Merl Edwin Bonney Papers, 1941-1971Add to your cart.

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Collection Overview

Title: Merl Edwin Bonney Papers, 1941-1971Add to your cart.
ID: 02/ UG.2
Primary Creator: Merl Edwin Bonney (1902 - 2001)
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The papers are divided betweein two folders: 1) Publications and 2) Publication List and Classroom Materials.
Languages: English


Papers of Merl Edwin Bonney, concerning his career as a professor of Psychology at North Texas State University (now known as the University of North Texas).

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Papers of Merl Edwin Bonney, concerning his career as a professor of Psychology at North Texas State University (now known as the University of North Texas), including classroom material, publications, published papers, and questionnaires.

Biographical Note

Merl Edwin Bonney (1902-2001) served on the UNT faculty as a psychology professor from 1935 until 1979.  Bonney received his bachelor’s degree from Willamette University, his master’s degree from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.  When he was hired, Merl Bonney was the only faculty member teaching psychology.  He was instrumental in building the department and establishing courses in child psychology and statistics and abnormal psychology.  He created a master’s program in 1948.  He was among the first researchers to hypothesize that children play not just to imitate adults but to express their feelings.  In the 1970s, such theories led to the creation of play therapy, in which children use play to express their feelings about traumatic experiences. Bonney published five psychology books and more than 60 journal articles.  He served as president of the Texas Psychological Association in 1951-1952 and was also a member of the American Psychological Association, the Southwestern Psychological Association and the Society of Psychological Study of Social Issues.  An endowed lectureship in psychology was established in his name in 1986. It was elevated to a visiting professorship in 1995.  [Source: North Texan, Fall 2001]

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Administrative Information

Repository: University Archives
Preferred Citation: Merl Edwin Bonney Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections


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Box and Folder Listing

  • Box 1: Merl E. Bonney Papers, 1941 - 1971Add to your cart.

    Publications and classroom materials for Psychology faculty member Dr. Merl E. Bonney.
    Barcode: 2731
    • Folder 1: Booney Publications, 1941 - 1971Add to your cart.

      A collection of some of the publications of Dr. Merl E. Bonney.  Titles of the papers include: "Parents as the Makers of Social Deviates," "A Study of the Sociometirc Process Among Sixth-Grade Children," "A Study of Some Factors Related to Sociometric Status in a Men's Dormitory," " A Descriptive Study of the Normal Personality," Some Correlates of a Social Definition of Normal Personality," "A Man's Best Friend is Himself," "Sentence Completion Test Differences Between High and Low Groups of College Students on a Social Criterion of Normality," "Interrelationships Between Content Analysis and Personality Self-Ratings in Studiying High and Low Normality in a College Population"  and "Assessment of Efforts to Aid Socially Isoloated elementary School Pupils."
    • Folder 2: Bonney Publication List; Bonney Classroom Materials, no dateAdd to your cart.

      A five page list of Dr. Bonney's publications and the following examples of quesionares and class matterials: "How I Feel Toward Others" and "Personal-Social Distance Rating Scale."
      Sheets: 10

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