Finding Aid for the Rudolf Ekstein Collection of Material about Sigmund Freud, the Freuds, and the Freudians Biomed.0452

Finding aid prepared by Courtney Dean, 2020.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Online finding aid last updated 2020 November 25.
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
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Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Title: Rudolf Ekstein collection of material about Sigmund Freud, the Freuds, and the Freudians
Source: Tiano, Jean Ekstein
Creator: Ekstein, Rudolf
Identifier/Call Number: Biomed.0452
Physical Description: 6.4 Linear Feet (1 box, 6 cartons)
Date (inclusive): circa 1856-1995
Language of Material: Materials are in English and German.

Conditions Governing Access

Unprocessed collection. Material is unavailable for access. Please contact Special Collections reference ( for more information.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Property rights to the physical objects belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. All other rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Jean Ekstein Tiano and Herman Tiano, 4 December 2014.

Processing Information

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UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7532741 

Biographical / Historical

Rudolf Ekstein (9 February 1912-18 March 2005) studied in psychology in Vienna with Anna Freud, Willi Hoffer, and August Aichhorn and trained in analysis in Boston with Eduard Hitschmann. He practised, taught, and wrote on child psychology, psychotherapy, and psychoanalytic education while working at the Menninger Clinic (Topeka, KS) , the Reiss Davis Child Study Center (Los Angeles, CA), and UCLA. A long-time visiting lectureship at the University of Vienna culminated in the creation of the Rudolf Ekstein Zentrum (Rudolf Ekstein Center), a pediatric special education center for care, supervision, and consulting in the city of Vienna.

Scope and Contents

Eighteen binders (in six cartons) and one box of assembled (by psychoanalyst Rudolf Ekstein) correspondence, photographs, brochures, conference announcements and programs, newspaper and magazine clippings, photocopies, portraits, biographical notes and texts, journal articles, and other material about Sigmund and Anna Freud and the Freudians. Binders are labeled "Volume 1 (parts 1 and 2). Genesis, 1856-1938," "Volume 2. Exodus, 1938-1939," "Volume 3. Restoration, 1940-1962," "Volume 4. The Scope, 1963-1966," "Volume 5. The Return, 1967-1971", and "Volume 6. Fulfillment, 1972-1976". Additional binders of Ekstein's archives from 1977-1995. One box of materials from Ekstein's early life, 1922-1945, and a 1985 oral history interview in German by Dr. Andrea Schwabb. Correspondents include Sigmund Freud (photocopies of letters purchased by Ekstein and donated elsewhere), Anna Freud, Siegfried Bernfeld, August Eichhorn, Eduard Hitschmann, Theodor Reik, René Spitz, Max Schur, Donald Winnicott, Bertram Lewin, and Dora Hartmann.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Tiano, Jean Ekstein