E. Paul Torrance photographic archive [TEMP]

E. Paul Torrance photographic archive [TEMP]

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: E. Paul Torrance photographic archive [TEMP]
Dates: 1940s-1990s
Quantity: 20.0 Linear feet (22 cartons, 1 document box, 1 oversized box, 1 loose volume)
Abstract:This collection consists of 108 scrapbook photo albums ranging from the mid-1940s to mid-1990s. They revolve around the personal and professional life of E. Paul Torrance. His wife, Pansy Torrance, and many of his colleagues and students feature prominently in the collection. Similarly, the Torrance family pet cats are also well-represented through the years. However, a significant part of the collection focuses on E. Paul Torrance's work in academia, especially after his retirement from the University of Georgia. The albums contain images from Athens, Georgia; Minnesota; Taiwan; Japan; Germany; and India, among several others.
Coll. Number: ms2606

Biographical/Historical Note

Ellis Paul Torrance was born on October 8, 1915 and died on July 12, 2003. He was a renown American psychologist and educator. World War II interrupted Torrance's teaching career, but he continud his work in a position with the U.S. Army as a counselor for disabled veterans. Torrance taught from 1957 to 1984 at the University of Minnesota and the University of Georgia. He became a professor at UGA in Eduational Psychology in 1966 and retired fully in 1984, the same year that UGA established the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development. He had been the head of the Educational Psychology Dept. at the University of Georgia from 1966 to 1978. E. Paul Torrance was incredibly well-written and his work was widely published: he had a total of 1,871 publications, including 88 books, 408 journal articles, and 538 reports, manuals, and tests, making him one of the most published faculty members in UGA’s history.

Notably, E. Paul Torrance developed the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, which test creativity using simple trials based on fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration. These have often been used in admission into gifted programs, especially in Georgia. The tests are particularly well-regarded because they appear relatively free of racial or socioeconomic bias, and teachers often find them easy to administer and score.

Torrance also created the Future Problem Solving Program, which has now expanded internationally. According to their website, the organization "stimulates critical and creative thinking skills, encourages students to develop a vision for the future, and prepares students for leadership roles."


Scrapbooks are arranged chronologically. Many scrapbooks have assigned numbers in their title statement in addition to their volume numbers, such as "(#87) Children at San Diego Zoo." These numbers refer to the original numbering system given to these materials by the Torrance Center prior to their donation to the Hargrett Library.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

E. Paul Torrance photographic archive. MS 2606. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing



1(#95) The Torrances, 1940s-1990s
(#53) Nevada and Survival School Scenes, 1950s
(#48) USAF Survival Training, 1951-1957
(#91) The Torrance's & Friends & Family, 1952, 1977-1982
(#50) Controversy on regarding Resistance to Indoctrination Training at USAF Survival School, 1955
2(#49) Trip to Air Force and Army Survival Schools in Alaska, 1956
(#52) Air Force Survival Methods and Research, 1950s
(#57) University of Minnesota Elementary School & Sidney Pratt Elementary School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1958-1965
(#54) Minnesota Years, 1958-1966
3(#55) Miscellaneous Research Projects during Minnesota Years, 1958-1966
(#88) The Torrance's Working with Family & Friends, 1959-1978
(#56) Miscellaneous Experiments and Activities, Early 1960s
(#87) Children at San Diego Zoo, photographed by E. Paul Torrance, Early 1960s
(#58) Work with High Achievers, Bloomington, Minnesota-Torrance and Myers, 1962
(#89) The Torrance's & Children Working, 1961-1967
(#62) Miscellaneous Newspaper Articles, 1962-1968
4(#90) Little Church-Bloomington, MN & Athens, GA, 1960s-1970s
(#4) Vol. IV, 1965-1979
(#63) Creative Aesthetic Approach to Learning Readiness, 1966-1970
5(#92) The Torrance's & 185 Riverhill Drive, 1966-1980s
(#67) Education Psychological Department at the University of Georgia, 1967-1973
(#60) Photographic Study of Berlin Children, 1967
(#59) West Berlin Conference on New Developments on Testing, 1967
(#61) Photos of Berlin School in Cross Cultural Study of Creative Development, 1967
(#64) Creative Aesthetic Experience in Learning Readiness, 1967-1968
6(#65) Creative Aesthetic Kindergarten Model, Late 1960s
(#5), 1968-1969
(#6), 1969
7(#66) White House Conference on Children, 1970
(#98) Photographs of children engaged in creative learning throuhgout Dr. Torrance's career, 1980s
(#7), 1970
(#68) Educational Psychology Department, 1971-1976
8(#99) Future Problem Solving Program Articles and News Stories, 1970s-1990s
(#84) Travels from Tokyo to Valencia, 1970s
(#72) Dudley Park Experience, EPY 706, 1971-1972
(#8), 1971
(#69) EPY 822, Fall, 1972
9(#9), 1972
(#10), 1973
(#70) Children at Parkview Play School, 1973
(#71) Bulletins, Maps, Assignments for Creativity Workshop-Dudley Park, 1973
(#73) Class in EPY 706, Parkview Play School, Winter Quarter, 1974
10(#11), 1974
(#12), 1975
(#13), 1975
(#15), 1976
11(#14), 1976
(#75) Career Awareness Component of Governor's Honors Program, 1976
(#16), 1977
(#18), 1978
(#40) Future Problem Solving Program Bowl Activities, 1978-1983
12(#76) Hawaii, August, 1978
(#77) Taiwan, March, 1979
(#78) Beginning of Trip to Japan & Korea with Stop in Hawaii, 1978-1979
(#79) Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nara, Wakayama, 1979
(#80) News Clippings-Japan & Taiwan, December-March, 1979
(#81) Trip to Japan, 1978-1979
(#41) Future Problem Solving Bowl, 1979-1980
13(#44) State and National FPS Bowls, Early 1980s
(#21) Fall, 1980
(#39) Future Problem Solving Program Bowl, 1980
(#42) Future Problem Solving Program, 1980-1981
(#86) Japanese Gardens, 1981
14(#22) Winter, Spring, and Summer, 1981
(#23) Summer, Fall, 1981
(#26) Fall, 1982
(#43) Future Problem Solving Program, 1982-1983
15(#25) Spring, Summer, 1982
(#27) Winter, Spring, 1983
(#28) Spring, Summer, 1983
(#29) Summer, Fall, 1983
(#85) Conferences, 1982-1983
16(#30), 1984
(#31) Summer, Fall, 1984
(#32) Winter, Spring, 1985
(#33), 1985
17(#97) Open House, Retirement Week, March 23-24, 1985
(#34), 1985-1986
(#35), 1986
(#36) Fall, 1986
18(#96) Autobiographical Photos of E. Paul Torrance by Peggy Hooper, Book I, March, 1986
(#37) Winter, Spring, 1987
(#38) Summer, Fall, 1987
21(#47) Cross Cultural and International Studies, Vol. III, undated
22(#45) Cross Cultural and International Studies, Vol. I, undated
(#46) Cross Cultural and International Studies, Vol. II, undated
151 Field Activities of Survival Methods, 1950s
OS Box
182 Tour in Japan, 1978-1979
83 Japan, 1978-1979
2(#93) Torrance Cats, We Are Family, Vol. I, 1971-1979
(#94) Torrance Cats, Athens Only, Vol, II, 1970-1975

Series 2: E. Paul Torrance Scrapbooks and Diaries, 1987-1992

18Winter and Spring, 1988
Summer and Fall, 1988
19Winter and Spring, 1989
Fall, 1989
Winter and Spring, 1990
Summer and Fall, 1990
Summer and Fall, 1991
20Winter and Spring, 1991
Summer and Fall, 1992
Winter and Spring, 1992
Winter and Spring, 1993
21Spring and Summer, 1994
Fall and Winter, 1994-1995