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University Counseling Center records

Identifier: RG0049

Collection Scope and Content

Materials in this collection include annual reports, research papers, video tapes of the annual "chalk-in," brochures, and slides shows (chalk-in, The George Washington University as an urban campus, art therapy). They range in date from 1963-89, and were transferred to the University Archives by the Director of the University Counseling Center.


  • Creation: 1963-2003


Restrictions on Access

Series 1 and 2 are closed to research for 25 years from date of record creation.

Restrictions on Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Historical Note

Established in 1954, the University Counseling Center at The George Washington University (GW) services to help students resolve personal, social, career, and study problems that can interfere with their academic progress and success. Services include individual counseling, crisis intervention, group counseling, and workshops on topics such as time management, study skills, procrastination prevention, family and relationship issues, choosing a career, stress management, conflict management, and self-esteem/self-development.

The Center offers consultation and training programs for student, faculty, and staff groups. Career counseling and referral services are available to GW students, faculty, staff, alumni, and individuals from the greater Washington community. The Center provides pamphlets, books, and tapes through its self-help library. Students can apply for tutors through the Center's Peer Tutoring Service, which matches tutors with students requesting assistance for specific academic courses.

The Center began as the Testing and Counseling Center (1954-64), then became the Psychological Clinic (1965-1970), and the Counseling Center in 1971. Dr. E. Lakin Philips was its long-time director from 1963 to 1985. The Director of the Center reports to the Senior Vice President for Student and Academic Support Services.

N.B. This history note was written in 2005


6.75 Linear Feet

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Collection includes annual reports, research papers, video tapes, brochures, and slides.

Collection Organization

Organized into three series: Reports and papers; Papers, slides, and video tapes; and Office files.

Acquisition Information

Materials acquired through transfers from University Counseling Center.

Guide to the University Counseling Center records, 1963-1989
University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

George Washington University Gelman Library
2130 H Street NW
Washington DC 20052 United States of America