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Calendar of the Dorothy Dix Collection

Housed in University Archives & Special Collections, F. G. Woodward Library, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN 37044


NOTE: Books written by and about Dorothy Dix are unclassified and are located in the Archives of the Tennessee Collection.

Gilmer, Elizabeth (Meriwether), How to win and hold a husband. New York: Arno Press, 1974.

------. Dorothy Dix -- her book, every day help for everyday people. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1926.

------. My joy-ride around the world. Philadelphia: The Penn. Publishing Company, 1924.

------. Mirandy. New York: Hearst's International Library Co., 1914.

------. Mirandy exhorts. Philadelphia: The Penn Publishing Company, 1922. (two copies)

------. Fables of the elite. New York: R.F. Fenno & Company, 1902.

------. Hearts a la mode. New York: Hearst's International Library Co., 1915.

------. Dorothy Dix - herself. New York: Public Ledger, n.d. (2 copies)

Kane, Harnett Thomas. Dear Dorothy Dix: the story of a compassionate woman. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1952.

Meriwether, Nelson Heath. The Meriwethers and their connections. Columbia, Missouri: Artscraft Press, 1964. (unnumbered pages on Dorothy Dix)


Folder l. Letters pre 1930 1863-1929 (ca l2 letters, 3 envelopes)

Folder 2. Letters 1930-39 (ca 37 letters, 3 envelopes, l post card)

Folder 3. Letters l940-50 (65 letters, 4 post cards)

Folder 4. Undated letters undated (86 letters)

Folder 5. Dorothy Dix Letterbox (newspaper clippings of Dorothy Dix)

Folder 6. Dorothy Dix Talks 1940-1981 (nine letters to and about Dorothy Dix)

Folder 7. Dorothy Dix Columns


Folder 8. Early scrapbook pages (l2 pages - poems, pictures, articles)

Item 9. Scrapbook of clippings and photographs

Item 10. Scrapbook of Egyptian travel articles

Item 11. Scrapbook of 40th anniversary as a columnist (1936)


Folder 12. Photographs of home (Seventeen photographs: three of Woodstock & grounds; one of home New Orleans; five of home Barrett Browning's life; Dorothy Dix Trip to the Andes.)

Folder l3. Photographs of Dorothy Dix and her houses (nine photographs of New Orleans home; one photo of Past Christian home; five small photos of Dorothy Dix; one magazine photo; three miscellaneous photos.)

Item 14. Photograph album, Dedicated to Dorothy Dix as a remembrance of her visit to the Philippines, August 2-6, 193l from the T.V.T. Publications. Contains photographs and newspaper clippings.


Item 15. Autograph album 1877-1879 (loose pages of autographs) - one picture of Mammy Emily; 2 pictures of Woodstock.

Travel Diaries, Memorabilia, Passport

Folder 16. Passport for trip to Japan, China, Ceylon, etc., Sept. 2, l9l9

Item 17. E.M. Gilmer/ Yokohama/October 17, l9l9 (Last entry Feb. l9, "Calcutta on 22" -.)

Item l8. Travel: 1920- February 22 (Arrived at Calcutta...April ll- Went to Neuva Elyra (New Realia), Cylon.)

Item 19. The old people of Takasago. ("June l4, l922, sailed on the French Line "Paris" for Havre... Oct. 4, Sailed on New Amsterdam from Plymouth for New York. October l6, arrived NY - so came to the end of a pleasant day - Diary.)

Item 20. Booklet: A thousand thanks - " Dearest" (September ll, l924 - Left Bordeaux on the Fig. at 3 o'clock and arrived at Casablanca... Nov. 5-6-7, Carthage.)

Item 2l. Travel Diary: (January l4-June l5, 1917)

Item 22. Travel Diary: (South Sea Islands - New Zealand/Australia, etc. (in pencil at top) l93l/ E.M. Gilmer (ink) 6334 Pytania St., New Orleans, LA l933 - Trip to South America.)

Item 23. Travel diary May 29-August 28, 1924 (world travels)

Item 24. Dorothy Dix, Her book. Being the veracious account of her trip during the summer of l926, Diary. (Europe- ?)

Item 25. Travel diary June l6-Oct.l, l928 (Trip Round the World)

Articles - Newspaper, Magazine, Clippings

Folders 26. Newspaper Articles
(l) - ca 23 articles written in l942 during WWII.
(2) - eleven articles (l94l-47)
(3) - ca 60 newspaper clippings (1922-52)
(4) - ca 50 clippings (1920-40)

Folder 27. Dorothy Dix recipes.

Folder 28. Dorothy Dix Advises.

Folder 29. Newspaper clipping by from Chicago Sunday Examiner, Oct. 6, l907, earliest seen on quick search and about Dorothy Dix.

Folder 30. Magazine articles by and about Dorothy Dix (sixteen articles)

Christmas Cards/ Article

Folder 31. Christmas cards, 6 cards signed by Dorothy Dix in front 4 Christmas cards - 2 with Japanese prints, 2 of doorways in New Orleans- 1 Lafcadio Hearns Courtyard. The other two are views of her house. A total of 15 Christmas cards.

Folder 32. Uncle Sam found Santa Claus.

Mirandy Articles

Folder 33. Miranda Articles. (ca 50 articles)

Folder 34. File of Mirandy articles from Chicago papers ca. 1906- ca. l9l2.
Cartoons by: Swinnerton '06, Gus Mayer, H.B. Martin, E. W. Kemble, 1912 (?), Merle Johnson (Tad cartoon on backs of some clippings i.e. l2/21/09. Written in dialect with stereotyped cartoons.

Folder 35. Mirandy on Art. 1906 (ca 15 photocopies articles)

Demise Of Dorothy Dix

Folder 36. News articles on the demise of Dorothy Dix 1951

Pamphlet/ Booklet/ Miscellaneous

Item 37. The best loved woman in the world, Philadelphia: Ledger Syndicate, l929. 12 pp.

Item 38. Dorothy Dix and Four Decades of Helping the World with its Woes. l896-l936

Folder 39. Kane's clippings and comments on Dorothy Dix.

Folder 40. Quotations from Letters of Dorothy Dix. (ca 40 pages)

Folder 41. In the Footsteps of Fair Women.

Folder 42. Investigative writings of Dorothy Dix.

Item 43. Alpha, Emmet " Battle of New Orleans," Bound typescript for Dorothy Dix.

Item 44. Dorothy Dix Papers & letters to Gill Family. Allensville, KY.

Administration Of Dorothy Dix Collection

Folder 45. Material relating to the Dorothy Dix Collection.

Folder 46. Manuscript administration. (relating to the Dorothy Dix Collection)

Product Testimonial

Folder 47. Product testimonials 1937 (three items)

Honors, Awards, Family

Folder 48. Dorothy Dix Awards.

Folder 49. Dorothy Dix Day. (New Orleans)

Folder 50. Dorothy Dix Symposium at Woodstock, September 27, 1991.
Symposuim program, Brochure, Menu, Theater ticket , Nametag, Agenda announcement, Reservation confirmation, Exhibit photographs, Play production photograph, Symposium announcement, Copies from local media

Folder 51. Caroline Gordon Tate. (one article)

Folder 52. Woodstock.

Folder 53. Meriwether Family.

Books From Dorothy Dix's Library
donated by A. Huntington Patch

(Autographed by Dorothy Dix or Harnett Kane)

Kane, Harnett Thomas. Spies for the Blue and Gray. Garden City, N. Y.: Hanover House, 1954
Tenn E 608 .K3

-----. The golden coast. Garden City, N. Y.: Doubleday, 1959
Tenn F 296 .K3

-----. Natchez on the Mississippi. New York: W. Morrow, 1947.
Tenn F 349.N2 K3

-----. Queen New Orleans. New York: Morrow, 1949.
Tenn F 379.N5 K24 1949

-----. Miracle in the mountains. Garden City: Doubleday, 1956.
Tenn LD 405.B213 K3

-----. Plantation parade; the grand manner in Louisiana. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1945.
Tenn F 374 .K3

-----. Deep delta country. New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1944.
Tenn F 377 .D4 K3

-----. The amazing Mrs. Bonaparte. Garden City: Doubleday, 1963.
Tenn PS 3521.A4345 A4

-----. Bride of Fortune. Garden City: Doubleday, 1948.
Tenn PS3521.A4345 B7

-----. The gallant Mrs. Stonewall. Garden City: Doubleday, 1957.
Tenn PS 3521.A4345 G3

-----. New Orleans woman. Garden City: Doubleday, 1946.
Tenn PS 3521.A4345 N4

Saxon, Lyle. Old Louisiana. New York: The Century Co., 1929.
Tenn F 374 .S32

Chase, John Churchill. Frenchmen, Desire, Good Children, and other streets of New Orleans. New Orleans: R.L. Crager, 1949.
Tenn F 379 .N5 C44

Curtis, Nathaniel Cortlandt. New Orleans: its old houses,shops and public buildings. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1933.
Tenn F 379 .N5 C96

King, Grace Elizabeth. New Orleans, the place and the people. New York: Macmillan and co., 1895.
Tenn F 379 .N5

Bakeless, John Edwin. Lewis & Clark, partners in discovery. New York: Morrow, 1947.
Tenn F 592.7 .B3

Schertz, Helen Pitkin. Legends of Louisiana: The romance of the royal oak: The brother of the sultan. New Orleans: New Orleans Journal, 1922.
Tenn GR 110 .L8 S3

Ssu shu. The four books: Confucian analects; The great learning; The doctrine of the mean; and the works of Mencius., [s.n.: s.l., 19--?]

Young, E. H. William. London: J. / Cape, 1927.
Tenn PR 6047 .O468 W5 1927

Cobb, Irvin S. Roll call. New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company 1942.
Tenn PS 3505 .O14 R6

Cobb, Irvin S. Speaking of operations --. New York: George H. Doran Company, 1915.
Tenn PS 3505 .O14 S6 1915

Cobb, Irvin S. Exit laughing. New York: The Bobbs Merrill Company, 1941.
Tenn PS 3505 .O14 Z5

Crowell, Grace Noll. This golden summit. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1937.
Tenn PS 3505 .R9456 T5 1937

Davis, Robert Hobart. People, People, everywhere; footprints of a wanderer. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1936.
Tenn PS 3507 .A75 P4 1936

Kauffman, Reginald Wright. A man of little faith. Philadelphia: The Penn Publishing Company, 1927.
Tenn PS 3521 .A725 M3

Keyes, Frances Parkinson. Dinner at Antoines. New York: J. Messner 1948.
Tenn PS 3521 .E86 D5

Perry, Stella George Stern. Melindy. New York: Moffat, Yard, 1912.
Tenn PS 3531 .E723 M4

Arthur, Stanley Clisby. Famous New Orleans drinks and how to mix them. Nouvelle Orleans: Harmanswon, 1937.
Tenn TX 951 .A68

Dorothy Dix Symposium

Symposium Overview

On September 27, 1991, nearly 200 registrants gathered for a day long symposium celebrating the life of Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer, better known as "Dorothy Dix." The event, which began at 9 a. m. with registration and a continental breakfast in the dining room, was held at Dix's childhood home "Woodstock" in Trenton, Kentucky. Special piano selections were rendered by Anna Laura Page, wife of the President of Austin Peay State University. Introductions were given by Elnor McMahan, APSU, a welcome by Dr. Oscar Page, president, APSU, opening remarks by Arthur Goldsmith Jr., professor emeritus, Woodward Library, APSU, and Inga Filippo, APSU, spoke of the Dorothy Dix Collection in the F. G. Woodward Library.

The symposium was sponsored by Austin Peay State University. Members of the Montgomery County Historical Society and the APSU Women's Club assisted with the event. Elnor McMahan, owner of Woodstock, professor and head, cataloging department, Woodward Library, and Inga Filippo, associate professor and head, circulation department, Woodward Library, were coordinators of the symposium. Partial funding from a Tower Research Grant made the symposium available to participants at a nominal cost.

Six papers were presented by noted scholars, highlighting events from the personal life, world travels and writings of Dorothy Dix during the morning and afternoon sessions. The speakers at these sessions had the opportunity to publish their complete papers in these proceedings.

Other highlights of the day were: a New Orleans style luncheon buffet with entertainment, tours of Woodstock, the antebellum mansion where the author spent her childhood, a pre-play reception, and an evening performance of an original play based on writings of Dorothy Dix. At the end of the day, a plaque was placed and unveiled on the lawn of Woodstock commemorating the symposium.

Symposium Participants

Dr. Lewis Tatham, Chair of Austin Peay State University's Languages and Literature Department, and Professor of English.

Dr. Rosaleen Salvo, Assistant Professor of History, Colby College, Waterville, Maine.

Ms. Marcelite Welker, Local Historian and Faculty Emeritus, Clarksville High School, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Ms. Eloise Weatherspoon, Instructor, Languages and Literature Department, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Dr. Ellen Kanervo, Chair of Austin Peay State University's Speech, Communication, and Theatre Department and Professor of Journalism.

Dr. Maurine Beasley, Professor of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

Mr. Ted Jones, Doctoral Student, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Mr. Ted White, Master's Student, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Papers presented at the Dorothy Dix Symposium
Woodstock Mansion, Todd County, Ky
September 27, 1991

The Making of a Southern Journalist, Rosaleen Salvo

Beloved Consolation: The Life of Dorothy Dix, Eloise Weatherspoon

The World Travels of Dorothy Dix, Marcelite Welker

Elizabeth M. Gilmer as Dorothy Dix: Woman Journalist Rewrites the Myth of the Southern Lady, Maureen Beasley

One Hundred Years of Advice: an Analysis of the Style and Content of Dear Abby and Dorothy Dix, Ellen Kanervo, Ted Jones, & Jeff White

Dorothy Dix: the Woman, the Columnist, the Person: A look at the life of Elizabeth Meriwether, LuAnnette Butler