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Jackson, David W. (1969)



  • Existence: 1969


David W. Jackson (1969- ) is director, archivist, and founder of The Orderly Pack Rat. Jackson has more than 40 years of experience in personal manuscript collection. His childhood hobby of genealogy, initiated at age 11, became the catalyst and inspiration for his future career. He received his BS magna cum laude in Historic Preservation--Archives Studies from Southeast Missouri State University in 1993, and secured a position as an archivist for Unity Archives at the Unity School of Christianity. Jackson founded The Orderly Pack Rat, an historical research and consulting service, in 1996. Since 2000, Jackson, as Director of Archives and Education for the Jackson County (Mo.) Historical Society, has served as editor of and contributor to the nonprofit organization’s scholarly periodical, the Jackson County Historical Society JOURNAL. He also manages its bookshop; updates its website; coordinates a volunteer program; presents on behalf of its Speakers’ Bureau; and, regularly contributes local history-related articles to the Independence Examiner newspaper.

Jackson has written several, topical guidebooks (i.e., Practical Preservation; These Walls Were Made for Talking: Tools for Constructing the History of Your House in Jackson County, Missouri; Conserving Missouri Cemeteries; and, A River Runs By It: The Story of Independence, Kansas City, and Jackson County, Missouri), and directed the publishing of several books through the Jackson County Historical Society’s imprint. In 2010, The History Press released a compilation of adaptations of Jackson’s aforementioned newspaper columns in a book titled, Kansas City Chronicles: An Up-to-Date History. Under The Orderly Pack Rat imprint, Jackson is also author and publisher of Direct Your Letters to San Jose: The California Gold Rush Letters of James and David Lee Campbell, 1849-1852 (2000); and Recipes of our Past: Morsels from Our Grandmothers’ Recipe Boxes (2005).

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David Jackson Collection

Identifier: MS-0166
Scope and Contents The David Jackson Collection was gifted in Spring 2010 to LaBudde Special Collections by Jackson. The collection dates from 1996 to 2007, and focuses primarily on the work of the Kansas City-based Norman Institute (later the National Institute for Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Education), founded by Dr. Terry L. Norman, author of Just Tell the Truth: Questions Families Ask When Gay Married Men Come Out (1998). The Institute dealt with issues related to gender orientation, with a mission “to...
Dates: 1996 - 2007