Guide to the Florence (Smith) Dickhaut (1887-1972) Papers

Collection Title: Florence (Smith) Dickhaut (1887-1972) Papers
Dates: 1905-1951
Identification: 31/6/21
Creator: Dickhaut, Florence Lillian Smith, 1887-1972
Extent: 1 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Florence Dickhaut papers are arranged in one half-size box, span the years between 1905 to 1951, but date primarily from 1905 through 1912. Included are a small amount of general biographical materials; a folder of some of Dickhaut's prose and poetry; two scrapbooks documenting her activities and interests while at Northwestern; and four folders of memorabilia such as invitations; tickets; programs from dances, theatrical events, and debates; and other related materials.
Acquisition Information: The papers of Florence Smith Dickhaut were donated to the University Archives by Mrs. Robert Kimbel in June, 1978 (Acc. #78-21).
Processing Information: Margaret Faverty and Linda Wolf; February, 1986.
Separated Materials: Dickhaut's 1909 B.A. diploma from Northwestern and her 1923 M.A. diploma from the University of Chicago have been separated to the University Archives' diploma collection. About twenty photographs have been added to the Archives' photograph collection. Many general items such as Northwestern publications and materials relating to the class of 1909 have been added to the Archives' general reference files.Separation RecordTo map drawer in room 110:1 Diploma from Northwestern University, 1909.1 Diploma from University of Chicago, M.A., 1923.To the University Archives Photographic Collection:2 Oversize photographs: Class of 1909; Men's Glee Club, 1909.2 Photographs: Florence Lillian (SMITH) Dickhaut and Edith Orilla Knox ('09).3 Photographs: Calethia Literary Society.1 Photograph: Harold C. Goddard, Assistant Professor of English8 Unidentified individuals, Class of 1909(?).4 Unidentified groups of Class of 1909(?).1 Junior Play Cast of the Class of 1909.1, Post Card: Old College, c. 1909.1 Photograph: Evanston, view of Centennial Park with Northwestern campus in background.Miscellaneous items such as programs and other memorabilia were added to the General University Collection especially to the CLASS OF 1909 files.Separated June 1978 by Elisabeth Wittman
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Florence Lillian (Smith) Dickhaut was born in Chicago, Illinois, on May 10, 1887, the daughter of Charles Edwin and Alvira (Woodward) Smith. She obtained her early education in Chicago's public schools. Between 1905 and 1909 she attended Northwestern University and earned a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts. During her years as an undergraduate, Dickhaut was active in many student affairs as a member of the Calethia Literary Society and the Dramatic Club, as president of her junior class, and as a contributor of both poetry and prose works to the Northwestern Magazine. She compiled a distinguished academic record and was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa.

Between her graduation from Northwestern and 1913 Dickhaut taught in Evanston elementary schools. In 1913 she accepted a position at Ohskosh (Wisconsin) State Normal School and remained there until 1918, when she became supervisor of the Training School, State Normal School of San Diego. Dickhaut worked as a teacher in San Diego until 1922. In 1923 she took an M.A. degree in English from the University of Chicago, and returned to California in 1924 as an instructor and, later, professor of English and Journalism at San Diego State College.

In 1934 she became engaged to and later married Charles Adam Dickhaut, a Los Angeles businessman. She died on July 9, 1972. For additional information, see also: Northwestern University Archives' Alumni Biographical Files, College of Liberal Arts, Class of 1909, Series 51/2, Box 39.

Scope and Content

The Florence Dickhaut papers are arranged in one half-size box, span the years between 1905 to 1951, but date primarily from 1905 through 1912. Included are a small amount of general biographical materials; a folder of some of Dickhaut's prose and poetry; two scrapbooks documenting her activities and interests while at Northwestern; and four folders of memorabilia such as invitations; tickets; programs from dances, theatrical events, and debates; and other related materials. The scrapbooks and memorabilia offer a view of Northwestern campus life during the early years of the twentieth century and, in particular, illustrate some of the popular social activities and events during the period 1905-1909.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--Students

Personal Name

Dickhaut, Florence Lillian Smith, 1887-1972

Subjects

College students--Illinois--Evanston

Women college students--Illinois--Evanston


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical Materials, 1905-1951Box 1, Folder 1
  • Writings, 1908-1909, n.dBox 1, Folder 2
  • Scrapbook, 1905-1909Box 1, Folder 3
  • Scrapbook, 1909Box 1, Folder 4
  • Memorabilia, 1909Box 1, Folder 5
  • Memorabilia, 1910Box 1, Folder 6
  • Memorabilia, 1911-1912Box 1, Folder 7
  • Memorabilia, n.dBox 1, Folder 8