Maslow, Abraham H. (Abraham Harold)

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Abraham Harold Maslow was born on April 1, 1908, in Brooklyn, New York. Maslow became interested in psychology at a young age, though first studying law before receiving degrees at the University of Wisconsin in psychology (BA in 1930, MA in 1931, PhD in 1934). While at Wisconsin, he became closely associated with Harry Harlow and his primate studies. After graduation, Maslow worked with E. L. Thorndike at Columbia. He then taught at Brooklyn College from 1937 until 1951. From 1951 until 1969, Maslow served as the chair of the psychology department at Brandeis University.

Maslow offered a new perspective to the field of psychology with his well-known concept of the Hierarchy of Needs, often displayed as a pyramid depicting the five levels of human needs. These levels are physiological needs, security needs, social needs, esteem needs, and self-actualizing needs. His ideas and concepts are still widely influential in a variety of disciplines today.

Maslow spent significant time with the Blackfoot Indians during the 1950s, developing early models of his hierarchy from the Blackfoot culture.

Abraham Maslow died on June 8, 1970.

From the guide to the Abraham Maslow papers, 1932-1972, (Center for the History of Psychology)

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referencedIn Rokeach, Milton. Milton Rokeach papers, 1944-1981. University of Akron, Bierce Library
referencedIn Fritz J. Roethlisberger papers, 1918-1974 Baker Library, Harvard Business School
referencedIn Arnold, John Edward, 1913-1963. John Edward Arnold course materials, 1958-1959. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Klein, George S. (George Stuart), 1917-1971. George S. Klein papers, 1940-1971. University of Akron, Bierce Library
creatorOf Maslow, Abraham H. (Abraham Harold). Correspondence, 1952, from Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Maslow, Abraham H. (Abraham Harold). Letters, 1966, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Abraham Maslow papers, 1932-1972 Center for the History of Psychology
referencedIn Drews, Elizabeth Monroe, 1915-. Elizabeth Drews papers, 1942-1979. University of Akron, Bierce Library
referencedIn Harrower, Molly, 1906-1999. Molly Harrower papers, 1886-1999. University of Akron, Bierce Library
referencedIn Waring, Ethel Bushnell, 1887-1972. Papers, 1920s-1950s. Wayne State University
referencedIn Rudolf Dreikurs Papers, 1911-1973, (bulk 1937-1972) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Dreikurs, Rudolf, 1897-1972. Papers of Rudolf Dreikurs, 1911-1973 (bulk 1937-1972). Library of Congress
creatorOf Maslow, Abraham H. (Abraham Harold). Correspondence with Margaret Naumburg, 1961-1962. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Maslow, Abraham H. (Abraham Harold). Abraham Maslow papers, 1929-1972. University of Akron, Bierce Library
referencedIn Roethlisberger, F. J. (Fritz Jules), 1898-1974. Fritz J. Roethlisberger papers, 1918-1974. Harvard Business School, Knowledge and Library Services/Baker Library
referencedIn Morant, Ricardo. Papers, 1950-2010. Brandeis University Library
referencedIn Abraham Aaron Roback papers, 1909-1965. Houghton Library
creatorOf Abraham Maslow Collection, 1943-1968 University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
creatorOf Owens, Claire Myers. Claire Myers Owens collection, 1868-1983. Texas Woman's University Library, Mary Evelyn Blagg-Huey Library
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associatedWith Ansbacher, Heinz Ludwig, 1904-2006. person
associatedWith Arnold, John Edward, 1913-1963. person
associatedWith Buhler, Charlotte Malachowski, 1893-1974. person
associatedWith DeMartino, Manfred F. person
associatedWith Dreikurs, Rudolf, 1897-1972. person
associatedWith Drews, Elizabeth Monroe, 1915- person
associatedWith Ellis, Albert, 1913-2007. person
associatedWith Esalen Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith Fromm, Erich, 1900-1980. person
associatedWith Goldstein, Kurt, 1878-1965. person
associatedWith Harlow, Harry F. (Harry Frederick), 1905-1981. person
associatedWith Harrower, Molly, 1906-1999. person
associatedWith Klein, George S. (George Stuart), 1917-1971. person
associatedWith Mead, Margaret, 1901-1978. person
associatedWith Morant, Ricardo. person
associatedWith Murphy, Gardner, 1895-1979. person
associatedWith Owens, Claire Myers. person
correspondedWith Roback, A. A. (Abraham Aaron), 1890-1965 person
associatedWith Roethlisberger, F. J. (Fritz Jules), 1898-1974. person
associatedWith Rokeach, Milton. person
correspondedWith Waring, Ethel Bushnell, 1887-1972. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Siksika Indians
Hierarchy of Needs
History of psychology
Blackfoot Indians (Dakota)
Sihasapa Indians
Personality and motivation
Humanistic psychology
Self-actualization (Psychology)
Group relations training
Peak experiences


Birth 1908-04-01

Death 1970-06-08





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