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Guide to the Joan I. Ablon Papers, 1968-75
MSS 84-17  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Joan I. Ablon Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1968-75
    Collection number: MSS 84-17
    Creator: Ablon, Joan I., 1934-
    Extent: 2 cartons (46 folders)
    Repository: University of California, San Francisco. Library. Archives and Special Collections
    San Francisco, California 94143-0840
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Received 8/13/84.


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Joan I. Ablon Papers, MSS 84-17, Archives & Special Collections, UCSF Library & CKM


    Dr. Ablon was born in Dallas Texas October 21, 1934. She received her B.A. in anthropology from the University of Texas in 1955, and an M.A. from the University of Chicago three years later. She was an NIMH fellow, and received her PhD in anthropology, also from Chicago, in 1963.
    She was a research anthropologist in the School of Criminology at UC Berkeley from 1963-66, and worked for the New Mexico State Division of Mental Health 1966-67. In 1968 Dr. Ablon was appointed asst. professor of medical anthropology in the Dept of Psychiatry at UCSF, with a concurrent position as Instructor in criminology in the Extension Division, UC Berkeley, from 1965. In 1986 Dr. Ablon was appointed professor of the Medical Anthropology Program, epidemiology and international health, and psychiatry at UCSF. Her research interests include cultural values and mental health; family structure in alcoholism; North American Indians; urban anthropology, urban ethnic and racial minority groups; and action and applied anthropology, and she has published extensively in these areas.
    Dr. Ablon is a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and also of the Society of Applied Anthropology.

    Scope and Content

    The papers include correspondence, meeting minutes and related publications of the Community Mental Health Training Program at LPPI, colloquia for community mental health educators, reflecting Dr. Ablon's participation in this program. Also part of the collections are materials on mental health programs throughout the city of San Francisco, and outside the city.