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Joan K. Jackson papers

Call Number: Ms Coll 54

Scope and Contents

The papers include Joan Jackson's masters' degree research, her masters' thesis, correrspondence, presentations, grant applications, and publications, and a scrapbook documenting her successful career at University of Washington. The second part of the collection documents her role as a Class A Trustee (i.e. non-alcoholic) of the General Study Board of Alcoholics Anonymous from 1983 to 1992, incuding her presentations and publications.


  • 1946-2016


Language of Materials

Papers are in English.

Conditions Governing Use

Collection is available for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the estate of Joan K. Jackson, 2017.


Organized into 4 series: 1. Biographical. 2. Academic career, 1946-1964. 3. Class A Trustee of the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, Inc. 4. Scrapbook.


3 boxes (Two regular archives boxes and a flat box.)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Biographical / Historical

Joan K. Jackson, an early expert in alcoholism and the family, was born as Joan Katherine Currie in Parkhill, Ontario, Canada, in 1922. She received her B.A. (1945) and M.A. (1947) in sociology from McGill University where she studied returning Canadian veterans. She married in 1946 Stanley W. Jackson, a veteran, who began the study of medicine at McGill. Joan Jackson received her Ph.D. in (medical) sociology from the University of Washington in 1955. She then joined the Department of Psychiatry where she rose to the level of tenured research associate professor. At the University of Washington, Jackson conducted pioneering research on alcoholism and the family and on alcholism and tuberculosis, and served on various governmental boards. As part of her research she attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, starting in 1951, and helped with the wives of alcoholics who were starting Al-Anon in Seattle. She received a coveted five-year research award from NIH. In 1964, at the height of her career, she agreed to leave her faculty position and grant to join her husband, a psychiatrist, who wanted to go to New Haven to study history of medicine. He joined the Psychiaitry Department at Yale and the Section of History of Medicine. She helped him in his career. Joan Jackson became active in alcoholism studies again when she served as a Class A (non-alcoholic) trustee of the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous from 1983 to 1992.

Joan K. Jackson papers
Toby A. Appel
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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