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Samuel N. Dicken faculty papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 337

Scope and Contents

The Samuel N. Dicken faculty papers primarily documents the later career of American geographer and University of Oregon professor Samuel N. Dicken. The collection includes biographical material, including curriculum vitae, bibliographies, diplomas, and award certificates, as well as clippings, both loose and bound in two large scrapbook albums. The papers also contain both professional and personal correspondence, photographs, primarily of Dicken’s memorial at the University, and publications, including several copies of Dicken’s memoir, entitled Education of a Hillbilly: Sixty Years in Six Colleges. Also included are an audiocasette recording of Dicken recounding a 1977 trip to Baja, a small pocket knife, and pick hammer.


  • 1901-1989
  • Majority of material found within 1958-1989


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Technical Access

Collection includes sound recordings, moving images, and digital files to which access is restricted. Access to these materials is governed by repository policy and may require the production of listening or viewing copies. Researchers requiring access must notify Special Collections and University Archives in advance and pay fees for reproduction services as necessary.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and 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 Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Biographical / Historical

Samuel N. Dicken was a professor of Geography at the University of Oregon (1947-1970), and head of the departments of Geography and Geology (1957-1963), and Geography (1971-1983). Dicken was born near Colfax, Kentucky in 1901 to William and Sarah Dicken. He attended Brea College Academy before attending Marietta College, graduating in 1924 with an A.B. in Geology. In 1931, Newton graduate from the University of California, Berkeley with a Ph.D. in Geography. He taught geography at the University of Minnesota from 1929 to 1947, before beginning his thirty-year career at the University of Oregon. He was a member of the Association of American Geographers, the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, and a Fellow of the American Geographical Society. He is best known for his application of Walter Penck’s principles of slope formation and demonstration of unique factors in soil erosion in Kentucky, as well as his studies of the effect of land expropriation on the Mexican hacienda, and his measurement of man’s activities on the physical changes of the Oregon coastline.


2 linear feet (2 containers) : 1 record storage box and 1 manuscript box

Language of Materials



Samuel N. Dicken was a professor of Geography at the University of Oregon from 1947-1970, and head of the departments of Geography and Geology (1957-1963), and Geography (1971-1983). The Samuel N. Dicken faculty papers includes biographical material, clippings, correspondence, photographs, publications, and artifacts.


This collection is loosely arranged by document or item type.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source and date of acquisition unknown. This collection may have been transfered from the Department of Geography around 1996.

Processing Information

Processed by Alexandra M. Bisio, 2020.

Guide to Samuel N. Dicken faculty papers
Complete Description
Alexandra M. Bisio
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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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