Theodore Dreiser collection, 1921-1991

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322



Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8z7k8

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945.
Title: Theodore Dreiser collection, 1921-1991
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 753
Extent: 4 linear feet (8 boxes), 1 oversized papers box (OP), and 1 oversized bound volume (OBV)
Abstract:Collection of materials relating to American novelist Theodore Dreiser, including correspondence, research materials collected by Dreiser's niece, Dr. Vera Dreiser, pertaining to her uncle, and collected material.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance to access audiovisual materials in this collection.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction. Photocopies of letters from the collection of the Lilly Library may not be copied without the permission of the Dreiser Trust.

Related Materials in Other Repositories

Theodore Dreiser papers, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania, the Huntington Library Manuscripts Dept., and the Theodore Dreiser papers I-IV, Lilly Library, Indiana. University


Gift, with subsequent additions.


[after identification of item(s)], Theodore Dreiser collection, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Theodore Dreiser, American novelist, was born in 1871 and died in 1945. His niece, Vera Dreiser, published My Uncle Theodore, in 1976.

Theodore Dreiser, American novelist, was born in 1871 and died in 1945. His niece, Vera Dreiser, published My Uncle Theodore, in 1976.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Theodore Dreiser and his family from 1921-1991. The collection includes a variety of primary and secondary materials used by Dr. Vera Dreiser in her own research and writing on her uncle, the novelist Theodore Dreiser. Among the papers are nine letters written by Theodore Dreiser (1924-1944), correspondence to and from other family members, as well as Vera Dreiser's own research correspondence. Also present are numerous photographs of Dreiser (ca. 1889-1946) and the Dreiser family, as well as clippings and other printed material related to Dreiser's life and work. The collection also includes some of Vera Dreiser's own writings (some of which relate to her uncle), research materials collected by her, and tapes of Richard Lingemann's 1982 interview of her.

Arrangement Note

Organized into two series: (1) Dreiser family papers, (2) Vera Dreiser research materials, and (3) Collected material.

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