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University of Chicago Library

Guide to the Bernard Glueck, Sr. Papers 1910-1971

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Descriptive Summary

Title:

Glueck, Bernard, Sr. Papers

Dates:

1910-1971

Size:

.75 linear feet (2 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

Bernard Glueck, Sr. (1884-1972), an authority on psychoanalysis and forensic psychiatry, was an expert witness at the infamous 1924 trial Illinois v. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. The Bernard Glueck, Sr. Papers span 1910-1971 and include manuscripts, correspondence, publications, and award certificates. Of note are manuscripts of Glueck's reports on Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, his report on a study of psychiatric admissions at Sing Sing Prison in 1918, and autobiographical writings from circa 1964-1965.

Information on Use

Access

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Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Glueck, Bernard, Sr. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

Bernard Glueck, Sr. (1884-1972), psychiatrist, was an expert witness at the infamous trial Illinois v. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb.

Born in Poland, Glueck emigrated to the United States in 1900. After earning an M.D. degree from Georgetown University in 1909, he worked in public health service in Washington, D.C. and New York City. His interest in forensic psychiatry led to the founding of the first prison psychiatric clinic at Sing Sing Prison in 1915. He departed in 1918 to serve in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army. Later, he worked for the New York School of Social Work and the New York Bureau of Child Guidance.

Glueck's expertise in psychoanalysis, prison psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry led to demand for his services as an expert witness. In 1924, Clarence Darrow sought out Glueck and two other "alienists" to testify in defense of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, University of Chicago students charged with the murder and kidnapping of 14-year-old Bobby Franks. The sensational trial ended with a sentence of life imprisonment plus 99 years for each man.

Glueck founded the private Stony Lodge hospital in Ossining, New York in 1927, retiring in 1947. He continued to work for the Veterans Administration, the University of North Carolina, and John Umstead Hospital in Butner, North Carolina.

Glueck published over 60 studies in psychiatry; he authored the book Studies in Forensic Psychology, and translated several works on psychoanalysis. He was active in medical organizations, serving as president of the American Psychopathological Association in 1945. The organization honored him with the Samuel W. Hamilton Award in 1958.

Scope Note

The Bernard Glueck, Sr. Papers span 1910-1971 and include manuscripts, correspondence, publications, and award certificates.

Of note are typed manuscripts of psychoanalytic reports on Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, all from around 1924. Another item related to the Leopold and Loeb case is a typescript of a speech by Clarence Darrow. Glueck also reflected on his experience in the trial in his autobiographical writings.

Other manuscripts by Bernard Glueck consist of his first report on a study of psychiatric admissions at Sing Sing Prison in 1918, and autobiographical writings from circa 1964-1965. Also included is a manuscript of the second edition of William Alanson White's The Meaning of Disease, edited by Glueck.

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Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Box 1   Folder 1

"A Study of 608 Admissions to Sing Sing Prison," manuscript, circa 1918

Box 1   Folder 2

"Joint Report: Nathan F. Leopold, Jr. and Richard Loeb," manuscript, circa 1924

Box 1   Folder 3

"Psycho-Analytic Reflections on Two Youthful Murderers," manuscript, circa 1924

Box 1   Folder 4

"Psycho-Analytic Reflections on Two Youthful Murderers," manuscript, circa 1924

Box 1   Folder 5

"Psycho-Analytic Reflections on Two Homicides," manuscript, circa 1924

Box 1   Folder 6

"Loeb," psychoanalytic notes, circa 1924

Box 1   Folder 7

"The Loeb-Leopold Case: Speech of Clarence Darrow," manuscript, undated

Box 1   Folder 8

"The Education of a Psychiatrist: An Autobiography," manuscript, circa 1964-1965

Box 1   Folder 9

"The Education of a Psychiatrist: An Autobiography," manuscript, circa 1964-1965

Box 1   Folder 10

Autobiographical manuscripts, circa 1964-1965

Box 1   Folder 11

Autobiographical manuscripts, circa 1964-1965

Box 1   Folder 12

Autobiographical manuscripts, circa 1964-1965

Box 1   Folder 13

Autobiographical manuscripts, circa 1964-1965

Box 1   Folder 14

Autobiographical manuscripts, circa 1964-1965

Box 1   Folder 15

Biographical notes, 1964

Box 1   Folder 16

The Meaning of Disease, manuscript, 1969

Box 2   Folder 1

The Meaning of Disease, reviews, 1927

Box 2   Folder 2

Reprints, 1910-1966

Box 2   Folder 3

Reprints, 1910-1971

Box 2   Folder 4

Child Study, November 1938

Box 2   Folder 5

Editorial correspondence, circa 1916, 1965-1967

Box 2   Folder 5

Award certificates, 1959-1967