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Ambrose Bierce Correspondence File
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ambrose Bierce Correspondence File
    Dates: 1871-1913
    Creators: Bierce, Ambrose Gwinnett
    Extent: Approximately 315 items
    Abstract: The Ambrose Bierce Correspondence File consists almost entirely of letters written by Bierce between 1871 and 1913.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2203
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: manuscripts@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org

    Administration Information


    The collection is open for qualified researchers except for items noted otherwise.

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the curator of this collection for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ambrose Bierce Correspondence File, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Biographical Note

    Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842-1914?) was an American author an satirist best remembered for his cynical collection of definitions known as The Devil's Dictionary, as well as numerous short stories. After a medical discharge from the military, Bierce was hired by William Randolph Hearst to write newspaper columns and editorials. Bierce traveled to Mexico to cover the rebellion of Pancho Villa, and disappeared in 1914..

    Scope and Content

    The Ambrose Bierce Correspondence file consists almost entirely of letters written by Bierce between 1871 and 1913. The letters are arranged chronologically.
    The majority of the letters, especially those to Silas Orrin Howes, Walter Neale, and Charles Warren Stoddard, are business-oriented, and concerned with publishing details of Bierce's Collected Works. However, some letters do contain personal details.
    Many of the letters contain examples of the wit and insightful quips that were Bierce's trademarks.
    The File also contains an annotated printer's copy of Volume VIII of Bierce's Collected Works, which consists of Negligible Tales and Kings of Beasts.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal and Corporate Names

    Bierce, Ambrose
    Bartlett, W.C. (William Chauncey), 1818-1907
    Howes, S.O. (Silas Orrin), 1867-1918
    Neale, Walter, 1867-1933
    Rutledge, Archibald, 1883-1973
    Stoddard, Charles William, 1843-1909
    Stone and Kimball


    Authors, American--Correspondence
    Authors, American--Mansucripts
    Publishers and publishing--United States--Archives

    Geographic Areas

    Washington (D.C.)


    Letters (correspondence)--United States
    Manuscripts for publication--United States