Finding Aid for the John Forrest Dickson, M.D., family correspondence. 1877-1955

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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.

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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