Inventory of the Charles Bernard Nordhoff Papers, 1880-1950

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Inventory of the Charles Bernard Nordhoff Papers, 1880-1950

The Huntington Library



San Marino, California

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Department
  • The Huntington Library
  • 1151 Oxford Road
  • San Marino, California 91108
  • Phone: (626) 405-2203
  • Fax: (626) 449-5720
  • Email: lgarcia@huntington.org
  • URL: http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary.aspx?id=554
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1998 The Huntington Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles Bernard Nordhoff Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1880-1950
Creator: Nordhoff, Charles Bernard, 1887-1947
Extent: Number of containers: 9 boxes
Repository: The Huntington Library
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".
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

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Publication Rights

In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles Bernard Nordhoff Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Biographical Note

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.

Container List

 

Typescripts: Books, Novels and Other Published Works

Box Box 1: , Folder 1.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard, ed.

 

In Yankee Windjammers.Book I In a Wooden Battleship

Folder 2.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard, ed.

 

In Yankee Windjammers.Book II Whaling

Folder 3.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard (?).

 

A Bit of Propaganda

Folder 4.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

Brave Bugles, Sound the Charge!: A poem.

Folder 5.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

Cook Book Preface.

Folder 6.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

Essay on Modern Sea-Power(carbon)

Folder 7.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

The Cook Islands(carbon)

Folder 8.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

Evil in Eden: Story outline

Folder 9.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

Evil in Eden

Folder 10.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

Evil in Eden [incomplete]

Folder 11.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

Evil in Eden (carbon copy) [typescript differs from other typescript]

 

Typescripts and Autograph Manuscripts: Books, Novels and other Published and Unpublished Works

Note

(All items in this box are typescripts unless noted as autograph manuscripts.)
Box Box 2: , Folder 1.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

Happy Hunting Grounds (typewritten outline with autograph corrections).

Folder 2.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

A Layman Looks at the Navy (typescript with autograph corrections).

Folder 3.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

Learn and Live. 4 copies, some with textual changes.

Folder 4.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

A Letter to the Editor. [1924-25?]

Folder 5.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

Reminiscences.

Folder 6.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

"South Sea Sauce." Typewritten and manuscript notes on this food product Nordhoff attempted to create and market.

Folder 7.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

The Story of a Water Hyacinth (autograph juvenile manuscript), [ca. 1897?]

Folder 8.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

Victory First(carbon)

Folder 9.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

War page for The Hurricane (carbon)

Folder 10.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

Where the Crane Sings:typewritten outline.

Folder 11.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

Wood Ducks: notes, outlines, and drafts (typewritten with autograph corrections)

Folder 12.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

Wood Ducks.

Folder 13.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

6 items. Drawings and misc. notes.

Folder 14.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

Autobiography (typescript with manuscript and typewritten corrections). [ca. 1935]

 

Correspondence from Nordhoff

Box Box 3: , Folder 1.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

8 letters (1909) to Sarah Cope (Whitall) Nordhoff and Walter Nordhoff.

Folder 2.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

11 letters (1909-1910) to Sarah Cope (Whitall) Nordhoff and Walter Nordhoff.

Folder 3.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

3 letters (1916) to Sarah Cope (Whitall) Nordhoff.

Folder 4.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

8 letters (1917) to Sarah Cope (Whitall) Nordhoff and Walter Nordhoff.

Folder 5.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

20 letters (1918) to Sarah Cope (Whitall) Nordhoff and Walter Nordhoff.

Folder 6.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

8 letters and cards (1919) to Sarah Cope (Whitall) Nordhoff.

Folder 7.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

10 letters (1920) to Sarah Cope (Whitall) Nordhoff and Walter Nordhoff.

Folder 8.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

7 letters (1921) to Sarah Cope (Whitall) Nordhoff and "Mary"

Folder 9.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

9 letters (1922) to Sarah Cope (Whitall) Nordhoff and Walter Nordhoff.

Folder 10.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

10 letters (1923-1924) to Sarah Cope (Whitall) Nordhoff and Walter Nordhoff.

Folder 11.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

10 letters (1925) to Sarah Cope (Whitall) Nordhoff, Walter Nordhoff, and "Mary"

Folder 12.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

12 letters (1926-1934) to Sarah Cope (Whitall) Nordhoff and Walter Nordhoff.

Folder 13.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

1 letter (March 27, 1942) to Sarah Cope (Whitall) Nordhoff.

Folder 14.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

1 telegram (copy; n.d.) to James Norman Hall.

Folder 15.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

6 letters, to correspondents, A-E.

Folder 16.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

11 letters with 3 enclosures, to correspondents, F-M.

Folder 17.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

10 letters, to correspondents, N-S.

Folder 18.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

3 letters, 1942 and n.d., to Ellery Sedgwick.

Folder 19.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

7 letters, to correspondents, U-W.

Folder 20.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

1 letter (incomplete) to unknown recipient

Folder 21.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

4 letters (n.d.), to Sarah Cope (Whitall) Nordhoff.

 

Correspondence to Nordhoff and Family, Alphabetically by Sender

Box Box 4: , Folder 1.

A.

 

8 letters, 1942-1947.

Folder 2.

B.

 

30 letters, 1940-1942.

Folder 3.

C-E.

 

20 letters, 1940-1943.

Folder 4.

F-K.

 

14 letters, 1940-1942.

Folder 5.

L-O.

 

32 letters, 1940-1953.

Folder 6.

Hall, James Norman.

 

14 letters, 1 telegram, 1 document, 1940-1943 and no date.

Folder 7.

Hall, James Norman.

 

7 letters, 1921-1924.

Folder 8.

P.

 

25 letters, 1940-1942.

Folder 9.

R-S.

 

21 letters, 1920-1943.

Folder 10.

Sedgwick, Ellery.

 

6 letters, 1940-42.

Folder 11.

Sedley, Henry.

 

6 letters, 1942-1943.

Folder 12.

Stevenson, Adlai Ewing.

 

1 letter, February 11, 1942.

Folder 13.

T-U.

 

35 letters, 1940-1943.

Folder 14.

Watt, A.P. & Son [firm].

 

75 pieces, 1942-1947.

Folder 15.

V-Z.

 

12 letters, 1942-1953.

Folder 16.

_____, Ludwig (?).

 

1 letter, November 23, 1942.

Folder 17.

[Surnames unknown.

 

"Eva," "Pete," "Shirley," "Ham," and "Gene."] 7 letters, 1940-43.

Folder 18.

Nordhoff, Sarah Cope (Whitall)?

 

To "Clara." 1 letter, March 25, 1942.

 

Documents

Box Box 5: , Folder 1.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

Income tax returns and receipts, 1933-1943. 7 pieces.

Folder 2.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

Receipts, bills from A-L. 24 pieces.

Folder 3.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

Statements, etc., from New England Trust Co. 1940-1941. 87 pieces.

Folder 4.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

Statements, etc., from New England Trust Co. Jan.-June 1942. 107 pieces.

Folder 5.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

Statements, etc., from New England Trust Co. Aug..-Dec. 1942. 118 pieces.

Folder 6.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

Statements, etc., from New England Trust Co. 1943-1945. 18 pieces.

Folder 7.

Nordhoff, Charles Bernard.

 

Receipts, bills, etc., from P-Y, and misc. unknown. 1935-1943. 16 pieces.

 

Photographs & Ephemera

Box Box 6:, Folder 1

Cabinet card photographs, all of CBN, and all but four of these show CBN between ages of 2 and ~20. 17 photographs.

Folder 2.

Photographs of CBN, both in childhood, ca. 1890 one cabinet card and one hand-colored oval photograph in concave frameless glass enclosure; also one lock of hair. 3 items.

Folder 3.

Photographs of CBN, taken during his service in WWI, ca. 1914-18, all in uniform. 3 photographs.

Folder 4.

Photographs of Walter Nordhoff, Sarah Nordhoff, and others. 16 pieces.

Folder 5.

Diplomas, certificates, invitations, licenses, membership cards and miscellaneous ephemera. 17 pieces.

Folder 6.

Passport, photo identifications, wallet.

Folder 7.

War-date items in French, all to Nordhoff: three letters from a woman regarding the death of her child, ca. 1919, and four official pieces of correspondence to Nordhoff concerning his role as an officer pilot in the war.

Folder 8.

Typed list of Nordhoff letters and manuscripts, 8 pp.

Folder 9.

Blank stationery, pale blue paper with Nordhoff's Santa Barbara address.

Folder 10.

Two items of ephemera, loose in box: Framed certificate in French from Minister of War, Undersecretary of State, to Nordhoff as 2nd Lieutenant, apparently accompanying a souvenir [not with this collection] in recognition of the efforts of Nordhoff and his fellow 217 officers and pilots in the Lafayette Flying Corps during WWI, dated Nov. 23, 1918; also, a box of 21 medals, medallions, pins, seashells, and other small items, n.d.

 

Printed Items: Journals Articles by Nordhoff, Atlantic Monthly

Box Box 7: , Folder 1.

Atlantic Monthly, "

 

Letters from France I", Oct. 1917.

Folder 2.

Atlantic Monthly, "

 

More Letters from France," Jan. 1918.

Folder 3.

Atlantic Monthly, "

 

Flying Thoughts," April 1918.

Folder 4.

Atlantic Monthly, "

 

Winged Words," Aug. 1918.

Folder 5.

Atlantic Monthly, "

 

Aerial Tactics," Sept. 1918.

Folder 6.

Atlantic Monthly, "

 

Squadrons of the Air," Jan. 1919.

Folder 7.

Atlantic Monthly, "

 

The Human Side of Mexico," Oct. 1919.

Folder 8.

Atlantic Monthly, "

 

An Island Memory," Sept. 1920.

Folder 9.

Atlantic Monthly, "

 

Rarotonga," Oct. 1920.

Folder 10.

Atlantic Monthly, "

 

Marooned on Mataora," Nov. 1920.

 

Printed Items: Journals (cont'd.), Magazines, Comic Books, Clippings

Box Box 8: , Folder 1.

Harper's Magazine, "

 

Man Monday's Fishing," June 1926.

Folder 2.

Harper's Magazine

 

[no apparent Nordhoff-authored articles therein], Dec. 1943.

Folder 3.

Recreation, "

 

Mountain Quail Shooting in Lower California," Oct. 1902.

Folder 4.

Journal of the Polynesian Society, "

 

Notes on the Off-shore Fishing of the Society Islands," v. 39, nos. 2 and 3, 1930.

Folder 5.

Three miscellaneous pamphlets, n.d.

Folder 6.

Time, June 23, 1941.

Folder 7.

Time, Jan. 19, 1942.

Folder 8.

Obituary newspaper clippings for Nordhoff

Folder 9.

The Master of Ballantrae, by Robert Louis Stevenson

Folder 10.

Classics Illustrated,

 

"Treasure Island" (comic book), No. 64 (n.d.)

Folder 11.

Classics Illustrated,

 

" Pitcairn's Island" (comic book), No. 109 (July 1953), with accompanying letter from secretary of Atlantic Monthly editor.

Folder 12.

Misc. clippings, 1935-1953.

 

Oversized Materials

Box Box 9: , Folder 1.

Facsimile of engraving showing scene from Mutiny on the Bounty,n.d.

Folder 2.

Photograph of Nordhoff and Hall posed at work

Folder 3.

Diploma, apparently satirical, "awarded" to Nordhoff from "Harvard"

Folder 4.

Certificate (printed form filled in) from La Fayette Flying Corps, numbered "115," signed by chief officers of corps, January 23, 1918.

Folder 5.

Movie poster for Samuel Goldwyn's "The Hurricane." [stored with large oversized materials in Photographic Dept.]