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Finley Peter Dunne Papers

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Dunne

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 Dooley" created by Philip Dunne, and unpublished fragments.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



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

1 14 5


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

Processed by

Emma Martin, 2011.

Inventory of the Finley Peter Dunne Papers, 1925-1992
Emma Martin
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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Chicago Illinois 60610 United States