When the pioneering psychiatrist and family theorist Murray Bowen, MD died in 1990 he left an unprecedented collection of audio and video tapes, articles, letters, notes and paper records chronicling his quest to make the study of human behavior a science. This unsurpassed collection documents the history of a scientific idea and offers a historical view of the development and evolution of family therapy, led by the thinking and research of Murray Bowen, MD.
The Murray Bowen Archives Project of Leaders for Tomorrow is dedicated to collecting, archiving, indexing, preserving and making the materials of Murray Bowen, MD, available to scientists, scholars, historians, clinicians and the interested public. The bulk of the materials now reside at the National Library of Medicine, our important partner in this work.
Mission, Vision, and Goals
In 2008, Leaders for Tomorrow, a not for profit, formally assumed the task of The Murray Bowen Archives Project. Its vision is to give Bowen Theory to the world. Its mission is to contribute to making the Murray Bowen archives of NLM accessible by assisting NLM to reach its goal.
Leaders for Tomorrow has established the following goals:
- Promote, support and contribute to the preservation and processing of material in the collections comprising the Murray Bowen Archives
- Aid development of an Internet-based search and access capability
- Facilitate additions to the Archives
- Foster Archival-based scholarship and its dissemination
Our immediate task is to prepare the paper collection for public access. Work is centered on describing and cataloging these documents. Key to our success is raising the funds necessary to accomplish this goal.
Murray Bowen, M.D. directed his life energy in pursuit of a science of the human. His “odyssey toward science” dates to his early life experiences growing up and working on a small farm in rural Tennessee.