Wertham, Fredric, 1895-1981

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Psychiatrist.

From the description of Fredric Wertham papers, 1818-1986 (bulk 1945-1975). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70983190

Psychiatrist and author.

From the description of Papers, 1818-1986 (bulk 1945-1975). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 31816483

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  • 1895, Mar. 20: Born, Friedrich Ignatz Wertheimer to Sigmund and Mathilde Wertheimer, Nuremberg, Germany
  • 1914 - 1921 : Pursued medical studies, London University, the Universities of Erlangen, Munich, and Würzburg, Germany
  • 1921: M.D., University of Würzburg Postgraduate study, the universities of Paris, France, and Vienna, Austria
  • 1922: Appointed staff member, Kraepelin Clinic, Munich, Germany Visited Sigmund Freud at the request of Walter Lippmann to see if Freud would write an article on psychoanalysis for Saturday Review. Freud declined. Immigrated to the United States; accepted a position at Phipps Psychiatric Clinic, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
  • 1926: Published with Florence Hesketh Significance of the Physical Constitution in Mental Illness. New York: Arno Press
  • 1927: Changed name to Fredric Wertham Married Florence Hesketh
  • 1932: Appointed senior psychiatrist at Bellevue Mental Hygiene Clinic, New York, N.Y.
  • 1934: Published Brain As an Organ. New York: MacMillan Co.
  • 1936: Appointed director of Bellevue Mental Hygiene Clinic (later Bellevue Hospital), New York, N.Y.
  • 1937: Developed theory of catathymic crisis
  • 1940: Appointed director of psychiatric services, Queens Hospital Center, Jamaica, N.Y.
  • 1941: Published Dark Legend: A Study in Murder. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce
  • 1946: Opened Lafargue Clinic, a psychiatric clinic for African Americans, in Harlem, New York, N.Y.
  • 1947: Published World Within: Illuminating the Neuroses of Our Time. New York: McGraw-Hill (edited by Mary Louise Aswell, with introduction and analyses by Wertham) Opened Quaker Emergency Service Readjustment Center for sexually maladjusted individuals, New York, N.Y.
  • 1949: Published Show of Violence. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday and Co.
  • 1953: Developed theory of linear dyslexia
  • 1954: Published Seduction of the Innocent. New York: Rinehart and Co. Testified before Senate Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency regarding comic books and violence (Kefauver hearings)
  • 1955: Published Circle of Guilt. New York: Rinehart and Co.
  • 1963: Consulted with Alfred Hitchcock on violence depicted in the mass media
  • 1966: Published Sign for Cain. New York: MacMillan Co.
  • 1971: Received Sigmund Freud award from the American Society of Psychoanalytic Physicians
  • 1973: Published The World of Fanzines. Carbondale and Edwardsville, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press
  • 1981, Nov. 18: Died, Bluehills Farm, Kempton, Pa.

From the guide to the Fredric Wertham Papers, 1818-1986, (bulk 1945-1975), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Feiffer, Jules. Jules Feiffer papers, 1919-1995 (bulk 1950-1990). Library of Congress
referencedIn Paul Federn Papers, 1864-1975, (bulk 1895-1950) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Lafargue Clinic (New York, N.Y.). Lafargue Clinic records, 1946-1981 (bulk 1946-1958). Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Brown vs. Board of Education collection, 1950-1975 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Wertham, Fredric, 1895-1981. Papers, 1818-1986 (bulk 1945-1975). Library of Congress
referencedIn Weinerman, E. Richard (Edwin Richard), 1917-1970. Edwin Richard Weinerman papers, 1908-1970 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Jules Feiffer Papers, 1919-1995, (bulk 1950-1990) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Records, 1946-2000 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Wertham, Fredric, 1895-1981. Fredric Wertham papers, 1818-1986 (bulk 1945-1975). Library of Congress
creatorOf Fredric Wertham Papers, 1818-1986, (bulk 1945-1975) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Lafargue Clinic records, 1946-1981, 1946-1958 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, ca. 1933-1997. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Abraham Aaron Roback papers, 1909-1965. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Kluger, Richard. Brown vs. Board of Education collection, 1950-1975 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Wertham, Fredric, 1895-1981. Frederic Wertham and comic books : clipping file. Michigan State University Libraries, Main Library
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correspondedWith Caldwell, Taylor, 1900-1985 person
correspondedWith Federn, Paul. person
correspondedWith Feiffer, Jules. person
correspondedWith Feiffer, Jules. person
correspondedWith Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939 person
correspondedWith Frink, Horace Westlake, 1883-1936 person
correspondedWith Gutheil, Emil Arthur, 1899-1959 person
correspondedWith Harvard Law School Forum corporateBody
correspondedWith Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967 person
correspondedWith Jones, Ernest, 1879-1958 person
correspondedWith Kinsey, Alfred C. (Alfred Charles), 1894-1956 person
associatedWith Kluger, Richard. person
associatedWith Kluger, Richard. person
associatedWith Kraepelin, Emil, 1856-1926. person
associatedWith Lafargue Clinic (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Lissitzky, El, 1890-1941. person
correspondedWith Macalpine, Ida person
correspondedWith Macalpine, Ida person
correspondedWith Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955 person
associatedWith Meyer, Adolf, 1866-1950. person
correspondedWith Miller, Arthur, 1915-2005 person
associatedWith Mosse, Hilde L. person
correspondedWith Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). corporateBody
associatedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
associatedWith Quaker Emergency Service Readjustment Center (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Roback, A. A. (Abraham Aaron), 1890-1965 person
associatedWith Russel B. Nye Popular Culture Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Weinerman, E. Richard (Edwin Richard), 1917-1970. person
correspondedWith Winter, Ella person
correspondedWith Winter, Ella person
correspondedWith Wright, Richard, 1908-1960 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (State)--New York
United States
United States
New York (State)--New York
Subject
Drugs--Physiological effect
Violence on television
Racism
Juvenile delinquency
Psychiatric clinics--New York (State)--New York
Violence--Social aspects
Abused children
Freedom of speech
Psychiatric clinics
Pornography
Violent crimes
African Americans--Psychology
Sex (Psychology)
Civil rights
Censorship
Comic books, strips, etc.--Moral and ethical aspects
Race relations
Violence in mass media
Comic books, strips, etc.--Psychological aspects
African Americans--Segregation
Violence in motion pictures
Sex crimes
Segregation
Comic books, strips, etc.--History and criticism
Art--Collectors and collecting
Occupation
Psychiatrists--New York (State)--New York
Psychiatrists
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Birth 1895-03-20

Death 1981-11-18

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