Historical Records Repositories in New York State
Brooklyn College, Special Collections, Brooklyn, NY
Bender, Lauretta, 1897- . Papers, 1896-1966, 1930-1960 (bulk) 12.5 cubic ft.
Child psychiatrist. Dr. Bender is a prominent child psychiatrist and author of articles and books on the subject. She has served on various civic organizations and committees for child welfare, and has been affiliated with the Boston Psychopathic Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, and the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene. She is the developer of the Bender Test, a psychological test. Papers include professional correspondence with others prominent in psychiatry and related fields including Margaret Mead, Ernest Harms, and others; correspondence about patients, about lecture engagements, 1951-1956, and some personal correspondence. Also included are photos of herself, including a small album from her Rockefeller Fellowship in Amsterdam, 1926-1927; some early family photos, 1890's; photos of colleagues; typescripts of her writings including book reviews, articles, a 1946 radio program "The Influence of Radio, Motion Pictures, and Comics on Children;" and studies including studies of children in wartime, 1940's, the effects of comic books on juvenile delinquency, and Father Divine and his followers. Newsletters, minutes, memos, and correspondence document Bender's involvement with the League for Emotionally Disturbed Children, 1951-1958; Society for Biological Psychiatry, 1956-1966; American Academy of Child Psychiatry, 1952-1960; American College of Psychiatrists, 1953; THE NERVOUS CHILD (quarterly periodical); and the National Mental Health Foundation, 1948-1949. Conferences with which she was involved such as the joint meeting of the Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Psychiatric Association, Tokyo, 1963, and the International Congress for Psychiatry, Zurich, 1958, are documented with correspondence, photos, and memos. Incorporated into this collection are two manuscripts of Bender's father, John O. Bender (1868-1936), a lawyer: A TREATISE ON THE AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION and THE COMING OF THE NEW DEMOCRACY, 1933. Also included are papers of Bender's husband, Dr. Paul Ferdinand Schilder, b. 1886, also a psychiatrist. These include typescripts of published and unpublished books and articles; correspondence, some in German; case histories and notes on patients; research notes; clippings, reports, and correspondence concerning the 1935 controversy between Dr. S.S. Goldwater, New York City Hospital Commissioner, and Dr. Menas S. Gregory, head of the Psychiatric Division at Bellevue Hospital; and materials concerning Dr. Schilder's controversy with the New York Psychoanalytic Society in 1935. Some personal material such as an autobiography, photos, and a diploma from the University of Vienna, 1909, is also included. Some correspondence is in German. Use is restricted to permission of Dr. Lauretta Bender, or her lawyer after her death.
Engelhardt, David M.
The first one hundred years of psychiatry at the College of Medicine: presented at the scientific meeting of the Department of Psychiatry, Jan. 25, 1961
Brooklyn Council for Social Planning. Records, [ca.1933]-1957. 10.5 cubic ft.
The Brooklyn Council for Social Planning was originally called the Brooklyn Social Planning Committee. It was founded in 1933 to be a coordinating and planning body for Brooklyn social welfare and health agencies. It was concerned with such issues as public health, the homeless, children and youth, and unemployment.
Records consist of administrative records which include correspondence, news releases, and records of committees, 1933-1951. Also included are the minutes of BCSP's Mental Hygiene Committee, 1936-1956, Puerto Rican Committee, Puerto Rican Steering Committee, 1952-1957, and the Health Careers Committee, January-April 1956. Five scrapbooks contain clippings gathered by a clipping service about the Council's concerns.
Also material on and correspondence with other social welfare agencies both in and out of New York City including the N.Y.C. Board of Education, N.Y.C. Dept. of Health, N.Y.C. Housing Authority, N.Y.C. Youth Board, N.Y.C. Police, the Juvenile Aid Bureau, City Planning Commission, and N.Y. State Commission against Discrimination, 1948-1957. Also the Association of Boro Councils, Bronx Welfare Council, Community Council of Greater New York, Council of Social Agencies (Philadelphia), Welfare and Health Council of N.Y.C.; and the Queensboro Council for Social Welfare, 1953-1957. Included in this collection is one notebook of minutes, 1936-44 of the Brooklyn Health Council.