, of colors and shapes, of motion and stasis, of atmosphere, people, things and spaces.”

Allen Palmer’s previous books of photographs, 15 and Making it Home, featured BPSI’s old and new homes, in Boston and Newton. His project The Face of Experience, photographs of senior psychoanalysts in the Boston community, is on permanent exhibition at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.  Allen Palmer, MD, is a practicing child and adult psychoanalyst and a training and supervising psychoanalyst, a faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and a board member of the Boston Group for Psychoanalytic Studies. Check out Allen Palmer’s photography web site at

Meet the Author – Diane O’Donoghue – Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020 at 7:30-9:30pm

On Dangerous Ground: Freud’s Visual Cultures of the Unconscious (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019) is a recent book by a BPSI Affiliate Scholar Member, Diane O’Donoghue, PhD.

In the final years of the 19th century, Sigmund Freud began to construct evidence for the workings of an “unconscious.” On Dangerous Ground offers an innovative assessment of the complex role that his encounters with visual cultures-architecture, objects from earlier cultural epochs (“antiquities”), paintings, and illustrated books-played in that process. Diane O’Donoghue, an art historian at Tufts University and Brown University’s Visiting Professor of Public Humanities, is also Director of the Program for Public Humanities at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts. She is a faculty member at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and has been the recipient of the Felix and Helene Deutsch and Silberger Prizes here. Professor O’Donoghue was a Fulbright Freud Scholar in Vienna and the Erikson Scholar at Austen Riggs, and recently received the 2019 Robert S. Liebert Award at the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center, given annually to recognize interdisciplinary work in psychoanalysis and the humanities.

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Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, 141 Herrick Rd, Newton MA

7:30 p.m. wine & cheese reception

8:00 p.m. book discussion in the library

9:15 p.m. book sale and signing

Recent Publications by Our Members and Library Corner Blog

Read about new publications by BPSI members in the BPSI AuthorsRecent Work, and Film Series sections of the website. Don’t forget to check the Library Corner Blog where we post interviews with authors, book reviews by members, and other library related news.

Recent Video Interviews

The Library Committee continues interviewing noted book authors, senior analysts, and is also involved in the production of interviews of The Arthur R. Kravitz Award recipients. Click here to watch all interviews recorded to-date.

In the Archives

Latest acquisitions, research, visitors, and inquiries are described in the latest Library Newsletter Fall 2019 issue.

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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