Extensive collection of personal and professional manuscript materials, organizational records, and audiovisual materials
from noted family therapist Virginia Satir.
Virginia Satir (26 June 1916 - 10 Sept. 1988) was best known as an innovator in the field of family therapy, to which she
applied a humanistic approach. Satir began her career as a teacher, counselor, and principal in the Illinois public school
system, receiving her masters degree in social services administration in 1948. In 1959 she moved her private practice to
California and co-founded the Mental Research Institute. Her professional experience includes leading family therapy workshops,
seminars and workshops for institutions, and work with the Avanta Network, which she founded in 1977 as an outlet for the
training of other professionals.
ca. 100 linear feet
(142 document boxes, 1 carton, 1 oversize box, ca. 565 audiocassettes, ca. 249 open reel audiotapes, ca. 850 videotapes).
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or
quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given
on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.
Collection is stored off-site; advance notice required for retrieval.