Papers of Burrhus Frederic Skinner
Burrhus Frederic Skinner (1904-1990), Harvard professor, made an indelible mark in the field of psychology. He was a strict behaviorist who championed the theory of operant conditioning. These papers document his professional life, research interests, and public reaction to his provocative ideas.
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Extent28.7 cubic feet
These papers document Skinner's professional life, research, and public reaction to his provocative ideas. They provide a small amount of information on Skinner's personal life in the family photographs found in the Photographs series.
Abbreviated Biography of B. F. Skinner
Burrhus Frederic Skinner (1904-1990) was a strict behaviorist who championed the theory of operant conditioning. He made an indelible mark in the field of psychology with both his ideas and his audacious advocacy of them. Skinner earned his Harvard Ph.D. in 1931, and after teaching at the University of Minnesota and the University of Indiana, he returned to Harvard as a professor in 1948; he stayed at Harvard for the remainder of his career.
Series and Subseries in the Collection
- Biographical Material
- Reaction to Skinner's Work
- Subject Files
- Teaching Machines
- Laboratory Data
- Walden Two Correspondence
- Newspaper Clippings
- Accession 9674; 1983 March 2; received from B. F. Skinner
- Accession 9710; 1983 April 14; received from B. F. Skinner
- Accession 11013; 1987 January 15; received from Dennis Trumble
This document last updated 2021 February 22.
- Skinner, B. F. (Burrhus Frederic), 1904- Papers of Burrhus Frederic Skinner : an inventory
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