Bibring, Grete L. papers, 1899-1977

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Bibring, Grete L. papers, 1899-1977


Grete L. Bibring, (1899-1977), noted psychoanalyst, was one of the members of the "second generation" of Freudian Scholars, and played a leading role in the integration of psychiatry with general patient care.

She worked as a training analyst and instructor at the Vienna Psychoanalytic Institute from 1933-1938. In 1938, she and her family left Vienna for London with Sigmund and Anna Freud in advance of the Nazi takeover of Austria. They soon emigrated to Boston.

In Boston, Bibring's career soon flourished. She was appointed head of the department of psychiatry at the Beth Israel Hospital in 1946, the first woman head of a clinical department at Harvard Medical School. She worked in that role until 1955, at which time she was appointed psychiatrist- in-chief. She remained there until her retirement in 1965.

Bibring also held leadership roles in many other organizations and professional associations, serving as president of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and the American Psychoanalytic Association. In 1968 she was selected to be a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was affiliated with numerous other organizations, including the Radcliffe Institute, Brandeis University, and the International Psycho-Analytic Association, until her death in 1977.

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Painting by Thomas Bibring
Dr. Bibring kept close correspondence with her sons George and Thomas while they attended school. She saved many of the letters and drawings that they sent throughout her lifetime.

Pregnancy Stamp
This stamp was used during the pregnancy projects that Dr. Bibring headed at Beth Israel. The symbol portrays a mother with her child.

Sympathy card from Malkah Notman
In 1959 Edward Bibring passed away from Parkinson’s disease. Many in the psychoanalytical and medical communities provided Grete with support and compassion.
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