Catalogue description Papers of Sir Frederic Charles Bartlett C.B.E., F.R.S. 1886 - 1969

This record is held by Cambridge University Library: Department of Manuscripts and University Archives

Details of CSAC 36.13.75
Reference: CSAC 36.13.75
Title: Papers of Sir Frederic Charles Bartlett C.B.E., F.R.S. 1886 - 1969

The collection refers entirely to Bartlett's scientific and professional work. It comprises notebooks, a small amount of correspondence, and drafts or notes for lectures, addresses and papers; many are written on the backs of undergraduates' essays or examination scripts, and very few are dated. Where the material corresponds or is related to an entry in The Writings of Sir Frederic Bartlett, CBE., FRS: an annotated handlist by A.D. Harris and O.L. Zangwill (Br. J. Psychol., (1973), 64, 493-510), a note has been made to that effect, in the form 'H. and Z. no.'. Items without such a note are either additional to the handlist, or unpublished.


The notebooks of Bartlett's early experiments on memory and association tests 1914-17 (CSAC 36.13.75/A.4; CSAC 36.13.75/A.6-A.9; CSAC 36.13.75/A.11) are of interest.


There is no biographical material as such, but B.86 contains an autobiographical account of Bartlett's early life, and Cambridge period up to 1914.


Titles and descriptions in inverted commas are those which appear on the notebooks or manuscripts. All items are manuscript unless otherwise indicated.


The help of Dr. A.D. Harris in dating and attributing manuscripts is gratefully acknowledged.


Copies of Harris and Zangwill's Handlist, and Dr. D.E. Broadbent's Memoir (Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, 1970, 16, 1-13) are included with CSAC 36.13.75/A.1.




A. Notebooks CSAC 36.13.75/A.1 - CSAC 36.13.75/A.42


B. Lectures, Addresses, Reports CSAC 36.13.75/B.1 - CSAC 36.13.75/B.88


C. Publications CSAC 36.13.75/C.1 - CSAC 36.13.75/C.32


D. University of Cambridge CSAC 36.13.75/D.1 - CSAC 36.13.75/D.5


Listed by Jeannine Alton and Harriot Weiskittel

Date: 1909 - 1964
Held by: Cambridge University Library: Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Bartlett, Sir, Frederic Charles, 1886-1969, Knight, scientist, experimental psychologist

Physical description: 170 files
Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were received from Lady Bartlett; some material remains in family hands.

  • Experimental psychology
Administrative / biographical background:

Summary of the career of Sir Frederic Bartlett


b. 1886; educ. privately


1909 B.A., London, Philosophy, 1st Class


1911 M.A., London, special distinction in Sociology & Ethics


1911-14 St. John's College, Cambridge; Moral Sciences Tripos, 1st Class Assistant Director, Psychological Laboratory, Cambridge married Emily Mary Smith


1922 Reader in Experimental Psychology, Cambridge


1922-52 Director, Psychological Laboratory, Cambridge


1924-48 Editor, British Journal of Psychology


1931-52 First Professor of Experimental Psychology, Cambridge


1932 Elected to the Royal Society


1941 C.B.E.


1943 Baly Medal, Huxley Medal


1948 Knighted


1952 Royal Medal

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