Theodore Dreiser Collection,1897-1983

Collection Number: 4604

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


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

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