Dickerson, Fred G.
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Cofrin Library, 7th floor
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
1.0 c.f. (2 archives boxes and 1 flat box)
Miscellaneous papers of Dickerson, a Chicago inventor and manufacturer, and a trustee of Lawrence College, who was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin. Fragmentary documentation about his inventions consists of advertising, a printed and a draft catalog for the Dickerson Milk Filler used in canning evaporated milk, engineering drawings, and a notebook about an inclined stair climber. Limited correspondence hints at development difficulties with the Milk Filler, his most successful invention. Additional correspondence includes letters and legal documents about a partnership with J. M. Patterson of the Illinois-Georgia Pecan Company, and brochures, newspaper articles, and correspondence concerning his advocacy of "the Chicago Way," labor management cooperation to avoid strikes, in 1915. The career of Dickerson's father, Henry J. Dickerson of Appleton, also an inventor, is documented by broadsides about his process for welding steel patented in 1868, correspondence with individuals who leased the process, diaries about his later career, and agreements with William Johnson of Milwaukee to manufacture the "Dickerson shutter worker." The collection includes plans for the family cottage at Three Lakes, Wisconsin, additional correspondence about the Dickerson and Porter families, and an assortment of high quality paper ephemera concerning Appleton, its churches and schools, and Lawrence College and its musical organizations. A portrait of Fred G. Dickerson has been filed in the Visual Materials Name File.