Looking northeast across 82nd St at the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Abraham A. Brill Library of New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute is one of the largest psychoanalytic libraries in the world. Library holdings include over 40,000 books, periodicals, and reprints devoted to psychoanalysis and related fields. The collection spans the literature of psychoanalysis from its beginning to the present day.

The Archives of New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute papers going back to 1911; the Joint Activities of the Society and Institute; the A.A. Brill Library; the Treatment Center; and the Kris Study Group.

The Special Collections of the Archives include a 2,000 volume Rare Book Collection, papers of prominent analysts, oral history interviews, photographs, manuscripts, and memorabilia documenting the history of psychoanalysis. Among the papers in the Special Collections are those of Berta Bornstein, Mary O’Neil Hawkins, Fritz Wittels, Max Stern, and The Psychoanalytic Quarterly.

Oral history interviews include those with Rudolph Loewenstein, Dora and Heinz Hartmann, Edith Jacobson, Jeanne Lampl-de Groot, Marianne Kris, Charles Brenner, Jacob Arlow, Leo Stone, Isidor Silbermann, Viola Bernard, Else Pappenheim, Charles Fisher, George Gero, Mark Kanzer, Bernard Meyer, Burness E. Moore, and Nicholas Young. The photographic collection contains photographs of many early analysts as well as pictures depicting the history of the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute.

The collection includes many first editions of Freud’s writings, complete runs of the early psychoanalytic journals, and psychoanalytic and psychiatric books in over 20 languages.

Material from the Archives and Special Collections is made available to qualified scholars upon application to and approval by the Archives Committee.

The Institute is the oldest psychoanalytic society in the United States, dating back to the founding of New York Psychoanalytic Society in 1911 by Abraham Arden Brill. One of the first practicing psychoanalysts in the United States, Brill was the first translator of Freud’s writings into English and a public advocate for psychoanalytic ideas.

In 2003, the Society and Institute merged, forming the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (NYPSI). The NYPSI incorporates new theory and clinical innovation into its psychoanalytic education with the goal of preserving what it considers fundamental psychoanalytic ideas stemming from basic Freudian principles.

Additionally, the psychoanalytic training program include opportunities for research in conjunction with the Research Center.


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