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Nancy Bayley research papers, 1961-1982.
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Nancy Bayley research papers, 1961-1982


Bayley, Nancy, 1899-1994, creator


The Nancy Bayley Research Papers (1925-1982) include correspondence, publications, awards, and research papers documenting Bayley's career as a developmental psychologist, spanning from her graduate studies at the University of Seattle in 1925 and position as research associate at the University of California, Berkeley's Institute of Human Development from 1928-1954, to her research done as the head of child development in the National Institute of Mental Health's Laboratory of Psychology from 1954-1964. The collection consists of correspondence from each of her positions in child development, including her work on the Berkeley Growth Study, a longitudinal study she started in 1928, and her position as research consultant on institutionalized and and home-reared children with Down Syndrome at Sonoma State Hospital from 1966-1969. Also documented is her participation in the American Psychological Association and her involvement with the University of Hawaii's child development research program. Most abundant stands Bayley's advancements in developmental research on infant behavior, studies done on children with Down Syndrome, scales of infant devlopment, the Berkeley Growth Study, and her production of the first standard height charts still used for predicting adult height.


1961 (issued)


Institute of Human Development.
National Institute of Mental Health (U.S.)
University of California, -- 1868-1954.
Child development
Psychology -- Research
Developmental psychology -- Longitudinal studies
Developmental psychology -- Statistical methods
Down syndrome -- Research


COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for use.
Photographs transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1983.103--PIC)
Nancy Bayley (1899-1994) earned her B.S. degree in Psychology in 1922, and received her masters degree 2 years later at the University of Washington in Seattle. During this time, Bayley served as a research assistant at the Gatzert Foundation for Child Welfare. In 1926, she earned her doctoral degree at University of Iowa, becoming their instructor until 1928, when she moved to the Institute of Human Development at the University of California, Berkeley, as a research associate. From the years 1928-1954, Bayley simultaneously made extreme advancements on the Berkeley Growth Study and developmental research at Stanford. Moving to Bethesda, Maryland in 1954, Bayley served as the head of child development for teb years in the Laboratory of Psychology at the National Institute of Mental Health. She received the Gold Medal Award of the American Psychological Foundation in 1982. Bayley died of respiratory failure in 1994.


Faculty papers.

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3 cartons (3.75 linear ft.)







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COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for use.