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Wright State University School of Professional Psychology Records (UA-2)

Identifier: UA-2

Scope and Contents

This collection includes elements from each stage of progression of the School of Professional Psychology. From 1966-2013, this collection contains materials ranging from early correspondence concerning the development of a Psychology program to graduation brochures from many years after the school’s establishment. The collection is topically arranged. This collection is divided into two series and six subseries.

Series I, Development of the Program, covers topics ranging from the inception of the School of Professional Psychology to the accreditation reports needed to get the project underway. Subseries IA, SOPP History and Proposals, contains correspondence between Wright State University faculty and other schools of psychology or organizations of Ohio; proposals written to consider the consequences of a school of professional psychology and to inspire its creation; the background files and audio-visual recordings of the SOPP history project, an oral history project done on behalf of the founding dean, Ronald Fox, upon his retirement, to document the origins and development of SOPP through interviews with its founding faculty, administrators, and primary supporters. Subseries IB, Accreditation and Internships, is comprised of reports concerning the accreditation of the program and its internships in the early years of SOPP. Subseries IC, Duke E. Ellis Human Development Institute, concerns the naming of Duke E. Ellis Human Development Institute. It contains various materials on this topic, such as photographs and correspondence.

Series II, Institutional Organization, contains institutional procedures and publications. It concerns the SOPP after its establishment. Subseries IIA, Events, Programs, and Admissions, contains newsletters and newspaper printouts concerning SOPP. It also includes information on financial opportunities of its students. Subseries IIB, Administrative Staff, Functions, and Reports, consists of financial reports and meeting minutes of SOPP. This section also includes a large number of reports of re-accreditation for the school. Subseries IIC, Graduation, generally consists of commencement and convocation scripts and brochures.

Series III, Artifacts/Objects, contains ceremonial and commemorative 3-dimensional objects from SOPP’s history, such as commemorative bricks from the foundation of the Ellis Institute, the silver shovel used at the groundbreaking ceremony, and a commemorative medallion from the dedication ceremony for the Ellis Institute.


  • Creation: 1973 - 2020


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Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Historical Sketch of the Wright State University, School of Professional Psychology

The original purpose of the School of Professional Psychology at WSU was to train health care psychologists who would primarily engage in professional practice in Ohio, but who would not be trained particularly to do research.

Between 1974 and 1978, the Ohio Psychological Association and other relevant groups sought the establishment of such a program in spite of opposition from some academic psychologists who believe psychologist should be trained to design and conduct research projects, as well as to be competent in professional practice. The 112th Ohio General Assembly enacted legislation to establish the School of Professional Psychology at WSU. In 1977 Dean Ronald Fox was selected, and the formal proposal for the degree program written during 1978. Students were first enrolled in the Fall of 1979. Since the graduation of its first students, the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Currently, the School of Professional Psychology at WSU educates students for excellence and innovation in the practice of psychology. The school aspires to ensure training that is oriented to both personal and professional development within a challenging and respectful environment which values diversity among faculty, staff, students, clients, and community.


5 linear feet


This collection is mostly comprised of documents that describe the history and development of the School of Professional Psychology of Wright State University. These documents include accreditation studies and other various necessities of the program’s development. The collection also contains a large portion of graduation records and pamphlets.


This collection is comprised of three series and six subseries:

  1. Series I: Development of the Program, 1962-2005, 2019-2020
  2. Subseries IA: SOPP History and Proposals, 1966-1989
  3. Subseries IB: Accreditation and Internship Reviews, 1981-1983, 2019-2020
  4. Subseries IC: Duke E. Ellis Human Development Institute, 1962-2005
  5. Series II: Institutional Organization, 1978-2013
  6. Subseries IIA: Events, Programs, and Admission, 1979-2010
  7. Subseries IIB: Administrative Staff, Functions, and Reports, 1978-2006
  8. Subseries IIC: Graduation, 1982-2013
  9. Series III: Artifacts/ Objects, 1989

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A projector or lighted table is required to view the slides of the collection. A cassette tape player is required to play the cassette tape associated with the slides.

Other Finding Aids

The finding aid is available on Special Collections and Archives website at .

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The SOPP collection was transferred to the archives by the School of Professional Psychology’s Deans Office in the summer of 2000. Additions were transferred to the archives by the SOPP Dean’s Office in Nov 2013.


Further accruals are expected.

Related Materials

University Archives-School of Professional Psychology Newsletter.


Life, Love, and the Land: Duke Ellington Ellis, a Memorial Anthology

Processing Information

Processed by: This finding aid was written according to DACS standards by Jordan Countryman, Apr 2014.

Guide to the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology Records (UA-2)
Jordan Countryman
2014 April
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA