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Sanford Gifford Papers Processing has Commenced, as part of Access to Activism Project

By , April 22, 2015
Sanford Gifford, 1962.

Sanford Gifford, 1962. Portrait Collection. From the Harvard Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine.

After treating solders in World War II with what would later be labeled post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Sanford R. Gifford became a strong anti-war advocate, becoming especially active during and after the Vietnam War.  His personal and professional papers are one of numerous collections created by activist physicians held by the Center.  We are pleased to announce that processing of the Sanford R. Gifford papers, 1956-1986 (inclusive), has commenced, as part of the Center’s Access to Activism project.

Gifford (1918-2013) was Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, Senior Associate in Medicine (Psychiatry) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, Instructor at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and Staff Psychiatrist at the VA Hospital, West Roxbury, Massachusetts.  His psychiatric research focused primarily on psychological development and psychiatric disorders in twins, psychosomatic disorders, psychology of sleep, post-traumatic stress disorder, rheumatoid arthritis, and the history of psychiatry and psychoanalysis.  He served as Librarian and Director of the Library and Archives for the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and chaired the History and Archives Committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  He also served on the editorial boards of both Medical Heritage and the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  As a social activist, Gifford was an early member of Physicians for Social Responsibility and an organizer of Medical Aid to Indochina.  He published numerous scientific papers, as well as two books: Edward Bibring Photographs the Psychoanalysts of his Time, 1932-1938 (2005), edited with Daniel Jacobs and Vivien Goldman; and The Emmanuel Movement: The Origins of Group Treatment and the Assault on Lay-Psychotherapy, 1904-1929 (1997).  The papers are the product of Gifford’s professional, research, publishing, and activist activities, and include his research records, professional appointments records, public speaking records, committee and membership records for professional and activist organizations, correspondence, writings and publications, personal diaries, and collected publications.  They are expected to be open to research in 2015.

The Access to Activism project is funded by a Hidden Collections grant from the Harvard University Libraries.  In addition to the Sanford Gifford papers, the project will also open the collections of other physicians of social conscience, including: the Jonathan Beckwith papers, 1933-2011 (inclusive), 1965-2004 (bulk); and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War records, 1957-1989 (inclusive), 1980-1987 (bulk).  For more information on the project, please contact Emily R. Novak Gustainis, Head, Collections Services.

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