Guide to the Walter Mischel Papers

Daniel Hartwig
Stanford University. Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
October 2010
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Call Number: SC0307
Creator: Mischel, Walter.
Title: Walter Mischel papers
Dates: circa 1959-1984
Physical Description: 11 Linear feet
Summary: Correspondence, drafts of articles and chapters, speeches, lectures and teaching materials; audio tapes (reel-to-reel) of lectures.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Phone: (650) 725-1022

Administrative Information


Gift of Walter Mischel, 1984.

Information about Access

This collection is open for research.

Ownership & Copyright

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Cite As

Walter Mischel Papers (SC0307). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Professor of psychology at Stanford University, 1962-1984, following teaching appointments at the University of Colorado and Harvard University. A fellow of the American Psychological Association, Mischel received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution award from the Association for outstanding contributions to personality theory and assessment in 1982.

Description of the Collection

Correspondence, drafts of articles and chapters, speeches, lectures and teaching materials; audio tapes (reel-to-reel) of lectures.

Access Terms

Mischel, Walter.
Stanford University. Department of Psychology. Faculty.
Manuscripts (for publication).
Personality Assessment.

Collection Contents


ACCN 1984-014 Papers


  1. Box 1-4 are articles & speeches, primarily in draft form
Box 1, Folder 1

"Alternatives in the Pursuit of the Predictability and Consistency of Persons: Stable Data that Yield Unstable Interpretations," ca. 1983

Box 1, Folder 2

"Consistency in Social Behavior" – grant application, 1982

Box 1, Folder 3

"The Development of Knowledge about Self Control,"

Box 1, Folder 4

"Delay of Gratification as Process and as Person Variable in Development" ca. 1983

Box 1, Folder 5

"The Interaction of Persons and Situations" 1979

Box 1, Folder 6

"Metacognition and the Rules of Delay"

Box 1, Folder 7

"On the Interface of Cognition and Personality: Beyond the Person-Situation Debate" 1978

Box 1, Folder 8

"On the Predictability of Behavior and the Structure of Personality"

Box 1, Folder 9

"Social Knowledge: Structure, Content, Use and Abuse," with letter from Nancy Cantor (co-author) 1980

Box 1, Folder 10

"Some Facets of Consistency: Replies to Epstein, Funder, and Bem" 1983

Box 1, Folder 11

Funder, David C. "The 'Consistence' Controversy and the Accuracy of Personality Judgments" 1983

Box 1, Folder 12

[loose and stray pages of articles, figures, etc.]

Box 1, Folder 13


Box 1

assorted Mischel reprints

Box 2, Folder 1

"Beyond Déjà Vu in the Search for Cross-situational Consistency"

Box 2, Folder 2

"Convergences and Challenges in the Search for the Person," APA address 1983 – draft 1983

Box 2, Folder 3

"Convergences and Challenges in the Search for the Person," APA address 1983 – drafts July 1983

Box 2, Folder 4

"Convergences and Challenges in the Search for the Person," APA address 1983 – drafts August 1983

Box 2, Folder 5

"The Facets of Consistency: Replies to Epstein, Funder, and Bem" – drafts June 1983

Box 2, Folder 6

"The Facets of Consistency: Replies to Epstein, Funder, and Bem" – miscellaneous pages

Box 2, Folder 7

Symposium on Interactional Psychology, Sweden 1975 – miscellaneous information

Box 2, Folder 8

Mellstrom, Martin, "General Versus Specific Trait Anxiety Measures in the Prediction of Fear of Snakes, Heights, and Darkness"

Box 2, Folder 9

[loose and stray pages of articles, figures, etc.]

Box 3, Folder 1

"A Cognitive Social Learning Approach to Morality and Self-regulation," ca. 1976

Box 3, Folder 2

"A Cognitive Social Learning View of Person X Situation Interaction," paper presented at APA symposium 1973

Box 3, Folder 3

"Effective Plans for Self-Control in Children" 1976 and 1978

Box 3, Folder 4

"George Kelly's Anticipation of Psychology: A Personal Tribute"

Box 3, Folder 5

"Language and Social Cognition: Verbal Communicators are Trait Theorists"

Box 3, Folder 6

"The Nature and Consistency of Self-Control"

Box 3, Folder 7

"On the Predictability and Structure of Behavior"

Box 3, Folder 8

Personality and Assessment, chapter 5 – draft

Box 3, Folder 9

Personality and Assessment, chapter 6 – draft

Box 3, Folder 10

Personality and Assessment – reviews and correspondence re, 1968-69

Box 3, Folder 11

"Prototypes in Person Perception"

Box 3, Folder 12

"Prototypicality and Personality: Effects on Free Recall and Personality Impressions"

Box 3, Folder 13

"On the Role of Ideation in Voluntary Delay for Symbolically-Presented Rewards"

Box 3, Folder 14

"Social Competence and Depression: The Role of Illusory Self-Perceptions"

Box 3, Folder 15

"Specificity Theory and the Construction of Personality," based on APA address, 1971

Box 3, Folder 16

Mischel, Harriet, "Trust and Delay of Gratification," Ph.D. thesis, Radcliffe, 1963 (2 typescript copies)

Box 3, Folder 17

[loose and stray pages of articles, figures, etc.]

Box 3

one reprint

Box 3

items to compare to existing copies in boxes 1-2

Box 4, Folder 1

"An argument for the existence of a relationship between activity preferences and change in social behavior" – outline, illustrations, charts

Box 4, Folder 2

"Chapter 19 Social Influence"

Box 4, Folder 3

"Chapter 20 Social Cognition and Interaction"

Box 4, Folder 4

"A Cognitive Social Learning Approach to Assessment"

Box 4, Folder 5

"Further Studies on Symbolic Reward Presentation," 5/16/73

Box 4, Folder 6

"Predicting Achievement Behavior" – possible notes or corrections

Box 4, Folder 7

"The Role of Cues in Plans for Children's Self-Control," 1976

Box 4, Folder 8

"III Self-Encoding"

Box 4, Folder 9

"Self-Regulatory Processes" 1979-80: grant proposal

Box 4, Folder 10

"Studying Desegregation: A Cognitive Social Learning View" 1982

Box 4, Folder 11

"Toward a Comprehensive Theory of Personality and Behavior Organization" 1982

Box 4

items to compare to existing copies in boxes 1-2 [comprises nearly half of this box 4]


  1. [Subsequent boxes have not yet been listed (as of 8/9/05) but are also labeled as containing articles and speeches.]

ACCN 1984-018


Audio tapes (reels)


  1. [The following 16 tapes appear to have been first used for 1958-60 talks by other people but were reused to record Mischel's talks in 1972; most of the labeling on the edge reflects the earlier usage.]
Box 1

[Berman 4/30/59 and 5/8/59;] Personality – W. Mischel, 5/15/72

Box 1

[Berman, 6/9/59;] Personality – W. Mischel, 4/5/72

Box 1

[Harrison 6/1/59;] Mischel 5/8/72

Box 1

Mischel, Psych 134, 5/22/72 [also labeled Bergin 1958]

Box 1

[Harrison 1959;] Personality, Mischel, 5/3/72

Box 1

Blank tape [labeled Bergin-Sherman 1959]

Box 1

Bergin July 1958 (side 2); Mischel 5/17/72

Box 1

Personality, W. Mischel, 5/24/72

Box 1

Personality, W. Michel, n.d.

Box 1

Personality, W. Michel, 4/26/72

Box 1

Personality, W. Michel, 4/3/72

Box 1

Personality, W. Michel, n.d.

Box 1

Personality, W. Michel, n.d.

Box 1

Walter's lecture, side 1, May 7, 1971

Box 1

Side 1, May 10

Box 1



Other tapes, also reels; speaker is presumed to be Walter Mischel, except where noted:

Box 1

Dr. Lewis Goldberg on The Uses of Traits: a Defense. UC Santa Barbara, Nov. 21, 1972

Box 1

Eliot Aronson, May 21, 1971

Box 1

Side 1, April 16, 1971

Box 1

Side 1: April 12, 1971 (Little Hans) tape broke for last 10-15 min.

Box 1

Unlabeled tape

Box 1

May 17, 1971 Side 1

Box 1

Existing label blacked out; no new information

Box 1

Unlabeled tape, but with faint marking on front "5-24 probably"

Box 1

April 26, 1971 – side 1

Box 1

April 30, 1971, Side 1 (Kelly)


Transcripts of Mischel's taped lectures on personality

Box 1, Folder 1

Lecture 4/26/71 (normal and abnormal personality)

Box 1, Folder 2

Lecture 4/30/71 (George Kelly's theory on personal constructs)

Box 1, Folder 3

Lecture 5/7/71 (conclusion on George Kelly)

Box 1, Folder 4

Lecture 5/10/71 (psychotic behavior)

Box 1, Folder 5

Lecture 5/14/71 (schizophrenic reactions)

Box 1, Folder 6

Lecture 5/17/71 (schizophrenic reactions)

Box 1, Folder 7

Lecture by Eliot Aronson 5/21/71 (encounter groups)

Box 1, Folder 8

Lecture 5/24/71 (response to Aronson and treatment from a behavioral point of view

Box 1, Folder 9

Lecture 5/28/71 (behavioral treatment options)

Box 2, Folder 1

"Attention in Delay of Gratification," ca. 1970

Box 2, Folder 2

"Cognition in Self-Imposed Delay of Gratification"

Box 2, Folder 3

"Cognitive Appraisals and Transformations in Self-Control"

Box 2, Folder 4

"Determinants of Selective Memory about the Self," 1974

Box 2, Folder 5

"Direct versus Indirect Personality Assessment: Evidence and Implications," 1972

Box 2, Folder 6

"Effects of Attention to Symbolically-presented Rewards upon Self-control"

Box 2, Folder 7

"Effects of Expected Delay Time on the Subjective Value of Rewards and Punishments," ca. 1969

Box 2, Folder 8

"Effects of Purpose on the Organization and Recall of Information in Person Perception," 1974

Box 2, Folder 9

"Effects of Success and Failure on Self-Gratification"

Box 2, Folder 10

"The Layman's Use of Trait and Behavioral Information to Predict Behavior," 1974

Box 2, Folder 11

"The Role of Knowledge and Ideation in the Development of Delay Capacity," 1982

Box 2, Folder 12

"Selective Attention to the Self: Situational and Dispositional Determinants"

Box 2, Folder 13

"Self-Control and the Self," 1975

Box 2, Folder 14

"Sex typing and Socialization" draft for a chapter in Mussen (ed.), Manual of Child Psychology, 1968

Box 2, Folder 15

Stanford University, Dept. of Psychology, miscellaneous memos

Box 2, Folder 16

Grant: Psychology-Personality and Psychopathology, 1978-81

Box 2, Folder 17

Grant: Psychology-Personality and Psychopathology, 1975-77

Box 2, Folder 18

Grant: Psychology-Personality and Psychopathology, 1974

Box 2, Folder 19

Grant: Psychology-Personality and Psychopathology, 1972-73

Box 2, Folder 20

Grant: Psychology-Personality and Psychopathology, 1966-71

Box 2, Folder 21

Chapter 5, Utility

Box 2, Folder 22

Chapter 6, Principles of Social Behavior

Box 2, Folder 23

Chapter 7, Behavior Change

Box 2, Folder 24

Chapter 8, Assessment for Behavior Change

Box 2, Folder 25

Chapter 9, Behavioral Stability and Prediction

Box 2, Folder 26

References (for Personality and Assessment?)

Box 2

Item to compare to Box 3 in earlier accession

Box 2

Galleys for Personality and Assessment