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Finding Aid to the George A. De Vos Papers, 1942-2005
BANC MSS 2010/184  
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    Collection Title: George A. De Vos papers
    Date (inclusive): 1942-2005
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 2010/184
    Creator: De Vos, George A.
    Extent: 7 cartons, 1 box 9 linear feet
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: Consists of personal and professional correspondence, field notes including Rorschach and Thematic Apperception Test results and tables, lecture notes and other course materials and De Vos' research and writings on cultural psychology and migration studies.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access Information

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], George A. De Vos Papers, BANC MSS 2010/184, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Alternative Form of Materials Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
    De Vos, George A.--Archives
    University of California, Berkeley--Dept. of Anthropology--Faculty
    University of California, Berkeley--School of Social Welfare--Faculty
    Rorschach Test
    Thematic Apperception Test
    Faculty papers
    Field notes
    Lecture notes

    Administrative Information

    The George A. De Vos papers were given to the Bancroft Library by Suzanna Lake De Vos in December 2010.
    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Jack Doran in 2012.

    Biography/Organization History

    George De Vos was born in Detroit, MI on July 22, 1922. After serving under the U.S. Army intelligence during World War II, he returned to his studies at the University of Chicago, earning a B.A. in Sociology in 1946. He then went on to earn an M.A. in Anthropology (1948) and a PhD in Psychology (1951).
    De Vos' professional career began at the Neuropsychiatric Institute in Chicago, where he worked under a public health fellowship from 1949-1950. He then completed an intern training at the Elgin State Mental Hospital in 1953, at which time he accepted a Fullbright Fellowship at Nagoya National University's Department of Neuropsychology in Nagoya, Japan. Upon returning to the U.S., De Vos took a post as assistant professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan before moving to Berkeley, California in 1957 for an associate professor position in U.C. Berkeley's School of Social Welfare. From 1962 to 1966, he had a joint appointment in social welfare and anthropology. In 1965, he accepted a position as full professor of Anthropology, a position he held until his retirement in 1991.
    De Vos' contributions to the fields of culture and pursonality studies, psychological anthropology and the cross-cultural application of Rorschach tests and the Thematic Apperception Test earned him recognition from colleagues and academics. His bibliography consists of over 200 scholarly articles and 20 books.
    De Vos died of congestive heart disease on July 9, 2010 at the age of 87.

    Scope and Content Note

    The George A. De Vos Papers (1947-2005) consist of personal and professional correspondence, field notes including Rorschach and Thematic Apperception Test results and tables, lecture notes and other course materials, and De Vos' research and writings on cultural psychology and migration studies.