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Arnold Trehub Papers

ca. 1948-2017
6 boxes, 3 computers (14 linear feet)
Call no.: FS 187

Arnold Trehub, born in Malden, Mass. in 1923, was an active and very well respected cognitive scientist and researcher, artist, and World War II veteran. Trehub earned his BA from Northeastern University and his PhD from Boston University, though his undergraduate education was interrupted by the War. Serving in the Pacific Theater, he worked as a radio technician for B-29 bombers, two of which were the Enola Gay and the Bockscar. For most of his professional life, Trehub was the director of a research lab at the VA Hospital in Leeds, Mass. and an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research on the neurophysiology of the human brain and the nature of consciousness appeared in numerous journals and edited volumes and his best known book, The Cognitive Brain, was published by MIT press in 1991. Trehub was a resident of Amherst since 1954 and passed away on April 3rd, 2017.

The Arnold Trehub Papers primarily document his work as a cognitive scientist, including drafts and copies of articles, research data, research notes on paper and as digital files, and a rich collection of Trehub’s professional email correspondence. In addition to the content of his research, the Trehub Papers also exhibit the processes and approach of early personal computer-aided research design, data design, and research graphics. There is also a small amount of Trehub’s undergraduate student work.

Background on Arnold Trehub


An image of: Draft of a synaptic matrix for Trehub's book, The Cognitive Brain, ca. 1987

Draft of a synaptic matrix for Trehub's book, The Cognitive Brain, ca. 1987

Arnold Trehub was born in Malden, Massachusetts, in 1923. Prior to becoming a well known and respected cognitive scientist and researcher, Trehub served in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. He was a freshman at Northeastern University when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Trehub enlisted and began working in the Pacific Theater, where he was a radio technician for B-29 Bombers, including the Enola Gay and the Bockscar -- the planes that ultimately dropped the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After the War, Trehub returned to Northeastern to receive his BA, and went on to attain his MA and PhD in psychology from Boston University.

Trehub moved to Amherst in 1954 after accepting a position as Director for the research lab at the VA Hospital in Leeds, Mass. Trehub and his wife, Elaine, raised their family in Amherst and were among the founding members of the Jewish Community of Amherst.

He joined UMass as an adjunct professor in 1979. His research on the neurophysiology of the human brain and the nature of consciousness appeared in numerous journals and edited volumes and his best known book, The Cognitive Brain, was published by MIT press in 1991. Trehub continued to teach classes, conduct research, and publish his findings until 2016. Trehub died in Amherst on April 3, 2017.

Scope of collection

The Arnold Trehub Papers primarily document his work as a cognitive scientist. It includes drafts and copies of articles, research data, his professional email correspondence, and many drafts of the manuscripts and research that ultimately became The Cognitive Brain.

In addition to the content of his research, the Trehub Papers also exhibit the processes and approach of early personal computer-aided research design, data design, and research graphics. The collection also includes his academic work from his years at Northeastern and Boston University, like notebooks, academic papers, and research.

Another prominent feature of the Collection are some of Trehub’s actual computers, including an Apple Lisa 2, Apple II Plus, and a Macbook Pro.

Series descriptions

1950-2017

The Biographical series includes Trehub’s yearbook from his senior year at Northeastern University, newspaper clippings, certificates, and his CV. Also included is a biographical pamphlet created by his family for his funeral, which contains a timeline of his life that represents parts of the collection. This series is arranged chronologically.

1948-2016

The Writing series is the bulk of the collection, and consists of both his academic and professional work, including a large amount of research and correspondence directly related to the publication of The Cognitive Brain. Research and correspondence that pertains to specific articles is placed with the manuscript for each article. Some content, including the entirety of The Cognitive Brain, can be found on floppy disks and CDs, as well as in hard copy. This series is arranged alphabetically.

The Professional Activities series includes an assortment of articles written by his professional peers in the field of Cognitive Science with occasional commentary, administrative paperwork from his decades of work with the VA Hospital in leeds and at UMass, and his professional email while employed at UMass Amherst. This series is arranged alphabetically, and then chronologically.

ca. 1979-2008

The Technology series contains some of the computers used by Trehub during his career.

Inventory

Biographical
1950-2017
Northeastern University yearbook
1950
Box 1: 1
Boston University commencement program
1954
Box 1: 2
Newspaper clippings
1967
Box 1: 3
Certificate, AAAS 50 year life member
2005
Box 1: 4
CV, biography
ca. 1990
Box 1: 5
Timeline of Arnold Trehub's life
2017
Box 1: 6
Writings
1948-2016
Academic work
ca. 1948-1950
Box 1: 18
Academic work
ca. 1946-1951
Box 1: 19
Academic work
ca. 1946-1951
Box 1: 20
Academic work
1948
Box 1: 21
Academic work
1949
Box 1: 22
Academic work
ca. 1950
Box 1: 23
Academic work
ca. 1950
Box 1: 24
Academic work
ca. 1951-1954
Box 1: 25
Academic work
1952
Box 1: 26
Article reprints
1960-1969
Box 1: 27
Article reprints
1955-1959
Box 1: 28
Article reprints
1970-1979
Box 1: 29
Article reprints
1983
Box 1: 30
Averaging evoked cortical potentials implications of superposition, research
1963-1966
Box 1: 31
Averaging evoked cortical potentials implications of superposition, research
1963-1966
Box 1: 32
Confusion matrix for hand-printed alphabetic characters: testing a neuronal model, manuscript
1985
Box 1: 7
Confusion matrix for hand-printed alphabetic characters: testing a neuronal model, research
1986-87
Box 1: 8
Confusion matrix for hand-printed alphabetic characters: testing a neuronal model, manuscript
1985
Box 1: 9
Cognitive brain: acknowledgments
undated
Box 1: 33
Cognitive brain: bibliography
undated
Box 1: 34
Cognitive brain: bibliography
undated
Box 1: 35
Cognitive brain: bibliography
undated
Box 1: 36
Cognitive brain: bibliography, indexing
undated
Box 1: 37
Cognitive brain: proposed cover art
1991
Box 1: 38
Cognitive Brain: digital files
1991
Box 6
Contents:

Working files on 5 1/4" floppy discs.

Cognitive brain: hard copy
1991
Box 1: 40
Cognitive brain: chapter 1, manuscript
1987-Oct.
Box 1: 41
Cognitive brain: chapter 1, manuscript
1987-Oct.
Box 1: 42
Cognitive brain: chapter 1, manuscript
undated
Box 1: 43
Cognitive brain: chapter 1, manuscript
1987-Oct.
Box 1: 44
Cognitive brain: chapter 1, indexing
undated
Box 1: 45
Cognitive brain: chapter 2, manuscript
undated
Box 1: 46
Cognitive brain: chapter 2, manuscript
1987-Dec.
Box 1: 47
Cognitive brain: chapter 2, indexing
undated
Box 1: 48
Cognitive brain: chapter 3, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 1
Cognitive brain: chapter 3, manuscript
1988
Box 2: 2
Cognitive brain: chapter 3, indexing
undated
Box 2: 3
Cognitive brain: chapter 3, research
1984-Aug.
Box 2: 4
Cognitive brain: chapter 4, manuscript
1988
Box 2: 4
Cognitive brain: chapter 4, manuscript
1988
Box 2: 5
Cognitive brain: chapter 4, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 6
Cognitive brain: chapter 4, indexing
undated
Box 2: 7
Cognitive brain: chapter 5, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 8
Cognitive brain: chapter 5, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 9
Cognitive brain: chapter 5, indexing
undated
Box 2: 10
Cognitive brain: chapter 6, indexing
undated
Box 2: 11
Cognitive brain: chapter 6, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 12
Cognitive brain: chapter 6, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 13
Cognitive brain: chapter 6, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 14
Cognitive brain: chapter 6, research
1984-Oct.
Box 2: 15
Cognitive brain: chapter 7, indexing
undated
Box 2: 16
Cognitive brain: chapter 7, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 17
Cognitive brain: chapter 7, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 18
Cognitive brain: chapter 8, figures
undated
Box 2: 19
Cognitive brain: chapter 8, indexing
undated
Box 2: 20
Cognitive brain: chapter 8, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 21
Cognitive brain: chapter 8, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 22
Cognitive brain: chapter 8, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 23
Cognitive brain: chapter 9, indexing
undated
Box 2: 24
Cognitive brain: chapter 9, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 25
Cognitive brain: chapter 9, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 26
Cognitive brain: chapter 10, figures
undated
Box 2: 27
Cognitive brain: chapter 10, indexing
undated
Box 2: 28
Cognitive brain: chapter 10, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 29
Cognitive brain: chapter 10, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 30
Cognitive brain: chapter 11, indexing
undated
Box 2: 31
Cognitive brain: chapter 11, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 32
Cognitive brain: chapter 11, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 33
Cognitive brain: chapter 12, indexing
undated
Box 2: 34
Cognitive brain: chapter 12, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 34
Cognitive brain: chapter 12, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 35
Cognitive brain: chapter 12, research
undated
Box 2: 37
Cognitive brain: chapter 13, indexing
undated
Box 2: 38
Cognitive brain: chapter 13, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 39
Cognitive brain: chapter 13, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 40
Cognitive brain: chapter 13, research
1989-Aug.
Box 2: 41
Cognitive brain: chapter 14, indexing
undated
Box 2: 42
Cognitive brain: chapter 14, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 43
Cognitive brain: chapter 14, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 44
Cognitive brain: chapter 14, manuscript
undated
Box 2: 45
Cognitive brain: chapter 15, figures
undated
Box 3: 1
Cognitive brain: chapter 15, indexing
undated
Box 3: 2
Cognitive brain: chapter 15, manuscript
undated
Box 3: 3
Cognitive brain: chapter 15, manuscript
undated
Box 3: 4
Cognitive brain: chapter 16, indexing
undated
Box 3: 5
Cognitive brain: chapter 16, manuscript
undated
Box 3: 6
Cognitive brain: chapter 16, manuscript
undated
Box 3: 7
Cognitive brain: chapter 16, manuscript
undated
Box 3: 8
Cognitive brain: chapter 16, manuscript
undated
Box 3: 9
Cognitive brain: index
undated
Box 3: 10
Cognitive brain: correspondence
ca. 1990
Box 3: 11
Cognitive brain: figures
undated
Box 3: 12
Cognitive brain: figures
undated
Box 3: 13
Cognitive brain: figures
undated
Box 3: 14
Cognitive brain: figures
undated
Box 3: 15
Cognitive brain: figures
undated
Box 3: 16
Cognitive brain: figures
undated
Box 3: 17
Cognitive brain: figures
undated
Box 3: 18
Cognitive brain: figure creation
undated
Box 3: 19
Cognitive brain: figures, final
undated
Box 3: 20
Cognitive brain: figures, first draft
undated
Box 3: 21
Cognitive brain: figures, original
undated
Box 3: 22
Cognitive brain: figures on cardstock, chapters 1-9
undated
Box 3: 23
Cognitive brain: figures on cardstock, chapters 9-16, tables on cardstock
undated
Box 3: 24
Cognitive brain: figures on cardstock
undated
Box 3: 25
Cognitive brain: front matter
undated
Box 3: 26
Cognitive brain: press release
1991
Box 3: 27
Cognitive brain: research
ca. 1982
Box 3: 28
Cognitive brain: research
ca. 1988
Box 3: 29
Cognitive brain: research
ca. 1992
Box 3: 30
Cognitive brain: research
undated
Box 3: 31
Cognitive brain: research
undated
Box 3: 32
Cognitive brain: reviews
1991-1993
Box 3: 33
Cognitive brain: unidentified figures
undated
Box 3: 34
Episodic learning and temporal routing of memory, manuscript and research
1972
Box 3: 35
Estimation of stimulus intensity-evoked potential functions in the brain, manuscript
ca. 1972
Box 3: 36
Measurement of distributed stochastic processes in the brain, manuscripts
1971
Box 3: 37
Measurement of distributed stochastic processes in the brain, correspondence
1971
Box 3: 38
Measurement of distributed stochastic processes in the brain, research
1971
Box 3: 39
Model for parsing, learning and recognizing objects in a complex environment, manuscript
undated
Box 1: 10
Model for parsing, learning and recognizing objects in a complex environment, manuscript
1987
Box 1: 11
Model for parsing, learning and recognizing objects in a complex environment, manuscript and research
1987-88
Box 1: 12
Neuronal models for cognitive processes, research
undated
Box 3: 40
Pendulum illusion in anorthoscopic perception, manuscript and correspondence
1985
Box 1: 13
Pendulum illusion in anorthoscopic perception, manuscript and correspondence
1985
Box 1: 14
Quantitative analyses of behavior, correspondence
1985-1986
Box 3: 41
Seeing-more-than-is-there: a probe of retinoid networks, manuscripts
undated
Box 4: 1
Seeing-more-than-is-there: a probe of retinoid networks, manuscript and research
undated
Box 4: 2
Seeing-more-than-is-there: a probe of retinoid networks, correspondence
1985-1987
Box 4: 3
Seeing-more-than-is-there: a probe of retinoid networks, correspondence
1987-1988
Box 4: 4
Seeing-more-than-is-there: a probe of retinoid networks, research
ca. 1980
Box 4: 5
Seeing-more-than-is-there: a probe of retinoid networks, research
1983
Box 4: 6
Seeing-more-than-is-there: a probe of retinoid networks, research
1983
Box 4: 7
Seeing-more-than-is-there: a probe of retinoid networks, research
1984
Box 4: 8
Seeing-more-than-is-there: a probe of retinoid networks, research
1984
Box 4: 9
Seeing-more-than-is-there: a probe of retinoid networks, research
1984
Box 4: 10
Seeing-more-than-is-there: a probe of retinoid networks, research
1984
Box 4: 11
Signal-to-noise ratios and inter-station coupling in rat brain, manuscript and research
1967
Box 4: 12
Space, self, and the theater of consciousness, manuscripts
2006
Box 4: 13
Space, self, and the theater of consciousness, manuscripts
undated
Box 4: 14
Space, self, and the theater of consciousness, correspondence
2006
Box 4: 14
Sparse coding of faces in a neuronal model: interpreting cell population response in object recognition, manuscripts
1997
Box 4: 15
Sparse coding of faces in a neuronal model: interpreting cell population response in object recognition, manuscripts
1997
Box 4: 16
Sparse coding of faces in a neuronal model: interpreting cell population response in object recognition, manuscript and correspondence
1992-1993
Box 4: 17
Central vision mechanism, J.M. Harrison, manuscript
1952
Box 4: 18
Science of consciousness: where it is and where it should be, manuscript and correspondence
2006
Box 4: 19
Core self endures as the reflective self changes, manuscript
2008
Box 4: 20
Synaptic matrix: pattern processing in the brain, manuscript
1970-Dec.
Box 4: 21
Theories and models of consciousness in neuroscience, manuscripts
2008
Box 4: 22
Theory of sensory interaction, an experimental investigation of the relationship between autonomic activity and visual sensitivity, dissertation
1954
Box 1: 15
Theory of sensory interaction, an experimental investigation of the relationship between autonomic activity and visual sensitivity, dissertation and research
1954
Box 1: 16
Theory of sensory interaction, an experimental investigation of the relationship between autonomic activity and visual sensitivity, correspondence
1958-Jan
Box 1: 17
Triangle completion, research
undated
Box 4: 23
Two arguments for a pre-reflective core self: commentary on Praetorius, manuscript and reviewer notes
2008
Box 4: 24
Unidentified research data
1981
Box 4: 25
Unidentified Research Data
1981
Box 4: 26
Unidentified research data
undated
Box 4: 27
Unidentified research data
undated
Box 4: 28
Unidentified research data
undated
Box 4: 29
Unidentified research data
1954
Box 4: 30
Unidentified research data
1976
Box 4: 31
Unidentified research data
undated
Box 4: 32
Vision, brain, and cooperative computations, correspondence
1984-1985
Box 4: 33
Visual field anomaly in schizophrenia, manuscript
undated
Box 4: 34
Where am I? Redux, comments from reviewers
2011
Box 4: 35
Where am I? Redux, manuscripts
2011
Box 4: 36
Professional activities
1959-2005
Article review
2005
Box 5: 1
Conference materials
1990-Jul.
Box 5: 2
Correspondence
1965-1966
Box 5: 3
Correspondence
1966-1967
Box 5: 4
Correspondence
1968-1969
Box 5: 5
Correspondence
1968-1970
Box 5: 6
Correspondence
1971-1972
Box 5: 7
Correspondence
1973-1974
Box 5: 8
Correspondence
1975
Box 5: 9
Correspondence
1976-1977
Box 5: 10
Correspondence
1978-1979
Box 5: 11
Correspondence
1980-1984
Box 5: 12
Correspondence
1984-1985
Box 5: 13
Correspondence
1984-1988
Box 5: 14
Correspondence
1990-1998
Box 5: 15
Correspondence
1991
Box 5: 16
Correspondence
2001
Box 5: 17
Correspondence, printed email
ca. 1998-2016
Box 5: 18
Judith Kroll Papers
ca. 1983
Box 5: 19
MacArthur Fellow nomination, David Somers
2005
Box 5: 20
National Science Foundation, reviewer questionnaire
1986
Box 5: 21
Online engagement
2007
Box 5: 22
Personnel
1966
Box 5: 23
Personnel
1970,1976
Box 5: 24
Personnel
1978
Box 5: 25
Personnel
1981
Box 5: 26
Personnel
1981
Box 5: 27
Personnel
1982
Box 5: 28
Personnel, UMass
1979-2016
Box 5: 29
Request for designated research funds
1972-1977
Box 5: 30
Schier, Elizabeth: comments on articles
2008
Box 5: 31
Textbook advertisements
1991-1995
Box 5: 32
Thesis committees
1959-1979
Box 5: 33
Who's who?
1985-1986
Box 5: 34
Technology
ca.1979-2008
Apple II plus
ca.1979
Contents:

Includes an off-market monitor and a single, 5 1/2" floppy drive.

Apple Lisa 2
ca.1984
Contents:

Includes original keyboard and mouse.

MacBook Pro
ca.2008

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Gift of Aaron Trehub.

Processing Information

Processed by Theresa Dooley, March 2018.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Arnold Trehub Papers (FS 187). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms

Subjects

  • Brain--Computer simulation
  • Cognitive science
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst . Department of Psychology
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst--Faculty

Contributors

  • Trehub, Arnold [main entry]