The collection originated as the Frankl Library and Memorabilia founded by Robert C. Leslie in 1975. Leslie, Foster Professor
of Pastoral Psychology and Counseling, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA, (1954-82) had met and studied with Frankl
in 1961. He organized and was Curator of the collection until 1995. In 1975, Leslie arranged with then Director of the Graduate
Theological Union Library, J. Stillson Judah that the Frankl Library and Memorabilia would be a special collection within
the GTU Library. The original intention was that the Frankl Library would have all materials in its own space within a projected
library building. With the change of Library administration, and in the final plans for what became the Flora Lamson Hewlett
Library of the Graduate Theological Union, this space was not provided.
Viktor Emil Frankl (1905 - 1997) was born in Vienna March 26, second child of Elsa and Gabriel Frankl (brother, Walter; sister,
Stella). Gabriel was the Director of Austria's Ministry of Social Service. Viktor developed a lifelong love of mountain climbing
and an interest in psychology in junior high school and began a correspondence with Freud. (All these letters were confiscated
by the Gestapo during WWII.) It was Freud that sent Frankl's first article in for publication in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 1924. Shortly after, Alfred Adler began to influence Frankl and in 1925 got his second article published in the International Journal of Individual Psychology.
Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for
permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing
to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf
of The Graduate Theological Union as the owner of the physical items and is not intended
to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be
obtained by the reader.
Collection is open for research.