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Inventory of the John Hurley Flavell papers, 1955-1973

Summary Information
Title: John Hurley Flavell papers
Dates: 1955-1973
Creator: Flavell, John H.
Extent: 4 boxes Extent: (1.67 linear ft.)
Language: English
Collection Number: 482
The collection contains the professional correspondence of John Hurley Flavell, professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Requests for permission to quote from the John Hurley Flavell papers should be arranged with the head of the University of Minnesota Archives.

Preferred Citation:

John Hurley Flavell papers, University of Minnesota Archives


The collection is arranged chronologically within each folder.

Biographical Sketch of John H. Flavell (b. 1928)

John Hurley Flavell was born on August 9, 1928 in Rockland, Massachusetts to Anne and Paul Flavell. His two sisters, Constance and Jane became distinguished artists. After graduating from high school in 1945, Flavell entered the Army, where he served from 1945-1947 receiving the rank of Private First Class. In 1947 he enrolled at Northeastern University and earned his bachelor's degree in psychology (1951). After graduation, Flavell was admitted to the clinical psychology program at both Clark University [Worcester, Massachusetts] and Harvard University. Because of lack of funding, Flavell chose to enter Clark University and earned his M.A. in 1952 and Ph.D. in 1955. In 1954 he married Eleanor Wood; the couple have two children.

From 1955-1956, he worked as a clinical psychologist at the Fort Lyon V.A. Hospital in eastern Colorado. In 1956, he accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester, New York, where he remained until 1965. For one year (1963-1964), Flavell studied at the Laboratoire de Psychologie Genetique in Paris. In 1965, Flavell was invited to become a full professor at the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development. He remained in this position for 10 years, joining the faculty of Stanford University in 1976.

John Flavell is best known for his research and writing on children's cognitive development. His book, The Developmental Psychology of Jean Piaget (1963) is considered one of the most scholarly and comprehensive evaluations of Jean Piaget's work and is the first major English work covering his theories.

Flavell is past president of Division 7 (Developmental) of the American Psychological Association, and of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). He served for eight years on the SRCD's Governing Council and is a charter member of the editorial board of Cognitive Psychology .

Collection Scope and Content Note

These papers contain John Flavell's correspondence from the University of Rochester, New York (1955-1965), and University of Minnesota (1965-1973). The bulk of the letters consist of professional correspondence with colleagues in the field of psychology from around the world, including Switzerland, England, Australia, and Italy. Correspondence with students and publishers is also included.

Subject Terms
Index Terms
  • This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Flavell, John H. -- Archives
  • University of Minnesota. Institute of Child Development
  • Child psychology
  • Clinical psychology
  • The Developmental Psychology of Jean Piaget
Detailed Contents of Collection
 Location  Title
Box 1
Correspondence, 1955-1956 Box 1
Note (1 folder)
Correspondence, 1957 Box 1
Note (1 folder)
Correspondence, 1958 Box 1
Note (1 folder)
Correspondence, 1959 Box 1
Note (1 folder)
Correspondence, 1960 Box 1
Note (1 folder)
Correspondence, 1961 Box 1
Note (1 folder)
Correspondence, 1962 Box 1
Note (1 folder)
Correspondence, 1963 Box 1
Note (1 folder)
Correspondence, 1964 Box 1
Note (1 folder)
Correspondence, 1965 Box 1
Note (2 folders)
Box 2
Correspondence, 1966 Box 2
Note (2 folders)
Correspondence, 1967 Box 2
Note (2 folders)
Correspondence, 1968 Box 2
Note (3 folders)
Box 3
Correspondence, 1969 Box 3
Note (3 folders)
Correspondence, 1970 Box 3
Note (3 folders)
Correspondence, 1971 Box 3
Note (2 folder)
Box 4
Correspondence, 1971 Box 4
Note (2 folders)
Correspondence, 1972 Box 4
Note (3 folders)
Correspondence, 1973 Box 4
Note (3 folders)