Finding aid for the Mathew Alpern papers

Mathew Alpern papers
Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology
Phone: 330-972-7285
Alpern, Mathew
41.0 linear feet
The Mathew Alpern papers document the professional activities and research of Mathew Alpern, who primarily worked in the field of ophthalmology, vision, and color blindness. The papers contain correspondence, course materials, written works, and raw data files.
M4513-M4611, M1723-M1729
The records are in English

Biography of Mathew Alpern

Mathew Alpern, was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. He briefly attended the University of Akron (1937-38; 1942) and earned his first Doctorate degree in optometry from the Northern Illinois College of Optometry in 1941. After wartime service in the Army, he also earned a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1946 from the University of Florida and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physics in Physiological optics from Ohio State University in 1950. After starting his career at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon (1951-1955), Alpern established his career at the University of Michigan. Alpern's research focused on sight and vision as well as psychophysics, affecting areas of research pertaining to contact lens development, prisms, scattered light and astigmatism. Alpern, in conjunction with other ophthalmologists, invented a technique known as focal electroretinography, that allowed the precise measurement of the electric response of the retinal cones for the diagnosis of various eye diseases. Mathew Alpern died in 1996.

Scope and Content

The Mathew Alpern papers contain correspondence, course materials, written works, and raw data and analysis.

Statement of Arrangement

The Mathew Alpern papers are arranged into the following series:
Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: Course Materials
Series 3: Written Works
Series 4: Data Files

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.

Related Material: Related Material

Correspondence between Alpern and Anna Berliner (1959-1978) is located in the
CCHP Special Interest collection. These materials were donated by Eckhard Hess.

Separated Material: Separated Material

Research data has been transferred to boxes M1723, M1724, M1725, M1726, M1727, M1728, M1729 in the oversized stacks.

Subject Headings

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


Eye -- Diseases


Alpern, Mathew

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

Detailed Description of The Collection

Series 1: Correspondence, 1949-1995

Scope and Content
Boxes M4513 - M4570 contain personal and professional correspondence. Folders within each box are organized alphabetically, A - Z.

Box M4513
A, miscellaneous - Akita, Munehira, 1949-1994

Quantity: 10 folders

Box M4514
Akron, University of - Alpern, Mathew, 1950-1995

Quantity: 11 folders

Box M4515
American Academy of Ophthalmology - American Journal of Anatomy, 1951-1994

Quantity: 9 folders

Box M4516
American Journal of Ophthalmology - Anstis, Stuart, 1951-1994

Quantity: 12 folders

Box M4517
Applebury, Meredithe L. - Baker, Howard C., 1948-1995

Quantity: 20 folders

Box M4518
Balazs, Endre A. - Belliveau, Fred; Little, Brown, and Company Publishers, 1958-1994

Quantity: 23 folders

Box M4519
Bender, Morris B. - Bito, Laszio Z., 1956-1991

Quantity: 21 folders

Box M4520
Blackwell, H. Richard - Breton, Michael E., 1953-1995

Quantity: 22 folders

Box M4521
Bridges, C. David - Burian, Hermann M., 1956-1990

Quantity: 19 folders

Box M4522
Burke, Miles - Cavonius, C. R., 1949-1994

Quantity: 14 folders

Box M4523
Center for Visual Science, Rochester - Color Treatment of Dyslexia, 1959-1995

Quantity: 17 folders

Box M4524
Committee on Vision - D - miscellaneous, 1951-1994

Quantity: 15 folders

Box M4525
Dale, Simon - Dongosintr, Ngamkae, 1956-1991

Quantity: 24 folders

Box M4526
Donnell, Michael - Elner, Victor, 1951-1995

Quantity: 19 folders