Havighurst has described the material sent to the archives as being that left by the committee. It will be noted, however, that the test materials included are those in which Havighurst had a special interest and the correspondence is his. Several researchers have noted that the original protocols for the tests are not included. The papers include small amounts of correspondence of Grace Arthur, Ruth Fulton Benedict, Clara Gonzales, Lester Janke, Dorothea C. Leighton, and Laura Thompson.
Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or National Anthropological Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.
The collection is arranged into 7 series: (1) Case files, 1942-1943; (2) Arthur Point Performance Test records, 1943-1944; (3) Stewart's Emotional Response Test analysis, ca. 1943; (4) "Drawing test administered 1947 by Borchardt," 1947; (5) free drawings, 1942-1943; (6) administrative material, 1941-1943; (7) printed and processed material, 1939-1954.
The National Anthropological Archives holds the Dorothea Cross Leighton papers and Laura Thompson papers, which additional material concerning the Indian Personality, Education, and Administration Research project.
The Newberry Library holds the Robert James Havighurst papers and the Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center at the University of Chicago Library holds the Robert J. Havighurst Papers.
Most of the collection is restricted to protect the confidentiality of data concerning subjects of tests and interviews.
Access to the Robert J. Havighurst papers requires an appointment.