Guide to the Ralph Waldo Gerard Papers MS.F.006

Preliminary inventory created by Roxanne-Louise Nilan, ca. 1975.
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California, 92623-9557
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Title: Ralph Waldo Gerard papers
Identifier/Call Number: MS.F.006
Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 104 Linear feet (128 boxes) and 17.5 unprocessed linear feet
Date: 1915-1979
Physical Location: The bulk of this collection is stored offsite at SRLF. Advanced notice is required for access.
Abstract: This collection contains the professional papers of Ralph Waldo Gerard. It includes college papers, personal and professional correspondence, research materials, writings, draft reports of experiments, papers relating to travels, lecture materials, awards, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, photographs, audio recordings, slides, and related ephemera.
Creator: Gerard, R. W. (Ralph Waldo), 1900-

Access

This collection is not fully processed. A preliminary inventory of the first 109 boxes of the collection is available but does not include the entirety of the collection contents. The collection may contain restricted materials. Forty-eight hours advanced notice is required for access because the bulk of the materials are stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and Archives in advance to request access.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

Ralph Waldo Gerard papers. MS-F006. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ralph Waldo Gerard, 1975. Additions made in 1995, 1999.

Processing History

Preliminary processing by Special Collections and Archives staff, ca. 1975.

Biography

Ralph Waldo Gerard was a neurophysiologist, behavioral scientist, and academic known for his wide-ranging work on the nervous system, nerve metabolism, psychopharmacology, and biological bases of schizophrenia. He was born in 1900 and studied chemistry and physiology in Chicago. He was a professor at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois, and the University of Michigan. From 1963 to 1970 he served as Professor of Biological Sciences and Dean of the Graduate Division at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Gerard died in 1974.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection contains the professional papers of Ralph Waldo Gerard. It includes college papers, personal and professional correspondence, research materials, writings, draft reports of experiments, papers relating to travels, lecture materials, awards, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, photographs, audio recordings, slides, and related ephemera. The collection includes significant coverage of Gerard's neurophysiological research from the 1930s and schizophrenia research from the 1950s. Among the materials dating from Gerard's University of California, Irvine period are items relating to the Grand Jury of Orange County, the Health Planning Committee of UCI, the role of computers and programmed learning in education, controversies over student activists, and the incorporation of creationism in school textbooks.

Collection Arrangement

A portion of the collection is organized into eight series:
  • Series 1. The college years, 1915-1925.
  • Series 2. Post graduate work and the University of Chicago, 1924-1952.
  • Series 3. University of Illinois, 1952-1955.
  • Series 4. University of Chicago Committee on Behavioral Sciences, 1954-1955.
  • Series 5. The University of Michigan, 1955-1963.
  • Series 6. The University of California, Irvine, 1963-1970.
  • Series 7. Retirement, 1970-1974.
  • Series 8. Miscellany, undated.

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Subjects and Indexing Terms

Gerard, R. W. (Ralph Waldo), 1900- -- Archives
University of California, Irvine. -- Faculty -- Archives
Electronic data processing -- Education
Neurochemistry
Neurology
Neurophysiologists.
Neurophysiology
Neuroscience
Photographic prints
Psychopharmacology -- History -- Sources
Schizophrenia
Slides
Sound recordings.