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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2249

Stephen Schlein Erik Erikson papers


Papers of German- born American psychoanalyst, Erik Erikson, collected by Stephen Schlein in preparation for the publishing of Erik Erikson's A way of looking at things: selected papers from 1930 to 1980, edited by Schlein.


  • 1944-1994

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


1.6 linear feet (3 boxes)
Primarily manuscript materials given to Schlein by Erikson (EHE) or his secretary, for Schlein's editorial work on Erikson's A way of looking at things: selected papers from 1930 to 1980. Includes Erikson's correspondence, compositions, reviews of his books, biographical material, audiotapes of Austen Riggs Center seminars, some items produced by Schlein to edit this volume, and other papers.

Biographical / Historical

German born (as Erik Homburger), Erik Erikson (1902-1994) was an American psychoanalyst, educator and author. In 1930 he married Joan Mowat Serson, a Canadian dancer and artist. In 1933 they emigrated from Vienna to the U.S. He was best known for his work in child development and life-span studies, coining the phrase "identity crisis", and in the field that became known as psychohistory.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Compositions by Erik Erikson
  3. III. Compositions by others
  4. IV. Materials on "Play"
  5. V. Other materials
  6. VI. Audiotapes

Physical Location

Harvard Depository


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*2002M-25 and *2004M-86. Gift of Stephen Schlein, 4 Longfellow Road, Lexington, MA 02173; received: 2002 Oct. and 2004 Dec. 22.

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt and Stacey Farnum
Link to catalog
Schlein, Stephen, collector. Stephen Schlein Erik Erikson papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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