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Personal Papers of Raymond H. Wheeler

Call Number: PP 217


Raymond Wheeler was a Professor of Psychology at the University of Kansas from 1925-1947. He was known for his research on climatology and its relationship to human behavior and civilizations, as well as his work on Gestalt psychology. This collection contains material reflecting these research activities.


  • Creation: 1951


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Raymond H. Wheeler

Raymond Holder Wheeler was born in Berlin, Massachusetts in 1892. He received his A.B. in 1912, his A.M. in 1913, and his Ph.D. in 1915, all from Clark University. Wheeler went to the University of Oregon in 1915. He then served in World War I, 1917-1919. He returned to the University of Oregon and was made full professor in 1920, serving as chairman of the Department of Psychology before coming to the University of Kansas in 1925.

Wheeler was a professor in the University of Kansas Department of Psychology from 1925 to 1947. After leaving the University of Kansas, Wheeler became a Professor of Psychology and Philosophy at the Babson School of Business Administration in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts.

Wheeler was a well-known authority on climatology, especially for his research on weather cycles and their influence on human behavior and civilizations. He also published on the subject of Gestalt psychology. His publications include The Laws of Human Nature and Principles of Mental Development, which was co-authored with F.T. Perkins. Dr. Wheeler died in 1961.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box + 2 oversize boxes)

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Scope and Contents

The Raymond Wheeler collection of personal papers contains manuscripts, reprints, offprints, charts, graphs, and speeches by Wheeler. Two of the manuscripts are bound volumes. Most materials relate to Wheeler's work with climatology, and the effect of climate on human behavior and civilization, but several relate to his work in psychology.

Physical Location

PP 217

Physical Location

PP 442

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Cynthia Coleman, 2006.

Related Materials

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Guide to the Raymond H. Wheeler Collection
Personal Papers of Raymond H. Wheeler
Finding aid prepared by KMC, 2007; revised by cl, 2010; revised by eear, 2013.
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Preferred citation
Raymond H. Wheeler Collection, University Archives, PP 442, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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