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PINNEY, Dr Rachel (1909-1995)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 106 7RPI
Held at: Women's Library
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Full title: PINNEY, Dr Rachel (1909-1995)
Date(s): 1960-1986
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s): Pinney | Rachel | 1909-1995 | child psychiatrist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Rachel Pinney was born 11th July 1909, the daughter of a Major-General. She obtained a medical degree and practiced as a GP until 1961. On leaving the medical profession, Rachel contacted Dr. Margaret Lowenfeld, the distinguished child therapist. Rachel learnt her methods but never trained formally. This period resulted in the pioneering of her 'methods for conflict understanding' which she called Creative Listening, and Children's Hours, the former incorporated as a limited company in 1967. These techniques were widely used by experts working therapeutically with children. In 1977 Rachel went to New York and treated a four year old boy suffering from autism. This resulted in her publication 'Bobby, Breakthrough of an Autistic Child' (1983). Rachel was briefly married to Luigi Coccuzzi with whom she had one daughter and two sons. She was a member of CND from 1961 and openly declared herself a lesbian in 1989. She died 19th October 1995 aged 86.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Rachel Pinney on the technique of Creative Listening, correspondence, transcript of an article, press cuttings concerning her court appearance on a kidnap charge.

Access & Use

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Conditions governing access:

This collection is available for consultation. Intending readers are advised to contact The Women's Library in advance of their first visit.

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Finding aids:

Hand list

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in 1986 Dale Spender, who received them from Betty Jerman.

Allied Materials

Related material:

A copy of 'Creative listening' by Rachel Pinney (London 1981) can be seen in The Women's Library Printed Collections (Pamphlets).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
This document was generated by Javascript from an HTML form which structured the input according to the elements of ISAD(G) Version 2. Collection description by Maxine Willett, Assistant Archivist, The Women's Library. Fawcett Library Catalogue c.1986. Edited for AIM25 by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
In compliance with ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description - 2nd Edition (1999); UNESCO Thesaurus, December 2001; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Dec 2008

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