Scope and Content
Organization and Arrangement
Title: Evelyn Caldwell Hooker Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1910-1997
Collection number: 523
Creator: Hooker, Evelyn Caldwell
Extent: 13 boxes (6.5 linear ft.)
2 cartons (2 linear ft.)
1 oversize box
University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Evelyn Gentry (1907-1996) was born in North Platte, New England, and grew up near Sterling, Colorado. She joined the psychology
faculty at UCLA University Extension in 1939. In 1954, she received a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
for a comparative study of the pathology of homosexual and heterosexual males. In 1970, she retired from UCLA and began private
practice as a psychotherapist. The collection consists of publications, manuscripts, correspondence, books, lectures and speeches,
biographical materials, obituary and memorial tributes, diplomas and certificate, awards, appointment calendars, photographs,
memorabilia, and the American Psychological Foundation 1991-93 annual report.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department
of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
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copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds
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Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Gift of Joseph Carrier, 1996.
[Identification of item], Evelyn Caldwell Hooker Papers (Collection 523). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young
Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
UCLA Catalog Record ID
Evelyn Gentry was born on September 2, 1907 in North Platte, New England, and grew up near Sterling, Colorado; awarded bachelor's
and master's degrees in psychology from University of Colorado; Ph.D in psychology, Johns Hopkins University; joined psychology
faculty at UCLA University Extension in 1939; after her marriage to Donn Caldwell, she married UCLA English professor Edward
Niles Hooker in 1951; in 1954 she received a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for a comparative study
of the pathology of homosexual and heterosexual males; her 1957 paper, The Adjustment of the Male Overt Homosexual, reported
little statistical difference; chaired NIMH Task Force on Homosexuality in 1967, which issued what came to be called the Hooker
Report in 1969; retired from UCLA in 1970, and began private practice as a psychotherapist; awarded the Distinguished Contributions
to Psychology career achievement award from the American Psychological Association in 1992; in the same year, she chaired
the establishment of the Wayne Placek Fund, an endowment administered by the American Psychological Foundation to support
research in homosexuality; she died on November 18, 1996 in Santa Monica, California.
Expanded Biographical Narrative
Evelyn Hooker was born Evelyn Gentry in North Platte, Nebraska on 2 September 1907 and grew up near Sterling, Colorado. She
earned bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in psychology at The Johns
Hopkins University. She joined the Psychology faculty of the University Extension at the University of California, Los Angeles
in 1939. Following her marriage to Donn Cadwell, she was married to Edward Niles Hooker, an English literature professor at
UCLA, from 1951 until his death in 1951.
In 1954, Hooker received a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to conduct a comparative study of the
pathology of homosexual and heterosexual males. Her controversial 1957 paper, The Adjustment of the Male Overt Homosexual,
reported little statistical difference in the test results of the two groups of subjects. By the late 1960s Hooker was recognized
as an authority in the psychology of homosexual behavior. In 1967 she the NIMH Task Force on Homosexuality which in 1969 issued
what came to be referred to as the Hooker Report.
Dr. Hooker retired from UCLA in 1970 and entered private practice as a psychotherapist. She received numerous awards and honors
from professional societies, such as the Distinguished Contributions to Psychology career achievement award in 1992 from the
American Psychological Association, as well as gay and lesbian organizations, including serving as grand marshal of the Christopher
Street West Gay Pride Parade in 1986. In 1992 she chaired the establishment of the Wayne Placek Fund, an endowment administered
by the American Psychological Foundation to support research in homosexuality. The 1993 film,
Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker, received a nomination as Best Documentary Feature by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Evelyn Hooker died
on November 18, 1996 at her home in Santa Monica, California.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of publications, manuscripts, correspondence, books, lectures and speeches, biographical materials, obituary
and memorial tributes, diplomas and certificate, awards, appointment calendars, photographs, memorabilia, and the American
Psychological Foundation 1991-93 annual report.
Expanded Scope and Content
The papers of Evelyn Hooker span the years 1910-1997. Included are obituaries and memorials, photographs, correspondence,
manuscripts, lectures, publications, newspaper and magazine clippings, tributes and awards, and autographed and inscribed
books which offer a very incomplete Her personal and family life are highlighted by material from her high school yearbook
and material about her husband, Edward Niles Hooker. A partial set of publications and manuscripts include many popular press
items which are not listed on her
curriculum vitae, which focuses on her handful of peer-reviewed publications. Manuscripts of lectures and speeches derive mostly from the
1980s; several were written as long acceptance remarks and commentaries upon the receipt of some of her many awards and honors.
Almost all the photographs are snapshot portraits of Hooker and her friends (including Joseph Carrier, David Haugland, and
her Cabinet: Linda Garnets, Jackie Goodchilds, and Anne Peplau) throughout the 1990s. The correspondence, though sparse, is
supplemented by a large number of autographed monographs, many with long inscriptions. The most notable lacunae in this collection
are Hooker's research and patient notes, which she promised her subjects and patients she would shred; she followed through
on her promise in the 1980s.
Organization and Arrangement
Arranged in the following series:
- Obituaries and memorial tributes.
- Autobiographical and biographical material.
- Education and licensure.
- Tributes and awards.
- Lectures and speeches.
- Wayne Placek Fund.
- Appointment calendars.
- Information files.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Hooker, Evelyn Caldwell--Archives.
Hooker, Edward Niles.
University of California, Los Angeles--University Extension--Faculty--Archival resources.
Women psychologists--United States--Archival resources.
Homosexuality--Psychological aspects--Archival resources.
Manuscripts for publication.