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Guide to the Rollo May Papers
HPA Mss 46  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Rollo May Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1918-1995
    Collection Number: HPA Mss 46
    Creator: May, Rollo
    Extent: 54 linear feet (162 boxes)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
    Physical Location: Del Norte
    Abstract: Extensive manuscript and audiovisual collection from well-known humanistic psychotherapist and popular author Rollo May (1909-1994).
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions


    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    Rollo May Papers. HPA Mss 46. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Rollo May, 1987.


    Rollo Reece May (1909-1994) was a pioneer and popularizer of humanistic psychology best known for applying European existential thought to American psychotherapy. He received a master of divinity degree in 1937 and subsequently spent two years as a Congregationalist minister before deciding to return to school (Columbia University) to study clinical psychology. May was an instructor, a psychotherapist, and author of more than a dozen books. His Love and Will (1969) was highly regarded by social and political activists of the time. He received the American Psychological Association's prestigious gold medal for his distinguished career in psychology, as well as numerous other awards and honors.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Collection is divided into nine series: Biographical, Correspondence, Organizations, Speeches and lectures, Subject Files, Teaching, Writings, Sound Recordings, and Video Recordings. See individual series for extent and further subdivisions.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    May, Rollo.