Erikson Institute

Austen Fox Riggs Library

Austen Fox Riggs LibraryA part of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center, the Austen Fox Riggs Library is a useful resource for both Riggs staff members and also other mental health professionals. It houses a collection of over 18,000 items, from psychoanalytic journals to recent psychological texts and special collections with historic significance. Gregory D. Farr, MLIS, CA, is the Librarian/Archivist who actively oversees the Austen Fox Riggs Library.

Some of the special collections include:

  • David Rapaport Memorial Library: This collection of over 2,600 books was donated by Mrs. Elvira Rapaport and contains primary works in the fields of psychoanalysis, philosophy, literature, drama and poetry. The collection is significant also in the way many books are inscribed to Rapaport by friends, including Otto Fenichel, Karl Menninger, Robert Knight and Erik Erikson. 
  • Chestnut Lodge Library: In 2014, the Austen Fox Riggs Library was gifted the contents of the former Chestnut Lodge Library, which contains 1,400 items. Chestnut Lodge was a psychiatric hospital providing long-term psychoanalytically oriented treatment in Maryland that closed its doors in 2001. 
  • Martin Cooperman, MD, Collection: This small collection of 70 texts is comprised of works primarily on psychoanalytic technique and social psychology.
  • Otto Allen Will, MD, Collection: This collection of 440 texts contains works primarily on schizophrenia, existentialist psychology and suicide. 

The library’s unique collection is available for use by Riggs staff and mental health professionals (by appointment only) for research use. For more information, please contact Mr. Farr, at [413] 931.5259 or gregory.farr@austenriggs.net.

Patients at the Austen Riggs Center, as part of the Riggs Work Program, may apply to work alongside Mr. Farr and assist in the acquisition, inventory, processing and organization of materials for the library. Riggs staff members are granted access to an online, searchable cataloging system and an online archive of historical Riggs documents, scrapbooks and artifacts.

                                       The Austen Fox Riggs Library is a useful resource for mental health professionals, housing over 18,000 items, and is available by appointment.

 

About Gregory D. Farr, MLIS, CA

Gregory Farr, MLISGregory Farr, MLIS, Austen Riggs Center Librarian/Archivist has professional expertise in the areas of archive management, digital preservation and the development of special collection libraries. He is both a member of the Society of American Archivists and a certified professional with the Academy of Certified Archivists. His educational background includes an undergraduate degree at the University of Montana in Religious Studies, a master’s degree in Theological Studies at Boston University (BU), doctorate studies at both the University of Virginia and Boston University in the Philosophy of Religion and an MLIS degree in Archival Studies at Drexel University. At Boston University, he worked for five years as a teaching fellow for Nobel Prize recipient Elie Wiesel, PhD, and instructed courses in Western Religions and Islamic Studies at BU. His archival experience includes the cataloging of Thomas Jefferson’s retirement library at Monticello and, more recently, working as the lead archivist and assistant archivist, respectively, at the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford and the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. He also worked for several years in the field of fine arts, producing large scale granite and metal sculptures for an art studio in Southfield, MA that continue to be displayed in recognized art locations in NYC and across the nation.

Medical Archives, Description and Arrangement Graduate Student Internship

This internship will entail the arrangement and description of archival materials to provide access to clinical researchers and historians at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. The Austen Riggs Center currently is one of the sole remaining medical institutes in the U.S. specializing in long-term psychoanalytic-psychodynamic therapy, and, accordingly, holds unique archival resources related to its history that presently are in need of ongoing processing and collection management. After completing an interview process and screening orientation upon agreement of employment (includes CITI training), the intern will work with the Center's archivist to describe and arrange archival materials with the short-term goal of creating finding aids for each collection's sub-series using an electronic archival management tool suite (ArchivesSpace) and preparing encoded documents for online access. This internship will involve complex processing of fragile, confidential materials, EAD XML encoding of finding aids, digital scanning, collection appraisal, participation in repository preservation planning and work focused toward exhibition development. Please apply, sending a cover letter, resume, and any supplementary materials to gregory.farr@austenriggs.net.

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