The materials in this collection were created by Eric L. Berne (1910-1970), a San Francisco-based psychiatrist and author.
Records primarily document Berne's personal correspondence with friends and family, his studies at McGill University in Montreal,
his service as a military psychiatrist during World War II, his world travels and research in cultural psychiatry, and his
writings on psychiatry and psychoanalysis. Fictional writings by Berne, notes and lecture materials, files relating to the
psychiatry organizations established by Berne (the San Francisco Social Psychiatry Seminars and the International Transactional
Analysis Association), patient notes, and audio-visual recordings are also present. Records include correspondence, diaries,
clippings, notebooks, reel-to-reel audio recordings, and videotape. Materials in the collection date from 1929-1970.
Eric L. Berne (1910-1970) was a practicing psychiatrist, lecturer and author. Best known for his development of the theory
of Transactional Analysis, Berne published dozens of scholarly articles in the field of psychoanalysis and was the author
of eight major books, including the bestseller
Games People Play. He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association,
a Corresponding Member of the Indian Psychiatric Society, and a member of the American Medical Association and the American
Group Psychotherapy Association. He served as a consultant in psychiatry at Mt. Zion Hospital and at the McAuley Neuropsychiatric
Institute (St. Mary’s Hospital) in San Francisco, and was an Associate Psychiatrist and Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University
of California, San Francisco Medical Center.
6.3 Linear feet
(13 document boxes, one 11.25" square video box)
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Collection is open for research.