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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Baker Fellowship to support student research

The David B. Baker Fellowship in the History of Psychology supports student research at the Archives of the History of American Psychology. The Fellowship supports travel expenses for one graduate or undergraduate student whose research will benefit from access to the Archives’ collections. One Fellowship of $2500 will be awarded annually.

Learn more about the Fellowship here. Application materials are due by December 15, 2022.

World-renowned researcher honors Cummings Center with $5.9M endowed gift

The Cummings Center has been honored with a generous gift of more than $5.9 million from the estate of Dr. R. Allen Gardner to create The Cummings Center Endowed Fund.

Gardner, a noted psychologist and world-renowned researcher, gained international attention for his hands-on approach to teaching American Sign Language (ASL) to a female chimpanzee named Washoe. Along with his late wife, zoologist Dr. Beatrix Tugendhut Gardner, the couple turned their home into a research compound where the chimps lived with them and were fully immersed in learning ASL. Read more here.

Location, hours and contact

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

Museum and Institute Hours:

Notice: The Museum and Institute galleries will close early at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, November 23rd and remain closed until Tuesday, November 29th.

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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