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Dix, Dorothea, Letter to Mr. Otto, 1865 October 5
Collection Description & Creator Information
- Scope and Contents
Consists of a two-page letter from medical activist and reformer Dorothea Lynde Dix (1802-1887) to a Mr. Otto, in which Dix provides information to a father who was searching for his son, a wounded soldier who was missing in action following the Siege of Petersburg during the American Civil War. While Dix wrote her correspondence on letterhead of the Office of Women Nurses, United States Hospital Service, she had resigned from her position as Superintendent of the Army Nurses to the Union Army several months earlier, so the assistance she provided was conducted in a personal rather than official capacity.
Arranged alphabetically by the name of the creator, with unattributed materials at the end.
Purchased from Whitmore Rare Books in 2020 (AM 2021-53).
The collection is open and will continue to grow.
No material was separated during processing.
- Processing Information
This collection was processed by Lisa Yankowitz during the summer and fall of 2010 . The finding aid was written by Lisa Yankowitz in January 2011 and is regularly updated with new acquisitions by Faith Charlton, Kelly Bolding, and Armando Suárez.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions Governing Use
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
- Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.
- Credit this material:
Dix, Dorothea, Letter to Mr. Otto; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, C0140, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box B-001555
- Existence and Location of Copies
Parts of this collection are available on microfilm, cataloged separately as RCPXM-7497696.
- Genre Terms:
- Correspondence -- 19th century
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Medical care -- Sources
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Women -- Sources
Petersburg (Va.) -- History -- Siege, 1864-1865 -- Sources