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John Paterson Brantner papers

Identifier: ua01072

Scope and Content

The collection consists of handwritten lecture notes and related materials, which show the depth and breadth of Brantner's personal and professional interests. There are also two folders of articles and reprints in the collection.


  • Creation: 1946-1987


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Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law Title 17, U.S. Code. Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Sketch of John Paterson Brantner (1921-1987)

John Brantner was born on May 7, 1921 in Aurora, Illinois. He received his B.A.(1948) and his Ph.D. (1958) in psychology from the University of Minnesota. Brantner was appointed to the University of Minnesota's Department of Psychiatry as in instructor in 1954, Assistant Professor in 1960, Associate Professor in 1966, and Professor in 1969. He later held an adjunct appointment as a member of the Graduate Faculty in the Department of Psychology and was a lecturer in the Medical School.

Brantner received the Medical School's outstanding teaching award in 1969 and 1977. He was a highly sought-after community speaker who traveled throughout the country as well as Minnesota to speak on various mental health topics. He worked with the terminally ill, poor, and elderly.

Brantner was found dead in his south Minneapolis home on February 22, 1987 of an apparent suicide.


12 boxes (5.25 linear ft.)


This collection contains notes, brochures, and articles collected by John P. Brantner, professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota.


The folders are arranged alphabetically by subject. Two folders of articles and reprints deposited in the archives after the original collection was processed were placed at the end of the collection.

Source of acquisition

The bulk of this collection was received from the Dept. of Psychiatry in June 1987, with additional materials received in July and August.

Related Materials in University Archives

Audiocassette recordings of some of Brantner's lectures are available in the archives.

John Paterson Brantner papers, 1946-1987
Archives Staff; updated by Karen Spilman
Updated May 2004
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