Willard F. Day Papers
Scope and Contents
The Willard F. Day Papers primarily contain Day's professional interests and participation in research, teaching, and professional organizations. These include publications and presentations by Day, lecture notes and class tests, professional contracts, research and data, original manuscripts as well as a collection of articles written by others, and records of Day's participation in organizations, including the American Psychological Association. In addition, there are records of his ministry as an Episcopal Church lay leader and programs of musical recitals. The earliest records are personal correspondence between Day and members of his family, 1938-1947. Types of media records include audio cassettes, videocassettes, and photographs.
- Day, Willard F. (Willard Farnsworth) (Creator, Person)
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Collection is open for research. Materials used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of the collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.
Willard F. Day, Jr. (October 24, 1926-1989) received his Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate degrees from the University of Virginia. He did three years postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins University, where he used Skinnerian baseline methodology for investigation into psycho-physical responding at threshold. In 1956, he joined the faculty of the Psychology Department at the University of Nevada, Reno. In 1972, he founded the interdisciplinary philosophy-psychology journal Behaviorism and was its editor until 1985. His areas of specialization included the radical behaviorist analysis of verbal behavior and the conceptual, philosophical and historical foundations of contemporary behaviorism. His interpretation of Skinner behaviorism led to a particular method on analyzing verbal behavior that is known in scientific circles as the Reno methodology. Day retired from the university in 1987.
Day was also an active lay leader in the Episcopal Church and an accomplished pianist. He studied with Herman Chaloff at the University's Music Department, performed in the Reno community, and served as President of the Reno Community Concert Association Board of Directors.
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Willard F. Day, Jr. (1926-1989) received his Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate degrees from the University of Virginia. He did three years postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins University, where he used Skinnerian baseline methodology for investigation into psycho-physical responding at threshold. This collection documents Willard Day's professional interests and participation in research, teaching, and organizations including the American Psychological Association.
Arranged into the following series: 1) Professional Correspondence; 2) Publications and Papers; 3) Teaching; 4) Behaviorism; 5) Professional Colleagues' Publications; 6) Symposiums, Retreats, and Addresses; 7) Research and Data; 8) Professional Affiliations, Seminars, and Talks; 9) Ministry; 10) Professional Miscellaneous; 11) Personal; 12) Audio Cassettes; 13) Videocassettes
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Phyllis McDill Day in 1994. Research papers related to the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare grant project were added to the collection in 2003. Twenty-three videocassettes, Grossman Study Group notices, and a eulogy for Dr. Day were donated by a former student of Dr. Day in 2010.
- Guide to the Willard F. Day Papers
- Betty Glass
- circa 2010
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