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Edith Weisskopf-Joelson papers

Identifier: MS-0006

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence (1950-1987), manuscripts of articles and books on psychology, notebooks, photographs, printed materials, research files, as well as audio-cassette and reel-to-reel tapes of counseling sessions (some with transcripts), and other materials which document Weisskopf-Joelson's activities in the field of psychology, including information on logotherapy, schizophrenia, and alienation; her writings on psychology; and her teaching career at the University of Georgia (Athens).


  • 1937-1987


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Biographical History

Edith Weisskopf-Joelson (1910-1983) was a native of Vienna, Austria, and emigrated to the United States in 1939 during World War II. She earned a doctorate in psychology at the University of Vienna.

Weisskopf-Joelson pursued her career in psychology at several prominent universities, including Briarcliff College in New York, Indiana University, Purdue and Duke University, and finally the University of Georgia. She also served as a clinical consultant for the state of Indiana. While teaching at Purdue University, Weisskopf-Joelson contracted tuberculosis and was admitted to the hospital for treatment during 1962-1964. During this time she began experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia. Despite this development, she taught at St. Mary-in-the-Woods College in Terre Haute for one year.

Weisskopf-Joelson kept a diary of her madness and that diary became a book, Father, Have I Kept My Promise?, published posthumously in 1988 by Purdue University. After her release from a mental hospital in 1966, she returned to teaching and continued her distinguished academic career. Weisskopf-Joelson retired from the University of Georgia in 1978 and died in 1983 of cardiac arrest.


21.02 Linear feet (51 boxes)




Edith Weisskopf-Joelson was a psychologist and university professor. She received her doctorate in psychology from the University of Vienna in 1937, but in 1938 fled Austria to escape Nazi rule and emigrated to the United States in 1939. She taught at Purdue University, St. Mary-in-the-Woods College, Duke University, and the University of Georgia.


Arranged alphabetically by file title.


James B. Klee, psychology professor at University of West Georgia and executor of Weisskopf-Joelson's estate, February 18, 1992.

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Compiled by Suzanne Durham, 2009
Guide to the Weisskopf-Joelson (Edith) papers MS-0006
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Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States