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Finding Aid for the Joan Steele Collection of Material about Mayne Reid, 1853-1882
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Joan Steele Collection of Material about Mayne Reid,
    Date (inclusive): 1853-1882
    Collection number: 2064
    Creator: Steele, Joan
    Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Joan Steele wrote her dissertation on Mayne Reid for the UCLA Department of English and later published a book titled, Captain Mayne Reid (1978). Mayne Reid (1818-1883) sailed from Ireland to the U.S. in 1839 and began to publish poetry and stories after settling in Philadelphia in 1843. He also wrote dime novels for the publisher Beadle and Adams. His publications include War life (1849), The rifle rangers (1850), The scalp hunters (1851), The desert home (1852), The boy hunters (1853), The young voyageurs (1854), Lost Lenore (1864), and The headless horseman: a strange tale of Texas (1865). The collection consists of research materials used by Joan Steele while writing her dissertation on Mayne Reid.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    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.

    Biography

    Joan Steele wrote her dissertation on Mayne Reid for the UCLA Department of English and later published a book titled, Captain Mayne Reid (1978); Reid was born April 4, 1818 in Ballyroney, County Down, Northern Ireland; he sailed to the U.S. in 1839 and began to publish poetry and stories after settling in Philadelphia in 1843; joined the First New York Volunteer Regiment in 1846 and left the U.S. Army as a captain in 1848; he returned to Europe in 1849; later returned to America and wrote dime novels for the publisher Beadle and Adams; went back to England in 1870 and died in October 1883; his publications include War life (1849), The rifle rangers (1850), The scalp hunters (1851), The desert home (1852), The boy hunters (1853), The young voyageurs (1854), Lost Lenore (1864), and The headless horseman: a strange tale of Texas (1865).

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of research materials used by Joan Steele while writing her dissertation on Mayne Reid for the UCLA Department of English. Includes 12 of Reid's novels, positive microfilm of Reid's original letters in the New York Public Library, photocopies of 350 of Reid's letters to Charles Ollivant, photocopies of printed stories and articles by Reid from the collections of the British Library, and a photostat copy of Reid's will.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Reid, Mayne, 1818-1883--Archives.
    Authors, English--19th century--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photocopies.