Finding Aid for the Chalmers (Stephen) Papers, 1915-1931

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Finding Aid for the Chalmers (Stephen) Papers, 1915-1931

Collection number: 632

UCLA Library Special Collections

UCLA Library Special Collections staff



Los Angeles, CA

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  • UCLA Library Special Collections staff
  • UCLA Library Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Chalmers (Stephen) Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1915-1931
Collection number: 632
Creator: Chalmers, Stephen, 1880-
Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Stephen Chalmers (1880-1935) was born in Scotland. He became an active member of the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Society of Saranac Lake (New York) and wrote many volumes about Robert Louis Stevenson. The collection consists primarily of letters (ca. 1915-1922)to Chalmers discussing Robert Louis Stevenson and the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Society of Saranac Lake. Includes material relating to the founding and activities of the RLS Memorial Society of Saranac Lake and the Stevenson family circle.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

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Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Rolland Thorpe, 1955.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Chalmers (Stephen) Papers (Collection 632). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 964175 

Biography

Stephen Chalmers was born in Scotland in 1880; became an active member of the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Society of Saranac Lake (New York); wrote many volumes about Robert Louis Stevenson; contributed to pulp magazines and wrote mysteries, historical novels, and poetry; also wrote science fiction stories, Star-Dust (1912) and The Frozen Beauty (1914); died in California, 1935.

Scope and Content

Collection consists primarily of letters (ca. 1915-1922)to Chalmers from Katharine Osbourne, Isobel Field, Lloyd Osbourne, Charles John Guthrie, and others. Most of the correspondence discusses Robert Louis Stevenson and the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Society of Saranac Lake (New York). Includes material relating to the founding and activities of the RLS Memorial Society of Saranac Lake and the Stevenson family circle. Also includes reminiscences of Stevenson by his college friend Charles John Guthrie.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Letters from Isobel Field to Chalmers.
  2. Letters from Katherine Osbourne to Chalmers.
  3. Letters from Charles John Guthrie to Chalmers.
  4. Personal papers and correspondence of Stephen Chalmers

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Chalmers, Stephen, 1880- --Archives.
Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894.
Field, Isobel, 1858-1953--Correspondence.
Osbourne, Katharine Durham, b. 1870--Correspondence.
Guthrie, Charles John Guthrie, Lord, 1849-1920--Correspondence.
Authors, American 20th century--Archival resources.


Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

20 holograph letters signed from Isobel Field to Stephen Chalmers, ca. April 10, 1916-December 20, 1919.

Physical Description: 29 pieces, of which 9 are envelopes, in one folder.

Scope and Content Note

These discuss the Saranac Stevenson Society, and then current attacks upon Stevenson by literary critics.
Box 1, Folder 2

28 holograph letters signed from Katharine Osbourne to Stephen Chalmers, December 20, 1918-March 14, 1922.

Physical Description: 32 pieces, of which 4 are envelopes, in one folder.

Scope and Content Note

These discuss the Stevenson marriage from Mrs. Osbourne's point of view, interpreting the marriage as an unfortunate event in Stevenson's life.
Box 1, Folder 3

8 holograph letters signed from Charles James Guthrie to Stephen Chalmers, written from Edinburgh, November 22, 1915-January 15, 1920. 3 holograph letters signed from Lloyd Osbourne to Stephen Chalmers, ca. 1917. 2 holograph letters signed from Will Low, the artist who designed the bookplate of the Saranac Stevenson Society, to Stephen Chalmers, February 11, 1917 and September 20, 1918.

Physical Description: 50 pieces in one folder.

Scope and Content Note

Also, other miscellaneous letters and related materials.
Box 1, Folder 4

Personal papers and correspondence of Stephen Chalmers, not related to Stevenson, ca. 1928-1931.

Physical Description: 13 pieces in one folder.

Scope and Content Note

Including material on an impersonator of Chalmers.