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MS 2003-20 Alexander Leighton and Jane Murphy oral history

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Interviewer:
Powers, Willow Roberts, 1943-  Search this
Creator:
Leighton, Alexander H. (Alexander Hamilton), 1908-2007  Search this
Murphy, Jane M.  Search this
Names:
Leighton, Alexander H. (Alexander Hamilton), 1908-2007  Search this
Murphy, Jane M.  Search this
Extent:
5 Sound cassettes (analog)
2 Folders
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Oral history
Interviews
Transcripts
Correspondence
Notes
Date:
2002
Scope and Contents:
This collection is comprised of oral history interviews of Dr. Alexander Leighton and Dr. Jane Murphy, conducted by Dr. Willow Powers in 2002 and funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation's Historical Archives Program. The collection includes recordings of the interviews on 5 audiocassettes, interview transcripts, permission forms, correspondence relating to the interview, and background information collected in preparation for the interview.
Biographical / Historical:
In 1948, Dr. Alexander Leighton initiated the "Stirling County Study," a post-war longitudinal study of the distribution and amount of mental illness in a general population, and one of the first to do so within the framework of epidemiology. When Dr. Leighton retired from Harvard in 1975, Dr. Jane Murphy, who had been a member of the study since 1951, assumed directorship of the study. Dr. Murphy and Dr. Leighton also conducted numerous cross-cultural studies of mental illness, keeping anthropological ideas as central ingredients in their research.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 2003-20
Other Archival Materials:
See associated ethnology collection.
Topic:
Values -- Ethnographic study of  Search this
Psychiatric epidemiology  Search this
Cultural psychiatry  Search this
Genre/Form:
Oral history
Interviews
Transcripts
Correspondence
Notes
Citation:
MS 2003-20, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS2003-20
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms2003-20