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Harvey Dressler Collection

Identifier: MS-473

Scope and Content

The Harvey Dressler Collection is about the Dressler family, predominantly about Florence Bremberger Dressler. The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, books and yearbooks, maps, and newspaper clippings of Harvey Dressler, Florence Bremberger Dressler, and Mary Dressler Stansell. Within each series, the collection is ordered chronologically.

Series I, Personal Information, contains correspondence, educational documents, photographs, financial and legal documents, newspaper clippings, and travel documents such as correspondence that Harvey Dressler sent to his wife Florence. Legal documents include property records of the Dressler family. In addition there are newspaper clippings of Mary Dressler Stansell's wedding announcements and her visit to a relative. Travel documents record Harvey Dressler's travels through France and Germany. The date span is from 1896 to 1966.

Series II, Books and Yearbooks, contains books, scrapbooks, and yearbooks such as the With the Ohio 308th Engineers From Ohio to the Rhine and Back and U.S. Official Pictures of the World War. The date span is from 1909 to 1923.

Series III, Maps, contains travel maps that Harvey Dressler collected while he travelled through France and Germany after World War I. The maps are in French and German and are dated from May to June 1919.


  • Creation: 1896-1966


Language of Materials

The records are in English, French, and German.

Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing materials in this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biography of Harvey Dressler

Harvey Dressler was born in 1887 in the Dayton area. He graduated from Steele High School on September 27, 1905. He attended Ohio State University where he was a military cadet serving in Company F. He married fellow Dayton resident Florence Bremberger on September 16, 1919. Mr. Dressler was a civil engineer and owned his own engineering firm, Cellarius and Dressler Engineering. He mainly worked in the Fairborn area and on facilities at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. One notable project that Dressler was involved in was designing a new location for the city of Osborn, Ohio in 1921. Dressler also served in the United States Army during WWI enlisting on April 25, 1918. He was part of the Ohio 308th Regiment of Engineers, A Company that fought in three major operations from July 26 to November 11. These operations were the Aisne to Marne, Oise to Aisne, and the Meuse to Argonne operations. Harvey Dressler died in 1926. He was survived by his wife Florence and daughters Mary Dressler Stansell and Dorothy.


1.5 linear feet


Harvey Dressler was a civil engineer in the Dayton area owning the firm of Cellarius and Dressler Engineering. The Harvey Dressler Collection consists of correspondence, photographs, maps, books, and other documents related to Harvey Dressler, his wife Florence Bremberger Dressler, and daughter Mary Dressler Stansell.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is organized into 3 series:

  1. Series I: Personal Information
  2. Series II: Books /Yearbooks
  3. Series III: Maps

Acquisition Information

Donated to Special Collection and Archives by Harvey Stansell, August 2011

Separated Material

MS-77 Osborn Removal Company Records

Guide to the Harvey Dressler Collection (MS-473)
Finding aid prepared by Rajib Chaudhuri, July 2013
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA