Russell L. Dicks Papers, 1933-1987

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Dicks, Russell Leslie
Russell Leslie Dicks (1906-1965), chaplain for the Duke University Hospital (1948-1958). Types of materials include correspondence, writings, manuscript materials, sermon and lecture notes, teaching materials, clippings, photographs, bulletins, and announcements. Major subjects include Duke University Medical Center, hospital chaplains, patient advocacy, and pastoral counseling. Materials range in date from 1958 to 1965.
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Scope and content:

Contains correspondence, writings, manuscript materials, sermon and lecture notes, teaching materials, clippings, photographs, bulletins, and announcements pertaining to Russell L. Dicks, chaplain at Duke Hospital from 1948 to 1958.

Biographical / historical:

Russell Leslie Dicks was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 1906. He received his AB degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1929 and BC degree from Union Theological Seminary in 1933. A pioneer in the hospital chaplaincy program, he served as chaplain at Massachusetts General Hospital (1933-1937) and Presbyterian Hospital and Wesley Memorial Hospital (1937-1940), both in Chicago, Illinois. From 1940 to 1942, Dicks was special lecturer to the Hiogg Foundation of Mental Hygiene. He served on a special assignment for the YMCA-USO as an instructor of counseling, and also traveled between camps during World War II. In 1944, Dicks went to Chicago to become the chaplain of Wesley Memorial Hospital. During that time, he also taught courses at the Garrett Biblical Institute and the Chicago Theological Seminary. Dicks joined Duke Hospital in 1948 as a professor of pastoral care, the director of clinical pastoral training, and chaplain of Duke Hospital.
After leaving Duke in 1958, Dicks traveled overseas to Germany and Japan. While in Okinawa, he served as a consultant for military chaplains. Dicks also taught courses at Harvard University, Iliff Theological Seminary and Southern Methodist Seminary. Dicks was also associate pastor of Highland Park Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas.
Dicks authored numerous books and articles pertaining to pastoral counseling and clinical pastoral work and founded and worked as editor of the "Journal of Religion and Health." Dicks served as the first president of the Association of Protestant Chaplains of the American Protestant Hospital Association and was one of four Americans cited by the National Council of the Churches of Christ for outstanding work for the welfare of the people.
Dicks died in 1965 while serving as director of the Central Florida Counseling Center in Orlando, Florida.

Acquisition information:
No documented accession number (September 1982?)
Processing information:

Processed by Archives staff: July 2004; encoded by Emily Glenn: July 2004; updated by Dawne Howard Lucas: September 2009

Organized into the following series: Correspondence, 1962-1965, 1987; Manuscripts, Sermons, Talks and Writings, circa 1962-1965; General and Manuscripts Correspondence, Manuals, and Memorabilia, 1958-1965.
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Personal Name(s):
Dicks, Russell L. (Russell Leslie), 1906-
Corporate Name(s):
Duke University. Hospital
Duke University. Medical Center
Topical Term(s):
Pastoral Care.
Patient Advocacy.


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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred citation:

[Identification of item], Russell L. Dicks Papers, Duke University Medical Center Archives.