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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2672

Stephen Schlein Erik Erikson additional papers


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


  • Creation: 1935-1991

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 correspondence, manuscript, and printed materials given to psychologist Stephen Schlein by Erik Erikson or assembled by Schlein for his research. Many items are duplicate copies of original manuscripts contained in the Erik H. and Joan M. Erikson papers (MS Am 2031). Includes correspondence between Erikson and Anna Freud Bernays, Peter Heller, Robert Palmer Knight, Margaret Mead, and many others. Also includes clippings concerning Erikson, autograph manuscript compositions by Erikson and many copies, psychotherapy notes [these were restricted and removed, see note below], and materials concerning Stephen Schlein and his work on Erikson.

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.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Compositions
  3. III. Other material

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2009M-57. Gift of Stephen Schlein, 4 Longfellow Road, Lexington, Massachusetts; received: 2009 December 21.

Related Materials

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

Separated Materials

Clinical psychotherapeutic notes, detailing family history, diagnosis, and treatment; and references received with this accession, were moved to accession *95M-2 and are restricted.

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, 1935-1991: Guide.
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