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Department History

The following history documents contain a wealth of information about the Department along with historical photos:

The History of the Psychology Department - U-M Bicentennial Edition (2015)

The History of the Psychology Department written in 2013
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Creating the Modern Michigan Psychology Department: The Chairmanship of Donald Marquis
written by Professor Robert Pachella
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The following history documents, Volume I and Volume II, were written by Professor Alfred C. Raphelson in 1968.

Volume I: The History of the Department of Psychology, 1852–1950
2MB PDF | 265KB PDF (text only)

Volume II: Biographical Sketches of Faculty Members, 1897–1945
812KB PDF | 328KB PDF (text only)


The following lecture was written by Robert V. Kail (Psychology PhD 1975) for the LSA Bicentennial Theme Semester Alumni Lecture Series on October 27th, 2017.

Tales from West Quad, the Perry Building, and ISR: An Unbuttoned History of Psychology at Michigan
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