Charles Myers: Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

MS.Add.8073: Journal of Torres Straits expedition

A manuscript journal, 1898-1899, covering the first 194 pages of the volume, the rest being unused. The volume is accompanied by an envelope of notes and photographs found loose with the journal.

MS.Add.8074: Articles and papers

Typescript and manuscript articles, lectures and addresses, with some correspondence, c. 1919-1942, 1 envelope.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Samuel Myers (1873-1946), psychologist, was born in London on 13 March 1873. He attended the City of London School, and entered Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, in 1891, becoming a Fellow in 1919. In 1898 he joined the Cambridge anthropological expedition to the Torres Straits, where he carried out experimental studies on the sensory reactions of the natives and studied their music. He returned to Cambridge in 1902, and was demonstrator in experimental psychology, 1904-1907, and university lecturer and reader, 1907-1930. He was also Professor of Experimental Psychology at King's College, London, 1906-1909. Myers moved to London in 1922, becoming principal of the National Institute of Industrial Psychology, which he had founded with H.J. Welch in 1921, and devoted himself to its development. He died at Winsford Glebe, Somerset, on 12 October 1946.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Brigadier E.C.W. Myers, 1976.

Other Finding Aids

None.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Charles Myers in L.G. Wickham Legg and E.T. Williams, eds, Dictionary of national biography, 1941-1950 (Oxford University Press, 1959), pp. 613-614.

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