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COLLECTION Identifier: HUM 270

David C. McClelland collection compiled by David G. Winter

Overview

David G. Winter (born 1939) is a Professor of Psychology (emeritus) at the University of Michigan. David C. McClelland (1917-1998), was a psychology professor at Harvard University (1956-1987) and known for his wide-ranging research on personality and motivation. The collection consists chiefly of biographical materials from the 1920s to 2012 about David C. McClelland compiled by David G. Winter, a former student, colleague, and research associate of McClelland.

Dates

  • circa 1920s-2012

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research with the following exception: student records are closed for 80 years from the date of creation.

Extent

.20 cubic feet (1 document box, 1 pamphlet binder)
The collection consists chiefly of biographical materials from the 1920s to 2012 about David C. McClelland compiled by David G. Winter, a former student, colleague, and research associate of McClelland. Included are writings about McClelland by Winter and other scholars, including a Harvard honors thesis by Karen Lynn Edwards, A Pyschobiography of David C. McClelland,. The writings examine McClelland’s contributions to personality assessment measurement, including McClelland’s Thematic Apperception Test approach to the measurement of a person’s patterns of thought, attitudes, observational capacity, and emotional responses. Correspondence and a talk given by McClelland document his association with the American Friends Service Committee in the 1940s, particularly as a camp volunteer in Tennessee promoting non-violent methods of social change among Americans. Other records include correspondence obtained by Winter from Bryn Mawr College which document McClelland’s employment history at the college from 1944 to 1945; and notes gathered by McClelland that list the number of his students who became professional psychologists. A talk given by McClelland to young female college students during World War II, urging them to become active in the post-war rebuilding of civilization is also found in the collection. Also included are photographs of McClelland from the 1920s to 1987, a college paper written by McClelland on feminist, Mary Lamb (circa 1938), and McClelland’s United States Employment Service and Selective Service Registration cards (1940).

Biographical note on David G. Winter

David G. Winter (born 1939) is a Professor of Psychology (emeritus) at the University of Michigan. He received his AB (1960) and PhD (1967) from Harvard University; and his BA (1962) and MA (1967) from St. John’s College at Oxford University.
Biographical note on David C. McClelland David C. McClelland (1917-1998), an American psychologist, was known for his wide-ranging research on personality and motivation, and for his innovations in measurement, especially the measurement of motives, and alternative forms of competence. McClelland received his master’s degree from the University of Missouri (1939) and his doctorate from Yale University (1941). He taught at Wesleyan University (1942-1956), at Harvard University (1956-1987), and from 1987 until his death as Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at Boston University. Winter and McClelland collaborated on two books, Motivating Economic Achievement (1971) and A New Case for the Liberal Arts (1981).

Arrangement

Folders are arranged alphabetically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The David C. McClelland collection compiled by David G. Winter was donated to the Harvard University Archives by David G. Winter.

Accession number: 2017.518; 2017 June 6.

Related Materials

In the Harvard University Archives

The Papers of David McClelland, 1900-1988 (HUGFP 145): documents the professional life of David C. McClelland and includes biographical materials, correspondence, research materials, Harvard teaching and administrative records, and writings and speeches.

David G. Winter personal archive [accessions], 1956-1965: contains teaching materials for Winter’s undergraduate and graduate courses in Social Relations, Anthropology, and Social Studies at Harvard University. Accession 2016.289.

References

“David C. McClelland Personality and Motivation Researcher 1917-1998.” ABS Observer, May/June 1998.
Inventory update This document last updated 2018 February 22.

Processing Information

The David C. McClelland collection compiled by David G. Winter was processed in June 2017 by Dominic P. Grandinetti. Processing included arranging the folders in the collection alphabetically, rehousing records into appropriate containers, and the creation of this finding aid. Original folder titles were retained whenever possible; in some cases, folder titles were derived from notes left in the folders by David G. Winter. Documents found in the McClelland Biographical Material folder were separated into four folders by the archivist.
Link to catalog
Title
Winter, David G., 1939. David C. McClelland collection compiled by David G. Winter, circa 1920s-2012: an inventory
Author
Harvard University Archives
Description rules
dacs
EAD ID
hua07017

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository

Holding nearly four centuries of materials, the Harvard University Archives is the principal repository for the institutional records of Harvard University and the personal archives of Harvard faculty, as well as collections related to students, alumni, Harvard-affiliates and other associated topics. The collections document the intellectual, cultural, administrative and social life of Harvard and the influence of the University as it emerged across the globe.

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