Fairbairn’s Dream Drawings #2 TAGS: | | | | | A recent post on this blog, Fairbairn’s Dream Drawings #1, explored the subject of William Ronald Dodds Fairbairn’s dream drawings, which date from the 1950s. The focus of that first post were Fairbairn’s drawings …Continue reading →

Art and Psychoanalysis TAGS: | | | | As mentioned briefly in a previous post (Unexpected Item of the Month) the Edinburgh-based psychoanalyst, William Ronald Dodds Fairbairn, was notable for the diversity of subjects he pursued with a psychoanalytical …Continue reading →

Where Did Fairbairn get his books? TAGS: | | | | It has often been commented that Fairbairn, in Edinburgh, was working a long way from the main centres of development in psychoanalysis. This must have made keeping abreast of the …Continue reading →

Fairbairn’s Dream Drawings #1 TAGS: | | | | | The composition of the Fairbairn Archive is rich, with a wide variety of materials from manuscripts to typescripts and photographs to correspondence. However, amongst the most striking of all the documents are a collection of dream drawings, …Continue reading →

Fairbairn Archive Mystery Item of the Month TAGS: | | | One of the elements of archival work I have always enjoyed is the opportunity to get to know a collection really intimately. In order to generate intelligible finding aids for researchers, …Continue reading →

William Ronald Dodds Fairbairn: an archivist’s perspective TAGS: | | | The papers of Edinburgh-based psychoanalyst, William Ronald Dodds Fairbairn (more usually known simply as Ronald) are held here, in the National Library of Scotland. I’m Karla, an archivist, and since January 2015 …Continue reading →

‘Towards a better understanding of human relations’ TAGS: | | | This week’s letter from Thomson’s collection comes courtesy of psychologist and psychoanalyst, John Carl Flügel (1884–1955): The letter was one of many sent from eminent psychologists, mathematicians, scientists, and former students …Continue reading →

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