M. Robert Gardner (1924-2018) Papers, 1998-2002

Descriptive Summary

Repository: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
Creator: M. Robert Gardner (1924-2018)
Title: M. Robert Gardner (1924-2018) Papers
Dates: 1998-2002 (Ongoing)
Quantity: 1 archival box
Abstract: This is a collection of notes, writings and images that M. Robert Gardner had written or collected surrounding the life of Vincent Van Gogh.
Identification: MS-N061
Languages: Materials are in English

Historical Note

M. Robert Gardner, M. Robert Gardner was born August 7, 1924 in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from Columbia School of Physicians and Surgeons.

Gardner completed his psychoanalytic training at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (BPSI), and worked at the Boston Psychopathic Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard University Health Services. He also spearheaded the foundation of the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England (PINE) in 1975.

Gardner was stationed in San Antonio from 1951-1952 during the Korean War as a captain in the Air Force. He then taught at BPSI and at the newly formed PINE. He was a psychoanalyst and teacher of psychiatry and psychoanalysis for over fifty years.

He was the author of several books including "Self-Inquiry; Hidden Questions, Clinical Musings"; "On Trying to Teach"; "Cher Pierre: A Guide to Paris", "Its People, and Their Language"; and "On Trying to Paint." Gardner also wrote and lectured extensively on the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh.

Robert Gardner raised six children with his wife of 60 years, Betsy, in Cambridge, MA.

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Scope and Content Note

M. Robert Gardner (1924-2018) Papers, 1998-2002, 1 manuscript box, contain a collection of notes, writings and images that M. Robert Gardner had written or collected surrounding the life of Vincent Van Gogh.

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Restrictions to Access

The records are open access for research and require the author’s permission for publications.

If you wish to access any records in the BPSI Archives, please email library@bpsi.org or call 617-266-0953. All accesss and restriction decisions are at the discretion of the BPSI Archivist. Previously unpublished materials cannot be duplicated or published without permission of copyright holders

Copyright Notice

Please contact The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute for copyright information.

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Creative ability
Impressionism (Art)
Psychoanalysis and art
Psychoanalysis and the arts

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American Psychoanalytic Association
International Journal of Psychoanalysis
Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Monograph series

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], in the M. Robert Gardner (1924-2018) Papers, 1998-2002 [box number, folder number] The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Newton, MA, USA

Acquisitions Information

This collection was donated to the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute by Lyn and George Gardner in August 2018.

Processing Information

Processed by Nicole Baas (October-December 2018). Encoded by Nicole Baas (October-December 2018). The personal name index contains mainly collaborators, and the names that appear in the collection several times.

The materials in this collection have been placed in acid free folders and housed in an archival manuscript box. All paperclips and staples have been removed and replaced by Plastic Clips for the sake of preserving the documents and preventing rusting. The folders have been reordered into series based on dates represented in folders. Documents inside folders maintain original order.

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Series I. Conference Papers, Panels & Discussions – 1973-2011

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Box I. Conference Papers, Panels & Discussions – 1973-1999

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f.01 Design elements and principles – 1973
f.02 Notes for the book, general notes, chronology, early days, The Hague – Spring 1973
f.03 Central Ideas – October 5, 2000 – 1977
f.04 SP Perspective – March 6, 2001 – 1979
f.05 Diary Entries – May 31, 2001 – June 22, 2001 – Fall 1980
f.06 Dordrecht – Back to Holland – June 18, 2001 – 1981
f.07 Miscel – July 15, 2001 – 1981
f.08 Diary entries 2001 – 1986
f.09 First Steps, Latest Overview and Assorted Artwork – 1986
f.10 Pictures – Print outs of Van Gogh Prints – January 1987
f.11 Pictures for PINE – February 21, 2001 – 1987
f.12 London – 1987
f.13 Poem and Book Updates – August 7 – September 14, 2002 – 1987
f.14 London to Paris to Ramsgate to Isleworth – 1988
f.15 Plans – 1988-1990