Guide to the Papers concerning proposed anthology of western poetry, 1905-1908

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Arts and Humanities --Literature --Poetry

Guide to the Papers Concerning Proposed Anthology of Western Poetry, 1905-1908

Collection number: BANC MSS C-H 111

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Papers Concerning Proposed Anthology of Western Poetry,
Date (inclusive): 1905-1908
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-H 111
Creator: Nye, Alfred Bourne, 1853-1913
Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Languages Represented: English

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[Identification of item], Papers concerning proposed anthology of western poetry, BANC MSS C-H 111, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Biography

In 1905, Alfred B. Nye, who was at the time private secretary to the governor of California, began collecting poems by California and other Pacific Coast writers, with the intention of publishing a volume of the selections and brief biographies of the authors. Accordingly, he wrote the authors, asking permission to publish certain poems and requesting biographical data. The response was generally very favorable, the authors granting the request and often suggesting the poems they regarded as their best. After the San Francisco earthquake and fire, Nye was compelled to abandon work on the project for many months. In November 1906 he was appointed state controller and found the work so time consuming that there was none to devote to his literary pursuits. To one of the sympathetic poets he wrote:
Moreover, I am wondering whether the good people of the State would not regard it as evidence of dangerous unsoundness if their head bookkeeper (which is what the State Controller is) should be announced as the publisher of a compilation of poetry?
He apparently never completed the project.

Scope and Content

These papers, which consist of copies of Nye's letters, the replies he received from the various authors, and copies of the poems selected for inclusion in the anthology, came to the Bancroft Library in September 1959 as the gift of Robert A. Waring.

Container List

Box 1

Correspondence, 1905-1908

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by name of author, with copies of Nye's letters interfiled chronologically in each folder. Correspondence with relatives and heirs of deceased authors has been placed under the name of the writer. A list of the more important correspondents follows.
Box 2

Copies of poems

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by name of author.

Partial List of Correspondents

 

Austin, Mary (Hunter), 1868-1934

 

2 letters, 1905-1906

 

Bashford, Herbert, 1871-1928

 

Letter, Jan. 14, 1906

 

Bierce, Ambrose, 1842-1914?

 

2 letters, 1906

 

Binkley, Christian, 1870-

 

Letter, Jan. 7, 1906

 

Bland, Henry Meade, 1863-1931

 

3 letters, 1905-1906

 

Burgess, Gelett, 1866-1951

 

Letter, Jan. 23, 1906

 

Channing, Grace Ellery

See Stetson, Grace Ellery (Channing)

 

Cheney, John Vance, 1848-1922

 

2 letters, ca. 1905

 

Cheney, Warren, 1858-1921

 

Letter, Jan. 23, 1906

 

Coolbrith, Ina Donna, 1842-1928

 

Letter, Dec. 26, 1905

 

Darling, Isabel

 

5 letters, 1905-1906

 

Dawson, Emma Frances, 1851-1926

 

3 letters, 1906-1907

 

Dye, Eva Emery

 

2 letters, 1905

 

Foote, Lucius Harwood, 1826-1913

 

2 letters, 1906

 

Frémont, Elizabeth Benton

 

2 letters, 1906. Re poem written by her father, John C. Fremont.

 

Gayley, Charles Mills, 1858-1932

 

3 letters, 1906

 

Goodman, Joseph T., 1838-1917

 

2 letters, 1905

 

Greene, Charles Samuel, 1856-1930

 

2 letters, 1906

 

Hall, Sharlot Mabridth, 1870-

 

2 letters, 1906

 

Hardy, Irene, 1841-

 

3 letters, 1906-1907

 

Higginson, Ella (Rhoads), 1862-1940

 

4 letters, 1906

 

Hudson, William Henry, 1841-1922

 

2 letters, 1905

 

Ilsley, Marshall, 1863-

 

Letter, Jan. 2, 1906

 

Irwin, Wallace, 1875-1959

 

Letter, ca Dec. 1905

 

Jenney, Charles Elmer, 1872-

 

Letter, Mar. 16, 1906

 

Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931

 

3 letters, 1905-1906

 

Keeler, Charles Augustus, 1871-1937

 

Letter, Mar. 20, 1906

 

Knapp, Adeline, 1860-1909

 

3 letters, 1905-1906

 

Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928

 

Letter, Nov. 14, 1905

 

Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940

 

2 letters, 1905-1908

 

Miller, Joaquin, 1841-1913

 

Letter, Oct . 30, 1905

 

Noguchi, Yone, 1875-1947

 

Letter, ca. Mar. 1906

 

Phelps, Charles Henry, 1853-1933

 

Letter, Nov. 20, 1906

 

Robertson, Louis Alexander, 1856-1910

 

Letter, Nov. 6, 1905

 

Scheffauer, Herman, 1878-1927

 

3 letters, 1906-1907

 

Shinn, Charles Howard, 1852-1924

 

Letter, ca. Aug. 1905

 

Shinn, Milicent Washburn, 1858-1940

 

3 letters, 1905-1908

 

Sosso, Lorenzo, 1867-

 

3 letters, 1905-1906

 

Sterling, George, 1869-1926

 

3 letters, 1906

 

Stetson, Grace Ellery (Channing), 1862-1937

 

Letter, Feb. 1, 1906

 

Stoddard, Charles Warren, 1843-1909

 

Letter, Dec. 11, 1905

 

Taylor, Edward Robeson, 1838-1923

 

3 letters, 1905

 

Wagner, Madge Morris, d. 1924

 

4 letters, 1905-1906

 

Walter, Carrie (Stevens), d. 1907

 

Letter, Mar. 28, 1906

 

Whitaker, Robert, 1863-1944

 

Letter, Nov. 1, 1905