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Correspondence, writings, questionnaires, interview transcripts, notes, reports, memoranda, and printed matter relating to social conditions in the Soviet Union and China, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the psychology of the Soviet people and émigrés from the Soviet Union, anti-communist Western propaganda, and the study of science, especially psychology, in the Soviet Union. Includes the papers of Miriam London, wife and collaborator of Ivan D. London.
Dr. Ivan London was an American psychiatrist. He began his career as a mathematician and then switched to psychology, attracted by the fresh methodological approach of applying mathematics to science. He joined the Harvard Russian Research Center in 1950 to participate in the Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System (Harvard Emigre Interview Project). Subsequently he joined the faculty at Brooklyn College. He and Mrs. London developed their own academic research group that became the Institute of Political Psychology of Brooklyn College where they carried out further research on Russian refugees, interviewing hundreds of refugees. Ivan London also taught social psychology and wrote extensively on the validity of refugee interviewing methods. During the 1960s he continued to interview refugees and published many articles on the subject. He was a leading expert on Soviet psychology with wide contacts with many Soviet psychologists. In 1963 London decided to apply his interviewing method to Chinese refugees. He spent considerable time in Taiwan and Hong Kong, interviewing refugees and publishing the results. His work with Chinese refugees continued until his death in 1983.
97 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (41.0 linear feet)
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Boxes 91-98 closed. Eligible to be opened August 5, 2023. The remainder of the collection is open for research.