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.