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

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

Collection number: 659

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Will Donaldson Collection of Material by Theodore Dreiser and Dreiseriana,
Date (inclusive): 1922-1932
Collection number: 659
Creator: Donaldson, Will
Extent: 5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Theodore Herman Albert Dreiser (1871-1945) was an author whose publications include: Sister Carrie (1900), Jennie Gerhardt (1911), The financier (1912), The titan (1914), Twelve men (1919), and An American tragedy (1925). After 1925, he ventured into social commentary and political analysis. The collection contains letters, clippings, photographs, films, manuscripts, and a scrapbook. There is a collection of Dreiser's printed work including first editions, inscribed, and other significant editions.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

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  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Muriel Donaldson, 1955.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Will Donaldson Collection of Material by Theodore Dreiser and Dreiseriana (Collection 659). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1217850 

Biography

Theodore Herman Albert Dreiser was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, on August 27, 1871; briefly attended the University of Indiana; held a succession of newspaper and magazine jobs in Chicago, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and New York; awarded the Merit Medal for fiction by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1944; publications include: Sister Carrie (1900), Jennie Gerhardt (1911), The financier (1912), The titan (1914), Twelve men (1919), and An American tragedy (1925); after 1925, he ventured into social commentary and political analysis, joining the Communist Party shortly before his death; died in Hollywood, California, on December 28, 1945.

Scope and Content

Collection contains material related to Dreiser's career as a writer. Includes letters, clippings, photographs, films, and a scrapbook. Also contains manuscripts including his autobiography titled, A book about myself. Additionally, there is a collection of Dreiser's printed work including first editions, inscribed, and other significant editions. Also includes a small amount of material related to the career of Donaldson.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945.
Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources.


Container List

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.