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Edward Streeter Papers

Call Number



1909-1976, inclusive


Streeter, Edward, 1891-1976


14.5 Linear Feet in 22 manuscript boxes, 3 half manuscript boxes, 5 oversize flat boxes, and 1 record carton

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.


Edward Streeter (1891-1976), whose successful banking career did not prevent him from writing two of the most popular novels of his time, 'Dere Mabel' and 'Father of the Bride.' The collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, business materials, periodicals and ephemera.

Biographical Note:

Edward Streeter, 1891-1976, was born in New York City where he lived most of his life. He attended Harvard and upon graduation (1914) became a reporter for the Buffalo Express. He then served in World War I attaining the rank of first lieutenant. Returning from the War, Streeter went on to a series of positions in the financial sector: Bankers Trust, Assistant Vice-President (1921-1929); Blake Brothers, Stock Broker, (1929-1930); 5th Avenue Bank (Bank of New York), Vice-President (1931-1956). Coincident with his success in the financial sector, Streeter wrote humorous fiction that achieved great popularity. His novel, 'Father of the Bride' (1949), was a best seller and was made into a motion picture starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. Other notable works by Streeter are: 'Dere Mable' (1918); 'Mr. Hobb's Vacation' (1954); 'Ham Martin, Class of '17' (1969). Streeter was also a frequent contributor to numerous popular periodicals and was active in Harvard alumni activities.


"Streeter, Edward, 1891-". Contemporary Authors. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1967. The Edward Streeter Papers; MSS 39; Fales Library and Special Collections , New York University Libraries.


Folders are generally arranged chronologically within each series. See "SERIES DESCRIPTION" for details.

The files are grouped into three series.

  1. Series I: Writings
  2. Series II: Correspondence
  3. Series III: Printed Material
  4. Oversize - Series I: Writings

Scope and Contents

The Edward Streeter Papers are a part of the Fales Library, New York University. The Fales Library is the primary special collections division of the NYU libraries, housing over 200,000 volumes of English and American literature from 1700 to the present. Strengths of the collection include the development of the English and American novel, with an emphasis on the Gothic and the Victorian novel.


The Streeter Papers are arranged in three series.

Series One, Writings includes diaries, juvenilia, essays, speeches, novels, and some print material in brochures and pamphlets. Some pictorial material, such as stills from the motion pictue version of Streeter's novel, Father of the Bride, is included in this series.

Series Two, Correspondence usually includes carbons of Streeter's letters as well as the respondent's originals and is divided into three subseries: [A] General Correspondence arranged chronologically. Of particular interest here is a 1927 file dealing with the business affairs of Charles Lindbergh.[B] Personal Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by writer, including several letters from novelists John P. Marquand, Thornton Wilder, illustrator Gluyas Williams, and actors James Stewart and Spencer Tracy.[C] Business Correspondence is arranged by publisher, producer, or firm.

Series Three, Printed Material consists of magazine appearances of Streeter's works: scrap books of his early journalistic efforts and of Father of the Bride, Pomfret School annuals, photo albums, and drawings by Bill Breck, illustrator of Dere Mabel. Magazines are boxed in no set arrangement. A bibliography of periodical contributions by Streeter are included in an appendix.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open to researchers. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections,, 212-998-2596.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections,, 212-998-2596.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); The Edward Streeter Papers; MSS 039; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections , New York University Libraries.


Edward Streeter presented his papers to the Fales Library in 1964.The gift included first editions of Streeter's books and copies of his many magazine appearances as well as seven linear feet of correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, scrapbooks, photographs and other memorabilia. In the fall of 1990 four linear feet of additional material, donated by Streeter's two daughters, was integrated into the existing collection.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Audiovisual materials have not been preserved and may not be available to researchers.

Separated Materials

There is no information about materials that are associated by provenance to the described materials that have been physically separated or removed.

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-20 17:05:31 -0400.
Language: Description is in English

Processing Information

In June 2016, boxes from Series III were renumbered to numerically follow boxes in Series I and Series II. Researchers with citations to previous box numbers may contact for assistance with identifying new box numbers.

Edition of this Guide

This version was derived from FINDING.wpd


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