The 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.
The collection is arranged into nine series:
Series 1: California Health Resort Company and Idyllwild Mountain Resort
Series 2: California Hospital [now available]
Series 3: Candidacy for Mayor of Los Angeles [now available]
Series 4: Dinners and Commencements
Series 5: General Topics
Series 6: Los Angeles Public Library
Series 7: Shakespeare
Series 8: Travel
Series 9: Whittier State School [in process]
The digitized scrapbooks are organized by item rather than by scrapbook page. To search for items in the collection by title, click on "Browse items in this collection". To search by subject, use the "Search this collection" box or click on "Subject - LCSH" or "Subject - Local" to see an index of subject terms. To view the items from a particular scrapbook, click on "Scrapbook Name" on the collection homepage or in the description of a single item.
Other series in the collection will be added in the coming months, so please check back for updates.
Digitization of this collection is made possible by a grant from The John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation.