History

The Cummings Center for the History of Psychology was founded as the Archives of the History of American Psychology (AHAP) on October 11, 1965 by psychologists Dr. John A. Popplestone and Dr. Marion White McPherson.

Over the years, AHAP grew, providing educational programming and tours for school groups, initiating a monograph series, and supporting traveling exhibits.

In 2010, the AHAP became the Center for the History of Psychology to reflect this increased scope of activities and offerings. In 2014, a historic gift from Drs. Nicholas A. and Dorothy M. Cummings of $3.5 million -- following an earlier $1.5 million gift -- secured the future growth and success of the Center and it was renamed the Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology.

Today, the Cummings Center includes the Archives of the History of American Psychology, the National Museum of Psychology, and the Institute for Science and Human Culture.  The CCHP continues a 45-year tradition of caring for the historical record of psychology.

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CCHP Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, August, 2010

Read about the Archives in this 2005 story in the New York Times.