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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2447

Stephen Schlein Erik Erikson additional papers


Papers of and concerning German-born American psychoanalyst, Erik Erikson, collected by Stephen Schlein.


  • 1952-1992

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.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Primarily additional manuscript and printed materials given to psychologist Stephen Schlein (SS) by Erik Erikson (EHE) or assembled by Schlein for his research. Some papers used for Schlein's editorial work on Erikson's A way of looking at things: selected papers from 1930 to 1980. Includes: correspondence with Schlein about EHE; a few autograph, typescript, and photocopy compositions by EHE, and others by SS; biographical material such as EHE bibliographies, resumes, copies of images; materials concerning the history of the Erik H. and Joan M. Erikson Center at the Cambridge Hospital; much printed material about EHE; 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. They emigrated from Vienna to the U.S. in 1933. 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 two series:

  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Compositions and printed material

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2005M-56. Gift of Stephen Schlein, 4 Longfellow Road, Lexington, MA; received: 2006 May 31.

95M-2. Formerly restricted: unrestricted as of 2012 December 20. See item (20a).

Related Materials

See other materials collected by Stephen Schlein and related to Erik Erikson in HOLLIS and OASIS.

Separated Materials

Clinical notes received with this accession were moved to accession *95M-2 and are restricted.

Notes by Stephen Schlein originally attached to this material have been removed to the curatorial file.

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

Schlein, Stephen, collector. Stephen Schlein Erik Erikson additional papers, 1952-1992: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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