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Finding Aid for the Will Donaldson Collection of Material by Theodore Dreiser and Dreiseriana, 1922-1932
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Box 1

1 A book about myself.

Creator/Collector: Dreiser, Theodore
Physical Description: 699 leaves. 28cm. Typescript (carbon) with holograph corrections and additions throughout.

Scope and Content Note

Original title, which is corrected, was A novel about myself. Together with a letter by Dreiser to Mr. Lange to whom Dreiser sold the manuscript. What I am offering you is the only complete typewritten copy of the book with many marginal changes by me--the copy from which the book was set up. This copy contains some chapters not in the book. They were struck out by me. This letter is written from Los Angeles and dated September 22, 1922.

Note

Published by Boni & Liveright, 1922.
Box 1

2 The lost-Phoebe.

Creator/Collector: Dreiser, Theodore
Physical Description: 52 leaves, 13 leaves irregularly numbered. 28cm. Holograph. In slip cover. Irregularly paginated, pp.1-12 are mounted, 12-21 not mounted, 22-34 mounted, 35-43 not mounted, 44-52 mounted. The irregular pages at end not mounted. The mounted pages have many corrections, the unmounted pages none.

Scope and Content Note

With holograph note by Dreiser explaining that he recopied the mounted pages as the paper had begun to crumble. Published The Century Magazine, 1916.
Box 1

3 Letter to Philip Barry. April 25, 1925.

Creator/Collector: Dreiser, Theodore
Physical Description: 27 cm. Holograph, signed.
Box 1

4 Letter to Perriton Maxwell. June 13, 1927.

Creator/Collector: Dreiser, Theodore
Physical Description: 27 cm. Holograph, signed.

Scope and Content Note

Answer to query What makes a perfect play?
Box 2

5 The Dreiser Scrapbook, 1931-1943.

Scope and Content Note

Clippings relating to the life and literary career of Theodore Dreiser. 30 cm. The main bulk of the clippings are dated 1932.

Note

Assembled by Will Donaldson.
Box 2

6 American tragedy. Motion picture version. Stills, publicity material.

Physical Description: 23 items.
Box 2

7 Pictures. Photographs and films.

Physical Description: 18 pictures, 13 films. In envelope.

Scope and Content Note

Envelope marked Dreiseriana. Terre Haute views 1932-- pictures of the Dreiser homes and localities visited by him and described in Hoosier Holiday taken by Will Donaldson. Photo of portrait of Dreiser owned by Mencken.

Note

Gift of Donald S. Friede.
Box 2

8 Loose leaf notebook. [about 1932].

Physical Description: 22cm. Typewritten and holograph.

Scope and Content Note

4 typescript pages with bibliographical information. At end some anecdotes regarding Dreiser's life.
Box 2

9 Book reviews, publicity, dealer's catalogues referring to Theodore Dreiser.

Physical Description: 1 folder.
Box 2

10 Scottsboro case.

Physical Description: 6 items.

Scope and Content Note

Publicity material relating to the Scottsboro case. Theodore Dreiser's speech on the Scottsboro case at Town Hall, Friday Evening June 5, 1931.
Box 3

11 Correspondence with Will Donaldson, 1931.

Physical Description: 3 items.

Scope and Content Note

Various people to Mr. Donaldson re collecting material on Dreiser.
 

12 Contempo. January 10 and February 1, 1933.

Scope and Content Note

American Spectator, vol.1 no.1-11. 1932-33.
Oversize Box 5

13 Wax-statuette of Theodore Dreiser.

Creator/Collector: Hidalgo, Luis, 1901-
Physical Description: 25cm; with wooden stand 28cm.
Box 3

14 Caricature of Dreiser.

Creator/Collector: Cotton, William Henry

Note

Removed from frame, March 1, 1958.
Box 3

15 Clippings and printed material relating to the career of Wil Donaldson, collector of Dreiser.

Creator/Collector: Donaldson, Wil
Box 3

16 Dreiser, Theodore. Letters to Kelly James E., March 3, 1925-October 1926.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 3

17 Portrait of Dreiser.

Creator/Collector: White, Margaret C.
Physical Description: Pencil sketch, 27.5 × 14.5.
Box 3

18 Letter to Frank Graham Moorhead. New York. April 26, 1909.

Creator/Collector: Dreiser, Theodore
Physical Description: Typescript, signed.

Scope and Content Note

Letterhead Delineator, stating he would be interested in articles on certain subjects.

Note

Gift of Jo and Flo Swerling.
Box 3

19 Letter to Sam Slingsby. New York, May 8, 1934.

Creator/Collector: Dreiser, Theodore
Physical Description: Typescript, signed.

Scope and Content Note

Referring Mr. Slingsby to passages from his autogiographical works. Gift of Jo and Flo Swerling.
Box 3

20 Letters to Carlyle West. New York, 1933.

Creator/Collector: Dreiser, Theodore
Physical Description: 2 items. Typescript, signed.

Note

Mr. West lived in Toronto, Canada.
Box 3

21 In the matter of Commonwealth vs. Donald S. Friede, April 16-18, 1929 ... [a case regarding obscenity in Dreiser's An American Tragedy].

Creator/Collector: Commonwealth of Massachusetts ... Superior Court ...
Physical Description: 174 leaves. Typescript (carbon).

Note

Gift of Donald S. Friede.
Box 3

22 Commonwealth vs. Donald S. Friede. Brief for the defendant... no.13 of 1930. With this is bound: Commonwealth vs. Donald S. Friede. Suffolk, May 27, 1930.

Creator/Collector: Supreme Judicial Court ...
Physical Description: 15pp. Printed and 5 leaves. Typescript (carbon).

Scope and Content Note

Both these relate to the case involving An American Tragedy.

Note

Gift of Donald S. Friede.
Box 4

23 Plaster cast of hand from sculpture by Edgardo Simone of Theodore Dreiser.

Creator/Collector: Simone, Edgardo, 1890-
Physical Description: 24cm.

Note

Gift of Dr. Vera Dreiser.