Blanche McLane Bruner papers, 1946-1956 Rauner Manuscript MS-768

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Title:

Blanche McLane Bruner papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-768

Collection Dates:

1946-1956

Size of Collection:

.5 linear ft., 1 box

Abstract:

Blanche B. Marshall McLane Bruner (b. 1915). Consists of correspondence between Bruner, her uncle Adelbert Ames, Jr., John Pearson and Hadley Cantril. Copies of research reports and other writings of both Ames and Pearson are also included.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

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Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright on this material has not been evaluated. You are free to use this material in any way that is permitted by copyright that applies to your use.

Introduction to the Collection

The Blanche B. Marshall McLane Bruner papers contain correspondence between Bruner, her uncle Adelbert Ames, Jr., and the director of the Dartmouth Eye Institute, later the Hanover Institute, John Pearson, as well as with Hadley Cantril, president of the Institute for Associated Research. Much of the correspondence relates to the development of terminology used to describe visual and social perception and relates to the physiological optics research of the Institute. Included are copies of research reports and other writings of both Ames and Pearson.

Biography

Blanche B. Marshall McLane Bruner was born on February 16, 1915. She was the granddaughter of Civil War Union General Adelbert Ames, Sr. Blanche attended Smith College for two years, graduating in 1936. In 1935, she married New Hamsphire lawyer John McLane Jr. (Dartmouth Class of 1938). Blanche and John Jr. had five children between 1935 and 1947. While residing in Manchester, NH, Blanche McLane was a member of the Manchester School Board and the League of Women Voters. In late 1958 or early 1959, Mrs. McLane moved to Weston, Massachusetts and was divorced from John McLane Jr. In 1960, she married Harvard College professor Jerome Bruner.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, 1946-1956

Papers

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence: Adelbert Ames Jr and Marshall McLane, 1946-1948
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence: Adelbert Ames Jr and Marshall McLane, 1949-1950
  • Folder: 3, Correspondence: Adelbert Ames Jr and Marshall McLane, 1954-1955
  • Folder: 4, Correspondence: John Pearson and Marshall McLane, 1947
  • Folder: 5, Correspondence: John Pearson and Marshall McLane, 1948-02-1948-07
  • Folder: 6, Correspondence: John Pearson and Marshall McLane, 1948-08-1948-12
  • Folder: 7, Correspondence: John Pearson and Marshall McLane, 1949-1950
  • Folder: 8, Correspondence: John Pearson and Marshall McLane, 1951-1953
  • Folder: 9, Correspondence: Hadley Cantril and Marshall McLane, 1953-1956
  • Folder: 10, Correspondence: Adelbert Ames letters to Herber Marks; from Richard Gregg; from Richard Oldfield; to John Dickey, 1947-1948
  • Folder: 11, Adelbert Ames' selected writings, 1947-1948
  • Folder: 12, Adelbert Ames' selected writings, 1949-1955
  • Folder: 13, Adelbert Ames/Hanover Institute writings, 1948-1949
  • Folder: 14, Adelbert Ames/Hanover Institute compliations, 1949-04
  • Folder: 15, Writings and articles about Adelbert Ames Jr and Hanover Institute, 1947-1949
  • Folder: 16, John Pearson's selected writings/memos, circa 1948
  • Folder: 17, Miscellaneous items, undated

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