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Finding Aid for the David Rigler Collection of Research Materials related to Linguistic-Psychological Studies of Genie (pseudonym), 1895-2003, 1970-2003
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"Genie" (b. 1957) is the pseudonym of a young girl raised in an abusive and isolated environment until the age of 13. The collection consists of material that chronicles her discovery and the study and rehabilitation efforts of researchers. Items include reports and essays; correspondence; notes; medical records; diagnostic material; legal paperwork such as depositions, summonses, and settlement agreements; pedagogical material; administrative paperwork; Genie's artwork; articles and clippings; photographs and slides; audio-visual videotapes, cassettes, and film; assorted printed material; and ephemera.
"Genie" is the pseudonym of a 13 year old girl who, on November 4, 1970, was admitted to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles as a victim of extreme isolation and deprivation by her immediate family. She was discovered after a Department of Social Services case worker took note of Genie when her mother, who was losing her eyesight, visited Social Services seeking assistance for the blind. Subsequent medical and psychological tests at Childrens Hospital noted that Genie had language and motor skills far below her age level.
74 boxes (37 linear ft.)

2 shoeboxes.

7 oversize boxes.
The materials in the collection raise privacy and confidentiality concerns that prevent the University from granting any permission to access the materials for any purpose other than personal research. The University does not hold any copyrights in these materials and cannot grant permission to copy or publish. Any person seeking to publish the materials would have to resolve potential issues concerning copyright, statutory protection of medical records (HIPPA), and common law and California constitutional privacy. The University cannot address or resolve these issues. While the University is able to provide access to some of the materials for personal research purposes, it cannot provide access beyond this narrow restriction nor grant permission to copy or publish."
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: This collection is RESTRICTED and CLOSED to access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for additional information.