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The papers of C S Myers

Reference Code: GBR/3377/CSMyers


  • Creation: 1865 - 1943

Biographical / Historical

Myers (1873-1946) had been a pupil of W. H. Rivers and accompanied him on the expedition to the Torres Straits in 1898. He was appointed to a Lectureship in Experimental Psychology in 1907 and was the first Director of the Cambridge Psychology Laboratory. The Department was one of the earliest in the UK to offer teaching in experimental psychology. Originally this took place at St Tibbs Row, but in 1909 Myers began the process of raising funds for premises on Downing site. During the Great War, Myers was at the Front treating traumatised soldiers and was the first to write on the condition of 'shell shock'. After the War, he returned to Cambridge and continued to be Director of the Laboratory until 1930, though not resident in Cambridge after 1922. One of his abiding interests was ethnomusicology, and this is reflected in the collection here.


6 archive box(es)

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A summary of Myers's career and a tribute to his work is given in an article called 'Remembering Dr Myers' by Sir Frederick Bartlett, published in the 'Bulletin of the British Psychological Society', vol. 18 number 58 (1965). This was first delivered as a lecture on 7th November 1964: the First C S Myers Lecture. This is stored as part of the collection with the reference: GBR/3377/CSMyers/4/1.
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