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Lucy Dickinson Correspondence

Identifier: Ms-1988-014

Scope and Content

This collection consists of three letters addressed to Lucy Dickinson, a student at Vassar College at the beginning of the 20th century. Two of the letters are from writer Edward Clary Root and relate to an unnamed manuscript written by Root (undoubtedly a draft of his 1906 novel, Hutington, Jr.: a Romance of Today) and critiqued by Dickinson. Root's letters discuss Dickinson's writings, as well as his own. A third letter, from Dickinson's personal friend, Louise Bass of Atlanta, Georgia, focuses on personal matters but also mentions Root's book.


  • 1905 - 1906


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], W. C. Thomas Papers, Ms1988-013, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Biographical Note

Lucy Dickinson, daughter of Dr. Smelt W. and Sarah Isabel Look Dickinson, was born in Marion County, Virginia in 1881. She attended Virginia Intermont College, Vassar College, and Columbia University's Teacher College before working as an advertising copywriter in Lynchburg, Virginia. She was also an active member of the Smyth County Historical Society and the Marion Baptist Church. She married George D. Urquhart; the couple had no children. Lucy Dickinson Urquhart died in Roanoke on January 27, 1975.


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This collection includes three letters addressed to Lucy Dickinson, a student at Vassar College. Two of the letters are from Edward C. Root of New York, New York; the third, from Louise Bass of Atlanta, Georgia.

Source of Acquisition

The Lucy Dickinson Correspondence was acquired by Special Collections in 1988.

Related Archival Materials

See the Lucy Dickinson Urquhart Papers, Ms1987-046, also at VT Special Collections and University Archives.

Root, Edward Clary. Huntington, Jr.: a Romance of To-day. New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1906. (inscribed to Lucy Dickinson by the author on first free endpaper) (PZ 3 R678 Hu Large Spec) View on

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Lucy Dickinson Correspondence by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

The processing and description of the Lucy Dickinson Correspondence commenced and was completed in November, 2018.

Lucy Dickinson Correspondence, 1905-1906
John M. Jackson, Archivist
2018 (CC0 1.0)
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US