The 594-box Jack London Collection could properly be termed the author's personal
archive, because of its size and completeness. With only a few exceptions, the collection
contains autograph or typescript versions of almost everything Jack London wrote.
Included in the archive are most of the London correspondence files; his literary notes,
documents, and contracts; memos and letters regarding the operation of his Sonoma County
Beauty Ranch; most of his personal and family papers; his financial records; and his
library and photograph collection. The majority of the pieces range in date from 1903 to
1917, and with almost sixty thousand pieces, the collection is the largest literary
archive at the Huntington.
A sometime tramp, oyster pirate, seaman, socialist, laundryman, and miner, Jack London is
as famous for the lives he lived and the myths he wove around them as he is for the short
stories and novels he wrote.
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
Collection is open to qualified researches by prior application through the Reader
Services Department. For more information please go to following