Library News

New books, upcoming events, archival research and ongoing projects are described in the Winter 2020 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 – Joan Wheelis – STAY TUNED for upcoming announcements!

Joan Wheelis, MD, is planning to discuss her new memoir The Known, the Secret, the Forgotten. Both of Joan Wheelis’s parents were distinguished psychoanalysts, and the particularities of their profession made vivid impressions on her curious young mind. The Known, the Secret, the Forgotten re-creates her childhood in a series of jewel-like vignettes. At age six, she began spying on her father’s ofice door through a small latticed window, eager to catch a glimpse of the mysterious patients who needed his help. On summer road trips to Puget Sound, her father would warn her of the dangers of self-deception, once scolding her for “acting falsely” when she waved at a truck driver through the rear window. The New York Times has shortlisted Wheelis’s book for the best memoirs of 2019.

Joan Wheelis is a BPSI Training and Supervising Analyst and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is on the clinical faculty at both Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital and is the Founder and Director of Two Brattle Center and has a private practice in Cambridge, MA. Joan Wheelis is the author of several book reviews and articles on psychoanalytic treatment and DBT, and is one of the editors, with Joseph Shay, of Odysseys in Psychotherapy (Ardent Media, 2002).

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 Winter 2020 issue of the library newsletter.

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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