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Kellogg-Dickie papers

Call Number: MS 626

Scope and Contents

The Kellogg-Dickie Papers document the civilian relief work done by Charlotte and Vernon Kellogg during and after World War I. They also relate to Charlotte Kellogg's research in connection with her books on Belgium and Poland. The papers include awards and newspaper clippings in connection with Belgian and Polish honors bestowed on the Kelloggs for their relief work. The Kellogg's major correspondents include Herbert Hoover, Ignace Jan Paderewski, and William Allen White. Additional correspondence and writings document the personal life and artistic career of Jean Kellogg Dickie. Her correspondents include Merle Armitage, a book designer and agent, who worked with James Dickie, and Robinson Jeffers, for whose book Jean Dickie created etchings.


  • 1862-1995
  • Majority of material found within 1884 - 1976


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Jean Kellogg Dickie, 1970-1985; transfer from Acquisitions Dept., 2000.


Arranged in four series: I. General Files, 1891-1979. II. Writings and Creative Efforts, 1884-1967. III. Personal Papers, 1901-1995. IV. Photographs, 1862-1953.


5.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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The Kellogg-Dickie Papers focus largely on Vernon and Charlotte Kellogg and their daughter, Jean Kellogg Dickie. The papers emphasize Charlotte and Vernon Kellogg's involvement in relief work for Poland and Belgium during and after World War I and Charlotte Kellogg's writings. Most of the Jean Kellogg Dickie material concerns her career as an artist and her involvement in the community.

Biographical / Historical

Vernon Lyman Kellogg, who was born in December 1, 1867 in Emporia, Kansas, earned both his B.A. in 1889 and his M.A. in 1892 at the University of Kansas, where he was assistant, then associate professor of entomology from 1890 to 1894. He continued his studies in biology at universities in Leipzig, Paris, the University of California, and Brown University, before completing his D. Sc. at Oberlin in 1922. From 1894 through 1920, he was professor of entomology and bionomics at Stanford University, but he took a leave for humanitarian work with American relief efforts in Europe during and after World War I. Herbert Hoover, a longtime friend, appointed him as the director of the Commission for the Relief in Belgium (CRB), where he served from 1915 to 1916. His wife, Charlotte, was the only woman member of the CRB before the U.S. intervention in the war.

Charlotte Hoffman, whom Vernon Kellogg married in Florence on April 27, 1908, was born in 1874, at Grand Island, Nebraska, of Swiss parents. She was a graduate of the University of California, earning a Ph.B. in 1900, and also studied abroad. For many years, she headed the English Department at Anna Head's School in Berkeley, California. She went to Brussels in 1916 during World War I by permission of the German government to join her husband and worked with the Comission for Relif in Belgium for a year. She was prominent in war relief work as a speaker and fund raiser.

Herbert Hoover appointed Vernon Kellogg as assistant to the U.S. Food Administrator. Kellogg was chief of the mission to Poland (1917-1919) and special investigator in Russia and other European countries with the American Relief Administrator (1918-1921). From 1919 to 1931, he was permanent secretary of the National Research Council, Washington, D.C., becoming secretary emeritus in 1933.

In 1921, Charlotte Kellogg was sent to Europe by President Harding to escort Marie Curie to the United States to receive a gram of radium and a special research grant. She directed the Paderewski Testimonial Fund for Polish relief and was involved in a Polish hospital that had been created in Edinburgh for the care of Polish refugees. She was decorated by France, Belgium and Poland for her service to those countries. She was the author of several books about Belgium and Poland. After Vernon Kellogg died on August 8, 1937, Charlotte Kellogg continued to live and write in California, where she died on May 8, 1960.

Charlotte and Vernon Kellogg had one daughter, Jean, who devoted her life to the arts. She studied for three years at the Yale School of Fine Arts and at the Art Students League in New York City and in Washington, D.C. She provided etchings for a book of poetry, The Loving Shepherdess, by Robinson Jeffers. Her work was shown in California and New York among other venues and later, she herself ran an art gallery in Monterey, California. She was married on July 31, 1960, to James Dickie, an artist who was known for his cartoons and for his books teaching children how to draw.

Guide to the Kellogg-Dickie Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Bella Z. Berson and Diane E. Kaplan
October 1980
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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