History of The Foundation

May, 1988: The B. F. Skinner Foundation is formed with the support of B. F. Skinner.

March 15, 1989: The Foundation receives 501-C3 tax exempt status.

August, 1990: B. F. Skinner’s literary estate passes to the Foundation.

Spring, 1991: The Foundation brings Skinner’s classic, The Behavior of Organisms, back into print.

Fall 1992: The Foundation makes available Verbal Behavior with new forewords by Jack Michael and E. A. Vargas.

Spring 1995: The Foundation reprints Keller and Schoenfeld’s Principles of Psychology with forewords by Murray Sidman and Rick Shull, and with the addition of Supplementary Notes that Keller wrote for his course at Columbia University.

January 1996: The Foundation launches a website through Bob Allan’s Lafayette College account.

Spring 1997: The Foundation republishes Schedules of Reinforcement with a foreword by Carl D. Cheney and a second foreword by W.H. Morse and P. B. Dews.

April, 1998: The Foundation purchases the domain name “bfskinner.org.”

Spring 1999: The Foundation reprints a new edition of Cumulative Record that combines the three original editions and adds two more articles. This Definitive Edition includes a foreword by Victor G. Laties and A. Charles Catania. The Foundation website is transferred to Network Solutions.

Spring 2001: The Foundation makes available a downloadable interactive programmed instruction version of Holland and Skinner’s The Analysis of Behavior free to the public downloadable for Windows computers.

Spring 2002: The Foundation receives the copyright to Beyond Freedom and Dignity and arranges with Hackett Publishing Company to reprint the book.

Spring 2003: The Technology of Teaching is brought back into print with new forewords by Beatrice H. Barrett and James G. Holland.

2004: International Liaisons are established outside the United States.

2005: The Foundation moves to Cambridge, MA. and initiates a student research awards program through regional behavior analysis associations, beginning with the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis.

2006: The Foundation forms an archival committee to gather and preserve historical materials related to Skinner and his work. The Foundation receives several boxes of programmed instruction from Pace Learning Systems.

2007: The Foundation receives Skinner’s auditory Rorschach called “The Verbal Summator” (from the University of Minnesota), a copy of FBI files on B. F. Skinner, and a number of video tapes featuring Skinner. CalABA gives its first Foundation student award.

2008: For proper preservation, the Foundation begins donating Skinner’s original 35mm films to the Harvard University Film Archives, retaining any copyrights held.

2009: The Foundation website is redesigned so that it can be updated in-house.

Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) offers B. F. Skinner Foundation scholarships.

2010: The Foundation moves into the center of Harvard Square. Approves use of name for Etablissment Experimental B. F. Skinner, a school for children with disabilities in Yerville, Normandy, France. BBC program on History of Science airs with a section on B. F. Skinner. B. F. Skinner Foundation begins Institutional Support program and “Friend of the Foundation.”

2011: The Foundation establishes a Facebook page for “Burrhus Frederic Skinner.” Web additions include new videos and a free download of Chapter One of Skinner reading Walden Two. Video of pigeons guiding a missile is added. The video is requested for a DVD version of Weird Weapons that originally aired in 2006.

2012: Harvard History of Science Department requests B. F. Skinner’s Verbal Summator files for an exhibit on projective tests. David Freedman spends a morning at the Foundation office for an article to appear in the Atlantic Monthly. The BBC requests footage and photographs for a program.

2014: B. F. Skinner Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary. E-book editions of Verbal Behavior, Contingencies of Reinformcement, and Principles of Psychology by Keller and Shoenfeld are published. Website is dramatically updated, and completely redesigned Operants becomes a magazine.