Vera Dreiser papers
Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts [Contact Us]3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206
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Vera Dreiser (birth year documentation varies, but is most commonly 1908, d.1998) was the daughter of actor Edward M. Dreiser (1873-1958) and Mai Dreiser (1881-1955). In 1939 she married Alfred E. Scott (1913-1948) and they had daughter Sheri Scott (later Teri Godard) in 1943. She was the niece of Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945), author of works such as An American Tragedy and The Bulwark and of composer Paul Dresser (1858-1906), who wrote My Gal Sal. Vera Dreiser was a psychologist, educator, and dancer. She earned two degrees from New York University and taught dance at Bryant High School and Queens College before becoming a clinical psychologist. She practiced clinical psychology in New York from 1947 to 1961 and was the head of the Psychiatric Treatment Center at the California Institute for Women until her retirement in 1972. She appeared on television and radio programs to discuss psychology for everyday life, published articles in Dance News, and wrote popular psychology articles, as well as poetry and music. In 1976, she co-authored a family memoir entitled My Uncle Theodore with Brett Howard.
This is a collection of family papers and memorabilia and professional papers of Vera Dreiser, as well as papers related to the estates of composer Paul Dresser and author Theodore Dreiser. The largest components of the collection consist of papers related to Vera Dreiser's psychology practice in New York and those related to Theodore Dreiser's literary estate. The collection is arranged into four series: family and personal papers, memorabilia and artifacts, professional papers (patient records are restricted), and family estate management. For more detailed information regarding the contents of each series, please see the series scope notes.
- University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
- Finding Aid Author
- Rayna Andrews
- Finding Aid Date
- 2016 October 31
- Access Restrictions
The bulk of this collection is open for research use, however, access to Series III, Subseries C (box 6, folder 9-box 15, folder 1) is restricted from access until 2030 because it contains personally identifiable information. Researchers interested in the content of these folders should contact the Kislak Center for further information.
- Use Restrictions
Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.