The Oscar Kaplan Collection documents Kaplan's career as a pollster, psychologist, gerontologist, and member of SDSU's faculty. Also included is Kaplan's
work with various organizations including the Gerontological Society, American Society of Aging, the American Psychological
Association, and SDSU's Center for Survey Research. Documentation of Kaplan's works as a pollster includes health surveys
about tuberculosis and venereal diseases, health education research surveys, student health surveys and prescription drug
surveys. Highlights include correspondence for the radio series Your Life After Forty, the White House Conference on Aging, studies and statistics about tuberculosis, evaluations of polling information, and
health education research. The collection dates from 1941-1996, with the majority of the materials dating from the late 1940s
to the early 1960's. It consists of articles, correspondence, surveys, survey data, research reports, statistics, newsletters,
Psychology Department bulletins, minutes, memos, and syllabi and other course files.
Born in 1915, Oscar Kaplan was known as "the father of geriatric psychology." Growing up in Los Angeles, he received his bachelor's
degree in psychology from UCLA and went on to get his master's degree in the same field, from the same institution. In 1940,
he got his PhD in psychology from the University of California Berkeley.
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