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Guide to the Lewis Madison Terman Papers
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  • Overview

    Call Number: SC0038
    Creator: Terman, Lewis Madison, 1877-1956
    Title: Lewis Madison Terman papers
    Dates: 1910-1992
    Physical Description: 278.5 Linear feet
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Green Library
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: specialcollections@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information


    Custodial History

    Gift of Terman Study Group, Frederick E. Terman, and Shirley Weingarten. Additional materials transferred from Department of Psychology, 2013.

    Information about Access

    Study participant files & questionnaires restricted due to compliance with Special Collections and University Archives’ Access to Health Information of Individuals Policy: http://library.stanford.edu/spc/using-our-collections/reading-room-policies-procedures/access-health-information. All other materials are open for research.

    Ownership & Copyright

    Copyright has been transferred to Stanford University for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) 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 owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

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    [Identification of item], Lewis Madison Terman Papers (SC0038). Stanford University Archives, Stanford, Calif.


    Lewis Madison Terman was born in Johnson County, Indiana, on January 15, 1877. He received his A.B. and A. M. from Indiana University and his Ph.D. from Clark University. He came to Stanford in 1910 to teach in the Department of Education; from 1910 to 1916 he worked on constructing an American version of Binet's intelligence test, which he reported in The Measure of Intelligence (Houghton, Mifflin, 1916).
    His success with this brought him to the attention of the U. S. Army; he was a member of the committee on Psychological Examination of Recruits and of the Committee on Classification of Personnel, U. S. Army, 1918-1919, and served as a major in the division of psychology, Surgeon General's Office, Washington, D. C.
    He returned to Stanford in 1919 as a professor of psychology and taught until 1943, when he was appointed professor emeritus, a position he held until his death in 1956. In 1919 he began his study of gifted children, which he published in The Genetic Studies of Genius, Vol. I, II, and II.
    He was a member of the following organizations: The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association (president, 1923), the National Educational Association, the National Society for the Study of Education, the National Academy of Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa, and Sigma Xi.
    Among his other publications were The Stanford Achievement Test, 1923; Children's Reading, 1925; Sex and Personality, 1936; Marital Happiness, 1938; and The Gifted Child Grows Up, 1947.

    Scope and Content

    Terman's papers include correspondence and data for his study of the gifted; professional correspondence with colleagues; and correspondence and data on tests and testing: Army Alpha and Beta tests, Stanford revision of the Binet-Simon Intelligence scale, Stanford Achievement Test, Terman McNemar Test of Mental Ability, Terman Group Test, Attitude-Interest Analysis Tests, and Male Female Tests.

    Access Terms

    Bliven, Bruce, 1889-1977
    Commission on Problem Children.
    Cubberley, Ellwood Patterson, 1868-1941
    Hilgard, Ernest R. (Ernest Ropiequet), 1904-2001
    International Commission on Eugenics..
    Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931
    Shneidman, Edwin S.
    Stanford University -- General subdivision--Faculty.;
    Stanford University. Department of Psychology.
    Terman, Lewis Madison, 1877-1956
    Tolman, Ruth.
    Wilbur, Ray L., (Ray Lyman), 1875-1949
    Yerkes, Robert Mearns, 1876-1956.
    Education of children.
    Gifted children.
    Intelligence tests.
    Stanford-Binet test.