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Carley Robinson Dawson papers

Identifier: Ax 759


Carley Robinson Dawson is the daughter of composer Avery Robinson and Grace Chess Robinson, founder of the Mary Chess cosmetics business. She is a patron of belles lettres, the author of books for children and adults, and an ordained minister of Divine Science. The collection consists of papers and photographs. Photographs include personal images including vintage portraits of the Dawson, Robinson and Chess families, and Dawson's travels. Some images show Dawson at work in the Mary Chess Co. laboratories.


  • Creation: 1832-1977
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1890-1977


Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Reading Room.

Conditions Governing Use note

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to . The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.


19.5 linear feet : 10 record storage boxes, 6 photo boxes

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Box Numbers with content descriptions

Box 1, Prints, 4x5 Box 2, Prints, 4x5 Box 3, Prints, 5x7 Box 4, Prints, 5x7 Box 5, Prints, 8x10 Box 6, Large prints

Separated Materials note

Photographs in this collection are stored separately under call number PH124.

General Physical Description note

17 container

Genre / Form

Guide to the Carley Robinson Dawson papers
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Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA