Sir Frederic Charles Bartlett: Notebooks and Papers

Scope and Content

The collection covers Bartlett's scientific and professional work. It comprises notebooks, a small amount of correspondence, and drafts and notes for lectures, addresses and papers; many are written on the back of undergraduates' essays or examination scripts, and very few are dated. The collection includes notebooks of Bartlett's early experiments on memory and association tests, 1914-1917 (A.4; A.6-A.9; A.11). There is no biographical material as such, but B.86 contains an autobiographical account of Bartlett's early life and time in Cambridge up to World War I. A. Notebooks, A.1 - A.42, c. 1906-1930 B. Lectures, Addresses, Reports, B.1 - B.88, c. 1912-1964 C. Publications, C.1 - C.32, 1927-1966 D. University of Cambridge, D.1 - D.5, c. 1943-1961

Access Information

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Acquisition Information

Presented by Dr D.J. Bartlett, 1975.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection can be found on ArchiveSearch.


A.D. Harris and O.L. Zangwill, 'The Writings of Sir Frederic Bartlett, CBE, FRS: an annotated handlist', British Jounral of Psychology (1973), 64, pp. 493-510.