Useful Links

Former Honorary Archivist Ken Robinson has published an historical review of the British Psychoanalytical Society and drawn up a useful list of research aids.  Click the links at the bottom to open a PDF of these files. 

Psychoanalysis and History is a journal devoted to the study of the history of psychoanalysis and the application of psychoanalytical ideas to historiography. The Library holds printed copies and it can be viewed on Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing website.

Links to other repositories holding documents relating to psychoanalysis


British Library

Papers of James and Alix Strachey


Cambridge University Library and Cambridge colleges

Correspondence with members of the BPAS can be found amongst the archive collections. 


The Freud Museum

The Museum looks after the books and papers which Sigmund and Anna Freud brought with them to London at their emigration in 1938.  This includes their library, personal papers and photograph albums.  The papers of Sandor Ferenczi are also held.


Planned Environment Therapy Trust Archive

Papers of Marjorie Franklin, Robert Hinshelwood and other papers relating to therapeutic communities.  The archive also has a large collection of oral histories.


John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and his nephew Sam Freud


The Albert Sloman Library, University of Essex

Papers of Michael and Enid Balint.  They also hold an extensive collection of copies of letters by Sigmund Freud.


The Wellcome Library

A large amount of important primary source material for the history of psychiatry, psychology and psychoanalysis, including the records of both mental institutions and individuals involved in the field.  Amongst the important collections of personal papers of psychoanalysts are those of D. W. Winnicott, John Bowlby, Melanie Klein, Charles Rycroft and Roger Money-Kyrle.

The website has two useful guides highlighting primary source material relating to psychiatry, psychology and psychoanalysis.


St Mary's Hospital

Records of D W Winnicott as Professor of Clinical Psychology, Child Clinic at Paddington Green.  





Columbia University, New York

Papers of Otto Rank.


The Library of Congress

Papers of Sigmund Freud and Anna Freud as well as other members of the Freud family.   Also the papers of Karl Abraham, Max Schur, Ludwig Jekels, Otto Isakower.


New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

The Society looks after a 2000 volume rare book collection, papers of prominent analysts including Berta Bornstein, Max Stern, Mary O’Neill Hawkins, Fritz Wittels, oral history interviews, photographs and memorabilia documenting the history of psychoanalysis.


The Oskar Diethlem Library, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York

Holds a significant collection of Winnicott’s private papers (Transferred by Clare Winnicott to the Library in 1981, these papers span the years of 1957 to 1971



Freud Museum, Vienna

Papers of Eva Rosenfeld, Paul Federn and Richard Sterba.