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Finding Aid to the Collection of Charles Warren Stoddard Papers, 1867-1918
BANC MSS C-H 53  
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Collection of Charles Warren Stoddard papers
    Date (inclusive): 1867-1918
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-H 53
    Creators : Stoddard, Charles Warren, 1843-1909
    Extent: Number of containers: 4 boxes and 1 carton Linear feet: 2.85
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Abstract: Contains correspondence, writings, scrapbooks and clippings. Correspondents include Japanese author Yoné Noguchi and editor Frank Putnam, as well a letter or two from his many fellow authors. Writings include journals and notebooks, poems, autobiography entitled Confessions of a Reformed Poet and collection of poems by Stoddard put together by Ina Coolbrith following his death.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94270-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Collection of Charles Warren Stoddard Papers, BANC MSS C-H 53, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    Part of the collection is available on microfilm, see container list or catalog record for more detail (BANC FILM 2693; BANC FILM 2768; BANC FILM 3026)

    Related Collections

    Albert Shumate collection of Charles Warren Stoddard papers (BANC MSS 70/108)
    Charles Warren Stoddard letters and manuscripts: to Frank Putnam (BANC MSS 82/2)
    Yoné Noguchi papers: additions (BANC MSS 71/39)
    Benjamin Parke Avery papers (BANC MSS C-H 61)
    Milicent Washburn Shinn papers (BANC MSS 68/152)
    A.M. Robertson collection (BANC MSS 2002/203)
    Bret Harte papers (BANC MSS 79/47)
    Jules Simoneau letters: Monterey, Calif., to Charles Warren Stoddard (BANC MSS 86/131)
    Poems of Charles Warren Stoddard / collected by Ina Coolbrith (PS2930.A3 1917)
    Charles Warren Stoddard papers at the University of Notre Dame Archives.

    Separated Material

    Pictorial materials including original drawings by Isobel Field, Toby E. Rosenthal, Edgar A. P. Newsomb, Henry Chapman Ford, Austin Strong, Joseph Strong and others (in pen, water color and pencil), made for or collected by Charles Warren Stoddard, and photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library. (BANC PIC 1954.011 AX)

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Stoddard, Charles Warren, 1843-1909
    Stoddard, Charles Warren, 1843-1909--Correspondence
    Stoddard, Charles Warren, 1843-1909--Diaries
    Noguchi, Yoné, 1875-1947--Correspondence
    Putnam, Frank Arthur, 1868--Correspondence
    Authors, American--Correspondence
    Manuscripts for publication
    Poems
    Harte, Bret, 1836-1902
    Coolbrith, Ina D. (Ina Donna), 1842?-1928
    Norris, Thomas W. (Thomas Wayne). Thomas W. Norris collection

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Collection of Charles Warren Stoddard Papers were given to and/or purchased by The Bancroft Library at various times with the most recent being in 2007. Some folders are annotated with information with respect to provenance. Most of the original materials were acquired in the T.W. Norris Collection in 1954.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Re-processed by Alison E. Bridger in 2006.

    Biographical Information

    Charles Warren Stoddard was born on August 7, 1843, in Rochester, New York. In 1855, his family moved to San Francisco. Two years later, Stoddard went back to New York with his older invalid brother. After his return to San Francisco in 1859, he attended school for a time but soon left his schooling to clerk in a bookstore. It was there that he first began writing verses, contributing them to the local newspapers. After the establishment of the Overland Monthly, Stoddard became one of its main standbys, and his poetry appeared in almost every number.
    He became better known, however, as a writer of prose, particularly for his sketches picturing the beauty of the South Seas. In 1864, he made the first of his several voyages there, and this resulted in the publication of South Sea Idyls in 1873. In 1873 also, he went abroad as special correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle, traveling in Europe, Asia and Africa.
    He became a Roman Catholic in 1867 and in 1884 began a teaching career as professor of English literature at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. In 1889 he took the chair of English literature at the newly founded Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and taught there until 1902.
    He then moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, intending to devote himself to creative work. An almost fatal illness sent him back to California, however, and he settled in Monterey in 1905. It was there that he died in April 1909.
    Among his better known works, in addition to the South Sea Idyls, are The Lepers of Molokai, (1885); A Cruise Under the Crescent, (1898 ); In the Footprints of the Padres, (1902); For the Pleasure of His Company, (1903); and The Island of Tranquil Delights, (1904).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Contains correspondence, writings, scrapbooks and clippings. Correspondents include Japanese author Yoné Noguchi and editor Frank Putnam, as well a letter or two from his many fellow authors. Writings include journals and notebooks, poems, autobiography entitled Confessions of a Reformed Poet and collection of poems by Stoddard put together by Ina Coolbrith following his death.