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    Title: James Hillman Papers
    Physical Description: 35 linear feet (231 boxes)
    Opus Archives and Research Center
    Santa Barbara, CA 93108
    Language of Material: English

    Scope and Content Note

    The Hillman collection is predominately comprised of manuscripts, drafts, research files, and publishing agreements for most of his books, essays, lectures, and collaborative volumes. It also includes unpublished lectures and writings, as well as audio versions of seminars and lectures, and correspondence with friends, scholars, colleagues, and artists.
    Hillman’s prolific writing and lecturing are evident in the files pertaining to his books, collaborative volumes, and lectures he gave around the world, from the early 1960s to 2000. These files include drafts, research notes, manuscripts and correspondence. Volumes include Re-Visioning Psychology (1974), Freud’s Own Cookbook (1985) written with Charles Boer, We’ve Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy and the World’s Getting Worse (1992) with co-author Michael Ventura. Also included are Pan and the Nightmare (1972), Oedipus Revisited (1989), Inter-Views (1983), A Psychological Commentary to Kundalini (1975), and The Feeling Function (1971). His contributions to the Eranos lectures and Spring Journal also form a significant part of the collection.

    Biography/Organization History

    James Hillman (1926-2011) was an American psychologist, among the founding thinkers of archetypal psychology, and a leading scholar in Jungian and post-Jungian thought. Born in Atlantic City in 1926, Hillman served in the US Navy Hospital Corps for two years during World War II. Following the end of the war, he attended the Sorbonne in Paris, and Trinity College in Dublin. Hillman then received his Doctoral Degree from the University of Zürich and completed his training as a Jungian analyst in 1959 at the C.J. Jung Institute Zürich, becoming the Institute’s Director of Studies the same year, a position he held for ten years (1959-1969).
    In 1970, Hillman became the editor of Spring Journal, a publication dedicated to psychology, philosophy, mythology, arts, humanities, and cultural issues. Upon becoming the Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Dallas, he moved to the United States, and co-founded the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture in 1978. He also held teaching positions at Yale University, the University of Chicago, and Syracuse University.
    Hillman published more than nineteen books, as well as volumes of essays, and continued to be a prolific writer and sought after lecturer until his death in 2011. In 1972 he delivered the esteemed Terry Lectures at Yale University. These lectures became his groundbreaking book, Re-Visioning Psychology (1974), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1975.The body of his work is comprised of scholarly studies in several fields including psychology, philosophy, mythology, art, and cultural studies. His book The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling (1996) was on the New York Times Best Sellers list for nearly a year. His works also include The Myth of Analysis (1972), Healing Fiction (1983), The Dream and the Underworld (1979), The Force of Character (2000), and Suicide and the Soul (1964). See the Opus Archives and Research Center website for a bibliography of Hillman’s works.
    Throughout his work, Hillman criticized the literal, materialistic, and reductive perspectives that often dominate the psychological and cultural arenas. He insisted on giving psyche its rightful place in psychology and culture, fundamentally through imagination, metaphor, art, and myth. That act he called soul-making, a term borrowed from John Keats.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Archetype (Psychology)
    Jungian psychology
    Culture--Studying and teaching