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Anne C. Richards papers

Identifier: MS-0045

Scope and Content

This collection contains student surveys on students' sexual conduct and beliefs. These surveys were distributed in Dr. Anne C. Richards' Personal Relations classes from 1981 until 1999. The survey was initially 16 questions and grew to over 160. Surveys were anonymous; Dr. Richards furthermore typed the students' answers so they could not be identified by handwriting.

In addition, this collection includes materials pertaining to the Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, Association for Humanistic Psychology, West Georgia College, and the State University of West Georgia.

Other materials in this collection consist of papers from committee meetings, class syllabi, lists of faculty members, policies, procedures, surveys, faculty minutes, research, scholarly journals, correspondence, newspaper articles, and research and publicity for Richard's book, Invitations to Dialogue: The Legacy of Sidney M. Jourard.


  • 1955-2021


Restrictions on Access

Materials in boxes 64-69 are RESTRICTED until May 1, 2025.

User Restrictions

As stipulated by U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical Note

Anne Cohen Richards served as a professor of psychology at the State University of West Georgia from 1975 until 2001. Her academic focus was on theoretical and applied aspects of humanistic psychology.

Richards graduated from Brandeis University in 1965 where she studied with Abraham Maslow, James B. Klee, Lewis A. Coser, and Everett C. Hughes. At the University of Florida she studied with Arthur W. Combs, Sidney Jourard, Ted Landsman, Hal Lewis, and Franz Epting. She holds a Doctor of Education degree.

Richards has co-authored and edited numerous books including: Homonovus: The New Man (1973) co-authored with her husband, Fred Richards; Educational accountability: A Humanistic Perspective, with Fred Richards and and I. David Welch (1973); and she edited Matters of Consequence: Selected Writings of Arthur W. Combs (2010) among other works.

Richards served as the Executive Officer of the University's chapter of Association for Humanistic Education (AHE) from approximately 1976 to 1981 and has served as a trustee for the Field Psych Trust since 1999, which honors the professional contributions of Arthur W. Combs and funds graduate research related to perceptual psychology.


94.32 Linear feet (231 boxes, 1 OV folder)




Papers of University of West Georgia Department of Psychology faculty member Anne C. Richards. The papers include anonymous survey results of students’ sexual conduct and beliefs and documents pertaining to the operations and programs of the Department of Psychology.

Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in series. Series I: Sexuality Surveys; Series II: Chronological Files; Series III: RESTRICTED; Series IV: Additions; Series V: Black Psychology/Racism; Series VI: Additions.


Boxes 1-44 donated by Anne Richards in 2007; boxes 45-68 donated by Anne Richards in 2015; boxes 69-70 donated by Anne Richards in 2017; boxes 71 and 72 donated at an unknown date; boxes 69 and 73-74 donated by Anne Richards in June 2019; boxes 75-79 donated by Anne Richards in July 2021; boxes -231 donated by Anne Richards in December 2022.


Some of the materials held in Ingram Library's Special Collections contain images and language that is euphemistic, racist, homophobic, transnegative, sexist, ableist, or that demeans the humanity of people in other ways.


This collection includes materials that contain offensive language and/or images. It is important for Ingram Library's Special Collections to acknowledge that racism and bigotry, including terms considered derogatory and terms that were used historically, are present in this collection. Encountering racist or derogatory content can be difficult and painful. The University of West Georgia offers counseling and other support services for current students, faculty, and staff.

Processing Information note

Additional materials were added by Jennah Marston, July 2019. Materials from boxes 69-72 were rearranged.

Additional materials were added by Allison Perrigo, July 2019. New files were added to boxes 69-74 and materials were rearranged into alphabetical order.

Additional materials were added by Madison Seyres, August 2021. Materials from box 75 were rearranged and materials from boxes 76-79 were left in original order.

Guide to the Anne C. Richards Papers
Sarah Wiswall (2016) and Taylor Robinson (2023)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Language of description note
Description is in English

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States