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Finding Aid for the John Forrest Dickson, M.D., family correspondence. 1877-1955
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John Forrest Dickson, M.D., family correspondence.,
    Date (inclusive): 1877-1955
    Collection number: 439
    Extent: 2 boxes (1.0 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections for the Sciences
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: John Forrest Dickson, M.D. (1855-1934) had a respected longtime career in Portland, Oregon, as an ophthalmologist, rhinologist, and oto-laryngologist. He and his wife were valued members of their extended families and held social prominence in the city. Both, but especially Mrs. Dickson, were active in real estate investments and in ownership of a mine. This collection of circa 340 letters, newspaper clippings, and ephemera document family news and relationships, and include some correspondence from Dr. Dickson's patients.
    Physical location: Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF)
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English, German


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights in the physical objects belong to the UCLA Biomedical Library. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish if the Biomedical Library does not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], John Forrest Dickson, M.D., family correspondence (Manuscript collection 439). Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections for the Sciences , University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6260177 

    Acquisition Information

    The collection of letters was bought from Mark T. Baker, Pollock Pines, CA, in 2009.

    Scope and Content

    A large part of this multi-interpersonal correspondence consists of letters between Dr. Dickson and his wife. When they were apart for health, family, or business reasons they exchanged messages almost every single day. Also contributing were mMultiple members from both sides of the family, as well as patients, business acquaintances and friends. The collection is arranged in folders by the name of sender or recipient of the letters, with some relationships identified when possible.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Dickson, John Forrest --Manuscripts
    Physicians-United States-Correspondence