Donald R. Dickey (1887-1932) was known for amassing a significant bird and mammal specimen collection, photographing and filming
wildlife, and discussing his field work as a lecturer. While health issues, primarily heart problems, frequently slowed his
work, his collection included almost 30,000 specimens by 1926. Receiving a B.A. from Yale in 1910, Dickey made his way to
California in that same year, having been a UC Berkeley student previously. He received a Masters degree from Occidental College
in 1925. Eventually becoming focused on establishing a research center for vertebrate zoology in southern California, Dickey
was appointed as a Research Associate by the California Institute of Technology in 1926. At the Institute, Dickey was given
space to keep his collection of specimens, photographs and film, and books. In 1940, eight years after his death, his widow
Florence Van Vechten Dickey donated his collection of over 50,000 skins and skeletons of birds and mammals to the University
of California, Los Angeles. The collection is now known as the UCLA Donald R. Dickey Bird and Mammal Collection.
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