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

Read our mission and values

The Cummings Center is located on lands that have been home to many diverse nations, including the Ohio Seneca and Cayuga, the Lenni Lenape (Delaware), the Miami, the Shawnee, the Wyandot (Wendat), the Ottawa (Odawa) and the Ojibwe Nations. These lands were ceded in the 1805 Treaty of Fort Industry and the forced removal of tribes through the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The Cummings Center pays respect to the land and lives of Indigenous Nations past and present, and is committed to a process of continual learning, reflection and reconciliation.
Read The University of Akron's Full Land Acknowledgement.


Watch the 9th Annual Benjamin Lecture in the History of Psychology!

On May 18, 2023, the Cummings Center welcomed Rosie Phillips Davis, Ph.D., ABPP as our featured speaker for the 9th Annual Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. Distinquished Lecture in the History of Psychology. If you missed the event or want to see it again, you can watch Davis's talk, "From Cradle to Chapter Three: The Impact of Poverty on My Life" for free on the Cummings Center YouTube Channel.

Congratulations to the 2022 Baker Fellowship Recipient

Congratulation to the first recipient of the David B. Baker Fellowship in the History of Psychology: Michael Stead! Michael is an MA student in York University’s Historical, Theoretical, & Critical Studies of Psychology program, researching eugenic feminism and developmental psychology in early 20th-century America. Learn more about the Baker Fellowship.

Location, hours and contact

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

Museum and Institute Hours:

Please note that the Cummings Center, including the National Museum of Psychology and Institute galleries, will be closed on Saturday, July 1.

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: 330-972-7285


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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