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Roberta Dickinson Collected Papers

 Collection — othertype: CDG-A
Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-Dickinson, Roberta


Collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, documents relating to Dickinson's arrests, information about resistance to the Vietnam War and the Harrisburg Eight, war tax resistance, Dickinson's letters to congress and to editors, specifications for her "My Lai" sculpture; collection also includes photographs.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1969-1974


Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research without restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

Roberta Dickinson was a Quaker activist, architect, and artist. Born Robert Elliott Dickinson, she legally changed her name to Roberta Dickinson in 1977. The majority of resources in the Peace Collection cover protests against the Vietnam War, and in support of war tax resistance.

Dickinson received a B.Arch. degree from the University of Southern California, and was married to Meg Dickinson. In one biographical statement (held in her papers), she wrote: "I have [studied] with frank lloyd wright at taliesin east and work[ed] as a consultant with louis i. kahn." "since moving to philadelphia...i have concentrated on watercolor landscapes and landscape drawing. paralleling this interest has been continuing from the nude." "As a painter I am recording the changes in my own body from male to female."


0.627 linear ft. (1 Half Hollinger box and 2 photo boxes 2.5" wide)

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Revision Statements

  • 2024: The Photographs series was added to the finding aid by Laura Melbourne in 2024.

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