Guide to the Theodore Dreiser Collection,
1897-1983

Collection Number: 4604

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library

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DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Theodore Dreiser collection, 1897-1983.
Collection Number:
4604
Creator:
Theodore, Dreiser 1871-1945.
Quantity:
24.8 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, printed material, photographs, interviews, speeches, research notes, clippings, microfilms, an audiotape, manuscripts, phonograph records, and a film.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Consists mainly of letters by, to, or about Theodore Dreiser, as well as printed material, photographs, interviews and speeches of Dreiser and research notes of Dreiser scholar Robert Elias.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

American author of the naturalist school, who began as a journalist and was also active in support of communism.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Consists mainly of letters by, to, or about Theodore Dreiser, as well as printed material, photographs, interviews and speeches of Dreiser, research notes of Dreiser scholar Robert Elias, clippings, microfilms, 1 audio tape, and 2 vols. of bound manuscripts. Includes copies of Dreiser's extensive correspondence with H.L. Mencken, and originals of many letters from Mencken to Elias; printed articles and stories which Dreiser published in The Bookman, Daily Worker, The Delineator, Famous Stories, Forum, The New York Herald Tribune, The New York Times, Pravda, Tass, and Vanity Fair, including articles in support of communism and organized labor; manuscripts of Dreiser's works The Bulwark and My Creator, and the outline of a play, Revolt; correspondence and clippings concerning the suppression of Dreiser's novel The Genius under censorship pressure from the New York Society for the Prevention of Vice; and correspondence (mainly typed copies of letters) with other writers. Includes phonograph records, and a short film of Dreiser in Westchester County, 1938.
Correspondents include Sherwood Anderson, Argus Book Shop, Louise Campbell, Sergei Dinamov, George Douglas, Helen Dreiser, James T. Farrell, Charles Fort, Frank Harris, Arthur Garfield Hays, Maude Wood Henry, Harold Hersey, John Huth, Alfred A. Knopf, William C. Lengel, Donald P. McCord, Esther McCoy, H.L. Mencken, Albert Mordell, George Jean Nathan, Grant Richards, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Simon & Schuster, Upton Sinclair, Thelma Cudlipp Whitman, and Huan Wilson.
The collection also includes one 7" reel sound recording (tape) and two CD's (one master and one use copy) of radio broadcasts. Also included is a videotape of Dreiser and Harriet Bissell at Mt. Kisco, N.Y., in May 1938, filmed by Robert Elias.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945.
Anderson, Sherwood, 1876-1941.
Campbell, Louise Grace, 1907-
Dinamov, Sergei.
Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970.
Douglas, George.
Dreiser, Helen Patges, d. 1955.
Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945.
Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945.
Elias, Robert H.
Harris, Frank, 1855-1931.
Hays, Arthur Garfield, 1881-1954.
Henry, Maude Wood.
Hersey, Harold Brainerd, 1893-
Huth, John F.
Knopf, Alfred A., 1892-1984.
Lengel, William C. (William Charles), 1888-1965.
McCord, Donald P.
McCoy, Esther.
Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956.
Mordell, Albert, 1885-
Nathan, George Jean, 1882-1958.
Richards, Grant, 1872-1948.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968.
Whitman, Thelma Cudlipp, 1892-
Wilson, Huan.
Argus Book Shop.
Simon and Schuster, Inc.

Subjects:
American literature--20th century.
American periodicals.
Modernism (Literature).
Censorship--United States.
Domestic relations--United States.
Authors, American.
Journalists--United States.

Form and Genre Terms:
Photographs.
Portraits.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Theodore Dreiser collection, #4604. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

NOTES

Related collection, including originals of Dreiser's letters, at: University of Pennsylvania.

COLLECTION ARRANGEMENT

Printed material by Dreiser, printed material by other writers, and Dreiser's letters to others arranged in chronological order; letters and manuscripts by others arranged alphabetically by author; letters received by Elias arranged in chronological order.

CONTAINER LIST

Description
Container
Series I. Manuscripts
Undated, 1903-1931
Box 1
1932-1945
Box 2
Series II. Printed materials
1892-Jul. 1898
Box 3
Aug. 1898-Apr. 1899
Box 4
May-Dec. 1899
Box 5
1900-Nov. 1901
Box 6
Dec. 1901-May 1905
Box 7
Jun. 1905-1912
Box 8
1913-1914
Box 9
1915-1919
Box 10
1920-1923
Box 11
1924-1925
Box 12
1926-1927
Box 13
1928
Box 14
1929
Box 15
This Madness, 1929
Box 16
1930-1933
Box 17
Jan.-Jun. 1934
Box 18
Jul.-Dec. 1934
Box 19
1935-1936
Box 20
1937
Box 21
1938
Box 22
1939-1943
Box 23
1944
Box 24
1945-1959
Box 25
Series III. Printed materials by others
1901-1914
Box 26
1915-1927
Box 27
1928-1932
Box 28
1933-1945
Box 29
1946
Box 30
1947-1969
Box 31
1970-
Box 32
Series IV. Outgoing correspondence
Undated, 1897-1909
Box 33
1910-1911
Box 34
1912-1913
Box 35
1914-1915
Box 36
1916-1917
Box 37
1918-1919
Box 38
1920
Box 39
1921-1922
Box 40
1923-1924
Box 41
1925
Box 42
1926-1927
Box 43
1928-1929
Box 44
1930-1931
Box 45
Jan.-Aug. 1932
Box 46
Sept.-Dec. 1932
Box 47
Jan.-May 1 933
Box 48
Jun.-Dec. 1933
Box 49
1934
Box 50
1935
Box 51
1936-1937
Box 52
1938-May 1939
Box 53
Jun. 1939-Sept. 1940
Box 54
Oct. 1940-1942
Box 55
1943-1945
Box 56
Series V. Correspondence and manuscripts by others
A-Douf
Box 57
Doug-Dr Douglas
Box 58
Douglas, George
Manuscripts
Box 59
Memorabilia 1
Box 60
Memorabilia 2
Box 61
Memorabilia 3
Box 62
Elias, Robert
Ds-E
Box 63
Outgoing Correspondence and Manuscripts
Box 64
Notes 1
Box 65
Notes 2
Box 66
Elias, Robert, incoming correspondence
Undated, 1937-1944
Box 67
1945-1946
Box 68
1947-1952
Box 69
1953-1959
Box 70
F-Hec
Box 71
Hed-Hi
Box 72
Hj-K
Box 73
L-Mem
Box 74
Men-Nim
Box 75
Nin-Q
Box 76
R-T
Box 77
U-Z
Box 78
Series VI. Photographs
Photographs
Box 79
Series VII. Clippings
Reviews of Dreiser's Works
Box 80
A-Z
Box 81
Miscellaneous
Box 82
Elias, Robert, Theodore Dreiser: Apostle of Nature
Box 83
Elias, Robert, Letters of Theodore Dreiser
Box 84
Series VIII. Dreiseriana
Dreiseriana
Box 85
Series IX. Printed materials (oversize)
Printed materials
Box 86
Series X. Media
DVD reformatted from 16mm film of Theodore Dreiser at Irok (box contains film, as well)
Box 87 DVD-696
Video of Dreiser and Harriet Bissell at Mt. Kisco, N.Y., May 1938
V-1116
CD's of radio broadcasts, "What can our children believe?", Nov. 18, 1936
CD-1&2
7" reel sound recording (tape) of radio broadcasts
t.r. 7887