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Martha Davis papers

 Collection 0373-SCPA
Martha Davis (b. July 15, 1942), Ph.D., C.M.A, is a psychologist and certified movement analyst (by the Bartenieff/Laban Institute of Movement Studies) who has published articles and books on nonverbal communication research. The Martha Davis papers cover the period from 1873–2017; the bulk of the materials date from 1960–1995. The collection consists of publication drafts, books, conference papers, research accounts, and newspaper clippings related to Davis’s work as in non-verbal communications research in psychiatry and psychotherapy.

Dates

  • 1873–2017
  • Majority of material found within 1960–1995

Condition Description

Two boxes were damaged, but the contents were not affected.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please contact SCPA's curator to make an appointment: Email: scpa@umd.edu, Tel: 301.405.9220.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Extent

6.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents of Collection

The Martha Davis papers covers the period from 1873–2017; the bulk of the materials date from 1960–1995. The collection consists of publication drafts, books, conference papers, research accounts, and newspaper clippings related to Davis’s work as in non-verbal communications research in psychiatry and psychotherapy, including her involvement with the journal, Kinesis, and the American Institute for Non-Verbal Communication Research.

Historical Note

Martha Davis (b. July 15, 1942), Ph.D., C.M.A, is a psychologist and certified movement analyst (by the Bartenieff/Laban Institute of Movement Studies) who has published articles and books on nonverbal communication research. She apprenticed in movement observation and dance therapy with Irmgard Bartenieff (February 24, 1900–August 27, 1981), and in 1965, together with Bartenieff and Forrestine Paulay, founded the training program that would become the Laban Movement Analysis Certificate Program. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University in 1973. From 1962 through 1985, she conducted research on movement and psychodiagnosis, and nonverbal patterns of therapist/patient interaction first at Albert Einstein College of Medicine Psychiatric Day Hospital, followed by Bronx Psychiatric Hospital, Roosevelt Hospital, Psychiatric Institute at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, and Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia.

In the mid–1980s, she was on the faculty of New York University’s Tisch School Department of Performance Studies where she did studies of movement patterns in presidential debates and speeches. During the 1990s, she led a study of behavioral cues to stress and deception in videotapes of criminal confessions at John Jay College of Justice, City University of New York. Davis has taught courses in nonverbal communication research and the Movement Psychodiagnostic Inventory that she developed in dance/movement therapy programs from Hunter College in 1973 until recently at the National Centre for Dance Therapy in Montreal. After her retirement from research, she became involved in the movement to reform the American Psychological Association’s policy supporting psychologists’ involvement in detainee interrogations.

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into four series:
  • Series 1: Publications
  • Series 2: Conference Dossiers
  • Series 3: Colleague/Other Scholar Publications
  • Series 4: Bartenieff & Lewis Items

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Martha Randall, October 2015.

Condition Description

Two boxes were damaged, but the contents were not affected.
Title
Martha Davis papers
Status
Completed
Author
Evangeline Athanasiou
Date
December 2017–January 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States