The Archives of the History of American Psychology is inviting psychologists to contribute to a special archival collection devoted to the reaction and response of the psychological community to Sept. 11.
"I think the project could provide an interesting snapshot of psychology in 2001," says David Baker, PhD, director of the archives, which are housed at the University of Akron. "It touches on all aspects of psychology today as we know it."
Baker is interested in materials that document both individual and organizational responses to Sept. 11, such as meeting minutes, memos or correspondence between psychologists providing aid to those directly impacted by the attacks. He encourages psychologists to donate copies of any television, radio or print interviews they were involved with, as well as any personal photos, clinical vignettes, summaries of client experiences and personal reactions to the attacks they would like to share.
Baker initiated the collection, called the 9/11 Project, at the six-month anniversary of the attacks when news outlets were spotlighting numerous archival and commemorative projects, such as one being developed by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. That exhibit, which will open to the public on the one-year anniversary of the attacks this month, will include photos, personal stories and artifacts, including a sign from the World Trade Center stairwell and a squeegee used by a World Trade Center window washer to break out of an elevator.
Baker hopes psychology's collection will include similarly unique materials that capture the impact of Sept. 11 on psychology.
"I don't know what form or shape this collection will take," says Baker. "We'll just gather the materials and see."
For more information about the 9/11 Project or sending materials, contact the Archives of the History of American Psychology at (330) 972-7285 or visit its Web site at www.uakron.edu/ahap.