Center for the History of Psychology

In Association with the Smithsonian Institution

About the Center

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The Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology, located at The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, collects, preserves, provides access to, and interprets the historical record of psychology and related human sciences. Read more.

The Center houses the Archives of the History of American Psychology, the National Museum of Psychology and the Institute for Human Science and Culture

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Cummings Center provides historical analysis for APA apology

Earlier this year, the Cummings Center was commissioned by the American Psychological Association (APA) to produce a historical chronology on psychology’s contributions to the belief in racial hierarchy and perpetuation of racial inequality. The historical chronology is now available online.

Learn more about the Cummings Center's role in the recent APA resolution.

New Exhibit: Pioneer Winter's Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise honors and celebrates the enduring nature of queer and marginalized people to shape themselves into something that is desirable, vulnerable, fierce, and reborn. This new work confronts our notions of dance by exploring movement with people of varied physical ability, body type, gender identity, race, ethnicity, and experiences. On display now at the Cummings Center.

Location, hours and contact

73 South College Street, Akron, OH, 44325-4302

Museum and Institute Hours:

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wednesday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sunday and Monday: Closed

Current health & safety precautions.

Archives: By appointment

Phone: 330-972-7284


Parking: Free parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the building. Visitors can also park in Lot 30 at the corner of College and Market streets. Metered parking is available along South College Street.


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