William T. James papers

William T. James papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: University of Georgia Archives
Creator: James, William T., 1903-1998
Title: William T. James papers
Dates: 1927-1988
Quantity: 3.5 Linear feet (4 boxes)
Coll. Number: UA0042

Biographical/Historical Note

A Cornell graduate, William T. James joined the University of Georgia's Psychology Department in 1946. Dr. James continued as a member of the UGA Psychology Department's faculty for 24 years, serving as department head for three years. He was well-known for his research in the the field of animal behavior, especially that of dogs and opossums. In fact, Dr. James came to be considered the world's leading authority on the learning ability of the opossum. Upon his retirement in 1970, James was named Professor Emeritus of Psychology at UGA. In addition to being the author of numerous scholarly articles, James was a member of the Psi Chi, Sigma Xi, and Phi Kappa Phi honorary societies. These materials were collected by former department head, Dr. Roger Thomas, for his studies into the history of the UGA Psychology Department.

Scope and Content Note

The majority of this collection deals with Dr. James' research as a member of the UGA Psychology Department's faculty starting in 1946. It serves to highlight Dr. James' dog and opossum behavioral research through numerous notes and photographs. The collection also includes his correspondence and a large number of reprints.


The collection is divided into three series: research; correspondence, reprints, and biographical; and media.

Index Terms

Animal behavior.
James, William T., 1903-1998 -- Correspondence
Reprints (Publications)
University of Georgia. Psychology Dept.

General Notes

RG 2-10-21

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William T. James papers, UA0042, University Archives, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Research, 1953-1983

11[Album of Canine Studies at Cornell Farm]
2Plates used in publication of research at Cornell Farm
3[Apparatus], circa 1953
4[Opossum related material], 1953-1968
5Graphs of young opossum and rat in Lashley Maze
6Opossum chapter, 1983
7References to opossum chapter, 1980-1982
8Pictures for publication-opossum-Lendes Plates
9"Opossum!" pictures-article from newspaper, 1957
10-11Opossum [and other] photographs
12William James: research
13[Animal studies-photographs]
14[Dog activity graphs]
15Undergraduate learning
16Social behavior-outdoor lab situation
17Nutritional deficiency
18[Lantern slide of opossum]
19[Dog studies-photographs]
20[Photographs of dogs]
21Disharmonies in occlusion produced by cross breeding
22Last pictures of dogs at new laboratory-Athens, GA, 1972
23Data on racing dogs-received from Mr. Brimley, 1963

2. Correspondence, reprints, and biographical materials, 1920s-1988

21[Sonia Walunas' opossums], 1977
2Edwards and James letters, 1946
3Letters regarding experiment (Anti-Vivisectionists), 1941
4Liddell-letters to and from, 1933-1939
5[William James correspondence], 1959-1960
6[William James-correspondence], 1961-1962
7Concerning ESP controversy and criticism of McConnell by Floyd G. Humphreys
8"New frontiers of the mind"
9[I.Q. test material], 1920s-1930s
10[Conference on the effects of early experience on mental health- photographs], 1951
11Historical outline-"Learning theory history"
12James, W. T. [vitae]
13[Philosophy. Cunningham. Cornell. notes taken from lectures of Dr. Cunningham in a course on "History of Philosophy], 1927-1928
14[Laboratory experiments in Psychophysiology-from Cornell University lab]
15[James' photocopies, notes, etc.]
16[William James-photographs]
17Autobiography of William James, 1988
18James [later years]
19[James reprints A-E]
20[James reprints F-V]
21"The genetic and endocrinic basis for differences in form and behavior"and related material, 1941
22[Annotated reprint and photographs], 1953
23[Opossum articles by other authors-includes annotations]
24 Results of students in introductory Experimental Psychology thesis of T. W. Harrell, 1933

3. Audiovisual and print material regarding dogs and opossums, 1930-1986

31[Dog types 16 mm. movie film]
2Dogs-types and lab procedure [16 mm.], 1930-1940
3Piece of film "Opossum" [one reel]
4"Opossum"-used on tv [one reel]
41[Roscoe B. Jackson Memorial laboratory dogs], 1957
2 The London illustrated newsarticles sent by Marilyn McGaughey, 1968
3[James reprints], 1937-1962
4[Julius Springer-correspondence and reprints], 1934
5-6[Dr. William Angermeier-Dr. James' PhD student-reprints and correspondence], 1961-1986
7[Correspondence, reprints, programs and article], 1944-1960
8Ulric Moore papers-XMas [reprints], 1976
9[Edmund Mayer-correspondence and reprint], 1947
10[Daniel Primac-correspondence and reprint], 1980-1981