Herman Dreer

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Alma materBowdoin College
  • Educator
  • Author
  • Baptist minister
  • Civil rights leader

Herman Dreer (1888- 1981) was an educator, author, Baptist minister, and civil rights leader who reopened a college and founded a bank for African Americans in St. Louis, Missouri.[1][2][3][4] The home he bought from a developer is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. He was an associate of Carter G. Woodson. He was denied admission to state universities in Missouri because he was African American and went own to found his own college for African Americans in the city of St. Louis, Douglass University.[1]

Dreer graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He married and had two daughters. He wrote for newspapers, Carter G. Woodson's journal of "Negro History", and two novels. He edited a collection of African American writings.[1]

He wrote a Phd. thesis titled "Negro Leadership in St. Louis: A Study in Race Relations". The State Historical Society of Missouri has a collection of his papers.[5]

He was an organizer of the 39th annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in St. Louis.[6]

The Dr. Herman S. Dreer House at 4335 Cote Brilliante Avenue was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.


  • "Negro Leadership in St. Louis: A Study in Race Relations", Phd thesis
  • The History of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity: A Brotherhood of Negro College Men, 1911 to 1939
  • The Immediate Jewel of His Soul, a romance, a novel[7]
  • The Tie That Binds, a novel[8]
  • American Literature by Negro Authors, editor[9]
  • Sunrise : a drama in four acts
  • "What Does the Innocent Teacher Impart as History?"[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 https://mostateparks.com/sites/mostateparks/files/Dreer%2C%20Dr.%20Herman%20S.%2C%20House.pdf
  2. "HERMAN H. DREER: A Twentieth Century Black Radical Curriculum Activist - ProQuest". www.proquest.com.
  3. "Black History--As told by Herman Dreer (Who wrote for the St. Louis Argus) 1993 Pt1". February 25, 1993. p. 53 – via newspapers.com.
  4. https://books.google.com/books?id=IRLhcVs_pJUC&pg=PA307&lpg=PA307&dq=herman+h.+dreer&source=bl&ots=hogUOcweSc&sig=ACfU3U2BIeYE2xvyZuAx5-eEqHanlTwDXg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjQ3oHwv8P0AhVzVTABHXXnCJg4KBDoAXoECBgQAg#v=onepage&q=herman%20h.%20dreer&f=false
  5. "Herman Dreer Papers | The State Historical Society of Missouri". collections.shsmo.org.
  6. https://www.jstor.org/stable/2715445
  7. https://www.loc.gov/item/20002259/
  8. "St. Louis Historic Preservation". dynamic.stlouis-mo.gov.
  9. "Dreer, Herman 1889- [WorldCat Identities]".
  10. https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/jnh/1940/25/4

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