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A Guide to the Records of the University of Florida Marriage and Family Clinic

Finding aid created by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
June 2006


Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Florida. Marriage and Family Clinic.
Title: Records of the University of Florida Marriage and Family Clinic
Dates: 1950-1959
Abstract: Correspondence and other documents related to the clinic and a study of the clinic done in 1950 by a psychology student.
Extent: 0.01 Linear feet. 1 folder.
Identification: Series 18
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

The Marriage and Family Clinic was one of five clinics in the Florida Center of Clinical Services, predecessor to the University Counseling Center at the University of Florida. The Marriage and Family Clinic was headed by Winston W. Ehrmann, Professor of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Clinic performed marriage and pre-marital counseling and family counseling. The sexual content of much of the counseling embroiled the Clinic in controversy. Under pressure from conservative groups and the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee, the center was closed in 1959. Dr. Ehrmann resigned soon afterwards.


Scope and Content

This series contains correspondence, annual reports, and other documents related to the clinic as well as a study of the clinic done in 1950 by a psychology student. The study includes case studies of couples counseled at the clinic. The controversy surrounding the clinic is not documented here.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Records of the University of Florida Marriage and Family Clinic, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.


Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Marriage counseling -- Florida.
Sex counseling -- Florida.
University of Florida -- Students -- Mental health services.



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