Letters of John and Robert Dick with Immigrants' Impressions of New York

Scope and Content

The material consists of the letters of John Dick and his son Robert Dick which contain their impressions, as immigrants, of New York in the nineteenth century. There is mention of conditions for immigrants, and of a fire in the city.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Dick was the father of Robert Dick, both of whom had gone to the United States in the 1830s. John Dick appeared to have lived in Adams Street, Brooklyn, New York. Both had corresponded with individuals in Edinburgh, in Abbeyhill and on Canongate.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Letters acquired November 1965, Accession no. E66.4.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using material in the collection.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Geographical Names