TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of Finley Peter Dunne

Scope and Content of the Collection

Arrangement

Selected Search Terms

Container List

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Inventory of the Finley Peter Dunne Papers, 1925-1992


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610-7324
USA
Phone: 312-255-3506
Fax: 312-255-3646
E-Mail: specialcolls@newberry.org
URL: http://www.newberry.org

Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Emma Martin, 2011.

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Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Dunne, Finley Peter, 1867-1936
Title Finley Peter Dunne Papers
Dates 1925-1992
Extent 0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract Chicago-based writer Finley Peter Dunne’s correspondence, essays, and memoirs. Collection also includes a photograph of Dunne, an etched stamp, and an adaptation of Dunne’s “Mr. Dooley” series for the stage, by his son, Hollywood screenwriter, film director and producer Philip Dunne.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Midwest MS Dunne
Collection Stack Location 3a 38 11

Administrative Information

Cite As

Finley Peter Dunne Papers, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Gift of Phillipa Dunne, Jessica Dunne, and Miranda Dunne Perry, 2011.

Processed by

Emma Martin, 2011.

Access

The Finley Peter Dunne Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Finley Peter Dunne Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

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Biography of Finley Peter Dunne

Journalist, humorist and author of the popular “Mr. Dooley” columns.

Finley Peter Dunne was born in Chicago in 1867, and rose to prominence as a journalist for the Chicago Journal, the Chicago News, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Post. Dunne’s satirical “Mr. Dooley” series garnered him fame nationwide, particularly from Theodore Roosevelt. “Mr. Dooley” centered on the life of a fictional, South-side Chicago bar owner, and lampooned current events and notable figures. In 1899, Dunne published his sketches as a collection entitled Mr. Dooley in Peace and War, which became popular even among the public figures that were his subjects.

Dunne married literary enthusiast and golfer Margaret Ives Abbott, with whom he had four children: Finley Peter, Jr., Philip, Penny and Leonard Dunne. He died in 1936 in New York.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

Collection includes correspondence and one photograph of Finley Peter and Margaret Abbott Dunne, drafts of Dunne's essays and memoirs, a dramatic adaptation of "Mr. Dooley" created by Philip Dunne, and unpublished fragments. The materials range from correspondence from 1925 to Philip Dunne's adaptation, completed in 1963.

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Arrangement

Materials arranged alphabetically.

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Selected Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Newberry Library's public catalog. Researchers desiring additional materials on a particular topic should search the catalog using these headings.

Names

  • Dunne, Finley Peter, 1867-1936
  • Dunne, Margaret Ives Abbot
  • Dunne, Philip, 1908-1992
  • Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923
  • Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
  • Twain, Mark, 1835-1910

Subjects

  • American literature -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Autobiographies -- 1901-1950
  • Correspondence -- 1901-1950
  • Humorists, American
  • Journalists -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Manuscripts, American -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Plays (document genre) -- 1951-2000

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Container List

Box Folder Contents
1 1 Correspondence -- Dunne, Finley Peter to Dunne, Margaret Abbot, 1925-1930
1 2 Etched metal stamp, n.d.
1 3 Photograph -- Dunne, Finley Peter and Dunne, Margaret Abbot, n.d.
1 4 Press -- Regarding Finley Peter Dunne, 1990-1992
1 5 Writings -- Dunne, Finley Peter (adapted by Philip Dunne), Mr. Dooley, 1963
1 6 Writings -- Dunne, Finley Peter -- Mr. Dooley Remembers, 1963
1 7 Writings -- Dunne, Finley Peter -- "Mr. Hoover and the Ladies" (unpublished), n.d.
1 8 Writings -- Dunne, Finley Peter -- "On Biography" (2 copies), n.d.
1 9 Writings -- Dunne, Finley Peter -- "On the Irish" (3 copies), n.d.
1 10 Writings -- Dunne, Finley Peter -- "On Mark Twain," n.d.
1 11 Writings -- Dunne, Finley Peter -- "On Theodore Roosevelt," 1936
1 12 Writings -- Dunne, Finley Peter -- "On Warren G. Harding and Others," n.d.
1 13 Writings -- Dunne, Finley Peter -- Unpublished fragments on Warren G. Harding, n.d.
1 14 Writings -- Notes and sayings, n.d.