Description of the Collection
Call Number: SC0750
Zimbardo, Philip G.
Title: Philip G. Zimbardo papers
254 Linear feet 179 boxes
Summary: The materials consist of research and teaching files,
professional files and correspondence, audiovisual materials used in the classroom,
professional papers and articles, and materials documenting the Stanford Prison
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Physical Location: Special Collections and University Archives materials
are stored offsite and must be paged 36-48 hours in advance. For more information on
paging collections, see the department's website:
Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
Stanford University Libraries.
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Phone: (650) 725-1022
This collection was given by Philip G. Zimbardo to Stanford University, Special
Collections in 2011-2012.
Information about Access
Files in Series 9 are restricted for 75 years from date of creation. Otherwise the
collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least 48 hours in
advance of intended use. Audiovisual materials are not available in original format,
and must be reformatted to a digital use copy. Computer media series materials are
in-process and currently unavailable.
Ownership & Copyright
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials
must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University
Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is
given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not
intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission
must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See:
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of
digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.
[identification of item], Philip G. Zimbardo Papers (SC0750). Department of Special
Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford,
This collection was processed by Jenny Johnson and Daniel Hartwig with assistance
from Kim Saloner, Sarita Hinojos, and Miriam Palm.
Philip Zimbardo was born on March 23, 1933 in New York City. He attended Brooklyn
College where he earned a B.A. in 1954, triple majoring in psychology, sociology and
anthropology. He then went on to earn his M.A. in 1955 and his Ph.D. in 1959 from Yale
University, both in psychology.
He taught briefly at Yale before becoming a psychology professor at New York University,
where he taught until 1967. After a year of teaching at Columbia University, he became a
faculty member at Stanford University in 1968.
Philip Zimbardo is perhaps best known for the Stanford Prison Experiment, conducted in
the basement of the Stanford University psychology department in 1971. The participants
in the study were 24 male college students who were randomly assigned to act either as
"guards" or "prisoners" in the mock prison.
The study was initially slated to last two weeks, but had to be terminated after just
six days because of the extreme reactions and behaviors of the participants. The guards
began displaying cruel and sadistic behavior toward the prisoners, while the prisoners
became depressed and hopeless.
Since the famous prison experiment, Zimbardo has continued to conduct research on a
variety of topics including shyness, cult behavior and heroism. He has a authored and
co-authored numerous books, including some that are widely used in university level
psychology courses. Some people may recognize him as the host of the
Discovering Psychology video series, which
has aired on PBS and is often used in high school and college psychology classes. In
2002, Zimbardo was elected president of the American Psychological Association. After
more than 50 years of teaching, Zimbardo retired from Stanford in 2003 but gave his last
"Exploring Human Nature" lecture on March 7, 2007.
Today, he continues to work as the director of the organization he founded called the
Heroic Imagination Project. The organization promotes research, education and media
initiatives designed to inspire ordinary people to act as heroes and agents of social
Description of the Collection
This collection documents the life of noted American psychologist Philip G. Zimbardo.
The materials consist of Dr. Zimbardo's research and teaching files, professional files
and correspondence, audiovisual materials used in the classroom, professional papers and
articles, and materials documenting the Stanford Prison Experiment, for which he is
perhaps best known.
The materials are arranged in nine series: Series 1. Audiovisual Materials; Series 2.
Born-Digital Materials; Series 3. Professional Files; Series 4. Publications and
Writing; Series 5. Research Files; Series 6. Stanford Prison Experiment; Series 7.
Teaching Files; Series 8. Oversized Materials; Series 9. Restricted Materials.
Abu Ghraib Prison.
American Psychological Association.
Bandura, Albert, 1925-
Banks, W. Curtis
California State Prison at San Quentin.
Candid Camera, Inc..
Caprara, Gian Vittorio
Carducci, Bernardo J.
Fraser, Scott C. (Scott Cameron), 1943-
Funt, Allen, 1914-1999
Hearst, Patricia, 1954-
Jones, Jim, 1931-1978
Layton, Deborah, 1953-
Stanford University. Dept. of Psychology
Zimbardo, Philip G.
Burn out (Psychology)
College teachers--Political activity.
Jonestown Mass Suicide, Jonestown, Guyana, 1978
Prisoners of war--Psychology
Psychology--Study and teaching.