Scope and Content
Title: Willard S. Morse Collection of Material About Bret Harte,
Date (inclusive): 1850-1935
Collection number: 1019
Morse, Willard S. (Willard Samuel), 1856-1935
Extent: 12 boxes (6 linear ft.)
1 oversize box
University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Willard S. Morse (1856-1935) was a mining executive in the West and Mexico. He was later made a director and member of the
executive committee of the American Smelter Securities Company, Chilean Exploration Company, and Braden Copper Company. After
retiring, Morse devoted much of his time to the collection of Americana. The collection consists of extracts of writings by
Harte from periodicals, newspaper clippings by and about Harte, original photographs of Harte, two books, dealer catalogs,
related correspondence with Morse, and a collection of clippings relating to the Pony Express, 1904-35.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department
of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
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copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds
the copyright and pursue the
copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Restrictions on Access
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.
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[Identification of item], Willard S. Morse Collection of Material About Bret Harte (Collection 1019). Department of Special
Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
Morse was born on June 12, 1856 in Ware, Massachusetts; at age 15 he began an apprenticeship in a machine shop in Taunton;
moved to the West, where he first worked as a clerk in the Denver post office, and then in the office of the Consolidated
Virginia mine at Virginia City, Nevada; later became a mining executive in the West and Mexico; moved to New York City in
1906, where he was made a director and member of the executive committee of the American Smelter Securities Company, Chilean
Exploration Company, and Braden Copper Company; withdrew from active business in 1919, serving in an advisory capacity until
1922; wrote many articles for technical society publications; devoted much of his retirement to the collection of Americana;
published works include
Howard Pyle: a record of his illustrations and writings (comp. with Gertrude Brinklé, 1921) and
Francis Bret Harte first editions and manuscripts: the Willard S. Morse collection (1939?); he died on October 4, 1935 in Santa Monica, California.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of extracts of writings by Harte from periodicals, newspaper clippings by and about Harte, original photographs
of Harte, two books, dealer catalogs, related correspondence with Morse, and a collection of clippings relating to the Pony
Express, 1904-35. Includes George Sterling's book,
Art and life (1920), and Harte's copy of Ermete Pierotti's,
Nomenclature des rues, impasses, passages...de Paris (1878).
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Harte, Bret, 1836-1902.
- Collection of Bret Harte Letters (Collection 487). Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.
- Linda Diz Barnett Collection of Materials about Bret Harte (Collection 2014). Available at Department of Special Collections,