Inventory

Theodore Dreiser/Paul Dresser Collection
Accession Number:  780810
Description:  Ten folders in a document case

Biographies

Theodore Dreiser
was born at Terre Haute, Indiana in 1871.  During a journalistic career that began about 1890, Dreiser worked on newspapers and magazines in New York and St. Louis.

After abandoning his newspaper career as too brutal, Dreiser turned to realistic writing in which he depicted the inequality and corruption in the American social and business worlds.  He became famous - and controversial - with his many volumes of work that included such novels as An American Tragedy and Sister Carrie along with plays and essays.  All his writings reflect his obsession with the brittle cruelty of life.

Dreiser died at age 74 in Hollywood, California in 1945. 

Paul Dresser was born at Terre Haute, Indiana in 1859.  An older brother of Theodore Dreiser, early in life changed his family name to Dresser.

Actor and entertainer, Dresser became well known through his song, On the Banks of the Wabash, which was adopted  by the Indiana General Assembly as the State Song in 1913.

Another one of Dresser's most popular songs was My Gal Sal. In all, he wrote 106 songs before he died in 1906 in New York at age 47.

In 1963 Dresser's birthplace in Terre Haute was moved to a new site overlooking the Wabash River, where it has been restored as a permanent memorial.



Content and Scope of Collection

There are no original documents or manuscripts in this collection.  Mostly, the materials are newspaper clippings about the lives and works of the two brothers and about their family background.

There are also a few pictures, a tape recording and miscellaneous pieces of correspondence relating to questions asked by researchers about the brothers.  One folder contains the newspaper record of the establishment of the Dresser Memorial.

Document Case

 

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

DREISER/DRESSER

  Chronology of Dreiser family

 

 

 

 

 

  Correspondence about family
  background, dates, etc.

  Newspaper clippings about the brothers

 

 

 

 

Folder 2

DREISER
  Clippings:  reviews of some works;
  articles about his life and death

 

 

 

 

Folder 3

DREISER
  Miscellaneous pieces:  about his life,
  work and play The Hand of the Potter

 

 

 

 

Envelope 1

DREISER
  Reprint of Life, Art and America,
  by Theodore Dreiser, The Seven Arts

1917

 

 

 

Envelope 2

DREISER
  Picture of Dreiser, from The Los  Angeles Times

1935

 

 

 

Folder 4

DREISER
  Centennial Festival - ISU

1971

 

 

 

Folder 5

DRESSER
  Miscellaneous materials

 

 

 

 

Folder 6

DRESSER
  Pamphlet - Life of Paul Dresser,
  by Max Ehrmann

 

 

 

 

Folder 7

DRESSER
  Correspondence about Dresser

 

 

 

 

Folder 8

DRESSER
  Dresser Home

 

 

 

 

Envelope 3

DRESSER
  Photographs:  Dresser's birthplace;
  memorial marker

 

 

 

 

Folder 9

DRESSER

  Tape - On the Banks of the Wabash

  Songs

 

 

 

 

Folder 10

DRESSER

  Sheet Music:

 1.  In Dear Old Illinois
      The Voice of the Hudson
      The Boys Are Coming Home Today

  2. On the Banks of Wabash, Far  Away