The Educational Resource Center Library provides research materials and a place for studying about the family, other natural systems, family therapy, and other applications of natural systems theory. During regular hours, the library is open to anyone wishing to use materials on the premises. Borrowing privileges are limited to members of the Western Pennsylvania Family Center.
The Western Pennsylvania Family Center houses one of the most extensive collection of audiovisual materials related to Bowen’s teaching and his theory of natural systems. During regular hours, anyone may use these materials on the premises. Borrowing privileges are limited to members of the Center.
The Murray Bowen Archives Project
The Murray Bowen Archives Project is devoted to ensuring that Dr. Bowen’s writings and recordings are available to researchers and other students of human behavior. Already, thousands of letters, clinical notes and other documents are available, as well as video recordings of Dr. Bowen—all housed at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), located in Bethesda, MD, just outside Washington, D.C. Many of these materials are also made available, for free, on the project’s website, including excerpts from Clarence Boyd’s book, Commitment to Principles, which consists of selected letters by Bowen.
The Archives Project is currently processing a vast collection of writings and photographs that were found in boxes in the attic of the Bowen home long after his death. And in addition to Bowen’s own materials, the archives also contain video recorded interviews of individuals who knew and were influenced by Dr. Bowen, as well books and dissertations based on the primary source materials of the NLM collection. Again, many of these materials are made available for free on the project’s website.