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Guide to the Rawson J. Pickard Bastard Scrapbook
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  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Rawson J. Pickard Bastard Scrapbook
    Dates: 1925-1952
    Identification: MS-0543
    Creator: Pickard, Rawson J., 1882-?
    Physical Description: 0.20 linear ft.
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
    5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
    San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
    URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
    Email: askscua@mail.sdsu.edu
    Phone: 619-594-6791

    Biographical Information:

    Born in 1882, Dr. Rawson J. Pickard, M.D., grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He moved to San Diego and practiced medicine in the 805 Watts Building. He lived with his wife Bertha Pickard.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

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    Conditions Governing Use:

    The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    This collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation:

    Identification of item, folder title, box number, Rawson J. Pickard Bastard Scrapbook, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

    Scope and Contents

    The Rawson J. Pickard Bastard Scrapbook belonged to Dr. Rawson J. Pickard, M. D. It is a repurposed book, formerly an anatomy textbook in French, the pages of which Dr. Rawson pasted over with various news clippings and pieces of ephemera. The spine has been altered to say “Tutti Bastardi” (All Bastards), with “A Curse” upon bastards typed as the title page to the volume. The items pasted onto the pages include newspaper clippings, letters, political campaign ads, flyers, and legal documents. These items document politicians and social figures whose behaviors Pickard deemed that of a bastard. The pages also include hand written commentary and notes by Dr Pickard.
    Many political clippings point towards Dr. Pickard’s support for Herbert Hoover during the 1928 presidential race. He refers to the infamous white supremacist, James Hervey Johnson, as a “natural born bastard,” and Rep. Phil Swing as a “re-doubled bastard.” He also includes several clippings on local judges, as well as hospitals, namely Mercy Hospital (in the neighborhood of Hillcrest) and San Diego Hospital.
    There are several article clippings and news polls pertaining to prohibition. Dr. Pickard’s annotations seem to suggest his own opposition to states heavily in favor of prohibition laws. WWII news clippings are pasted throughout as well, many of which include conditions for American servicemen in Nazi POW camps.
    There are several pieces of correspondence regarding Dr Pickard's medical practice, Mercy Hospital, and billing conflicts. Some correspondence is between Dr Pickard and his fellow medical professionals, while other correspondences are between Dr Pickard and medical and government organizations.