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About this collection

The GTU archives has one of the most extensive collections of Viktor Frankl and Logotherapy materials in the United States.

Dr. Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997), a Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist, survived four concentration camps and founded the third Viennese school of psychotherapy. His emphasis on meaning of life and social responsibility, along with acceptance of a spiritual reality, provided a sympathetic theory for teachers of pastoral counseling. 

The presence of the Frankl collection is due in large part to the activities of  Robert C. Leslie (1917-2006), a Methodist minister and professor of pastoral psychology at Pacific School of Religion from 1954 to 1995. Before he arrived in Berkeley, he had served as an Army chaplain in the Pacific during World War II,  received a doctorate in the psychology of religion from Boston University in 1948, and worked as mental hospital chaplain and professor at Boston University School of Theology up until 1954.

Following others locally,  Leslie studied with Frankl in Vienna in 1961.  A collaborative relationship ensued. Leslie assisted in the revision of Frankl's From Death Camp to Existentialism to Man’s Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy (1962), which became his best known work.

In 1977, the Frankl Library and Memorabilia was inaugurated at GTU with Leslie as curator.  The special collection was established to contain all of Frankl's writings and include all known books and articles about the psychotherapist and logotherapy. After the completion of the GTU Library building,  the collection was transferred to the GTU Archives with books either put into rare or the general circulation. The library sponsored an exhibit of the collection to honor Frankl's 85th birthday on March 26, 1990.

The Viktor E. Frankl Collection contains 24 boxes and 4 folios, totaling 11 linear feet. Materials within the collection include original file records, correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, journal article photocopies / reprints, audio tapes (cassette, reel to reel), videotapes, posters, and books. Of local note are materials from his visits to the Bay area.

Along with materials collected by Leslie, the archives received donations from J. Randolph Sasnett, who sponsored Frankl's first tour in the US; Fabry; and Vera Lieban-Kalmar, who created a curriculum for teaching Logotherapy at John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, CA.

 
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