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Reconfigured Henry A. Murray Research Center Will Join Radcliffe's New Division of Collections

After a year of review and consultation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University has announced the creation of the Henry A. Murray Archives, a reconfiguration and renaming of the former Henry A. Murray Research Center.

"The Henry A. Murray Archives, which is particularly strong in its holdings on women's lives, represents an invaluable intellectual resource which both embodies Radcliffe's traditions and fits well with the purposes of the new Institute," said Radcliffe Institute Dean Drew Gilpin Faust. "This new configuration will ensure the archival and intellectual excellence of the Murray Archives, as well as its identity as a unique social science archive combining qualitative and quantitative studies of human lives."

The Murray Archives will, together with the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, form a new Radcliffe Institute Division of Collections. The day-to-day operation of the Murray Archives will be directed by a curator of collections and head of archival services at the Murray Archives. This individual will report to both the dean of the Institute and the newly redefined position of Institute librarian. The Institute librarian (formerly designated as the deputy director/librarian) will represent the Schlesinger Library as well as the Murray Archives on the University Library Council. The Institute will also hire a data archives manager for the Murray Archives, who will report to the curator of collections and head of archival services. These two new positions will bring to the Murray Archives and to Radcliffe expertise in qualitative and quantitative social science archives recommended by an invited committee of distinguished scholars who participated in the review of the Murray. The reviewers identified the Murray's unique role as an active collector and preserver of qualitative and quantitative longitudinal studies. This reconfiguration of the Murray is intended to support and enhance that core mission.

The Murray Archives will continue to acquire and make accessible significant longitudinal studies used by social scientists and other scholars around the world and will continue to welcome and provide support for researchers who conduct their work at the Archives. Collections of particular note include White's Lives in Progress, Block's Lives Through Time, Ainsworth's Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Attachment, Terman's long-term longitudinal study of gifted children, Life Cycle Study of Children with High Ability, and Gilligan's Studies of Girls' Development, Ages 6-17. One area of special emphasis has been longitudinal studies of mental health: the collection includes such important longitudinal studies as the Gluecks' Crime Causation Study: Unraveling Juvenile Delinquency, the Harlem Longitudinal Study of Urban Black Youth by Brunswick, the Colorado Adoption Project by Plomin, DeFries & Fulker, and the Longitudinal Study of Generations and Mental Health by Bengtson.

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts. Within this broad purpose, the Institute sustains a continuing commitment to the study of women, gender, and society. For more information about the Murray Archives or the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, call 5-8648 or visit

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