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Clifford Whittingham Beers papers

Call Number: MS 612

Scope and Contents

The Clifford W. Beers papers consist primarily of eleven different drafts of his manuscript for A Mind that Found Itself. Included in this are typed copies of dictation, holograph manuscripts in pencil, drafts with numerous annotations, elisions, corrections, additions, and readers' copies with their comments and criticisms. The manuscripts were received already numbered and in some order; no attempt has been made at more detailed collation. However, the order may be somewhat arbitrary and further research may reveal some corrections to be made in this connection.

The rest of the papers consist of printed materials, pamphlets, clippings, and articles by or about Clifford W. Beers. There are also some photographs of him and his wife. Biographical information may be found in Box 7, folder 47, "Obituaries."


  • 1878-1966
  • Majority of material found within 1878 - 1958


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other 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

Gift of Clara Louise Jepson Beers.


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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Consists of typescript, holograph and mimeograph drafts and notes for A Mind That Found Itself by Clifford W. Beers, Yale graduate, author, founder of the Mental Hygiene Movement, and reformer in the field of mental health. Also included are printed materials, pamphlets, and clippings relating to Beers and his work in addition to photographs of Beers and his wife, the former Clara Louise Jepson.

Biographical / Historical

In 1908 founded the Connecticut Society for Mental Hygiene; in 1909 founded National Committee for Mental Hygiene; in 1928 founded American Foundation for Mental Hygiene; founded in 1930 International Committee for Mental Hygiene; founded in 1931 International Foundation for Mental Hygiene.

Guide to the Clifford Whittingham Beers Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Steve Hensen
September 1971
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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