DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

RAYMOND J. MCCALL PAPERS, 1952-1984

Abstract: Teaching and administrative files, presentations and writing projects, and records related to professional psychology organizations, created by Raymond J. McCall, a member of the psychology faculty at Marquette.

Biographical Note: Raymond Joseph McCall was born in Bronx, New York on October 16, 1913.  He received his A.B. in philosophy from Fordham in 1934, an M.A. from Catholic University in 1936, and a Ph.D. in 1941 from Fordham.  He then received his masters and doctoral degrees in psychology from Columbia in 1949 and 1951, respectively.  His teaching career began in 1936 as an instructor in the Department of Philosophy and Psychology at St. John’s University.  After a brief leave from 1943 to 1946, when McCall served as a communications officer in the United States Naval Reserve, he returned to St. John’s University as a professor and chairman of the Department of Philosophy and Psychology.  After serving as the Director of Psychological Testing and professor and chairman of the psychology department at DePaul and taking a year’s leave of absence as a Ford Foundation Fellow at Harvard, McCall joined the Marquette University faculty in 1956. Initially hired as professor and chairman of the Psychology department as well as the head of the University Counseling Service, McCall remained chairman until 1961 when he took a position as Director of the Psychological Services Center at Marquette.  In 1966 McCall became a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Marquette University School of Medicine and the Medical College of Wisconsin.  He was a leader in the establishment, in 1978, of the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology and served as dean from 1979 to 1981.   McCall retired in 1984 after 28 years on the faculty at Marquette and 45 years of teaching overall.

McCall’s clinical experience in Psychology began as a Rorschach examiner at the New York Psychiatric Institute from 1949 to 1951.  He later served as a consulting psychologist at Grace Medical Clinic in Brooklyn, New York, at the Psychiatric Institute of the Municipal Court in Chicago, Illinois and at St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in Milwaukee.  He also served as a psychological consultant for the Wisconsin Division of Corrections and the Jackson Psychiatric Center.

McCall’s publications include four books: Basic Logic, a college textbook, A Preface to Scientific Psychology, The Varieties of Abnormality: A Phenomenological Analysis, A Primer of Phenomenological Psychology, and Phenomenological Psychology: An Introduction.  He was also the author of numerous journal articles.

McCall was committed to a humanistic and phenomenological approach to psychology.  His research interests focused on the quantitative evaluation of clinical tests and their development, the psychological factors of obesity, and the normal personality.  He also collaborated with Medard Boss on the development of an appropriate English terminology for conveying of the fundamentals of Daseinanalysis.

Raymond McCall died of pneumonia January 31, 1990.

Scope and Content: The Raymond J. McCall Papers, 1952-1984 (3.3 cubic feet) document the teaching, research, and professional career of McCall.  McCall’s involvement in professional organizations was often in conjunction with his role at Marquette, as such, researchers should be aware that materials may be dispersed through the series, especially the correspondence.  

Series 2.1 - Teaching and Administration Files, 1952-1984 (.6 cubic feet)  documents McCall’s career as a professor at Marquette.  Developments in the Department of Psychology are also documented.

Series 2.1.1 - Teaching and Administration Files, 1976-1978 (.2 cubic feet)  RESTRICTED

Series 2.2 - Presentations and Writings, 1956-1983 (.3 cubic feet) is arranged alphabetically and includes speeches given by McCall and many of his writings, both published and unpublished.  Many of the documents are related to class topics.

Series 2.3 - Professional Organizations, 1960-1984 (.5 cubic feet) documents McCall’s involvement in and with various professional organizations. The majority of records relate to the American Psychological Association, especially Division 24 (the division of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology) and the Wisconsin Psychological Association.

Series 2.4 - Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, 1979-1984 (.3 cubic feet) is arranged alphabetically and documents the foundation and early years of the school's history.

Series 2.5 - American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology, 1966-1983 (.2 cubic feet) is arranged alphabetically and documents McCall's application for diploma.

Series 2.6 - Subject Files, 1953-1983 (.6 cubic feet)  is arranged alphabetically and includes correspondence, notes, and research materials.

Series 2.6.1 - Subject Files, 1973 (.3 cubic feet) RESTRICTED

Series 2.7.1 - Case Files, 1966-1983 (.3 cubic feet) contains the records of patient testings and evaluations performed or used by McCall. RESTRICTED

Series 2.1 Teaching and Administration Files, 1952-1984
Series 2.1.1 Teaching and Administration Files, 1976-1978 RESTRICTED
Series 2.2 Presentations and Writings, 1956-1983
Series 2.3 Professional Organizations, 1960-1984
Series 2.4 Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, 1979-1984
Series 2.5 American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology, 1966-1983
Series 2.6 Subject Files, 1953-1983
Series 2.6.1 Subject Files, 1973 RESTRICTED
Series 2.7.1 Case Files, 1976-1978 RESTRICTED