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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.