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  • Biographical note
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  • Arrangement note

  • Title: Wallerstein papers
    Identifier/Call Number: SFCP.MSS.001
    Contributing Institution: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.3 Linear feet 3 cartons
    Date (inclusive): 1942-2000
    Abstract: The Wallerstein papers extensively cover his correspondence and some elements of his work spanning the years 1942-2000.
    Language of materials : English, German.
    creator: Wallerstein, Robert S.

    Conditions governing access

    For use by researchers and students of psychoanalysis subject to archive rules and regulations.

    Conditions governing use

    Subject to copyright restrictions.

    Preferred citation

    'The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis Archives' Record Unit/Accession # and/or Collection Title.

    Biographical note

    Doctor Robert Wallerstein (1921-2014) played a central role in the local, national, and international psychoanalytic communities. He was president of the American Psychoanalytic Association (1971-1972) and the International Psychoanalytical Association (1985-1989). Having received his training at Columbia College, then Columbia University College of Physicians (1941-1944) and subsequently holding residency at Mount Sinai and the Menninger School of Physicians in the late 1940s, Wallerstein participated in over half a century of history in the field of psychoanalysis. A leading figure in the San Francisco psychoanalytic community, Wallerstein served as Chief of Psychiatry at the Mount Zion Hospital, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the UCSF School of Medicine, and Director of the Langley Porter Institute. He also wrote 20 books and over 400 scholarly articles. His papers are of specific relevance to the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis due to his role as a training and supervising analyst there during the later part of the 20th century.

    Scope and contents

    The Wallerstein Papers are in excellent condition, and organized alphabetically by author/sender besides several subject folders accompanying the collection. Some unsigned letters are accompanied by brief descriptions (attached by paperclip) written by Wallerstein himself. Obvious highlights include letters by Anna Freud, Erik Erikson, Karl Menninger and Jean Laplanche, although a closer look into this archive reveals Wallerstein’s correspondence with a variety of influential intellectuals of the twentieth century (including Yale professor of history Peter Gay). Wallerstein’s papers demonstrate both his deep regard for the history of psychoanalysis and his lifetime of stunning professional achievement. On a local level, a significant part of the history of the San Francisco psychoanalytic community is illuminated within this collection. Wallerstein’s correspondence with various international figures is also of great intellectual value, including his correspondence with Soviet analysts during the Cold War.

    Arrangement note

    This collection is in its original order.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    American Psychoanalytic Association. Committee on Scientific Activities.
    American Psychoanalytic Association.
    Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford, Calif.).
    Erikson, Erik H. , (Erik Homburger), 1902-1994
    International Psycho-Analytical Association.
    Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation.