Guide to the Ralph Waldo Gerard Papers

1915-1979


Descriptive Summary

Title: Guide to the Ralph Waldo Gerard Papers
Dates: 1915-1979
Collection Number: MS-F006
Creator/Collector: Gerard, R. W. (Ralph Waldo), 1900-
Extent: 104 Linear feet (128 boxes and 17.5 unprocessed linear feet)
Repository: UC Irvine. Special Collections
Abstract: This collection contains the professional papers of Ralph Waldo Gerard. It includes college papers, personal and professional correspondence, research materials, writings, draft reports of experiments, papers relating to travels, lecture materials, awards, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, photographs, audio recordings, slides, and related ephemera.
Language of Material: English

Access

This collection is not fully processed. A preliminary inventory of the first 109 boxes of the collection is available but does not include the entirety of the collection contents. The collection may contain restricted materials. Forty-eight hours advance notice is required for access because materials are stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and Archives in advance to request access.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and University Archives.

Preferred Citation

Guide to the Ralph Waldo Gerard Papers. UC Irvine. Special Collections

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ralph Waldo Gerard, 1975. Additions made in 1995, 1999.

Biography/Administrative History

Ralph Waldo Gerard was a neurophysiologist, behavioral scientist, and academic known for his wide-ranging work on the nervous system, nerve metabolism, psychopharmacology, and biological bases of schizophrenia. He was born in 1900 and studied chemistry and physiology in Chicago. He was a professor at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois, and the University of Michigan. From 1963 to 1970 he served as Professor of Biological Sciences and Dean of the Graduate Division at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Gerard died in 1974.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains the professional papers of Ralph Waldo Gerard. It includes college papers, personal and professional correspondence, research materials, writings, draft reports of experiments, papers relating to travels, lecture materials, awards, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, photographs, audio recordings, slides, and related ephemera. The collection includes significant coverage of Gerard's neurophysiological research from the 1930s and schizophrenia research from the 1950s. Among the materials dating from Gerard's University of California, Irvine period are items relating to the Grand Jury of Orange County, the Health Planning Committee of UCI, the role of computers and programmed learning in education, controversies over student activists, and the incorporation of creationism in school textbooks.

Indexing Terms

Electronic data processing -- Education
Neurochemistry
Neurology
Neurophysiologists.
Neurophysiology
Neuroscience
Psychopharmacology -- History -- Sources
Schizophrenia
Photographic prints.

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