Joyce K. Laben Collection

Identifier: EBL-0105

  • Staff Only

Content Description

Materials related to Professor Laben's career as a psychiatric nurse. Contains publications, reports, correspondence and CV.


  • 1955 - 1999


Conditions Governing Access

All collections are subject to applicable Vanderbilt privacy and confidentiality policies. Collection specific restrictions: No Restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by History of Medicine Collections, Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University.

Biographical / Historical

Joyce Kemp Laben was a nurse educator and attorney with a specialty in psychiatric nursing and an advocate for the mentally ill in the criminal justice system. Ms. Laben was born March 2, 1936 in Elgin, Illinois, and grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the University of California, San Francisco with a Master of Science in Nursing and Suffolk University, Boston, MA with a Juris Doctor degree. She taught at Boston University School of Nursing and spent most of her career at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing where she retired as Professor Emerita in 1998. While on leave from Vanderbilt, at the Tennessee Department of Mental Health in 1972-74, she was instrumental in the development of the modern day Forensic Mental Health System in Tennessee. She died in Nashville, June 30, 2019. She was 83.


0.33 Cubic Feet (One Hollinger box.)

Language of Materials



Papers and materials beloging to Joyce K Laben documenting her career as a psychiatric nurse, research and teaching activities. Professor Laben served on the faculty of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing until her retirement in 1998.

Physical Location

EBL Vault

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition not readily determined.

Joyce K. Laben Collection
History of Medicine Collections Staff
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Repository Details

Part of the Eskind Biomedical Library Manuscripts Collection Repository

Eskind Biomedical Library
2209 Garland Ave.
Nashville TN 37232


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