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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Biography
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • OFF-SITE STORAGE
  • Restrictions
  • Digital Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Languages: English
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla 92093-0175
    Title: Robert B. Livingston Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0418
    Physical Description: 54.3 Linear feet (32 archives boxes, 38 records cartons, 6 card file boxes, and 10 oversize folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1918 - 2000
    Abstract: Papers of Robert Burr Livingston (1918-2002), professor of neuroscience and medical administrator. The collection includes correspondence, writings, talks and lectures, project materials, UC San Diego administrative and teaching materials, photographs, audiovisual materials, and digital files. Also included are papers of Livingston's mentor, neurophysiologist John Farquhar Fulton (1899-1960), and his father, neuroscientist William Kenneth Livingston (1892-1966).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Robert Burr Livingston Papers document the career and professional activities of a noted neuroscientist, professor and medical administrator. Materials include correspondence, writings, talks and lectures, project materials, and UC San Diego teaching materials. Also included are papers of Livingston's mentor, neurophysiologist John Farquhar Fulton (1899-1960), and his father, neuroscientist William Kenneth Livingston (1892-1966).
    Accession Processed in 2005
    Arranged in seven series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) SUBJECT FILES, 3) WRITINGS, 4) LECTURES AND TALKS, 5) PROJECTS, 6) TEACHING MATERIALS, and 7) JOHN F. FULTON MATERIALS.
    Accession Processed in 2017
    Arranged in twelve series: 8) BIOGRAPHICAL, 9) CORRESPONDENCE, 10) WRITINGS, 11) PROJECTS AND RESEARCH, 12) UC SAN DIEGO, 13) ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMITTEES, 14) DALAI LAMA, 15) WILLIAM K. LIVINGSTON, 16) PHOTOGRAPHS, 17) SOUND RECORDINGS, 18) FILM AND VIDEO, and 19) DIGITAL MEDIA.

    Biography

    Robert Burr Livingston was born in 1918 in Boston, Massachusetts. He received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 1940 and graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1944, where he did his residency in internal medicine. Livingston served as a US Navy Medical Corps Reserve officer in Okinawa during World War II, and was awarded a Bronze Star. His major academic appointments include Harvard Medical School (1946-1947); the Yale University School of Medicine (1946-1952); the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine (1952-1957); and the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine (1965-1989). Livingston served as scientific director for both the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness (NINDB) from 1956-1965. In 1965 he founded the world's first interdisciplinary neuroscience department at UC San Diego. Throughout his career, Livingston was active in several anti-nuclear weapons and peace organizations, including the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which was awarded the 1985 Nobel Prize for Peace.
    Livingston's research has been concerned with investigating combinations of nervous and mental functions, using neuroanatomical, neurophysiological, behavioral, and clinical techniques. He has published widely in these fields, including chapters in John F. Fulton's Physiology of the Nervous System (fourth edition, 1960) and a dozen chapters in Best and Taylor's Physiological Basis of Medical Practice (eleventh edition, 1985). While a professor in the Department of Neurosciences at UC San Diego, he developed the Neurosciences Study Plan for graduate students. He is well known for his work in the cinemorphology of the human brain, using a technique developed at UC San Diego by Roy E. Mills which involves slicing, staining and photographing very thin sections of the whole human brain in sequence. The Human Brain: A Dynamic View of its Structures and Organization, an award-winning film on this research, was produced in 1976 by Sy Wexler.
    Livingston has also made significant contributions to the study of the relationship between chronic undernutrition and human brain development, including participating in the Committee for Undernourished People research project. In 1986, the Army Medical Corps Research and Development Command selected Livingston's Laboratory for Quantitative Morphology in the Department of Neurosciences at UC San Diego to establish a national research and development program to construct a prototype computer system that would be capable of three-dimensional mapping and displaying the entire human brain at microscopic levels of detail. Livingston also consulted on the autopsy of President John F. Kennedy, and served as science advisor to the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. Livingston died in 2002 in La Jolla, California.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Preferred Citation

    Robert B. Livingston Papers, MSS 418. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired 1996, 2002.

    OFF-SITE STORAGE

    BULK OF COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. ALLOW ONE WEEK FOR RETRIEVAL OF MATERIALS. Boxes 64-76 on-site.

    Restrictions

    Materials containing personally identifiable medical information, original audiovisual media, and unprocessed digital media are restricted. Researchers may inquire about access to these materials in advance of their visit.

    Digital Content

    The original film The Human Brain: Its Structures and Organization has been digitized.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Nuclear nonproliferation
    Nutrition -- Research
    Malnutrition -- Research
    Brain mapping -- Methodology
    Brain -- Imaging
    Brain -- Anatomy
    Neuroanatomy
    Neurosciences -- United States
    Neurologists -- United States -- Biography
    Brain mapping
    Livingston, Robert B. (Robert Burr), 1918-2002 -- Archives
    Fulton, John F. (John Farquhar), 1899-1960 -- Archives
    Livingston, W. K. (William Kenneth), 1892-1966 -- Archives
    Szilard, Leo -- Correspondence
    Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV, 1935
    Salk, Jonas, 1914-1995 -- Correspondence
    Pauling, Linus, 1901-1994 -- Correspondence
    Penfield, Wilder, 1891-1976 -- Correspondence
    Sagan, Carl, 1934-1996 -- Correspondence
    Thomas, Lewis, 1913-1993 -- Correspondence
    Smith, Paul C. -- Correspondence
    Tuchman, Barbara W. (Barbara Wertheim), 1912-1989 -- Correspondence
    Mellinkoff, Sherman M. (Sherman Mussoff), 1920-2016 -- Correspondence
    Hultgren, Herbert N. -- Correspondence
    University of California, San Diego. School of Medicine
    University of California, San Diego. Department of Neurosciences
    Institute for Policy Studies
    Committee for Undernourished People
    Elmwood Institute