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 Record Group
Identifier: RG 30/C1

Rutgers Psychological Clinic Records


  • 1929-1965

Scope and Content Note

The records of the Rutgers Psychological Clinic are the papers maintained by Dr. Anna Starr, director of the clinic from 1944 to 1956. Included are clinical and annual reports dating from 1929-1957, statistics, files pertaining to the Rutgers Drawing Test, newspaper clippings, early history of the clinic, surveys, memos, speeches and correspondence pertaining to the twenty-fifth anniversary of the clinic, records on the participation in war activities, material relating to psychologiccal testing and speech therapy, films of testing methods, a scrapbook of clinic activities, and some records and writings of Henry E. Starr, director of the clinic from 1928 to 1935.

The collection consists of seven series: reports, statistics, the Rutgers Drawing Test, the Rutgers Psychological Clinic, Subject File, the personal scrapbook of Anna Starr and five film reels of testing methods.

With the Report Series are annual reports of the growth and development of the clinic. Also incuded are memos between both Anna Starr and her husband Henry Starr and those to the presidents and deans of the university. The Statistics Series includes in-depth correlation and analyses, especially of patients who lived in Middlesex County. In the Drawing Test series can be found a file on Margaret Moreau and her work in Latin America. Robert Wayne Jones' dissertation is included in this series. In the Rutgers Psychological Clinic series is a manuscript of Anna Starr's that chronicles the clinic's history. The Subject File series contains newspaper clippings and photographs. The War Activities folder includes letters by the Red Cross in Lyons, France, commending Dr. Starr for her contribution to children suffering the psychological effects of war. The Personal Scrapbook series contains an entire history of public opinion on the clinic and Dr. Starr. The film reels series is an invaluable record of Dr. Starrs testing methods and demonstrates her work with patients.


1.2 Cubic Feet (5-16mm motion picture reels)

Language of Materials



The records of the Rutgers Psychological Clinic derive from the files of Dr. Anna Starr, director. Included are clinical and annual reports, 1929-1957; files pertaining to activities in connection with psychological testing, speech therapy, World War II, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation gifts, Freshmen Reading Surveys, and the 25th anniversary conference; statistics, 1929-1945, including an in-depth analysis of Middlesex County (NJ) patients, 1929-1935; files, including a dissertation by R. Wayne Jones (Univ. of Miami, 1963) and a master's thesis (Rutgers, 1937) pertaining to the Rutgers Drawing Test, a nonverbal intelligence test developed by Anna Starr that was administered to pre-school children; clippings, brochures and other publications pertaining to the clinic; some records and writings by Henry E. Starr, the first director. Five motion picture films documenting testing of children are also included.

Administrative History of the Rutgers Psychological Clinic

In October, 1929, university president John Martin Thomas and the Board of Trustees of Rutgers University established the Rutgers Psychological Mental Hygiene Clinic as a distinct department. It was anticipated that the Rutgers Clinic would provide facilities for psychological examination and extended case studies. It would also provide intensive study and cooperate with the psychology department to offer graduate instruction. The clinic was funded by a state grant made through the Commissioner of Institutions and Agencies, William J. Ellis.

The first director of the clinic was Henry E. Starr, chairman of the psychology department. During the Depression, clinic facilities became increasingly utilized as a laboratory for advanced courses. The state grant was eventually withdrawn due to the financial problems of the times, and the clinic became part of the the psychology department.

In 1944, Dr. Anna Starr, widow of the late Henry E. Starr, became director of the clinic. She had worked with her husband since the clinic's founding and continued to direct it until her retirement in 1956.

Inventory to the Records of Rutgers Psychological Clinic, 1929-1965 RG 30/C1
Edited Full Draft
Laurie Sansone
April 26, 1992
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English

Revision Statements

  • June 3, 2004: clinic converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).

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