Made possible by a gift from Florence Van Vechten Dickey

Donald Ryder Dickey was born in Dubuque, Iowa, and graduated from Yale University. His study and photography of birds and mammals began as a hobby but soon turned into a lifelong vocation. Mr. Dickey built a library of 10,000 volumes, a collection of 50,000 specimens of birds and mammals, and a portfolio of more than 7,700 photographs. Much of this remarkable collection was gathered during field work in Canada, Laysan Island, Hawaii, California and Baja California. After her husband's death in 1932, Florence Van Vechten Dickey donated all of his collections to UCLA. The books, journals and photographic collection reside in the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, where they form an important research resource for working biologists and historians of natural habitats. Many of the older books are quite rare and are now part of the Biomedical Library's History and Special Collections for the Sciences, along with Mr. Dickey's photographs and negatives. In 1994, Mr. Dickey's son, Donald R. Dickey, Jr., made a generous gift to the UCLA Library to improve the preservation of his father's collection and to enable development of a database and finding aid for the photographic collection. To learn more about that fund, click here.

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