The Abraham A. Brill Library of New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute is perhaps the largest psychoanalytic library in the world. Library holdings comprise over 40,000 books, periodicals, and reprints devoted to psychoanalysis and related fields. These holdings span the literature of psychoanalysis from its beginning to the present day, and represent a unique resource to the psychoanalytic community.

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The Library serves NYPSI members and candidates, and is open to the psychoanalytic and scholarly communities and to the general public for research purposes.

Hours of Operation:
Monday, 5 pm – 9 pm (excluding national holidays)
Tuesday, 1 pm – 9 pm
Wednesday, 1 pm – 9 pm
Thursday, 1 pm – 9 pm
Friday, 1 pm – 5 pm
Matthew von Unwerth, M.Sc., L.P.
Library Director

The Archives of New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute consist of the papers of: the Society (from 1911) and Institute (from 1931); the Joint Activities of the Society and Institute; the A.A. Brill Library; the Treatment Center; and the Kris Study Group.

The Special Collections of the Archives include a 2,000 volume Rare Book Collection, papers of prominent analysts, oral history interviews, photographs, manuscripts, and memorabilia documenting the history of psychoanalysis. Among the papers in the Special Collections are those of Berta Bornstein, Mary O’Neil Hawkins, Fritz Wittels, Max Stern, and The Psychoanalytic Quarterly.

Oral history interviews include those with Rudolph Loewenstein, Dora and Heinz Hartmann, Edith Jacobson, Jeanne Lampl-de Groot, Marianne Kris, Charles Brenner, Jacob Arlow, Leo Stone, Isidor Silbermann, Viola Bernard, Else Pappenheim, Charles Fisher, George Gero, Mark Kanzer, Bernard Meyer, Burness E. Moore, and Nicholas Young. The photographic collection contains photographs of many early analysts as well as pictures depicting the history of the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute.

The goal of the Rare Book Collection is to gather together the books, journals and pamphlets which document the development of psychoanalysis. The collection includes many first editions of Freud’s writings, complete runs of the early psychoanalytic journals, and psychoanalytic and psychiatric books in over 20 languages.

Material from the Archives and Special Collections is made available to qualified scholars upon application to and approval by the Archives Committee.

Nellie L. Thompson, Ph.D.

Curator of Archives
Chair of Library and Archives