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Benjamin Karpman Papers, 1921-1961

 Collection
Identifier: Tretter: 373

Scope and Content

The Benjamin Karpman papers includes administrative records including case files, psychiatrist notes, administrative memos, visitor notes and case studies related to patients under Karpman’s care from the 1920’s through the 1960s. The perspective of patients are represented by the collection though first hand narratives, letters, notes, dream journals, and questionnaire responses. Diagnoses of these patients cover a wide range including predominantly homosexual, homosexual tendencies, homosexuality, bisexuality, transvestism, pedophilia, homosexual conflict, and latent homosexuality.

Due to the sensitive nature of the collection, use is restricted.

Due to the fragile nature of the items these records have been digitized.

Please contact the curator for information about how to access the Benjamin Karpman Papers.

Dates

  • 1921-1961, undated

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection material in English

Restrictions on Access

Due to the sensitive nature of the collection, use is restricted. Please contact the curator for information about how to access the Benjamin Karpman Papers.

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Biographical Sketch or Historical Note

Benjamin Karpman (1886-1962) was born in Russia and completed his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in 1920. After completing his training, Karpman spent his professional working career at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., a federal hospital for the mentally ill. He eventually became Chief Psychotherapist. In addition to this hospital work, Karpman taught at nearby Howard University and took over as head of the Department of Psychiatry in the 1930’s. Karpman was also a nationally and internationally recognized author and authority on psychopathy and criminal psychodynamics. Throughout the course of his professional career, Karpman authored hundreds of articles and published such books as The Sexual Offender and His Offenses.

Extent

23.75 Cubic Feet (19 boxes)

Abstract

The Benjamin Karpman papers include administrative records and the writings of patients who were under the care of Dr. Benjamin Karpman. These patients were diagnosed with a range of gender and sexual variances from the 1920’s through the 1960’s. Due to the sensitive nature of the collection, use is restricted. Please contact the curator for information about how to access the Benjamin Karpman Papers

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Emily Atchinson in 2015 as part of a project financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.
Title
Benjamin Karpman Papers, 1921-1961
Author
Emily Atchinson, Kimberly Arleth, and Jennifer Shaw
Date
March 2015
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies Collecting Area

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