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Barry Beyerstein fonds

  • F-255
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1968-2007

Fonds consists of records relating to Barry Beyerstein's personal and family life, and his teaching, research, scholarship, and professional activities. Records include correspondence, photographs, research notes, working papers, and teaching material; offprints, lectures, and copies of newspaper and magazine articles authored by Beyerstein; and draft manuscripts for chapters of published books.

The fonds is a hybrid of paper, analog, and born-digital media.

The fonds has been arranged by the archivist into nine series:

• Correspondence and personal records (series 1)
• SFU course files and lectures (series 2)
• Conferences and public presentations (series 3)
• University service and career records (series 4)
• Research files and collected publications (series 5)
• Publications (series 6)
• Professional advice files (series 7)
• Sound recordings (series 8)
• Photographs (series 9)

Beyerstein, Barry

Committees and professional activities

The sub-series consists of records relating to Beyerstein's academic career at SFU, and professional commitments. Activities and events documented include Beyerstein's tenure review; course development work; involvement with SFU committees such as the Sterling Prize Committee, the Animal Care Committee, and the Department of Psychology Colloquium Committee; and participation in external committees, such as the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, the Society of British Columbia Skeptics, and the Drug Policy Foundation.

Includes a copy of the 1997 Annual Report for the Department of Psychology (file 16), correspondence, memoranda, reports, notes, meeting minutes, a CV, speeches, and speaking notes.

Files arranged chronologically.

Lecture files

The sub-series consists of records relating to Beyerstein's delivery of lectures. One lecture includes documentation that shows it was given as part of an SFU course:

• PSYC 383 - Psychopharmacology, Spring 2002 (file 5)

Records include handouts, overhead slide transparencies, handwritten notes, reports, and planning material.

Files are arranged chronologically.

New and emergent programs

Sub-series consists of records relating to planning for the budget requirements of new and proposed academic programs, including proposals that were not successful. For a list of departments whose proposals are included in the files, see "Access points" below. Records include correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, program proposals and curricula, comments by external reviewers, and budget estimates and calculations.


Sub-series consists of photos, articles, and published material relating to individuals from the Department of Psychology. For a list of faculty members associated with the sub-series, see access points.

Red notebook

Sub-sub-series consists of one red notebook with working notes on archival sources taken by Hugh Johnston during the preparation of Radical Campus. Pages are numbered 1 to 411. Academic departments documented include Physics, Languages, Mathematics, Computing Science, Psychology, Fine and Performing Arts, Chemistry, English, Communications, Library, Kinesiology, History, Philosophy, Economics, PSA, Biology, Criminology, Geography, Archaeology, and Education.

SFU course files

The sub-series consists of records relating to Beyerstein's teaching at SFU. Courses documented that include course outlines are:

• PSYC 280 - Introduction to Biological Psychology, Spring 2005
• PSYC 280 - Introduction to Biological Psychology, Summer 2007
• PSYC 326 - The Psychology of Consciousness, Spring 1999
• PSYC 335 - Sensation, Spring 1998
• PSYC 387 - Biological Bases of Abnormal Behavior, Fall 1998

The files also include a custom courseware package for PSYC 326 - Psychology of Consciousness; and course material, contacts, correspondence, and notes from the China Summer Institute.

Files are arranged chronologically.