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Looking Again at SPSSI: History, Activism, and Advocacy


Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Martha T. Mednick, 4740 Connecticut Ave NW, Apt 908, Washington, DC 20008 [e-mail:].


SPSSIhas a well-established history of self-scrutiny. Central to any self-evaluation effort is the presence of an archival record that documents the aspirations and struggles of an organization and its members, perspectives that may never make it into the “official” published record. In this reflection, I describe my efforts in the 1980s, on the occasion of my presidential address, to use the archival record ofSPSSIto examine how the organization had dealt with advocacy in the then-46+ years of its existence. I then mention a contemporary archival project for Psychologists for Social Responsibility, and comment on changes in the institutional landscape that have created a new context forSPSSI's historic role as an activist organization.