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Joan Laird papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00462

Scope and Contents

Papers consist of published books, and copies of published chapters and journal articles.

Dates of Materials

  • 1956 - 2011


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

Joan Laird earned a B.A. from Vassar College and a M.S.W. from Columbia University. She worked as a caseworker on Long Island, NY, 1967-74, then taught in Eastern Michigan University's Social Work Program, 1974-86. She co-founded and worked as a family therapist at the Ann Arbor Center for the Family. Research Advisor in the Smith College School for Social Work (1986-87), then Professor, 1987-97. She taught in the Smith College Psychology Department, 1997-99. Adjunct Professor at College of Community Studies, Auckland, New Zealand, in 2001 and is currently Professor Emerita at the SCSSW. Published books include: Family-Centered Social Work Practice, with Ann Hartman (1983); A Handbook Of Child Welfare : Context, Knowledge, And Practice, with Ann Hartman (1985); Revisioning Social Work Education : A Social Constructionist Approach (1993); Cultural Diversity In Clinical Practice (1995); Lesbians and Gays in Couples and Families: A Handbook for Therapists (1996); and Lesbian and Gay Families (1999).


9.75 linear feet (9 containers)

Language of Materials



Professor of social work; family therapist. Papers consist of published books and journal articles.


This collection has been added to over time in multiple "accessions." An accession is a group of materials received from the same source at approximately the same time.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Joan Laird in 2002, 2013, and 2015.

Related Material

Additional material is located in the Ann Hartman Papers, Sophia Smith Collection.

Processing Information

Between September 2022 and February 2023, Smith College Special Collections renumbered many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. A full crosswalk of old to new numbers is available.

Joan Laird papers
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:14-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2019-04-26: Added accession 02S-04.
  • 2021-06-30: Added content description from accession inventories

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063