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Frank Watt Dickinson Papers

Identifier: M095


Frank Watt Dickinson (1886-1969) served as chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Denver and as interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Frank Dickinson papers contain the academic work of Frank Dickinson including his papers as a student as well as his class notes and research as a professor. Also included are personal papers and a scrapbook, as well as publications related to philosophy.


  • 1907-1973


Biographical / Historical

Frank Watt Dickinson was born February 12, 1886 in Howell, Nebraska. He received his B.A. from the University of Nebraska in 1911, his M.A. from the University of Nebraska in 1912, and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1929. He taught at Kingfisher College in Oklahoma until 1917 when he joined the faculty of the University of Denver as a Professor of Philosophy. He became chairman of the department in 1924. In 1950 he was appointed interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, a position he held until he retired and was named Dean Emeritus in 1953. At the time of his retirement the University awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Dickinson died December 20, 1969.

Son of Reuben and Alice (Parsons). A.B., University of Nebraska, 1911, A.M., 1912; Sage scholar in philosophy, Cornell University, 1912-13; Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1929; Dr. Humane Letters, University of Denver, 1953; married Minnie Funke, Aug. 12, 1914; children—Richard Funke, Edward Henry, David James. Professor of philosophy and education and head of department, Kingfisher (Oklahoma) College, 1913-17, also dean of College of Liberal Arts, 1915-17; professor of philosophy and head of department, University of Denver, 1917-50; dean College of Arts and Sciences, 1950-53, professor emeritus and dean emeritus College of Arts and Sciences since 1953; assistant director, University of Denver Summer School, 1934-37; teacher, Denver Community Training School for Religious Education, 1920-24. Member, Nebraska State Militia, 1905-07. Member, American Philosophical Association (member executive committee, Western Division 1939-40), Colorado Schoolmasters Club. Methodist.


2 Linear Feet (2 record boxes)

Scope and Contents

The Frank Dickinson papers contain papers from both Dickinson's student days and his teaching career. His papers as a student include class notes. The personal papers include information on class reunions, a scrapbook of cartoons and memorials. The publications section includes material gathered by Dickinson in his research work in philosophy, as well as pamphlets and article reprints from the Phlosophy Department library named in his memory, and an author catalog of the book collection in that library donated in memory of his colleague, Francis M. Myers (1917-1972).


The Collection is arranged in the following series:; 1. Academic work.; 2. Personal papers and a scrapbook.; 3. Publications related to Philosophy.; __Bound volume ''Denver Municipal Facts, Vol. III 1911'' was cataloged for inclusion in the rare book collection in Special Collections & Archives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Philosophy Department and the Universtiy of Denver High School, 2006.


No further accruals are expected.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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