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Dickins family papers

 Collection
Call Number: OSB MSS 302

Scope and Contents

The Dickins Family Papers contains correspondence, writings, legal documents, and other papers relating to Rachel Dickins, Thomas Eden Dickins, and other members of the Dickins family, as well as diaries, poetry, and a collection of fifteenth through seventeenth century charters with seals. Other materials in the collection relate to James Bean, an assistant paymaster with the East India Company in the Philippines in 1764, Captain William Wilkinson, a financial agent to Sir George Hay, and Wallace of Craigie, a descendant of William Wallace. Also included are genealogical charts linking the Dickins family to Pocahontas through her marriage to John Rolfe, and twentieth century documents concerning family history.

Dates

  • 1449-2000 and undated
  • Majority of material found within 1449-1899

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Dickins Family Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Bernard Quaritch on the James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection Fund, 2004.

Arrangement

Organized into three series: I. Correspondence, 1795-1928 and undated. II. Charters and Legal Documents, circa 1449-1670. III. Other Papers, 1725-2000 and undated.

Extent

2.5 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Latin

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.dickins

Overview

The Dickins Family Papers contains correspondence, writings, legal documents, and other papers relating to Rachel Dickins, Thomas Eden Dickins, and other members of the Dickins family, as well as diaries, poetry, and a collection of fifteenth through seventeenth century charters with seals. Other materials in the collection relate to James Bean, an assistant paymaster with the East India Company in the Philippines in 1764, Captain William Wilkinson, a financial agent to Sir George Hay, and Wallace of Craigie, a descendant of William Wallace. Also included are genealogical charts linking the Dickins family to Pocahontas through her marriage to John Rolfe, and twentieth century documents concerning family history.

Biographical / Historical

The Dickins family lived in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, England, and included Rachel Dickins (-1761) of Suffolk; Thomas Eden Dickins (1832-1857), 2nd Lieutenant of Artillery in the East India Company; Colonel Francis E.A. Dickins (1827-1912), a merchant in India; Reverend Charles Dickins (1829-1917); William Dickins (1795-1885), a barrister; and W.P. Dickins (active 1899).

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Title
Guide to the Dickins family papers
Status
Completed
Author
by Emily Komornik
Date
November 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Location

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Access Information

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