Dr. Walter Lindley Scrapbooks
Owning Institution: Claremont Colleges Library
About this CollectionThe Lindley Scrapbooks were assembled by Dr. Walter Lindley (1852-1922), early resident of Los Angeles and prominent physician, during the late nineteenth century and first years of the twentieth century and are a part of the Francis Haynes Lindley Memorial Collection housed in Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library for The Claremont Colleges. The Lindley Scrapbook Collection consists of 33 scrapbooks covering the period from 1861 to 1921. A complete finding aid for this collection is available online through the Online Archive of California.
The Lindley Scrapbook Collection documents through clippings, correspondence, and ephemeral materials, Dr. Lindley's professional and civic achievements, including the formation and management of the California Hospital and nursing program, his candidacy for mayor of Los Angeles, the development of the Whittier State School for Boys, time served on the Los Angeles Public Library board and the founding of a tuberculosis sanitarium in Idyllwild. Other scrapbooks document personal topics and interests, such as events at which Dr. Lindley was a speaker or guest of honor, his travels abroad, correspondence with or in regard to family members, and his interest in the life and works of William Shakespeare.
While not likely Dr. Lindley's intention, the scrapbooks are a testament to the impact he had on the development of the city of Los Angeles. Included are letters from prominent Los Angeles society, including business owners, physicians, attorneys, realtors, and other civic leaders; clippings from regional newspapers, such as The Los Angeles Examiner, The Monrovia News, The Los Angeles Express, The Los Angeles Evening News, and The Los Angeles Times; photographs of Dr. Lindley and other prominent citizens; and pamphlets, leaflets, and booklets relating to Dr. Lindley's wide-ranging interests.
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