Donald B. Lindsley was an early pioneer of the electroencephalogram (EEG) and an internationally recognized psychologist and
brain scientist. Originally from Ohio, Lindsley worked throughout the United States and spent the last half of his career
at UCLA where he was instrumental in founding UCLA's Brain Research Institute. Nearly half of this collection is constituted
by Lindsley's correspondence spanning over 70 years. The remainder of the collection consists of reprints, typescripts of
papers and talks, research notes, research and technical data, audiovisual material, and autobiographical ephemera that date
from the late nineteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first century.
Donald Benjamin Lindsley was born in 1907 in Brownhelm, Ohio. He attended nearby Wittenberg College (now University), graduating
in 1929 with a major in Psychology under mentor Martin Luther Reymert. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa under
the supervision of Carl Seashore and Edward Lee Travis. In 1931 Lindsley gained passage to Europe on a Holland-America Line
ship by playing coronet in a University of Iowa based jazz band called, "The Four Aces." At Iowa he met Ellen Ford, whom
he married in 1933. They had four children and remained married until Ellen's death in 2002.
97 document boxes (48.5 linear ft.)
4 half document boxes (1 linear ft.)
4 shoe boxes
2 flat oversize boxes
1 magazine box
3 LP boxes
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