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Irene Stiver papers

 Collection — Box: 1-13
Identifier: A15-107

Scope and Content

The collection documents the life of Irene Stiver, Ph.D., dating from 1955 to 2000. Records cover her work at McLean Hospital, the Stone Center, Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, and the Wellesley Centers for Women. Materials includes papers, presentations, articles, correspondence, notes, certificates, and other professional works.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1955 - 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Contains some restricted material. Restrictions are noted at the file level.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright in some papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright publishing quotations from any material in the collection.

Biographical/Historical Note

As a senior clinician and teacher in major medical/educational institutions for over thirty years, Irene Stiver's professional work focused on developing the Relational-Cultural Theory, a new theoretical approach to psychology. She researched and developed this theory while working at the Stone Center at Wellesley College in 1981.

Irene Stiver, born in 1924, spent her early life in new York City where she attended Brooklyn College, before earning her Ph.D. from Cornell University. She became an experimental psychologist, starting her career at Wellesley College as an Assistant Professor of Psychology. She later held a full-time position at McLean Hospital, where she was promoted to Director of the Psychology Department in 1958. She also became the Principal Associate in Psychiatry (Psychology) at Harvard Medical School. She retired from the hospital in 1991, dedicating her time towards developing her work at the Stone Center.

Stiver was a Founding Scholar of the Jean baker Miller Training Institute, in 1995. The JBMTI is a separate division of the Stone Center, focusing on the research and training of the Relational-Cultural Theory. She published several papers and books, including coauthoring "Women's Growth in Connection" and "The Healing Connection", and contributing to "Women's Growth in Diversity."

Stiver recieved the Massachusetts Psychological Association's two highest honors: the Ezra Saul Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology and the Career Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Psychology as a Science and a Profession.

Irene Stiver passed away on September 24, 2000 from lung cancer, at her home in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Extent

5.97 Linear Feet (12 files boxes, 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection comprises the personal and professional papers of Irene Stiver, Ph.D., senior clinician and teacher in major medical/educational institutions, (including McLean Hospital, the Stone Center, Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, and the Wellesley Centers for Women), dating from 1955 to 2000. The collection includes papers, presentations, articles, correspondence, notes, certificates, and other professional works.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into six series: I. Professional; II. Media; III. Correspondence; IV. Legal. The first two series are further subdivided into subseries based on content. Items were kept in the original order they were received in.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of unknown source, unknown year.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jillian Carkin, under the guidance of Mary Yearl, Spring 2016.
Title
Irene Stiver papers, 1955-2000: a guide.
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Wellesley College Archives Repository

Contact:

781-283-3745