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Finding Aid for the Edward A. Dickson Papers, 1900-1954
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Edward Augustus Dickson (1879-1956) was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He worked for the Sacramento Union and the San Francisco Chronicle before joining the Los Angeles Evening Express which he later purchased. Dickson was also a founding member of the Lincoln-Roosevelt League, a delegate to the Republican National Convention (1932), sat on the Board of Directors of the Olympic Games Association (1932 Olympics) and was appointed to the University of California Board of Regents (1913). The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, clippings, 51 scrapbooks, and memorabilia related to Dickson's career as editor of the Los Angeles Express as well as his role as a Regent of the University of California System, Los Angeles civic leader, and Progressive Republican.
Edward Augustus Dickson was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, August 29, 1879; family moved to California, 1885; BL, UC Berkeley, 1901; worked for Sacramento Union and San Francisco Chronicle before joining the Los Angeles Evening Express editorial staff in 1906; became owner and editor of the Express, 1919; married Wilhelmina de Wolff, 1907; President, Western Federal Savings and Loan Association, 1931-56; member, Board of Directors, Central Investment Corporation; one of the founders of Lincoln-Roosevelt League; member, Republican State Central Committee of California; delegate, Republican National Convention, 1932; member, Board of Directors of the Olympic Games Association (1932 Olympics); appointed to Board of Regents, University of California, 1913; chairman, University of California Board of Regents, 1948; fostered growth of UCLA from Los Angeles State Normal School on Vermont Ave. to Westwood location chosen by Dickson; had an interest in the history of printing and graphic arts and was involved in the Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles County Art Institute, and the UCLA Art Council; died February 22, 1956. In Who's Who In America, Edward A. Dickson is described as an editor, publisher. This gives only a partial idea of the contributions which Dickson made to California, and particularly to Los Angeles, during his long and varied career. In addition to his direction of the influential Los Angeles Evening Express, Dickson played an important role in the development of the University of California, he was a very active civic leader, and although he never ran for political office, he was a figure of consequence in the California Republican Party.
37 boxes (18.5 linear ft.) 41 oversize boxes
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