Guide to the Tarow Indow Papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Tarow Indow papers
Date: 1952-2003,
Date (bulk): bulk 1981-1994
Collection Number: MS-F027
Creator: Indow, Tarow, 1923-
Extent: 7.4 linear feet (13 boxes)
Languages: The collection is in English and Japanese.
Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Physical Location: The collection is stored offsite at SRLF. Advanced notice is required for access.
Abstract: This collection comprises the papers of Tarow Indow, professor of Cognitive Sciences and founding member of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Indow was an internationally known expert on the human visual system and semantic memory. The collection primarily contains lecture notes, teaching materials, and reprints of his scholarly articles. The materials reflect his research interests in mathematical models in visual space, color space, and human memory.

Important Information for Researchers


The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Copyrights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Tarow Indow Papers. MS-F027. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Minako Indow, 2007.

Processing History

Processed by Cyndi Shein, 2008.

Historical Background


Dr. Tarow Indow was an internationally known expert on the human visual system and semantic memory. His research, reported in over 100 technical papers in major journals, covered geometric representations of visual space, formalisms of color space, stochastic representations of semantic memory, and ability testing.
Indow received his Ph.D. from Keio University in Tokyo, where he then rose to a full professorship and later became professor emeritus. During his early years in the United States he held visiting positions at Harvard, the Institute for Advanced Study, and at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). In 1979 he became a professor in cognitive sciences at the School of Social Sciences at UCI and was later a founding member of UCI's Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences. He was also a respected member of the International Society for Psychophysics, Society of Experimental Psychologists, and International Color Association.

Biography/Organization History


1923 August 22 Born in Tokyo, Japan.
1945 Receives Ph.D. from Keio University in Tokyo.
1953 Marries Minako Kawamura, a language teacher at a private high school.
1973-1977 Serves as president of the International Color Association.
1979 Becomes professor of cognitive sciences at UCI.
1986 Is elected fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists.
1988 Publishes "Multidimensional studies of Munsell color solid." Psychological Review 88, 456-470.
1989 Receives Judd-AIC Award.
1990 Publishes "On geometrical analysis of global structure of visual space." In H.T. Geissler (Ed.) Psychological Explorations of Mental Structures. Toronto: Hogrefe & Huber, Chapter 14, 172-180.
1991 Publishes "A critical review of Luneburg's model with regard to global structure of visual space." Psychological Review, 98, 430-453.
1993 Publishes "Analysis of events counted on time-dimension: A soft model based pm extreme statistics." Behaviormetrika, 20, 111-118.
  A festschrift is published in his honor. He retires, but continues research activities on developing color measures in collaboration with professor emeritus A. K. Romney.  1994Publishes "Metrics in color spaces: Im kleinen und im grossen." In Fisher, G.H., and Laming, D. (Eds.) Contributions to Mathematical Psychology, Psychometrics, and Methodology, Chapter 1, 3-17. Springer.
1995 Publishes "Psychophysical scaling: Scientific and practical applications." In Luce, R. D., D'Zmura, M., Hoffman, D., Iverson, G., and Romney, K. (Eds.) Geometrical Representations of Perceptual Phenomena: Papers in honor of Tarow Indow on his 70th birthday. Chapter 1, 1-28, Mahwah, NJ. Lawrence Erlbaum.
2004 Publishes Global Structure of Visual Space, New Jersey: World Scientific.
2007 September 22 Dies at age 84 following hospitalization for a throat and lung disorder.


University of California, Irvine. School of Social Sciences. "News Detail. In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Tarow Indow." University of California, Irvine. September 26, 2007. (accessed July 2, 2008).

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection comprises the papers of Tarow Indow, an internationally known expert on the human visual system and semantic memory. The collection primarily contains notes for course lectures, conferences, and other presentations; reprints of his scholarly articles; and teaching aids and research tools related to the science of color. The materials reflect his research interests and teaching in the global structure and geometry of visual space; metrics in object color space, an interdisciplinary problem in applied physics, experimental psychology, physiology, and mathematics; and retrieval of information from long-term memory.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged by type of material.

Separation Note

Multiple publications were removed from this collection and cataloged separately in the library's online catalog ANTPAC .

Appraisal Note

Student grade reports were removed from the collection and shredded. Also not retained in the collection were research files largely containing photocopies of published works and correspondence, mostly concerning Indow's work as a peer reviewer.

Processing Note

This collection has been minimally processed.

Indexing Terms

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


Indow, Tarow, 1923- -- Archives.
University of California, Irvine -- Faculty --Archives.
Color -- Psychological aspects -- History --Sources.


Social scientists.

Collection Contents

Box : 1-6

Card catalog of various reprints of interest to Indow's field of research circa 1960-1998

Box : 7

Keio University materials and bilingual dictionaries 1952-1958, undated

Scope and Content Note

Comprises several handwritten composition books from Indow's time at Keio University in Tokyo, two undated handwritten scrapbooks containing notes and graphs, and a few commemorative publications about Keio University. Also includes two bilingual scientific dictionaries.
Box : 7

UCI faculty-related files 1981-1990

Scope and Content Note

Contains files on grants received by Indow, his participation with the Chancellor's Think Tank on Diversity, and correspondence regarding the festschrift in honor of Indow's 70th birthday, Geometric Representations of Perceptual Phenomena.
Box : 8-9

UCI course files circa 1981-1994

Scope and Content Note

Includes lecture notes, reading lists, exam questions, course evaluations, student statistics, and other materials.
Box : 9-10

Teaching aids and research tools 1958-1972, undated

Scope and Content Note

Contains color mate tests, color theory charts, a color harmony manual, and Munsell student sets of color samples that accompany A Color Notation.
Box : 11-12

Lectures and presentations 1982-2000

Scope and Content Note

Primarily contains notes and transparencies used during Indow's presentations at seminars and conferences. Also includes event programs.
Box : 12-13

Papers and reprints 1956-2003

Scope and Content Note

Contains UCI Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences reports and reprints of various papers authored by Indow. Some materials are annotated.