Guide to the Norman Guttman Papers, 1952-1982


Dr. Norman Guttman taught in the Department of Psychology from 1951 until his death in 1984.

The collection contains correspondence from 1952-1982.

Descriptive Summary

University Archives, Duke University
Guttman, Norman, 1920-.
Norman Guttman papers 1952-1982
Language of Material
1.5 Linear Feet, 850 Items
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Collection Overview

Contains a mixture of personal, political and professional correspondence, the latter being usually scholarly in nature, with some evaluations of grant proposals and recommendations. The folder on the Nixon Library controversy contains correspondence and printed matter, with a few petitions and name-and-address blanks from contributors to the opposition to the Library, in which Guttman was instrumental. The collection ranges in date from 1952-1982.

Administrative Information

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For a period of twenty-five years from the origin of the material, permission in writing from the office of origin and the University Archivist is required for use. After twenty-five years, records that have been processed may be consulted with the permission of the University Archivist.

In off-site storage; 48 hours advance notice is required for use.

warning Use Restrictions

Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence Received, 1952-1953, 1961-1962
Box 1
Correspondence Sent, 1952, 1956-1957
Box 1
Correspondence, 1962-1964 (2 folders)
Box 1
Correspondence, 1964-1967
Box 1
Correspondence, 1970-1971
Box 1
Correspondence, 1971-1973
Box 1
Correspondence, 1974-1976
Box 1
Correspondence, 1977-1978
Box 1
Correspondence, 1978-1980
Box 1
Correspondence, 1980-1982 June
Box 1
Nixon Library Materials, Correspondence, 1981-1982
Box 1

Historical Note

Norman Guttman was born October 17, 1920 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He married Renate Pawel on February 6, 1948. He received his B. A. degree in 1942 from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1951. He came to Duke soon after earning his Ph.D. and began teaching in the Dept. of Psychology. Dr. Guttman was Director of Graduate Studies in Psychology from 1963-1964 and 1965-1967. He was also active in curricular reform at Duke. His chief interests were learning stimulus generalization, conditioning, motivation, and the history of psychology. He died in April 1984.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • News Service Biographical Files, 1960-2004. (University Archives. Duke University.)
  • Biographical Reference Files, 1972-2004. (University Archives. Duke University.)
  • Department of Psychology Records. (University Archives. Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Norman Guttman Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The Norman Guttman Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1984.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff, October 2006

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, November 2006

Accession A84-62 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.