Scope and Content
Title: Charles Bernard Nordhoff Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1880-1950
Nordhoff, Charles Bernard, 1887-1947
Extent: Number of containers: 9 boxes
San Marino, California 91108
Abstract: This collection was acquired as a gift from Mrs. L.G.W. Nordhoff in June 1983.
Acquisition number 1043. The collection consists of 943 items in 103 folders, contained
in eight boxes. The collection prefix is "NC".
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[Identification of item], Charles Bernard Nordhoff Papers, The Huntington Library, San
Novelist Charles Bernard Nordhoff (1887-1947), alone and in collaboration with James
Norman Hall, drew from experiences in turn-of-the-century California, where he was
raised, in France during his stint as a pilot and ambulance driver during World War I,
and in the South Seas, notably Tahiti, as well as from historical events and native myths
to produce successful and popular novels. During the course of his life he authored or
co-authored sixteen books between 1919 and 1946, as well as numerous articles and essays.
Nordhoff was best-known for his collaborative efforts with Hall in the writing of
Mutiny on the Bounty,
Men Against the Sea,and
Pitcairn's Island. The two men's approaches combined well, as they often
wrote alternating chapters in their works, integrating their styles more and more
seamlessly as the years passed.
Scope and Content
The material consists of typescripts of Nordhoff's works, correspondence to and from
Charles Nordhoff to his co-author James Hall, to various publishers, and letters to and
from a variety of friends and relations, including former Secretary of the Interior
Gifford Pinchot, Adlai Stevenson, A.P. Watt, Ellery Sedgwick, and others. The collection
includes typescripts of Nordhoff's works, extensive family and writing-related
correspondence, numerous photographs, and copies of magazines, journals, and comic books
in which articles or works by Nordhoff were published.
This relatively small but important collection appears to be the only extensive primary
source of Nordhoff materials available.