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Finding Aid for the Donald R. Dickey Personal Photo Album ca. 1921-1926
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Leatherette photographic album with 38 leaves, 138 mounted and 2 loose photographs. The photos, taken mostly by Donald R. Dickey, document his and his wife Florence's honeymoon in Maine and New Brunswick, where Dickey was photographing wildlife with stop action film equipment. In addition, about half of the photographs show images of the exterior and interior of the Dickey home and gardens in Pasadena, over the span of some years.
Donald Ryder Dickey (1887-1932) was an adventurous, pioneer wildlife photographer as well as an ornithologist and mammalogist. He was well known in his time for: his photographs (both still and moving) of birds and mammals; his lectures on wildlife; and eventually, for his substantial specimen collection of birds and mammals. Drawn to outdoor life in his childhood and youth, he considered this nothing more than a hobby until he experienced a serious heart attack in his senior year at Yale and was sentenced to immediate and complete bedrest. Allowed to graduate with his class because of his high academic standing, he returned after graduation to his parents' home in Pasadena for two years of inactivity. He visited a friend's ranch in the Ojai Valley after about a year, and there, from his steamer chair, he began to observe, and after a time to photograph, local birds and their nests. [EDIT][DELETE]
1 boxed photo album, 39 x 28 cm.
Collection is open for research. Contact the History and Special Collections Division, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, University of California, Los Angeles, for information.