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Title: Jay Haley Collection
Identifier/Call Number: M1733
Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Language of Material:
28.0 Linear feet
The Jay Haley collection, consisting of 28 linear feet and spanning from the 1950s to 2007, documents Haley’s career through
correspondence, papers, book typescripts, and media materials. Among Haley’s papers documenting his multiple professional
activities are his writings on: psychotherapy as a profession; teaching therapy; studies on Milton H. Erickson M. D.; the
Bateson Project; marriage and family therapy; schizophrenia; his work with the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, and his
activities as editor for the Journal Family Process. The collection also includes Haley’s fiction writings, and his training
films on topics such as: strategic and family therapy, Milton H. Erickson M.D., documentation of specific cases, and trance
and dance in Bali.
The collection contains paper and audio visual materials
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Also case studies in series 3.3 and 8.5 are closed and will be available one hundred years from the date of creation. Non-digital
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Preferred Citation - Jay Haley Collection, M1733. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
The Jay Haley Collection is organized in 8 series:
Series 1. Correspondence is Subdivided 3 Subseries: Subseries 1.1 Contributors for the journal
Family Process; Subseries 1.2 Subscriptions for the journal
Family Process; Subseries 1.3 Personal.
Series 2. Haley’s Writings is Subdivided 15 Subseries: Subseries 2.1 Psychotherapy as a profession; Subseries 2.2 Teaching
therapy; Subseries 2.2.5 Strategic (directive) therapy; Subseries 2.3 Milton H. Erickson; Subseries 2.4 Hypnosis; Subseries
2.5 Gregory Bateson, the Bateson Project, paradoxes; Subseries 2.6 Marriage/family therapy; Subseries 2.7 Schizophrenia; Subseries
2.8 Sexual abuse; Subseries 2.9 Hierarchies, power tactics; Subseries 2.10 Feminism; Subseries 2.11 Cross-cultural experiments;
race studies; Subseries 2.12 Media: violence, social themes and group structure; Subseries 2.13 Haley on peers’ writings;
Subseries 2.14 General topics journalism, fiction, and miscellaneous; Subseries 2.15 Collection of Haley’s books in various
Series 3. Haley’s Work is Subdivided in 6 Subseries: Subseries 3.1 Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic ; Subseries 3.2 Conferences,
workshops, seminars, meetings: organizing materials, notes, papers; Subseries 3.3 Restricted medical records: case studies,
notes, transcriptions of sessions, problem codes; Subseries 3.4 Training films, interviews: film scripts, audio transcriptions,
summaries, correspondence, grant proposals, agreements; Subseries 3.5 Therapists, trainees, and programs: questionnaires,
statistics; Subseries 3.6 Bibliographies.
Series 4. Haley’s Legal/Personal Documents is Subdivided in 5 Subseries: Subseries 4.1 Contracts, accreditations, agreements,
releases, copyright ; Subseries 4.2 Personal documents: school transcripts, diplomas, CV ; Subseries 4.3 Collection of quotes
of Haley’s and other people; Subseries 4.4 Awards, tributes, festschriften; Subseries 4.5 Obituaries.
Series 5. Milton H. Erickson M.D. is Subdivided in 7 Subseries: Subseries 5.1 Erickson’s writings; Subseries 5.2 Erickson’s
cases; Subseries 5.3 Transcripts of conversations with Erickson; Subseries 5.4 Correspondence; Subseries 5.5 Bibliographies;
Subseries 5.6 On Erickson and his work; Subseries 5.7 Miscellaneous.
Series 6. Other Authors' Writings is Subdivided in 4 Subseries: Subseries 6.1 On Jay Haley: general articles and reviews of
his books, articles, and films; Subseries 6.2 Typescripts (unknown if published); Subseries 6.3 Published papers, clippings;
Subseries 6.4 Fiction.
Family Process Journals, Jay Haley ed.
Series 8. Media is Subdivided in 4 Subseries: Subseries 8.1 Audio: Reel to reel and cassette tapes; Subseries 8.2 Audio: Compact
discs; Subseries 8.3 Video cassettes; Subseries 8.4 Digital video discs; Subseries 8.5 Restricted Media.
Processed by Andrea Castillo, July 2011
Jay Haley (1923-2007) was born in an oil town in Wyoming. He was a pioneer in family therapy, and his work traces its birth
and development during half a century. He was a founder and first editor of
Family Process, the first journal in family therapy. Haley was pivotal in creating psychotherapy's major paradigm shift from insightful,
long-term therapy, to a brief, family-based and problem-focused strategic therapy. Haley argued for training therapists through
live supervision, giving them the necessary tools for problem solving through an active thoughtfully planned strategy. He
pioneered the recording of therapy sessions, and created many training films.
Jay Haley held degrees from UCLA, U.C. Berkeley and Stanford University. While at Stanford he met Gregory Bateson and as a
young member of the Gregory Bateson Research Project, he participated in the early research in family therapy and schizophrenia.
His work on leading medical hypnotist Dr. Milton H. Erickson in
Uncommon Therapy: The Psychiatric Techniques of Milton Erickson M.D. (1973), influenced many people to become therapists. He elaborated and codified a brief strategic family therapy approach,
which grew out of Erickson's work, and departed in many significant ways from the more traditional approach to therapy. It
emphasized the present not the past, a positive unconscious not a negative unconscious, a focus on action rather than developing
insight, and emphasizing the skills needed to solve problems rather than diagnosis.
In the mid 1960's Jay Haley joined Salvador Minuchin and Braulio Montalvo at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic as Director
of Family Therapy Research for ten years. They received a grant to train paraprofessionals in the community (poor African
Americans and Latinos). This innovative training and live supervision is published in
Problem-Solving Therapy, a text for learning therapeutic skills. Haley also served as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
He co-founded The Family Therapy Institute of Washington, DC, and served as Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Howard University,
and at the University of Maryland, where he continued his pioneering work in training therapists from around the world in
directive family therapy. In the early 1990's he returned to California joined the faculty of Alliant International University,
continued making training films, writing, and lecturing until his death in 2007. His contributions have been published in
21 books, more than 100 papers, which have been translated into 15 languages, and many therapy films.
Scope and Content
The Jay Haley collection contains materials spanning from the 1950s to 2007. It documents Haley’s career through correspondence,
papers, book typescripts, and media materials. Among Haley’s papers documenting his multiple professional activities are his
writings on: psychotherapy as a profession; teaching therapy; studies on Milton H. Erickson M. D.; the Bateson Project; marriage
and family therapy; schizophrenia; his work with the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, and his activities as editor for
the Journal Family Process. The collection also includes Haley’s fiction writings, and his training films on topics such as:
strategic and family therapy, Milton H. Erickson M.D., documentation of specific cases, and trance and dance in Bali.
Gift of Madeleine Richeport-Haley, 2009. Accession 2009-287.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Bateson, Gregory, 1904-1980
Erickson, Milton H.
Jackson, Don D. (Don De Avila), 1920-1968
Watts, Alan , 1915-1973
Weakland , John H.
Double bind (Psychology)
Family Life Cycle
Family therapy experiments
Hypnosis and altered states of consciousness
Strategic (Directive) Therapy