Additional Reading/Viewing

Links to articles & Books

  1.  Book by John B Calhoun  Environment and Population: Problems of Adaptation        Hardcover – July, 1983
  2. Obituary     September 29, 1995 NY Times
  3. NLM announcement  of the collection of Dad’s work posted in June 2012
  4. NLM announcement of   January 2008 paper by Edmund Ramsden & Jon Adams – see item #5 below
  5. Paper presented at NLM  Escaping the Laboratory: the rodent experiments of John B. Calhoun & their cultural influence – January 2008 by Edmund Ramsden & Jon Adams
  6.  Article/Cabinet Magazine  The Behavioral Sink by Will Wiles in 2011 issue
  7. Article/Victor Pest   What Humans Can Learn from Calhoun’s Rodent Utopia – January 11, 2017 article on a pest control website
  8. Article/Atlas Obscura   The Doomed Mouse Utopia That Inspired the ‘Rats of NIMH’ – September 14, 2016 internet article by Cara Giaimo

Links to Videos of Calhoun’s Work

  1. Film/Calhoun’s work  1983 Encyclopaedia Britannica Film – Film of Calhoun’s work and follow-up work done by Dr. James Hill.      Running time: 8:23 min
  2. Film/Norway Rat Experiment   Published by NLM February 9, 2018 (US Army and John B. Calhoun, 1957) – Film of Calhoun’s experiment with Norway Rats in Towson, Maryland.        Running time: 27:09 min
  3.  Film/Mouse City   Published by NLM November 9, 2017 – NIMH 1970-1972 edited version – This film is a trimmed version of a longer set of stitched-together reels that contain remarks by and interviews with National Institute of Mental Health scientist John B. Calhoun, as well as extensive footage of the thousands of mice Calhoun studied over many years. In Mouse City, Calhoun provided his research subjects food, water, bedding, protection from predators–all that they needed except adequate space. The results were destructive and dramatic. Based on these experiments, Calhoun drew conclusions about human behavior in overcrowded conditions, such as high-density public housing.                                                                   Running time: 38.32 min

Links to Videos about Calhoun’s Work

  1.  Escaping the Laboratory Published on Mar 7, 2016 – This video is a reading of an essay written by Edmund Ramsden and Jon Adams.  It includs images and video clips, some of which do not match what is being read.                     Running time: 15:58 min
  2.  Film/Critical Mass website  Film on the state of the world using Calhoun’s work to tie it together.  Available on Amazon: Critical Mass
  3. John B. Calhoun and the Rats of N.I.M.H. 2019 by The History Guy – Well done. Interesting and entertaining. Running time: 13:46 min

2 thoughts on “Additional Reading/Viewing

  1. Natanael Antonioli January 1, 2020 — 3:27 pm

    Hi! I’m Natanael, a Brazilian student and YouTuber doing some research about the work of John B. Calhoun, and came across your website.

    There’s plenty of information on the internet about universe 25, but a lot less (sometimes none) about the other universes, like universe 23, 19, 12, and others that have been listed on;cc=nlmfindaid;view=text;rgn=main;didno=calhoun586.

    So, is there any way to know more about that universes, beside going to the U.S. National Library of Medicine and taking a look at the archives?

    Do you know if this book ( has that information? There’s a library about 200 miles from here that has it, and I could afford a trip there if I was sure it had what I need.

    Many thanks in advance!


    1. Hello Natanael, I can say for certain that the book will not contain the information you are looking for. The book has chapters by a number of individuals with instructions on which ones to read and in what order depending on the information you are interested in. It is a book that utilizes internet search methods but before in internet existed.
      As to the other universes, it has been a long time since I read my father’s papers so I do not recall mention of the other universes. That being said, I have copies of all his papers and publications but have not scanned them all the ones that are up on the website do not mention other universes. The NLM Archive list does mention a CBS film. Checking the dates of the ones I put up links to the CBS one does not appear to be there.
      What is your deadline? I could check to see if any of the papers that have not been scanned refer to the other universes, but I do not have time until the weekend of the 11th.


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