Wallace Dreyer Papers, 1907-1992
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Brief Description: The papers of Wallace Dreyer date from 1907 through 1992. The collection contains professional as well as personal photographs, professional and personal correspondence, a high school year book, newspapers clippings, newspaper advertisements for his art gallery business, certificates pertaining to his elementary school education and x-ray technician certification, x-ray technician employment, and his capture of enemy photographic equipment that he was allowed to keep.
Held at:
Special Collections and University Archives
Email: pbruce [at] odu.edu
Record Series Number: 17/RG 17-2B4
Created by: Dreyer, Wallace (1923-1995)
Volume: 4.3 Linear Feet
Acquired: 09/15/2009.

The collection is organized into professional and personal correspondence.  The photographs are further organized by alphabetized subject, while any correspondence is organized in chronological order.

Series Listing:

Series I. Professional: This series relates to the professional achievements and correspondence of Wallace Dreyer.  Items in this series include his professional photographs, letters from art galleries in which he had his work exhibited, newspaper articles on awards received, and sketchbooks. Date range: 1907-1993.

Sub-series A: Correspondence, agreements and notes: This series includes letters from art galleries and members of the arts community, loan agreements, and undated notes on a planned “Art in the Family” exhibit.  This series is arranged alphabetically. Date range: 1963-1993.

Sub-series B: Media: This series includes newspaper articles on Dreyer’s work, his achievements, awards and marriage announcement as well as a 1990 broadcast of WHRO’s “Our Place, Our Time.” Date range: 1960-1990.

Sub-series C: Photographs: This series includes professional photographs that Dreyer took and are categorized by subject.  Other photographs include his ancestors and family.  This sub-series is in alphabetical order. Date range: 1907-1992.

Sub-series D: Sketchbooks and other works: This series includes five sketchbooks, two undated pieces of Dreyer’s work that are not photographs, as well as a mold he used for works similar to these.  Date range: 1959-1980.

Series II. Personal: This series relates to the personal life of Wallace Dreyer.  Items in this series include correspondence, holiday cards, sympathy cards, and an obituary.  Date range: 1962-1992.

Series III. Certificates, Awards and Yearbook: This series includes various certificates of family members, as well as items pertaining to Dreyer’s education, military and career fields. Date range: 1928-1961.

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restrictions.
Subject Index
Artists--United States
Dreyer, Wallace
Old Dominion University--Dept. of Art
Old Dominion University--Faculty
Photographers--United States
World War, 1939-1945--Veterans
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.
Acquisition Notes: Melanie Mathewes, Executive Director of the Hermitage Museum & Gardens  Gift. Accession #A2009-29
PreferredCitation: [Identification of item], Box [number], Folder [number and title], Wallace Dreyer Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, Virginia 23529.