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Jaap Diedrick Snoek Papers, 1931-1994 (Bulk: 1968-1993)
0.625 linear feet (2 containers)
Collection number: CA.MS.00099

Abstract:
Professor of Psychology, Smith College. Papers include professional correspondence, research files, publications and photographs that document his career as a psychologist. In addition, personal correspondence and biographical information are also available in the papers.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

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Biographical / Historical

Jaap Diedrick Snoek, professor of psychology at Smith College from 1962-1994, was born in Eindhoven, The Netherlands in 1931. His father was an industrial research scientist in the field of physics. His mother died shortly after his birth, and Snoek was raised by a nurse, who later married Snoek's father and became his step-mother. The Snoek family lived in Holland during World War II and the German occupation, which became a formative experience in Snoek's childhood.

Snoek studied for a year at the University of Amsterdam, from 1949-1950. His studies were interrupted when the Snoek's family moved to the United States in 1950. They settled in Cleveland, Ohio, and his father died shortly thereafter. His step-mother felt that it was important for Snoek to complete his education, so she went back to work as a nurse, providing care for elderly patients in their homes. Snoek earned his B.A. in Psychology from the Western Reserve University in 1954. He continued his studies in psychology, achieving his M.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1955. Snoek also became a naturalized citizen of the United States in that year. Also during this period of his life, Snoek married his wife Barbara. Their marriage produced two children, Eric and Martha.

During his study for the M.A. degree, Snoek began his professional career in psychology. From 1954-1956, he worked as a Teaching Assistant and Fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. For the next three years, Snoek served as a Research Assistant at the Research Center for Group Dynamics in Ann Arbor (1956-1959). From 1959-1962, Snoek was both the Study Director at the Institute for Social Research in Ann Arbor and a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. Snoek earned his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1960.

Moving from Michigan to Massachusetts, Snoek accepted a position as assistant professor in the Smith College Department of Psychology. He was an assistant professor from his arrival in 1962 until 1969, when he was promoted to associate professor. In 1978, Snoek was made a full professor in the Department of Psychology at Smith College. He served as the head of the department from 1971-1974 and again from 1982-1984. During his career at Smith, Snoek had several opportunities to teach at other institutions of higher learning. From 1966-1967, he was a visiting assistant professor at the Graduate School of Industrial Administration at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Snoek had the opportunity to return to his native country during the 1987-1988 school year, when he was a visiting scholar at the University of Utrecht.

Snoek taught a wide range of courses during his career as a psychology professor, including Introductory Psychology, the Psychology of Adolescence, Social Psychology, Attitudes and Opinions, and Introductory Statistics. He also was responsible for developing the courses on Adult Development and Behavior in Organizations. His seminar courses focused on such topics as Social Change, Sex Role Development, Group Dynamics, and Gender and the Life Course.

Snoek had many other professional activities associated with Smith College and beyond the scope of this institution. He was instrumental in the first years of the Project on Women and Social Change, of which he served as co-principal investigator. He also served as a consultant for the Mary Holmes College Summer Enrichment Program and the Smith-Amherst Tutorial Program. He became a licensed psychologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1973 and had a private practice for many years. Snoek also conducted numerous human relations training and personal growth workshops from 1969 until the present, working with such organizations as Pendle Hill, Powell House, the National Training Laboratories, the National Association for Pastoral Renewal, the Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology, and others. Snoek was also a member of such professional organizations as the American Psychological Association, the Eastern Psychological Association, the Massachusetts Psychological Association, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the Society for Values in Higher Education, and the Society of the Sigma Xi.

Some of Snoek's publications include "Some Effects of Rejection upon Attraction to a Group" in the Journal of Abnormal Social Psychology (1962); "Attraction in Relationships: A New Look at Interpersonal Attraction" with G. Levinger (1972); "Self-disclosure among Adolescents in Relation to Parental Control and Affection" with Dr. Esther Rothblum, Smith class of 1976, in Adolescence (1979); and "Mara: The Construction of a Professional Identity" in the book Women Living Change (1985).

Scope and Contents

The Snoek Papers contain professional correspondence, research files, publications and photographs that document his career as a psychologist at Smith College between 1962-1994. In addition, personal correspondence and biographical information are also available in the papers.

This collection is organized into four series:

  1. I. Biographical and Personal Material
  2. II. Correspondence
  3. III. Professional Activities
  4. IV. Speaking and Writing

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Preferred Citation

Jaap Diedrick Snoek Papers, Smith College Archives, CA-MS-00099, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.

History of the Collection

The papers were donated by Professor Snoek in 1996.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

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Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series I. BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL MATERIAL
1931-1994 undated


This series contains a curriculum vitae, description of current research interests, newspaper clippings, letters to editor of the Daily Hampshire Gazette, and photographs.

Biographical Information


Box 1023.1: folder 1
Photographs


Box 1023.1: folder 2
Series II. CORRESPONDENCE
1966-1992 undated


This series consists of personal and professional correspondence with Smith presidents, colleagues and friends, organizations, and publishers. The letters are arranged according to the name of the correspondent or organization. Snoek's outgoing correspondence, if extant, is filed chronologically with the correspondence which he received it.

General
1966-1984

Box 1023.1: folder 3
Conway, Jill Kerr
1982

Box 1023.1: folder 4
Dunn, Mary Maples
1986-1992

Box 1023.1: folder 5
Gibb, Jack R.
1972

Box 1023.1: folder 6
Global Survival Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
1972-1973

Box 1023.1: folder 7
Massachusetts Psychological Association
1982

Box 1023.1: folder 8
The Women's Center of the National Council of Negro Women
1981-1982

Box 1023.1: folder 9
Pendle Hill
1972-1980

Box 1023.1: folder 10
Pettigrew, Thomas F.
1985

Box 1023.1: folder 11
Rabbie, Jacob
1985-1987

Box 1023.1: folder 12
Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
1981-1982

Box 1023.1: folder 13
Yale University Press
1986

Box 1023.1: folder 14
Series III. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
1968-1994


This series is divided into two sections: Smith and Beyond Smith.

Professional activities at Smith consists of collaborative work with Smith students, including their personal and professional correspondence with Snoek; new course proposals; consulting work for the Mary Holmes College Summer Enrichment Program and the Smith-Amherst Tutorial Program; course materials for Smith psychology classes; and the Project on Women and Social Change. They are arranged alphabetically.

Professional activities Beyond Smith include personal growth workshops at Powell House, the National Association for Pastoral Renewal, and others; and the Society for Values in Higher Education. They are arranged alphabetically.

Smith



Collaborative Work



Delores Mei '77
1977-78

Box 1023.1: folder 15
Esther Rothblum '76
1976-1986

Box 1023.1: folder 16
Committee on Educational Policy: New Course on Teaching in the Urban Ghetto
1968

Box 1023.1: folder 17
Consultant Work



Mary Holmes College Summer Enrichment Program, Mississippi
1968

Box 1023.1: folder 18
Smith-Amherst Tutorial Program
1969

Box 1023.1: folder 19
Project on Women and Social Change



General
1978-1984 undated

Box 1023.1: folder 20
Correspondence
1982-1987

Box 1023.1: folder 21
Proposal for Course on Aging
1987

Box 1023.1: folder 22
Courses Materials



Psychology 243: Adult Development and Aging
Spring 1994

Box 1023.1: folder 23
Psychology 278: Behavior in Organizations
Spring1994

Box 1023.1: folder 24
Psychology 340: Gender and the Life Course
Spring 1994

Box 1023.1: folder 25
Beyond Smith



Personal Growth Workshops



"Exploration of Human Potential" Retreat with Friends of the Rochester, NY Meeting
1969-1971

Box 1023.2: folder 26
National Association for Pastoral Renewal Retreat:
1969

Box 1023.2: folder 27
"An Exploration of Human Potentials"


Box 1023.2
Powell House



General
1970-1973 undated

Box 1023.2: folder 28
Correspondence
1971-1974 undated

Box 1023.2: folder 29
The Society for Values in Higher Education
1983-1988

Box 1023.2: folder 30
Series IV. SPEAKING AND WRITING
1987-1993 undated


This series consists primarily of texts of lectures, the lectures' accompanying graphics, psychological studies, journal articles, and book chapters. All materials in this series are arranged chronologically.

Speaking consists of lectures at academic institutions, professional conferences, and meetings of professional associations. Writing consists of published psychological studies, journal articles, and chapters for books.

Lectures
1972-1993 undated

Box 1023.2: folder 31
Publications
1962-1987

Box 1023.2: folder 32
Draft and Publication of "The Wounded Surgeon"
1971-1973

Box 1023.2: folder 33

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Conway, Jill Ker
  • Dunn, Mary Maples.
  • Pettigrew, Thomas F.
  • Psychology--Study and teaching (Higher)--Massachusetts --Northampton.
  • Smith College--Faculty.
  • Snoek, J. Diedrick.
  • Snoek, J. Diedrick.


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