Finding aid for the David C. McClelland papers


Title:
David C. McClelland papers
Repository:
Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology
Phone: 330-972-7285
http://www.uakron.edu/chp
Creator:
McClelland, David C. (David Clarence)
Dates:
1941-1982
Quantity:
5.94 linear feet (18 boxes)
Abstract:
The David C. McClelland papers consist of professional correspondence; testing; research notes and data on the topics of religion, values and economic development, achievement, community development, and independence training. Some studies and research were done in China, Mexico, and other areas outside the United States. There are personal history questionnaires and results and material from a large IBM study done on business leadership.
View finding aid for the David C. McClelland papers.
Identification:
p15960coll10/id/681
Location:
Boxes M103; M151; M322-M323; M340; M2882-M2895.1
Language:
The records are in English

Biography of David C. McClelland

David McClelland was born in Mt. Vernon, New York on May 20, 1917. He obtained his BA from Wesleyan University in 1938, his MA from the University of Missouri in 1939, and his PhD from Yale in 1941. He taught at Wesleyan University for a number of years before joining the faculty at Harvard in 1956. He spent 30 years at Harvard and served as chairman of the Department of Social Relations. In 1987, McClelland moved to the University of Boston and remained there until his death. It was at Boston he received APA's Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions.

McClelland is well-known for his work on need theory, the belief that needs are acquired over time and are based on the individual's life experiences. He was considered an expert on human motivation and entrepreneurship. In 1963, he started McBer, a consulting company that aided managers in assessing and training employees. He also developed new scoring systems for the Thematic Apperception Test, a test aimed at assessing an individual's unconscious needs for achievement, power, and intimacy.

McClelland died on March 27, 1998 in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Scope and Content

David C. McClelland, well-known for his work on human motivation and entrepreneurship, used this work in his consulting business, assessing the personal histories, interests and needs of individuals in relation to work and jobs.

The David C. McClelland papers consist of many materials reflecting this research and his consulting business including professional correspondence and testing regarding development, achievement and training.

There are personal history questionnaires and results and material from a large IBM study done on business leadership.

Statement of Arrangement

The David C. McClelland papers are arranged into folders by topic within 15 boxes.

Restrictions on Use

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.

Subject Headings

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects:

Developmental psychology and motivation
History of psychology
Human capital
Industrial psychology and organizational behaviour
Psychologists
Psychologists -- United States
Psychology

Persons:

McClelland, David C. (David Clarence)

Preferred Citation

Cite as: [identification of item], [folder number, box number], Archives of the History of American Psychology, The Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology - The University of Akron