Ferdinand J. Dreer autograph collection

Ferdinand Julian Dreer’s chief hobby was collecting autographs. He started with two documents and over time he was able to amass more than 15,000 items from some of the world’s most prominent and intriguing public figures. Owing to this interest, Dreer became acquainted with many people in the world...

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Main Author: Dreer, Ferdinand J. 1812-1902. (Creator)
Collection Number:0175
Format: Manuscript
Language:English
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Item Description: Processing Information: The processing of this collection primarily included rehousing the material. The collection maintains its original arrangement.
Physical Description: 105.0 Linear feet ; 330 boxes, 133 volumes, 2 flat files
Access: This collection is open for research.
Summary: Ferdinand Julian Dreer’s chief hobby was collecting autographs. He started with two documents and over time he was able to amass more than 15,000 items from some of the world’s most prominent and intriguing public figures. Owing to this interest, Dreer became acquainted with many people in the world of arts and letters, politics, education, clergy, business, and international affairs. As he was aware of such a collection’s potential impact on scholarship and society, Dreer donated all of his holdings to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, with which he had been associated for many years as the institution’s vice president.