Description of the Collection
Call Number: SC0750
Zimbardo, Philip G.
Title: Philip G. Zimbardo papers
254 Linear feet 179 boxes
Summary: The materials consist of research and teaching files, professional files and correspondence, audiovisual materials used in
the classroom, professional papers and articles, and materials documenting the Stanford Prison Experiment.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Physical Location: Special Collections and University Archives materials are stored offsite and must be paged 36-48 hours in advance. For more
information on paging collections, see the department's website: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html.
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Phone: (650) 725-1022
This collection was given by Philip G. Zimbardo to Stanford University, Special Collections in 2011-2012.
Information about Access
Files in Series 9 are restricted for 75 years from date of creation. Otherwise the collection is open for research; materials
must be requested at least 48 hours in advance of intended use. Audiovisual materials are not available in original format,
and must be reformatted to a digital use copy. Computer media series materials are in-process and currently unavailable.
Ownership & Copyright
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Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent
is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission
from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research
and educational purposes.
[identification of item], Philip G. Zimbardo Papers (SC0750). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford
University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
This collection was processed by Jenny Johnson and Daniel Hartwig with assistance from Kim Saloner, Sarita Hinojos, and Miriam
Philip Zimbardo was born on March 23, 1933 in New York City. He attended Brooklyn College where he earned a B.A. in 1954,
triple majoring in psychology, sociology and anthropology. He then went on to earn his M.A. in 1955 and his Ph.D. in 1959
from Yale University, both in psychology.
He taught briefly at Yale before becoming a psychology professor at New York University, where he taught until 1967. After
a year of teaching at Columbia University, he became a faculty member at Stanford University in 1968.
Philip Zimbardo is perhaps best known for the Stanford Prison Experiment, conducted in the basement of the Stanford University
psychology department in 1971. The participants in the study were 24 male college students who were randomly assigned to act
either as "guards" or "prisoners" in the mock prison.
The study was initially slated to last two weeks, but had to be terminated after just six days because of the extreme reactions
and behaviors of the participants. The guards began displaying cruel and sadistic behavior toward the prisoners, while the
prisoners became depressed and hopeless.
Since the famous prison experiment, Zimbardo has continued to conduct research on a variety of topics including shyness, cult
behavior and heroism. He has a authored and co-authored numerous books, including some that are widely used in university
level psychology courses. Some people may recognize him as the host of the
Discovering Psychology video series, which has aired on PBS and is often used in high school and college psychology classes. In 2002, Zimbardo was
elected president of the American Psychological Association. After more than 50 years of teaching, Zimbardo retired from Stanford
in 2003 but gave his last "Exploring Human Nature" lecture on March 7, 2007.
Today, he continues to work as the director of the organization he founded called the Heroic Imagination Project. The organization
promotes research, education and media initiatives designed to inspire ordinary people to act as heroes and agents of social
Description of the Collection
This collection documents the life of noted American psychologist Philip G. Zimbardo. The materials consist of Dr. Zimbardo's
research and teaching files, professional files and correspondence, audiovisual materials used in the classroom, professional
papers and articles, and materials documenting the Stanford Prison Experiment, for which he is perhaps best known.
The materials are arranged in nine series: Series 1. Audiovisual Materials; Series 2. Born-Digital Materials; Series 3. Professional
Files; Series 4. Publications and Writing; Series 5. Research Files; Series 6. Stanford Prison Experiment; Series 7. Teaching
Files; Series 8. Oversized Materials; Series 9. Restricted Materials.
Abu Ghraib Prison.
American Psychological Association.
Bandura, Albert, 1925-
Banks, W. Curtis
California State Prison at San Quentin.
Candid Camera, Inc..
Caprara, Gian Vittorio
Carducci, Bernardo J.
Fraser, Scott C. (Scott Cameron), 1943-
Funt, Allen, 1914-1999
Hearst, Patricia, 1954-
Jones, Jim, 1931-1978
Layton, Deborah, 1953-
Stanford University. Department of Psychology.
Zimbardo, Philip G.
Burn out (Psychology)
College teachers--Political activity.
Jonestown Mass Suicide, Jonestown, Guyana, 1978
Prisoners of war--Psychology
Psychology--Study and teaching.