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Preserving SIOPs History

Laura L. Koppes, SIOP Historian
Eastern Kentucky University

In 1996, the SIOP Executive Committee established the position of historian, and the SIOP History Committee was created to assist in the documentation and preservation of SIOPs history. Current members are Jennifer Irwin, Andrew Vinchur, and Pete Dominick. We are in the beginning stages of several projects (e.g., history exhibit, oral histories, SIOP photo archive) and welcome any additional assistance! If you have any photos you would like to donate, please send them to the SIOP Administrative Office.

The SIOP Executive Committee selected the Archives of the History of American Psychology (AHAP) at the University of Akron as the official repository for SIOP documents. All SIOP officers and committee chairs are requested (per the SIOP Administrative Manual) to save and submit materials pertaining to the business of SIOP. The materials are sent to the SIOP Administrative Office for storage until the historian prepares them for the archives. At that point, the materials are delivered to AHAP, a highly regarded repository which holds both individual and organizational collections for preserving the history of American psychology. Information about the archives can be found at their Web site, www.uakron.edu/ahap. The facility is designed for researchers to access the materials with the assistance of the archivists. Some SIOP materials are also stored at the Library of Congress at lcweb.loc.gov.

The SIOP historians role was created to preserve the history of SIOP and I offer my assistance to individuals wanting to document I-O psychology. Please contact me if you would like information about available resources. If you have an interest in the history of psychology, I strongly encourage you to join APA Division 26: History of Psychology. You do not need to be an APA member. A membership benefit is a subscription to the recently established scholarly journal entitled History of Psychology. Membership information can be obtained from the Web site, www.psych.yorku.ca/orgs/apa26/member.htm.

I may be contacted at Eastern Kentucky University, Department of Psychology, 521 Lancaster Avenue, Richmond, KY 40475, 859-622-1564, Laura.Koppes@eku.edu.

Related Web Sites

 American Psychological Association www.apa.org/ 

American Psychological Society www.psychologicalscience.org/ 

Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences www.psych.yorku.ca/orgs/cheiron/ 

History and Philosophy of Psychology Web Resources www.psych.yorku.ca/orgs/resource.htm 

History of Science Society www.depts.washington.edu/hssexec/         

Society of American Archivists www.archivists.org        

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