This collection contains research materials compiled by Southern California physician
Frank S. Dolley (1885-1961) for his
study of the lower Colorado River and steam navigation in the late 1800s and early 1900s. There are also
original letters by Ellen Robinson, wife of a Colorado River pilot, from the 1870s, and original photographs, copy photographs
and copy negatives.
Frank Steve Dolley (1885-1961) was born in Maine, graduated from Pomona College in 1907, and
completed Bowdoin Medical School in 1911. He settled permanently in Los Angeles, California, in
1929, where he was a prominent thoracic surgeon. Beyond his medical interests, he
was a collector and student of the history of the western United States,
particularly the lower Colorado River.
150 items in 4 boxes + 3 boxes of photographs and negatives
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