The collection is arranged into 5 series: Series 1: Biographical Material, 1884-1923 (Box 1; 0.75 linear feet) Series 2: Correspondence, 1881-1925 (Boxes 1-2; 1.2 linear feet) Series 3: Printed Material, 1883-1916 (Boxes 2-3; 0.5 linear feet) Series 4: Photographs, circa 1900-1923 (Box 3; 7 folders) Series 5: Artwork, circa 1885-1941 (Boxes 3-4; 9 folders)
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The bulk of this collection has been digitized and is available online via the Archives of American Art's website.
The papers of artist and art patron Dorothea A. Dreier measure 2.6 linear feet and date from 1881-1941, with the bulk of the material dating from 1887-1923. The papers document the life and work of Dorothea Dreier and also contain the papers of and about members of her immediate family, particularly her sisters, Mary and Katherine Dreier, and Margaret Dreier Robins. Found are correspondence, printed materials, legal and financial records, photographs, and one sketchbook by Dreier.
Dorothea A. Dreier papers, 1881-1941, bulk 1887-1923. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The papers of Dorothea A. (Dorothea Adelheid) Dreier in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2009, and total 4336 images.
Duplicate materials, banking records and a portion of the printed materials were not scanned.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art
The papers of Katherine S. Dreier related to the Société Anonyme Archives are located at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.<br /> The Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University holds the papers of Mary E. Dreier
Dorothea A. Dreier was born on December 8, 1870, in Brooklyn, New York to German immigrant parents. The second of five children in a close knit, socially progressive family, her siblings include the social reformers and suffragettes Mary E. Dreier and Margaret Dreier Robins. However she was closest to her youngest sister, Katherine S. Dreier, fellow artist, patron of modern art and cofounder of the Société Anonyme, an organization dedicated to the promotion of modern art in the United States. Her sole brother, H. Edward Dreier, followed his father into business and managed the family investments.
The collection is in English and German.
The bulk of the collection was donated to the Archives of American Art in 1959 by Mrs. Peter Voorhees, Dorothea A. Dreier's neice. Additional materials were donated in 2007 by Theodore and Barbara Dreier, Dreier's great-nephew and great-neice.
The papers of Dorothea A. (Dorothea Adelheid) Dreier in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2009. The bulk of the papers have been scanned and total 4,336 images.
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