New and Notable: John W. Bennett Papers (accrual) and Jane Loevinger Papers

In University Archives, one recently updated collection is the John W. Bennett Papers.

Sakamoto-p1-wmDr. Bennett (1916-2005) earned his doctorate in anthropology from the University of Chicago and taught sociology and anthropology at Ohio State University before coming to teach the same courses at Washington University in 1959.

Bennett was one of the co-founders and first chair of the Department of Anthropology at Washington University when the sociology and anthropology departments separated in 1967. He served as head of the department for 20 years (1967-1987) after he became the Distinguished Anthropologist in Residence.

His interests covered a range of topics from archeology, sociology, East Asian studies, government and academic services, and ecological and agrarian development. Then to American Indian groups, the social practices of Hutterites, and Euro-Canadian-American settlements.

The new addition to the collection has come from the East Asian Library here at Washington University. It is a collection of articles on East Asia, showing Professor Bennett’s interest in that area. This material includes articles separated into two sub-series, individual works and organizational works.

See his obituary from February 2005:

Loevinger_Jane_85-408a-wmOne newly processed collection is the Jane Loevinger Papers.

Jane Loevinger (1919-2008) earned her Master’s degree in psychometrics from the University of Minnesota.  She obtained her doctorate from The University of California at Berkley.

Jane’s interests range in the field of psychology, focusing on ego development as her prime topic. She was the creator of the Washington University Sentence Completion Test (WUSCT), a tool for measuring ego development. She became the first full time female professor in the psychology department.

This 15 linear foot collection includes published works, grant materials, correspondence, and WUSCT documents.

Update as of 09/05/2013: Finding aids available online:

John Bennett Papers:

Jane Loevinger Papers:

Image Credits

John W. Bennett Papers, Series 07, Box 01, Folder: Yosiyuki Sakamoto, “A Study of the Japanese National Character Part V.”

Photo Services Collection, Series People, Folder Jane Loevinger, 1985

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