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Guide to the Betty Grover Eisner Papers
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Series 1 Personal and family papers 1927-1987

Scope and Content Note

This series includes a variety of materials related to Eisner's early education, marriage, and family life. Included are report cards from Kansas City public schools and Stanford University and a scrapbook of Stanford Daily clippings which documents Eisner's involvement in campus life from 1933-1937.
The correspondence in this series is of a highly personal nature, particularly the correspondence which documents Eisner's relationship with her first husband, Will Eisner, in the years immediately prior to his death from lung cancer in 1965. Betty's correspondence with Will's family is also intensely personal, discussing the couple's marital difficulties in detail.
Also included is personal writing by Eisner, including a diary of dreams and free association writing, both of which appear to reflect her growing interest in psychology prior to enrolling in UCLA's clinical psychology Ph.D. program.
There is also a subseries comprised of material created by or about Will Eisner. It includes correspondence, documentation of his employment at the Rand Corporation and SRI, personal writings on his experiences with psychotherapy, and documents related to his estate.
A second subseries contains materials related to a year-long trip taken by Will and Betty Eisner in 1948 and 1949. Destinations included Europe, India, and Egypt. During this trip, letters that Betty ostensibly wrote to her family were published as a Los Angeles Times column titled "Travel Letter from Betty." Included in this series are complete manuscripts for these columns and a scrapbook with newspaper clippings of the published column. There are also letters from Will Eisner to his family while abroad, correspondence documenting a dispute over money that was seized from the Eisners at the Indian border, and Betty's correspondence with met while traveling.

Arrangement

Files are arranged alphabetically within each subseries.
Box 1, Folder 1

Advertisement for illuminated darning egg invented and sold by Betty and Will Eisner 1946

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence re: attempt to purchase a Studebaker 1947

Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence with Eisner family [1 of 3] 1957-1973

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence with Eisner family [2 of 3] 1957-1973

Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence with Eisner family [3 of 3] 1957-1973

Box 1, Folder 6

Correspondence re: separation and Will's illness [1 of 2] 1963-1964

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence re: separation and Will's illness [2 of 2] 1963-1964

Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence re: Will's illness 1964

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence, condolence letters re: Will's death [1 of 2] 1965-1966

Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence, condolence letters re: Will's death [2 of 2] 1965-1966

Box 1, Folder 11

Mexico investments 1965-1966

Box 1, Folder 12

Personal writing, diary re: relationship with Will 1961

Box 2, Folder 1

Personal writing, dreams [1 of 2] 1947-1952

Box 2, Folder 2

Personal writing, dreams [2 of 2] 1947-1952

Box 2, Folder 3

Personal writing, free association 1946

Box 2, Folder 4

Personal writing, free associaion (24 hour association) 1947 August 9

Box 2, Folder 5

Personal writing, free associaion 1951-1955

Box 2, Folder 6

Personal writing, UCLA workshop 1987

Box 2, Folder 7

Promotional material for "song poetry" performance by Eisner (as Abigail Bradbury) and Charlotte Lancaster undated

Box 2, Folder 8

Psychological tests, Will and Betty 1947-1951, undated

Box 2, Folder 9

Report cards 1925-1936

Box 2, Folder 10

Rorschach test, Helen W. Grover (mother of Betty) 1950

Box 2, Folder 11

Scrapbook of clippings circa 1933-1937

Box 2, Folder 12

Songwriting, copyright registration forms plus index cards with song titles 1971-1979

 

Will Eisner 1927-1967

 

World Trip 1948-1967

Box 4, Folder 1

Correspondence from Will to family during trip [1 of 3] 1948-1949

Box 4, Folder 2

Correspondence from Will to family during trip [2 of 3] 1948-1949

Box 4, Folder 3

Correspondence from Will to family during trip [3 of 3] 1948-1949

Box 4, Folder 4

Correspondence re: money confiscated in India 1949-1951

Box 4, Folder 5

Correspondence with people met on world trip 1949-1967

Box 4, Folder 6

Correspondence, writing, and miscellaneous materials 1948-1949

Box 4, Folder 7

Newspaper column, correspondence about 1948-1949

Box 4, Folder 8

Newspaper column, manuscripts [1 of 2] 1948-1949

Box 4, Folder 9

Newspaper column, manuscripts [2 of 2] 1948-1949

Box 4, Folder 10

Newspaper column, scrapbook of clippings 1948-1949

 

Series 2 Writing 1957-2002, undated

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of this series consists of journal articles, conference papers, and other professional writing by Eisner. Most of these works have been published, although some are unpublished manuscripts. There is also a copy of a manuscript for Eisner's book The Unused Potential of Marriage and Sex (published 1970) and an unpublished manuscript based on Eisner's experiences with group therapy titled I Can't, You Can't, But We Can.
Later in life Eisner pursued creative writing and composed poetry under the name Abigail Bradbury. Although there are no examples of her poetry in this series, there are manuscripts of a series of fables, titled "New Fables for New Times," written by Eisner in the early 1990s.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Box 5, Folder 1

"Current Thinking on LSD Therapy" (with Sidney Cohen) 1957

Box 5, Folder 2

"Psychotherapy with Lysergic Acid Diethylamide" (written with Sidney Cohen) 1958

Box 5, Folder 3

"Subjective Reports on Lysergic Acid Experiences... " (with Sidney Cohen and Lionel Fischman) 1958

Box 5, Folder 4

"The Influence of LSD on Unconscious Activity" 1961

Box 5, Folder 6

"Some Psychological Differences Between Fertile and Infertile Women" 1963

Box 5, Folder 7

"Notes on the Use of Drugs to Facilitate Group Psychotherapy" 1964

Box 5, Folder 8

"Psychedelics and People as Adjuncts to Psychotherapy" 1964

Box 5, Folder 9

"The Importance of the Non-Verbal" 1965

Box 5, Folder 10

The Unused Potential of Marriage and Sex, original manuscript [1 of 3] 1970

Box 5, Folder 11

The Unused Potential of Marriage and Sex, original manuscript [2 of 3] 1970

Box 5, Folder 12

The Unused Potential of Marriage and Sex, original manuscript [3 of 3] 1970

Box 5, Folder no folder

The Unused Potential of Marriage and Sex 1970

Box 5, Folder 13

"The Group as a Means and Matrix for Change" 1971

Box 5, Folder 14

See You To-Morrow, by the Children of Mexcales (words by Betty Eisner, pictures by Les McCann) 1972

Box 5, Folder 15

"The Use of an Alpha Feedback Machine in a Therapeutic Problem Solving Setting" (with Jonathan D. Melvin) 1972

Box 5, Folder 16

"The Two Faces of Man's Problem Today" 1974

Box 5, Folder 17

"Networking Provides Realtime Application Upgrade from TRT-11 to VMS" (with Jonathan D. Melvin) 1987

Box 5, Folder 18

"New Fables for New Times," manuscripts and drafts [1 of 2] circa 1987

Box 6, Folder 1

"New Fables for New Times," manuscripts and drafts [2 of 2] circa 1987

Box 6, Folder 2

"New Fables for New Times," manuscripts and drafts [3 of 3] circa 1987

Box 6, Folder 3

"Huaulta -- Place Where Eagles Are Born," manuscript and drafts circa 1994

Box 6, Folder 4

"Physical and Psychical Loading," paper read at Society for Scientific Exploration meeting 1995

Box 6, Folder 5

Response to Daniel J. Benor's comments on "loading" and "telesomatic reactions" 1996

Box 6, Folder 6

"The Sick Role Versus the Dying Role," (written with Humphrey Osmond) 1996

Box 6, Folder 7

"Body Work and Psychological Healing" 1997

Box 6, Folder 8

"Set, Setting, and Matrix" 1997

Box 6, Folder 9

Excerpt from Remembrance of LSD Therapy Past 2002

Box 6, Folder 10

I Can't, You Can't, But We Can, third draft (final?) [1 of 3] undated

Box 6, Folder 11

I Can't, You Can't, But We Can, third draft (final?) [2 of 3] undated

Box 6, Folder 12

I Can't, You Can't, But We Can, third draft (final?) [3 of 3] undated

Box 6, Folder 13

Living in the Now, foreword, chapter 1, and appendix D undated

Box 6, Folder 14

"Observations on Possible Order Within the Unconscious" undated

Box 6, Folder 15

"Observations on the Psychotherapeutic Use of Ritalin" undated

Box 6, Folder 16

"The Paradox of Carroll John Daly," manuscript and research material (includes manuscript of a Daly short story) undated

Box 6, Folder 17

"Parallel Experiences" undated

 

Series 3 Correspondence 1946-1998

 

Series 4 Legal files 1975-1994

 

Series 5 Therapy and research files 1946-1995, undated

 

Series 6 Audio materials 1957-1972, undated