PSYCHOLOGY: Jo Wheelwright worried about the Suggetts’ Rolls Royce February 20, 1932

Jo Wheelwright, fresh from witnessing the “Mass Education movement and the Communist movement” in China then Russia, expressed ennui about the “petty bourgeois life” of Kay and Joseph Steffens Hollister At Goettingen university; Jo considered walking to Marseilles to meet his wife, Jane Hollister Wheelwright and Allen Suggett  with the melancholic or schizophrenic Laura Suggett Steffens.

Jo Wheelwright was particularly worried about the Suggetts, having learned that Allen was bringing from the United States to Europe a Rolls Royce. Jo urged Jane not to participate in the driving to Switzerland lest it cause her difficulties.

Source: Jung Journal Winter 2009

PSYCHOLOGY. C.J. Jung unable to cope with Laura Steffens Suggett, March 1932

“Thanks to Laura’s mental breakdown, my husband [Joe Wheelwright]  and I met C. G. Jung of Zurich, Switzerland. We accompanied Laura for an interview with Jung…But Jung pronounced her as being too fragmented. She had been too long without constructive treatment to ever make her own way in the world. She could function only if she lived in Zurich near him. He already had too many ex-schizophrenic patients dependent on him and decided he could not take on one more.”
March 1932 Jane Hollister Wheelwright
“Family History” quoted in Betty Coon Wheelwright, Jane and Joe Wheelwright, 1929-1932 Jung Journal of Culture and Psyche Winter 2009

PSYCHOLOGY. Laura Steffens Suggett made the best library ever; 1924

The Beginning and the End of the Best Library Service in the World

By Laura Steffens Suggett, Consulting Librarian, California Plan
“This little book just off the press tells the story of the California library plan from the ‘beginning to the end'” of the California Stte library from December 1902 to June 1923
As she says, the plan for Califirornia library services has ‘attracted world-wide attention but unfortunately not world-wide understanding.'”
Published by the San Francisco Publishing Company, 1924
For sale at the A.M. Robertson bookstore 922 Stockton Street, Untion Square San Francisco California.
“I am the only one who was in the work from the beginning of the experiment to the end, who has the scientific habit of looking for and at every problem that arose, and of trying to solve each problem scientifically.”


Psychology. Laura & Lottie Steffens study Psychology at Goettingen, 1896

Following the example of their older brother, Lincoln Steffens, Laura and Lottie went to Leipzig university in 1896. Laura studied psychology, attending lectures by the distinguished Wilhelm Wiundt among others. Moving to Gootingen in the spring of 1897, she became a student of Georg Muller in the Psychological Institute. Her dissertation research on the process of memorizing verse reported in her 1900 paper was an investigation of normal modes of learning, part of Muller’s broad program of exploring part versus whole learning. Using a number of subjects, both German and English speakers, she studied the modifications of the normal modes that individuals adopt and the question of whether the normal mode is the most efficient. 

Laura also moved from Leipzig to Goettingen and studied under Georg Muller. Her paper on the physiology and sensory psychology of weightlifting reported studies that might well have fulfilled the research requirements for a doctoral candidacy. However, she did not take the degree examination..
Ladies in the Laboratory: West European Women in Science 1800-1900.
West European Women in Science, by Mary R. S. Creese

PSYCHOLOGY. Jane prepares to visit C.J. Jung, February 4, 1932

February 4, 1932
Dearest Mabel [Dodge Luhan]

Peter Steffens [Ella Winter] was here yesterday– I’ve seen little of her yet so can’t tell you much. She has had a low fever & intestinal infection ever since she arrived & hasn’t been to a single house but here –3 times. I’ve never talked with hter alone. Stef’s [Lincoln Steffens] sweet niece, Jane Hollister [Wheelright], was here. She is so much changed more human but a little delicate & wistful–she was so complete & self sufficient–She has been living in Shanghai with her artistically inclined husband–had a baby with terrific pain–now came back to leave it with her mother [Lottie Steffens Hollister’ in Santa Barbara. She starts Sat for Switzerland with [her aunt] Laura Suggett & Allan & will meet her husband [Joe Wheelwright] in Russia where he is arriving via the Trans Siberian.

I feel in your book as I do in Robins so complete a sense of getting inside your souter casing- Because of the memoirs, probably there is on one I know so well as you. My knowledge of other people is fragmentary. Of you & Robin & myself I have a realization of complete beings, real little cosmoses stepping about,
With much love Una [Jeffers]
(The Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers, with Selected Letters of Una …edited by James Karman)

MEXICO. Entrance to Jim Hollister’s Peregrina mine, September 1907

Journeys of Observation,

by Thomas Arthur Rickard, September 1907

Dewey publishing San francisco

We entered by a door into a small gallery and thence through the opening or mouth of the mine (boca de mina) that descended into the darkness. The way was down a twisting stairway that zig-zagged within the vein-walls; the steps were laid in lime mortar, the general slope varying between 45 and 56 degrees. Such passages are common in old Mexican mines; they are made in stopes, the filling of which has been used to build the masonry of the stairway.

At intervals, shrines are to be seen. There was one 30 feet from the entrance, just at the end of daylight, and there was a principal shrine in a parapet above the big workings (obra grande) at the 100 ft level. Every shrine is guarded by lighted candles, left there by the miners; and it is said that they will even go up and down the underground passages in the dark in order to save candles for this purpose.
At about 5 O’clock, when the shifts change, there are 150 to 200 candles burning before the principal shrine, forming a grand illumination, the effect of which is heightened by the cavernous old stopes that yawn in front of the sacred image. As they pass it, the men stop and make a genuflection with the sign of the cross. Descending farther, the stairway becomes wider as it passes into the big stope and we notice another shrine–a cross set in a frame with a solitary candle; this marks the spot where a man carrying drills (refacctionero) tripped at the head of a series of steps and fell fatally.