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Myers, Charles Samuel, 1873-1946 (psychologist)



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.

Found in 123 Collections and/or Records:

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'Ein Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Natürlichen Musik' by S. Baglioni, 19101027 - 19101103

Reference Code: GBR/3377/CSMyers/5/2/40
Scope and Contents

There is much illustrative material in the article: photographs showing xylophones and other percussion instruments.

Dates: 19101027 - 19101103

Letter from Myers to Hartridge from Somerset about the date of a Board meeting, 19200613

Reference Code: GBR/3377/CSMyers/1/13
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Writing from Birchwood, Porlock, Somerset, Myers explains that he would rather not make the journey to Cambridge for a Board meeting before the start of the Michaelmas term. He requests that the meeting be deferred till October, by which time the University will have decided whether it is possible for him to come into residence.

Dates: 19200613

Letter to Myers from A. C. Seward, 19130624

Reference Code: GBR/3377/CSMyers/1/5
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Seward has been to visit McEvoy's studio and is definitely in favour of offering the work (the commission to paint Ward's portrait) to McEvoy, whose work impresses him.

Dates: 19130624

Letter to Myers from Ambrose McEvoy, the portraitist, 19131118

Reference Code: GBR/3377/CSMyers/1/7
Scope and Contents

McEvoy comments that the photograph of the portrait that he has arranged to be taken is a good likeness: the photographer (highly recommended by McEvoy is called Paul Laib of Thistle Green, Fulham Road). McEvoy also asks permission for the portrait he has done of Ward to be displayed at the New English Art Club Exhibition.

Dates: 19131118

Letter to Myers from G. E. Moore, 19130530

Reference Code: GBR/3377/CSMyers/1/3
Scope and Contents

Moore discusses the question of whether a colleague called 'Adrian' can be added to the Lecture List or not. Special stipulations of the 'Special Board' might make this difficult.

Dates: 19130530

Letter to Myers from J. M. Keynes about the choice of artist to complete the portrait of James Ward, 19130530

Reference Code: GBR/3377/CSMyers/1/2
Scope and Contents

Keynes recommends Duncan Grant, one of the 'Bloomsbury Group' artists and known for slightly experimental work, as someone to consider as portraitist of Ward. Keynes mentions that he has seen a picture by McEvoy (a favoured candidate) but that in his opinion McEvoy's style is 'old fashioned'. Keynes speaks of the need, nevertheless, to satisfy the 'subscribers' (those who are contributing to the cost of the portrait). Of course, McEvoy was eventually awarded the commission.

Dates: 19130530

Letter to Myers from James Ward about the presentation of the portrait, 19140129

Reference Code: GBR/3377/CSMyers/1/9
Scope and Contents

Ward says that, of all people, he would prefer Henry Jackson to present the portrait.

Dates: 19140129

Letter to Myers from Mary Ward about how she and her husband feel about having the portrait hang in their own home for a period, 19140724

Reference Code: GBR/3377/CSMyers/1/12
Scope and Contents

Mary Ward expresses the view that, although she and her husband would be proud to have the portrait hang in their home for a while, they would not want to prevent it being more widely seen. She leaves the decision of where it should hang to Myers.

Dates: 19140724

Letter to Myers from Mary Ward about the portrait of her husband, Professor James Ward, 19140317

Reference Code: GBR/3377/CSMyers/1/11
Scope and Contents

Mary Ward thanks Myers for the 'photogravure' of the portrait that has been sent to them, which they are very pleased with. She also proposes the idea of a gallery of portraits of Cambridge men in the Fitzwilliam Museum: this could include portraits like the one of her husband on permanent display, and temporary loans from other collections to add interest.

Dates: 19140317

Letter to Myers from Mary Ward, wife of Professor James Ward, about the choice of artist for her husband's portrait, 19130601

Reference Code: GBR/3377/CSMyers/1/4
Scope and Contents

Mary Ward apologises for having been late to reply, explaining that her husband knows little of modern artists and so has no particular opinion or preference on the choice of artist.

Dates: 19130601
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