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Professional papers include extensive drafts, notes, outlines, and occasional letters
related to colloquia, conferences, courses, lectures, seminars, and symposia given at
Smith College and Cornell; also, magazine articles, newspaper clippings, notes, and
pamphlets for a course on propaganda planned for 1939. Gibson's experimentation and
research papers include drafts, notes, and correspondence in many areas of perceptual
psychology including aviation, perspective, and physiological optics. Documentation for
published material includes drafts and typescripts of articles, books, essays, short
papers, diagrams, original sketches, photographs, and tables; also, annotated reprints
by Gibson and other prominent psychologists. Correspondence includes letters to and from
the Houghton Mifflin Company and LEONARDO magazine concerning Gibson's writing career;
with groups such as the National Academy of Sciences, the Symposium of Oral Sensation,
and the Research Career Award; and with Rudolf Arnheim, Jacob Beck (University of
Oregon), Edwin G. Boring (Harvard University), James Bosma (National Institute of Dental
Research), Michelangelo Fluckiger (with a recommendation from Jean Piaget), E. H.
Gombrich, Mary Henle, Gunnar Johansson, David N. Lee, William Mace (University of Texas)
Norman Malcolm (Cornell University), Frank J. Malina (founder and editor of LEONARDO
magazine), Fabio Metelli (Italy), and Albert Michotte.
Joseph M. Notterman (Princeton Advisory Council), Joseph Royce (Center for Theoretical
Psychology), and Robert E. Shaw (University of Connecticut). Also, Gibson books
annotated by Gibson.
2 DVDs (DVD-914 and 915) containing videos of Remembering Gibson Symposium at
International Conference on Perception and Action (ICPA), 2013.