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Chauncey McKinley Louttit papers

Call Number: MS 333

Scope and Contents

The Chauncey McKinley Louttit Papers consist of 10.5 linear feet of correspondence and other materials (such as meetings and organizational reports, invoices, and programs) spanning from 1917 to 1956. They concern Louttit's teaching and administrative duties, his tour in the U.S. Navy during World War II, his controversy with President Asa Knowles while he was Dean of Faculty at Sampson College, and various matters connected with his deanship at the University of Illinois and his chairing of the psychology department at Wayne State University.


  • 1917-1956


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Existence and Location of Copies

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Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to Yale University Library by Richard T. Louttit in 1959.


Boxes 1-10 are arranged alphabetically, mainly by correspondent, but in some cases by subject. Boxes 11-26 are arranged chronologically, with some materials in bound, numbered volumes.


10.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The papers consist of correspondence and professional papers concerning Chauncey Louttit's teaching and administrative duties, his tour in the Navy during World War II, his publication activities, and his duties as editor of Psychological Abstracts. The papers cover his years at Indiana University, 1931-1940; the controversy with president Asa S. Knowles while he was dean of Sampson College, 1946-1947; his deanship at the Colesburg undergraduate division of the University of Illinois; and his chairmanship of the psychology department at Wayne State University.

Biographical / Historical

Chauncey McKinley Louttit was born in Buffalo, New York, on October 9, 1901. He graduated from Hobart College in 1925 and received his Ph.D. from Yale in 1928. A pioneer in the teaching of psychology, during his long career he was associated variously with the University of Indiana, Ohio State University, Sampson College, the University of Illinois (Galesburg and Urbana), and Wayne State University. The author of several texts and innumerable articles and reviews, Louttit was also the editor and guiding spirit of Psychological Abstracts, a member of many professional groups, and a governmental and industrial consultant on various aspects of human behavior. He died on May 24, 1956.

Guide to the Chauncey McKinley Louttit Papers
Under Revision
August 1979
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Finding aid written in English.

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