E. Paul Torrance artifacts and personal papers

E. Paul Torrance artifacts and personal papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Torrance, E. Paul, (Ellis Paul), 1915-
Title: E. Paul Torrance artifacts and personal papers
Dates: 1960s-1990s
Quantity: 12.0 Linear feet (5 document boxes, 5 oversized boxes, 4 cartons)
Abstract:This collection contains a wide variety of items from E. Paul Torrance's personal and professional lives. These include photographs from the 1960s to the 1990s, many mounted on cardboard, suitable for wall hanging ranging from the very personal (pet images) to professional (images of children learning in foreign countries); presents from students and colleagues Japan when he visited in the late 1970s; letters to Torrance and his wife from colleagues, students, and friends from throughout his career; paintings and artwork by professional artists and children; video of E. Paul Torrance, his classes, and his educational methodology; and awards, commendations, certificates, and degrees from throughout E. Paul Torrance's life.
Coll. Number: ms3723.TEMP

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 continued 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 Department 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."


Arrangement

This collection is unarranged. A container list is provided to facilitate access.


Index Terms

Educational psychology.
Gifted children--Education--Research--United States.
Torrance, E. Paul, (Ellis Paul), 1915-

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

E. Paul Torrance artifacts and personal papers, MS 3723. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the University of Georgia Libraries.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
OS Box
1Mounted photo of Yucca Plant in Athens, Georgia
 
Mounted photo of Sculpture in Aspen, Colorado
 
Mounted photo of Night Blooming Ceres by David Dwinell
 
Mounted photo of Golden Ginko by Dr. Torrance
 
Mounted photo of Dr. Torrance by Zoa Rockenstein
 
Mounted photo, Mount Majestic Lodge, Utah, 1962
 
Mounted photo of Children in Pratt Elementary School in Minneapolis by Dr. Torrance
 
Two mounted photos of Creativity Conference Participants, University of Utah
 
Mounted photo of children using the Imagicraft recording of the "The Dog They named King" at University Elementary School, Minnapolis, Minnesota
 
Book and creativity experiment, The Dog They Named King by Bert Cunnington and Pearl Buckland, 1962
 
21 Original Children's Paintings of "The Dog They Named King"
 
OS Box
2Japanese Art Print of Children
 
Japanese Calligraphy for Happiness
 
Autographed Japanese Print from Terakata Kindergarten, 1979
 
Very thin piece of art work used to cover food in Matsue restaurant, 1979
 
3 Traditional Japanese Art Prints
 
4 Japanese Landscapes
 
Li Shan "Hopin to Have an Abundant Harvest"
 
How Many Squares? poster
 
Dot Board
 
Mounted prize-winning photo of Prairie Dogs by David Dwinell, 1974-1975
 
Two drawings by Scott Hamilton
 
Mounted photo of Dr. Torrance at Falcons practice game
 
Collage poster on Disadvantaged Children
 
Poster of Tuttle Elementary School creativity experiment
 
David Templeton's covers for Torrance Test of Creative Thinking, 1963
 
Black Artist in America, a small collection of artwork
 
Carol Lummus "Aristofeline" Print, 1981
 
Tammy and Warren Safter, Photo "Sea Gull", 1980
 
Mounted photo of Boy at Dudley Park Workshop
 
Mounted photo of Boy at Dudley Park Workshop Painting
 
Mounted photo of Western Samoa Children in class by Dr. Richard Johnson
 
Mounted photo of Children at Science and Art Camp in Minnesota
 
Mounted photo of Dr. Torrance at Mt. Rushmore, 1962
 
Four Mother Goose Rhyme prints from EPT's Ask & Guess Test
 
C. Smith art print, "Cat", 1980
 
Drawing by Brian Walterberg, 1st Grade, of "Teacher"
 
Prize-winning Calligraphy piece
 
Japanese Torn Paper Art given by Mrs. Sato
 
Four Japanese Art Prints of Children Playing
 
Japanese art print of Girl With Dog
 
Calligraphy of Mrs. Takai's Grandfather, 1978
 
Japanese pressed flower greeting card from Mrs. Saburo Sato, 1990
 
Japanese cut out art of woman on bench
 
OS Box
3International Creativity Symposium Notebook, 1975
 
The story of a Look article - The Creative Child (two copies)
 
A Proclamation by the Governor of the state of Georgia to Dr. EPT, 1985
 
Commendation to EPT from the Great Navy of the state of Nebraska, 1970
 
Honoris Causa certificate to EPT from the 390th Training Squadron
 
23 original paintings in response to EPT's "Just Suppose" creativity questions
 
Future Problem Solving Program brochure
 
Second copy of Proclamation by Governor of the State of Georgia to Dr. EPT, 1985
 
Maharishi Award, 1979
 
73rd birthday poster to EPT from Bearly Limited
 
Photo of Paul and Pansy Torrance with Joe Frank Harris, Governor of Georgia
 
Slides on Psychology of Survival, Escape, and Evasion
 
Carton
4Photos of Summer Workshops for Economically Disadvantaged Children, 1967-1973
 
Photos of Children at West Berlin Zoo
 
Letters about creative children
 
Japan - Shindo Kindergarten, 1979
 
Saga University Lecture, 1979
 
Photos of Upon Leaving Minnesota
 
Carton
58 Photos of Little Brother (EPT's pet cat)
 
4 Photos of Rascal (EPT's pet cat)
 
3 Photos of Amigo (EPT's pet cat)
 
1 Photo of Dickie (EPT's pet cat)
 
9 Photos of Hilda & Hazel ( (EPT's pet cats)
 
1 Miscellanous Cat Photo
 
2 Photos of Cherokee Chief (EPT's pet cat)
 
2 Chinese Sayings
 
2 Arabic Sayings
 
Dr. Torrance in class
 
Sociodrama students
 
Sunday School students
 
Testing a Kindergarten student
 
Child at West Berlin Zoo
 
6th Graders at Bloomington, MN
 
Team of Indian Psychologist
 
Student taking Sounds and Images Test
 
Boy Painting at Science and Art Camp
 
Children at Science and Art Camp
 
Kindergartener Painting
 
Dr. Torrance in Petrified Forest
 
Backyard at Riverhill Drive, Athens
 
Indian Psychologists giving TTCT Verbal Test
 
Teacher and Child at Dudley Park
 
Children Painting at Dudley Park
 
Ann Holms Taylor at Parkview Playschool, Athens, GA
 
Torrance, E.P. Ways of learning of cats and dogs., 1965
 
Future Problem Solving Brochure
 
Children in creative writing class - photo
 
Dr. Torrance with class of students - photo
 
Child and her poetry - photo
 
Boy and his cat - photo
 
Dr. Torrance with class of elementary children
 
Photo - class of Turkish girls
 
Photo - child with her invention
 
Photo - child drawing in mud
 
Photo - teacher and children playing with clay
 
Photo - children in class
 
A mounted Look article
 
Photo - Turkish girls in class
 
Photo - Turkish girls writing a class project
 
Photo - Turkish girls in class
 
Photo - Teacher with class of Turkish girls
 
Photo - Third Graders at University Elementary School
 
Box
6Video, Torance Oral History Volume 1 and 2
 
Video, Louisiana Creative Scholars Network Awards Program, 1989
 
Video, Using Your Creative Brain Parts 1 & 2 and How To Do Posters Parts 1 & 2
 
Video, BSS-TV Lecture at Matsue
 
Video, Dr. E. Paul Torrance
 
Video, Creation by Jack Presbury, Morgan Henderson, and E. Paul Torrance
 
Sample of cards and letters to Pansy Torrance after her first stroke, 1980
 
Humorous get well cards to Pansy Torrance
 
Newsletters from Dudley Park Creativity Workshop, Summer 1971
 
Carton
7Kaile, H.S. "Intelligence and Creativity as Predictors of Scholastic Achievement in Mother-Tongue Language at Different Levels of Socio-Economic Status," Panjab University, Chandigarh, 1987
 
Brar, S. S. "Development of Creativity in Relation to Intelligence Among the School Children of 13 to 18 Years Old," Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, 1987
 
Bisawl, J. "Creativity in Mathematics as a Function of Study Habits and Pups Perception of Teachers Impressions About Their Performance in Mathemetics," Utkai University, 1987
 
Venkataraman, D. "The Effects of Synectics Training on Creativity and Hemisphericity of Higher Secondary Students," University of Madras, 1989
 
Prabhavathamma, K. "An Investigation into the Creative Writing Process and Identification of the Creative Writing Ability in Engish, in Student-Teachers in the Inter-Cultural Connotation," Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Volume 1 & 2, 1987
 
Box
8KA: "Exploring the Unexplained." A series of sound filmstrips, cassettes, and teacher's guide for student activities., 1975
 
United Learning: "Investigating the Unknown." A series of sound filmstrips, cassettes, and teacher's guide for student activities., 1974
 
Box
9Video, P. Thomson "Creation" Mime
 
Video, 723, Summer 1986, Mildred Young
 
Video, Gifted Children Documentary by Gulf Coast Mensa
 
Cassette Tape, "Save Tomorrow for the Children" and "Creation"
 
Video, Creation by Jack Presbury, Morgan Henderson, and Dr. Torrance
 
Video, Shuttle Explosion News, 1986
 
Video, Dr. E. Paul Torrance
 
Video, Sociodrama class by Terutsugo Ando
 
Pocket Innovator - audio casette and seven-stage tool, 1990
 
Video, Keys to Unlocking Your Creativity, Kathy Goff and Dr. Torance and his Incubation Model of Teaching, 1990
 
Video, Megan & the Rainbow by Norma Stevens
 
Video, 1989 IC Opening Ceremony
 
Video, Challenger Victims Families
 
Carton
10Torrance Associates books, 1, 2, 3, & 4
 
Retirement Letters
 
Box
11Banner from The Visiting Group for Special Education - Republic of China, 1985
 
1956 Listing of Who's Who in American Education
 
Pansy Torrance's notebook from the Towards Whole-Brained Being Symposium, Key West, Florida, February 1981
 
Distinguished Scholar Certificate from National Association for Gifted Children, 1981
 
Certificate of Gratitude for Dedicated Services on the Advisory Committee of the National Conference on Creativity and Gifted/Talented from 1980-1989 from the National / State Leadership Training Institute on the Gifted and Talented, 1980-1989
 
Citation of Merit from the National Association for Gifted Children, 1967
 
Certification of Merit for Distinguished Service from the Dictionary of International Biography - London, 1967
 
Honorary Membership Certificate from The Georgia Association of School Psychology, 1982
 
Guest Book from Retirement Open House
 
Box
12University of Michigan PhD Diploma
 
Star Registration Certificate
 
Creative Education Foundation Membership Certificate, 1990-1991
 
ID from Armed Forces of the United States of Ellis P. Torrance
 
Plaque for Outstanding Contributions for Benefit of Persons with Developmental Disabilities - University Affiliated Programs, 1989-1991
 
Pin from KAGE (Kentucky Association of Gifted Education)
 
Inspiration Award Finalist Certificate from Athens Community Council on Aging
 
Military decorations - 3 bars, 1 pin, and 1 medal of good conduct
 
Key Chain from International Society for Intelligence Education, 1977
 
University of Georgia Bicentennial Medallion
 
Certificate of Appreciation to Pansy Nigh, R.N. from the President of the United States, June 30, 1957
 
Certificate of Appreciation to EPT from the University of Georgia
 
Commendation of Outstanding and Distinguished Achievement in Education for Gifted Children on EPT, June 16, 1967
 
Acknowledgement of being an important and valuable Human resource of the United States of America by the Library of Human resources of the American Bicentennial Research Institute, September 23, 1974
 
Certificate of completion of the creativity course of Satori, the Creativity Foundation for South Africa, July 1991
 
Pin for White House Conference on Children, Forum Leader, Forum II, 1970
 
National Geographic Society certificate of membership, June 7, 1955
 
Certificate of Emeritus Membership in Phi Delta Kappa, University of Minnesota
 
Certificate of Fellowship in The American Psychological Association
 
Certificate of Membership into The American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama
 
Certificate of Appreciation and Gratitude for EPT from The National Association for Creative Children and Adults
 
Certificate of selection of EPT into The Marquis Who's Who Publication Board as a subject of biographical record
 
Certificate of Honorary Life Membership from Georgia Supporters for the Gifted
 
Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Torrance from the Center for Environmental Education Whale Protection Fund
 
Certificate of Appreciation to EPT from The National Dance Association
 
Certificate of Proclamation by the Governor of the State of georgia of Future Problem Solving Week
 
Proclamation of Commendation by the Governor of the State of georgia in recognition of outstanding commitment to education in the State of Georgia, the U.S. and abroad
 
Certificate of Commendation from the 1970 White House Conference on Children, December 13-18, 1970
 
Certificate of Lifetime Membership into Georgia Retired Teachers Association
 
Certificate of Board of Regents of the University of Georgia conferring upon EPT the title of Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor Emeritus
 
Certificate of Gratitude upon EPT by the Leadership Foundation
 
"ICARUS" by Jack Presbury; To Pansy Torrance, From E. Paul Torrance
 
Statement of appreciation by the University of Georgia to EPT
 
Proclamation in honor of EPT by The Ohio Association for Gifted Children, 1985
 
Atlanta Public Schools' Art Promoters Award to Dr. Torrance and Pansy Torrance, 1988
 
Name-tag for Pansy Torrance for the C.A.S.P.P
 
OS Box
13Silver Tray to Pansy and EPT from the Piedmont Consortium, 1983
 
Dr. EPT military dog tag
 
UGA Torrance Center button
 
Gifted & Talented Spring Sympoisum button, 1978
 
Torrance Studies Ask Me button
 
Creativity enhances your chances
 
2 Annual Creative Problem Solving Institute buttons of Pansy Torrance
 
OS Box
14Creative Education Foundation Medal of Lifetime Membership
 
Creative Education Foundation Founders Medal - Distinguished Leadership Award, 1987
 
Creative Education Foundation Service and Commitment Award (clock)
 
Wooden owl award from Ben Hill County Elementary School, 1984
 
Task Basket Tribute to EPT from Sarah Carnes
 
Original newspaper clippings from U.S. Air Force survival work
 
Phi Delta Kappa medallion, 1973
 
Giraffe pin
 
1987 Kentucky Derby Festival pin
 
Oriental green leaf tie tac
 
Osaka City University, Japan tie clip
 
Phi Delta Kappa membership pin, 1966-1991
 
Astronaut tic tac / lapel pin
 
Minuteman tie tac
 
Owl sculpture from Wayne County High School FPS Team, 1989
 
Business cards from Japanese contacts
 
Diploma for the degree of Masters of Art from the University of Minnesota, August 25, 1944