Charlotte Selver Collection. HPA Mss 33, Department of Special Collections. UCSB

The Humanistic Psychology Archives (HPA) collects, organizes, preserves and makes available to researchers primary resources relating to humanistic psychology, its antecedents and its development. The Archives contain and solicits materials generated by the founders, pioneers and major individuals, organizations, centers, and institutions participating in humanistic psychology, including its historical, literary, social and artistic aspects.

Notable Material

The Humanistic Psychology Archives has major collections relating to the Association for Humanistic Psychology (AHP), George I. Brown, James F.T. Bugental, and Stanley Keleman. Among these collections, the Rollo May Papers include extensive manuscript and audiovisual material from the well-known psychotherapist and popular author. The Abraham Maslow Collection contains articles, lists, and index; correspondence to and from Carl Rogers and Bertha Maslow. Also included in HPA are collections related to Carl R. Rogers, Virginia Satir, Stewart B. Shapiro, Bob Tannenbaum and John Vasconcellos. Altogether, its present holdings include nearly 200 collections, comprising approximately 1000 linear feet of material.

Other Holdings

  • Koehne [John L. Jr.] Collection, 1966-1973. Ephemera from the late 1960s and early 1970s relating to the burgeoning alternative culture as it intercepted with the humanistic psychology movement, collected by Koehne, CIA agent turned "seeker." (HPA Mss 20).
  • Moustakas [Clark] Papers, 1951-1985. Article reprints collected by Moustakas, humanistic psychotherapist. (HPA Mss 26).
  • Thomas Yeomans Papers. Personal and professional papers of Thomas Yeomans, Ph.D., founder and director of the Concord Institute, an educational institute founded in 1990 to provide post-graduate professional training in global/spiritual psychology and group leadership. Collection includes course planning materials in psychosynthesis, sound recordings pertaining to psychosynthesis and spiritual psychology, and video recordings of sessions and group leadership work development. (HPA Mss 51)
  • Other Manuscript Collections
  • Small Collections
  • Digital Collections

Additional Resources

For information on using the collections please contact the Special Collections reading room staff at or call (805) 893-3062.

If you are interested in donating to the collection, please contact the Curator.