Scope and Content
Title: Emily J. Bain collection of correspondence with Donald
B. and Ellen F. Lindsley,
Date (inclusive): 1961-1999
Collection number: 425
Creator: Bain, Emily J.
1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections
for the Sciences
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: A collection of personal letters and cards, plus
photographs and ephemera, sent to Emily Johnston Bain by Donald B. and Ellen F.
Lindsley. Ms. Bain added annotations and comments to some of these
communications, especially the photographs. The correspondence covers family
events, news of children and grandchildren, and shared interests in music and
art, and gives a running account of parts of Dr. Lindsley's professional
Physical location: SRLF
Language of Material: Collection materials in English
Collection is open for research.
Property rights in the physical objects belong to the UCLA Biomedical
Library. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and
their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds
the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission
to publish if the Biomedical Library does not hold the copyright.
[Identification of item], Emily J. Bain collection of correspondence with
Donald B. and Ellen F. Lindsley, 425, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
History and Special Collections for the Sciences , University of California, Los
The collection was a gift from Mrs. Bain's daughters, Carolyn Bain, Ph.D.,
and Nora Ann (Zeigler) Aughenbaugh, to the UCLA Biomedical Library in 2011.
Emily Johnston Bain (1911-2004) was an American mother, housewife, teacher
and, in parallel, an award-winning artist who worked in oil, watercolor, and
sculpture. Mrs. Bain held an M.A. in Art and Education from Louisiana State
University and an M.A. in English from Tulane University. Post-graduate art work
was done at the Universities of Texas and Colorado. She maintained her artistic
career while serving as State Supervisor of Art in Louisiana, and teaching art
in colleges and schools of Louisiana and Texas. Mrs. Bain is listed in
"Directory of American Portrait Artists" (1985) and the online "CLARA: Database
of Women Artists" [http://clara.nmwa.org]. In 1961 she met the Lindsleys through
her then husband, Dr. Herbert Weaver, professor and chair of the University of
Hawaii's Department of Psychology. Dr. Lindsley had been invited to Honolulu as
visiting lecturer during the summer. The close friendship struck up then
continued after Mrs. Bain's divorce and her return to the mainland, and lasted
until the end of her life.
Donald B. Lindsley (1907-2003) was an internationally known and respected
pioneer in the study of the human electroencephalogram (EEG ), the mechanisms of
brainstem and thalamic control of cortical function, and the neurophysiology of
human visual attention and perception. He was elected to the National Academy of
Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, was a co-founder of
UCLA's Brain Research Institute, a charter member of both the International
Brain Research Organization and the Society for Neuroscience, and a chosen
Guggenheim fellow in neuroscience. This is but a very limited list of the honors
and positions he earned during his long career. He also authored nearly 250
scientific papers and over 50 chapters of critical or synthetic conceptual
reviews. But perhaps most importantly of all, his open and generous personality
made him an ideal teacher and mentor of young scientists. The Lindsley
laboratories at UCLA hosted 84 postdoctoral fellows and visiting scientists from
more than 25 countries, and 48 Ph.D. students completed their doctorates under
his guidance. Dr. Lindsley continued an ongoing correspondence with many of
these students, as he did also with numerous colleagues and non-professional
friends, such as Mrs. Bain.
Scope and Content
The collection contains approximately 150 communications from Dr. Donald B.
Lindsley, or his wife Ellen Ford Lindsley, to Mrs. Emily J. Bain. This includes
typed and autograph letters and cards, numerous family photographs mostly of
Lindsleys but also some Bains, and a few ephemera. The topics are mostly focused
on family doings, but also include discussions of music and art, and some fairly
detailed narratives of Dr. Lindsley's professional travels and engagements. The
items are arranged chronologically.
Some examples of the other side of the correspondence, from Mrs. Bain to Dr.
Lindsley, can be found in "Donald B. Lindsley papers, 1866-2001", UCLA
Biomedical Library Manuscript Collection no. 423, Box 25, Folder 18.
UCLA BIOMEDICAL LIBRARY HISTORY AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS FOR THE SCIENCES.
Manuscript Collection #423: "Donald B. Lindsley papers, 1866-2001".
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Lindsley, Donald B.
Lindsley, Ellen F.
Neuroscientists -- California -- Los
Angeles -- Archival resources