The collections consist of publications; publications proofs; research notes; correspondence files; lecture notes and course assignments; receipts and cancelled checks; photograph, half-tone blocks, and transparencies; a scrapbook; and personal artifacts representing the personal papers and research of Edwin Diller Starbuck (1900 to 1955), Herbert L. Searles (ca. 1924 to 1959), Anna Hawley Searles (1948 to 1951). Edwin Diller Starbuck (1866-1947) was a prominent teacher of philosophy, psychology, and education. Dr. Starbuck became associated with USC as professor of philosophy and later professor of psychology until his retirement in 1943. Herbert Leon Searles (1891-1980) was a professor of philosophy at USC from 1930-1957 and was associate director of the Institute of Character Education and Research. His wife, Anna Hawley Searles, served at USC as an administrator.