E. Paul Torrance artifacts and personal papers

E. Paul Torrance artifacts and personal papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Torrance, E. Paul, (Ellis Paul), 1915-
Title: E. Paul Torrance artifacts and personal papers
Dates: 1960-1999
Quantity: 12.0 Linear feet 5 document boxes, 5 oversized boxes, 4 cartons
Coll. Number: ms3723

Biographical/Historical Note

Ellis Paul Torrance (1915-2003) was a renown American psychologist and educator. After serving in World War II he continued his work in a position with the U.S. Army as a counselor for disabled veterans. He is noted for developing the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, which test creativity using simple trials based on fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration. Torrance also created the Future Problem Solving Program, which has expanded internationally. He taught at the University of Minnesota and the University of Georgia, retiring in 1984, the same year that the University of Georgia established the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development. Mr. Torrance was one of the most published faculty members in UGA’s history.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains photographs from the 1960s to the 1990s, many mounted on cardboard; presents from students and colleagues Japan when he visited in the late 1970s; letters to Torrance and his wife from colleagues, students, and friends; 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.


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.

Related Material

Related collections in this repository: E. Paul Torrance papers, ms2344; E. Paul Torrance creativity testing collection, m2372; E. Paul Torrance thesis and dissertations, ms2378; E. Paul Torrance photographic archive, ms2606.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
10Torrance Associates books, 1, 2, 3, & 4
Retirement Letters
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, 1981 February
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
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, 1957 June 30
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, 1955 June 7
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, 1970 December 13-18
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
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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, 1944 August 25