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  • Scope and Contents

    The Herrmann Collection focuses on the history of knowledge in the field of psychology on human memory.  In addition to books, there are also compact disc programs, tapes, and similar items, several of which authored by the collection's namesake.  There are additional artifacts in the form of found art, handcrafted and fabricated elephant statuary from around the world as well as bottles of so-called memory-enhancing elixirs.  The colleciton also includes a large selection of cartoons about memory.  Finally, the collection boasts two phrenology models as examples of the early "science" of memory.

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  • Biographical or Historical Information

    Douglas Herrmann, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and former Chairman of the Psychology Department, began this collection while in graduate school at the University of Delaware from 1968-1972. Inspired by Dr. Halsey MacPhee, who had a collection on the history of pscyhology, Herrmann continued collecting and adding to the collection from a variety of sources until finally donating the collection to Indiana State University in 2001.

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