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Finding Aid for the Harold Bell Wright Papers, 1900-1944
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Harold Bell Wright Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1900-1944
    Collection number: 868
    Creator: Wright, Harold Bell, 1872-1944
    Extent: 5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Harold Bell Wright (1872-1944) was a painter and decorator (1887-92) and a landscape painter (1892-97) before becoming a pastor serving the midwest and Redlands, California (1897-08). He retired from the ministry in 1908 and became a novelist. His published works include That printer of Udell's (1903), The shepherd of the hills (1907), The uncrowned king (1910), The winning of Barbara Worth (1911), A son of his father (1925), and The man who went away (1942). The collection consists of manuscripts of Wright's first 9 novels, some correspondence, clippings, other ephemera, a large group of photographs, reproductions of illustrations to some of his books, and original ink drawings.
    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.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including 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.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of 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

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    • Dawson's Book Shop, purchase, 1965.
    • Ex-libris Elsberry W. Reynolds.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Harold Bell Wright Papers (Collection 868). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    Wright was born on May 4, 1872 in Rome, New York; educated in the student preparatory department of Hiram College; worked as a painter and decorator (1887-92) and as a landscape painter (1892-97); became a pastor in the Christian (Disciples) Church, Pierce City, Missouri, (1897-98), and at churches in Pittsburg, Kansas (1898-1903), Kansas City, Missouri (1903-05), Lebanon, Missouri (1905-07), and Redlands, California (1907-08); retired from the ministry in 1908; became a novelist whose published works include That printer of Udell's (1903), The shepherd of the hills (1907), The calling of Dan Matthews (1909), The uncrowned king (1910), The winning of Barbara Worth (1911), A son of his father (1925), To my sons (1934), and The man who went away (1942); he died on May 24, 1944.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of manuscripts of Wright's first 9 novels, including The shepherd of the hills and The winning of Barbara Worth, some correspondence, clippings, other ephemera, a large group of photographs of and relating to Wright, reproductions of illustrations to some of his books, as well as original ink drawings by Wright. Collection was originally in possession of Elsberry W. Reynolds, Wright's publisher from 1902-19, and his partner in movie production until at least 1922.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Photographs, illustrations, ephemera, letters, The uncrowned king, ink drawing (Box 1).
    2. That printer of Udell's, The shepherd of the hills, The recreation of Brian Kent (Box 2).
    3. The calling of Dan Matthews, Their yesterdays, The eyes of the world (Box 3).
    4. Their yesterdays (typescript), The winning of Barbara Worth (Box 4).
    5. When a man's a man (Box 5).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Wright, Harold Bell, 1872-1944--Archives.
    Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources.
    Manuscripts for publication.