The Archives

Latest news
Access to the archives
Archives fees and charges
Copyright and citation guidelines
Online exhibition: John Rickman
Developing our collections
Pearl King Archives Trust
Further reading
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Latest news

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Access to the archives

The archives of the British Psychoanalytical Society are open to members of the Society and bona fide researchers, although some material is confidential and not available for access.

Enquiries can be made by email, telephone or letter. The archivist can answer brief enquiries but for more lengthy enquiries, researchers are advised to visit the archives or hire a professional researcher to visit on their behalf. Please note that all appointments must be booked in advance.

All researchers are required to sign our Rules & Conditions form and to observe our guidelines for the safe handling of archival material. The use of digital cameras is not permitted but facilities are available for the use of laptops.

Please note that collections may be temporarily closed while cataloguing work is carried out.

Preservation - We operate a 'preservation for access' policy to make our collections as accessible as possible to researchers whilst taking steps to reduce the risk of damage to records. Please note that:

  • All researchers are required to follow our handling guidelines
  • All photocopying must be carried out by the archivist
  • Bound volumes, photographs and fragile items cannot be photocopied.

A copy of our photocopying policy is available on request.



Archives fees and charges

  • Day Access - £12
  • Five Day Access - £30
  • Annual Membership - £150

There are no access charges for members of the British Psychoanalytical Society.

Copying charges

Photocopying of our records is permitted, except where material is restricted for reasons of copyright, confidentiality or preservation. All copying must be carried out by the archivist and in accordance with our photocopying policy, which is available on request.

Photocopying charges (per sheet)

  • Copies requested in person: 25p/40p (A4/A3) plus postage if required. Minimum fee £3, except for cash payments
  • Copies requested by email, telephone or post: 35p/50p (A4/A3) plus postage. Minimum fee £5
Scanning charges (per item)

  • Low resolution (web/personal use) - £5
  • High resolution (publication use) - £7
  • Plus per CD, where required - £1.50 plus postage

Please note that copies are provided for private research use and further fees may apply for publication or other uses - please contact the archivist for further information.

Methods of payment

  • Cash is accepted only if paying in person; please do not send cash by post.

  • Credit card: Visa or Mastercard are accepted but we cannot accept debit cards. There is a minimum charge of £5.00.

  • Cheque: only sterling cheques for UK bank accounts, made payable to the Institute of Psychoanalysis.

  • Foreign draft.



Copyright and citation guidelines

As agreed on the Rules & Conditions form, which must be signed before using the archives, readers agree to request written permission from the Honorary Archivist of the British Psychoanalytical Society if they wish to quote any material from the archives in any work which they intend to publish and to provide a copy of that published material if requested.

Researchers wishing to cite items from our collections are asked to use the following format:

  • Brief title/description, date, collection, British Psychoanalytical Society, reference code.


  • Scientific Minutes, 17 Oct 1923, Society & Institute Records, British Psychoanalytical Society, FAA/106.

Where a document or photograph is reproduced in its entirety, readers are asked to also include the following text:

  • The Archives of the British Psychoanalytical Society have granted us kind permission to reproduce this [letter/photograph/etc].

For any queries relating to citation and publication please contact the archivist. Please note however that the British Psychoanalytical Society may not own the copyright of the records in question and it is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission for reproduction holder before the material is used.



Online exhibition

The life and work of John Rickman (2003)

Powerpoint file - click/right-click mouse to move between slides.  Please note that this file may take some time to download on a 56k modem.



Developing our collections

We continue to build our collections as a resource for the history of psychoanalysis by accepting donations of appropriate material. The Honorary Archivist is happy to advise members or their families on how best to provide for the future of their papers.


Pearl King Archives Trust

We also work to develop our collections through our charitable trust, which was established by Pearl King, who founded the archives as they exist today. Donations to the Trust are used to promote the acquisition, preservation and protection of the archives and to encourage research use of our collections.

Please contact us if you would like to contribute to our collections or support the work of the archives.


Further reading

Pearl King, "Activities of British Psychoanalysts during the Second World War and the influence of their Interdisciplinary Collaboration on the Development of Psychoanalysis in Great Britain", International Review of Psychoanalysis, 1989, Volume 16, p15-32.

Pearl King & Riccardo Steiner, The Freud-Klein Controversies 1941-1945, The New Library of Psychoanalysis. No 11 (Routledge, 1991).


Contact Us

Hon. Archivist Ken Robinson
Archivist Joanne Halford
Telephone 020 7563 5010

Address (see map)
Archives of the British Psychoanalytical Society
Institute of Psychoanalysis
112a Shirland Road

London W9 2EQ

Visitor hours

Archives open by appointment only



Please contact Joanne Halford with any enquiries about archival collections.


Enquiries about published material should be directed to the library Further information is available on the library webpage.





This page was last updated on 10/10/2010.


This page was last updated on 25/06/2010.



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