Finley Peter Dunne Papers
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 Dooley" created by Philip Dunne, and unpublished fragments.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.
- Creation: 1925-1992
- Dunne, Finley Peter, 1867-1936 (Person)
Materials are in English.
Conditions Governing 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.
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.
0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)
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.
Materials arranged alphabetically.
Collection Stack Location
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Gift of Phillipa Dunne, Jessica Dunne, and Miranda Dunne Perry, 2011.
Emma Martin, 2011.
- Inventory of the Finley Peter Dunne Papers, 1925-1992
- Emma Martin
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