Herman Detering Book Collection on Psychiatry and Photography

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RB 002

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Herman Detering Book Collection on Psychiatry and Photography


  • 1601-1997 (Publication)


33 linear feet

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Scope and content

The Herman Detering History of Photography and Psychiatry collection contains 324 books.. This collection was also processed as a manuscript collection so that the materials in the collections could be discoverable. This collection explores the relationship and history of photography and psychiatry, especially 19th century photography and the “insane.” The primary focus of the collection is the treatment and study of people suffering from various forms of mental illness. Consult with an archivist for more information.

See also Collection MS 203 - Herman Detering History of Photography and Psychiatry collection.

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Conditions governing access

Open for research. Reading Room access only.

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Materials are in good condition.

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Copyright restrictions may apply. Reproduction depends on condition of the item.

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Uploaded finding aid

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Immediate source of acquisition

Herman E. Detering, III (1938-2015) and his wife, Mimi Crossley Detering, donated 22 boxes of books along with archival materials on December 11, 2015.

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Accruals are not expected for this collection.

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2014-009 Detering Family and Business Papers at the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections https://findingaids.lib.uh.edu/repositories/2/resources/263

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General note

When processing RB Collection, materials in MS 203 should also be processed.

Specialized notes

  • Processing information: Loose-leaf papers removed from books. Materials placed in folder per book identification number with page number indicating original location of papers within the book. Folders stored in box and added to MS 203 Detering Collection.

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