Ackerly Oral History Project: Child Guidance Movement Pioneers

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The Ackerly Oral History Project is part of the Gardner Collection, which contains historical material pertaining to child guidance, child psychiatry, and child development. The collection was supported by endowments and gifts from the widow of William E. Gardner, professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Louisville from 1913 until his death in 1947. Dr. S. Spafford Ackerly began the collection, which was initially formulated as a library of books, dating back to 1563, concerned primarily with psychiatry.

The oral history series began when Ackerly and Dr. Gary May started collecting interviews with early leaders in the child guidance field, who relate personal and family histories, the influences that led them to the field of child psychiatry, their medical training, and their careers. Other topics are child psychiatry, including its early days and the attitude of psychiatrists toward children at the turn of the century; juvenile delinquency; child psychiatry clinics; the child guidance movement; the Headstart program; and psychiatrist Dr. Alfred Adler of Vienna, Austria.

Datesort descending Interviewee(s) Interviewer(s)
William Langford S. Spafford Ackerly
Reginald Lourie S. Spafford Ackerly
Eleanor Pavenstedt S. Spafford Ackerly
01/06/1971 S. Spafford Ackerly Dr. Gary May
05/04/1971 James M. Cunningham S. Spafford Ackerly
05/04/1971 James M. Cunningham S. Spafford Ackerly
05/04/1971 James M. Cunningham S. Spafford Ackerly
05/04/1971 James M. Cunningham S. Spafford Ackerly
05/05/1971 Dana Farnsworth S. Spafford Ackerly
05/05/1971 Dana Farnsworth S. Spafford Ackerly
05/05/1971 Lucille Jessner S. Spafford Ackerly
06/07/1971 George Stevenson S. Spafford Ackerly
06/07/1971 George Stevenson S. Spafford Ackerly
06/29/1971 David M. Levy S. Spafford Ackerly
06/29/1971 Marion E. Kenworthy S. Spafford Ackerly
06/29/1971 Marion E. Kenworthy S. Spafford Ackerly
07/26/1971 Louis Schwartz S. Spafford Ackerly
07/30/1971 Milton Kirkpatrick S. Spafford Ackerly
08/16/1971 Mabel Ross S. Spafford Ackerly
03/19/1972 Lloyd Thompson S. Spafford Ackerly
05/15/1972 Leo Kanner S. Spafford Ackerly
10/20/1972 Edward D. Greenwood S. Spafford Ackerly
10/20/1972 Reynold Jensen S. Spafford Ackerly
10/21/1972 Oscar Markey S. Spafford Ackerly
10/21/1972 Karl Menninger S. Spafford Ackerly
10/21/1972 Mrs. William C. Menninger S. Spafford Ackerly
11/01/1972 Rene Spitz Dr. Gary May
11/24/1972 J. Louise Despert S. Spafford Ackerly
11/25/1972 Margaret Fries S. Spafford Ackerly
11/27/1972 Louretta Bender S. Spafford Ackerly
04/12/1973 Leon Eisenberg S. Spafford Ackerly
05/15/1973 Avraam Kazaan S. Spafford Ackerly
05/29/1973 Frank Curran S. Spafford Ackerly
05/29/1973 Alexandra Adler S. Spafford Ackerly
05/30/1973 Viola Bernard S. Spafford Ackerly
05/13/1974 Jules Masserman