Psychoanalytic Book Collection Now Open to the Public

Teaneck, NJ (January 20, 2005) —The New Jersey Psychoanalytic Society (NJPS) and the Weiner Library on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, NJ, announce the opening of the Daniel Gehl Memorial Psychoanalytic Collection.

The Library and the Society have entered into an agreement where the library is home to the collection. The volumes are available to the public and include early writings of historical interest to more recent classics in psychoanalysis and related issues.

The collection is funded primarily through a generous donation by Dr. Raymond Gehl in memory of his son, Daniel, as well as through the support of other members of the Society and the public. To keep the collection current and valuable, the NJPS is providing a significant endowment. The earning from the endowment will provide annual funds to purchase additional volumes.

Dr. Raymond Gehl attended the University of Michigan where he graduated second in his class. He is a graduate of The New York Psychoanalytic Institute, and he was a training analyst and faculty member for the Psychoanalytic Institute at NYU Medical Center. Gehl was one of the founders of the NJ Psychoanalytic Society and, until his recent retirement, his private practice was in South Orange, NJ.

Dr. James Marcum, University Librarian, said, “The Society and the University Library intend to work with a broad network of individuals, associations, and institutions in the scientific, medical, and cultural communities to develop an important resource on psychoanalysis and the Freudian influence in modern society. This resource will be available to scholars, students, the health professions and the public.”

According to NJPS President Monica Carsky, the intent is to develop a collection that complements the existing libraries and collections of the various institutes and societies of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the holdings of other academic and research libraries in the region, and the psychology departments of the University.

“Among the topics being considered for special emphasis are the history of the NJPS and psychoanalysis in New Jersey; special resources and programming on interdisciplinary subjects of interest to the larger community, such as neuroscience, art, dreams and psychotherapy; and information intended for use in secondary schools, ”she said.

Carsky added, “To encourage use of the collection, we hope to join with individuals from outside the immediate membership in order to make psychoanalytical books, journal and other educational materials available to all those interested in psychodynamic aspects of human behavior.” The New Jersey Psychoanalytic Society is a component society of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

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