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Eleanor Acheson Gamble papers

Identifier: 3P-Gamble

Scope and Contents

Notebooks documenting research and experiments conducted by Dr. Eleanor Gamble. Of note is her travel document and several notebooks related to Dr. Gambl’s 1906 postdoctoral research work with Georg Elias Müller in Germany.


  • 1904 - 1934

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Access to fragile originals is restricted; preservation copies may be used when available.

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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

Eleanor Acheson Gamble (March 2, 1868 – August 30, 1933), was an early 20th century professor and experimental psychologist who was mostly known for her work in olfactory memory. Dr. Gamble was born with the visual development disorder, amblyopia, in her left eye and later developed glaucoma in her right eye, causing her to be near-blind most of her adult life. Dr. Gamble was graduated from Wellesley College with the class of 1889, earned her Ph.D from Cornell University in 1898, and was a professor in the psychology department of Wellesley College from 1903 through the 1930s. She was inspired by her mentor at Cornell, Dr. Edward Bradford Titchener, and applied to, and was accepted for, a research grant to conduct work on olfaction and memory with Dr. Georg Elias Müller in Germany in 1906. Throughout her life she remained a member of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, which was founded by Dr. Titchener. There are two stained glass windows at Wellesley’s Houghton Chapel dedicated to her as a gift from her fellow classmates of 1889. One window symbolizes feminine wisdom, and the second depicts St. Francis of Assisi, an homage to her well-known love of animals.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger box)

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Part of the Wellesley College Archives Repository