John P. Zubek fonds
Call Number: Mss 85, Pc 88 (A.92-22, A.95-23)

Title: John P. Zubek fonds.

Dates: 1952-1974.

Extent: 5 m of textual records. -- 34 photographs. 

Biographical sketch: Born in Czechoslovakia, John P. Zubek came to Canada with his parents at an early age. After obtaining a B.A. at the University of British Columbia and a Master's degree from the University of Toronto, he graduated with a Doctorate in Psychology from John Hopkins University in 1950. After serving as Assistant Professor for three years at McGill University, Zubek came to the University of Manitoba as professor and Head of the new Department of Psychology in 1953. In 1961, he was appointed Research Professor of Psychology and became internationally known for his writings and research in the fields of psychophysiology and sensory deprivation.  Dr. Zubek died suddenly on August 22, 1974 at the age of 49.

Custodial history: The fonds was discovered beneath the sensory deprivation chamber in the Psychology Department. Dr. Al Pressey of the Psychology Department arranged for the transfer of the fonds to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in 1992.  Some additional material was discovered by Dr. Pressey in 1995 and he arranged for the transfer of this accession to Archives & Special Collections later that year.

Scope and content: The fonds is heavily research-oriented consisting of Dr. John Zubek's experiment notes, publications, submissions for publications, and various research findings and papers primarily concerning his sensory deprivation experiments of the 1960s and early-1970s. There is also a small amount of personal correspondence and a photograph collection.

Restrictions: Some personal material is restricted.

Accruals: No further accruals are expected.

Finding aid: A printed finding aid is available in the Archives reading room and an on-line finding aid is available at the link below:

MSS 85, PC 88 (A.92-22, A.95-23).