Guide to the Overland Monthly Records, 1869-1886

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Guide to the Overland Monthly Records, 1869-1886

Collection number: BANC MSS C-H 97

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Overland Monthly Records,
Date (inclusive): 1869-1886
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-H 97
Creator: Overland Monthly
Extent: Number of containers: 1 box
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Languages Represented: English

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Collection is open for research.

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[Identification of item], Overland Monthly Records, BANC MSS C-H 97, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Scope and Content

The Overland Monthly was founded in 1868 by Anton Roman, a San Francisco bookseller and publisher who felt that he could make a success of a monthly magazine distinctively literary in character and devoted to the interests of the Pacific States. The first issue appeared, with Bret Harte as editor, in July 1868, and it subsequently became one of the greatest magazines of its day. Its fortunes declined, however, after Harte's departure for the East in 1871 and with the depression of 1873. The editorship passed successively to W. C. Bartlett, to Benjamin P. Avery of the Bulletin, and finally to T. A. Harcourt and Walter M. Fisher, two of Hubert H. Bancroft's assistants. With the issue of December 1875 the magazine ceased publication.
In January 1883 a new Overland Monthly appeared, formed by a union of the old and the Californian, a literary monthly. Milicent Washburn Shinn served as editor from 1883 to 1894.
These Overland Monthly papers were transferred to the Bancroft Library from the Main Library, most of them coming from the Rare Books Department in 1958. They consist primarily of letters, ca. 1869-1875, addressed to Benjamin P. Avery and John H. Carmany (who bought the magazine from Roman in 1870). There are also a few letters, 1884-1886, from Sherman Day and Samuel Hopkins Willey, addressed to Miss Shinn. The collection also includes some manuscript poems, a note by Hubert H. Bancroft on his history project, and an account book of moneys paid contributors, 1869-1875. The correspondence, which was removed from the binders in which it was pasted, is arranged alphabetically, with single letters in a miscellany at the beginning. The manuscripts and account book are described in the Key to Arrangement. A list of the major correspondents and the contributors of the manuscript poems are included herein.
Five letters (from Zitella Corke, J.W. Gally, Rose H. Lathrop, John Muir, and Edmund C. Stedman) were added, Mar. 1972, gift of Sheldon Cheney.

Key to Arrangement

Box 1

Manuscripts

 

Bancroft, Hubert Howe, 1832-1918

 

Note concerning his work on the Pacific States, Feb. 5, 1874

 

Harte, Bret, 1836-1902

 

Poem, "The Cross of Portola"

 

Stoddard, Charles Warren, 1843-1909

 

Poem, "Sail ho"

 

Taylor, Bayard

 

Poem, "Notus Ignoto"

 

Warren, Emily

 

Poem, "Daisy"

List of Major Correspondents

 

Correspondence Miscellany (single letters)

 

Barter, George W.

 

Ltr., Oct. 28, 1873

 

Brooks, Noah, 1830-1903

 

Ltr., Nov. 29, 1875

 

Carr, Jeanne C. (Mrs. Ezra Slocum Carr)

 

Ltr., Jan. 17, 1872

 

Chase, A. W.

 

Ltr., Feb. 12, 1874

 

Curry, George Law, 1820-1879

 

Ltr., Feb. 10, 1874

 

Davidson, George, 1825-1911

 

Ltr., Oct. 30, 1873

 

Delano, Alonzo, 1806-1874

 

Ltr., Oct. 9, 1873

 

Ellis, Edward

 

Ltr., Dec. 21, 1874?

 

Foote, Lucius Harwood, 1826-1913

 

Ltr., Jan. 22, 1874

 

Gardner, William Henry

 

Ltr., July 22, 1873

 

Griffis, William Elliot, 1843-1928

 

Ltr., June 15, 1875

 

Hinton, Charles

 

Ltr., Mar. 28, 1874

 

House, Edward Howard, 1836-1901

 

Ltr., Dec. 8, 1873

 

Kautz, August Valentine

 

Ltr., Jan. 22, 1875

 

Kingsley, Charles, 1819-1875

 

Ltr., Nov. 24, 1873

 

Knight, P. A.

 

Ltr., Jan. 17, 1874

 

LeConte, John, 1818-1891

 

Ltr., n.d.

 

[Mighels] Ella Sterling (Clark), 1853-1934

 

Ltr., Jan. 29, 1874

 

Miller, Joaquin, 1841-1913

 

Ltr., n.d

 

Muir, John

 

Ltr., Apr. 18, 1883

 

Mulford, Prentice, 1834-1891

 

Ltr., Nov. 27, 1871

 

Oak, Henry Lebbeus, 1844-1905

 

Ltr., Mar. 27, 1874

 

Scanlan, Michael

 

Ltr., Jan. 29, 1874

 

Sharon, William, 1821-1885

 

Ltr., Jan. 6, 1874

 

Stebbins, Horatio, 1821-1902

 

Ltr., n.d.

 

Stedman, Edmund Clarence

 

Ltr., Apr. 6, 1888

 

Strong, John L.

 

Ltr., Jan. 25, 1874

 

Thomas, Edith Matilda, 1854-1925

 

Ltr., Nov. 21, 1894

 

Toft, Peter Petersen, 1825-1901

 

Ltr., Feb. 23, 1874

 

Ver Mehr, J. L.

 

Ltr., Oct. 31, 1871

 

Alvord, William

 

3 letters, 1873-1874

 

Crane, Frances Jane (Timmons) Grayson (Mrs. George Belden Crane - formerly Mrs. Andrew Jackson Grayson)

 

3 letters, 1873

 

Day, Sherman

 

6 letters, 1884

 

Field, Edward

 

2 letters, 1874

 

Field, Stephen Johnson, 1816-1899

 

2 letters, 1873-1874. Enclosures include letters from Gen. William T. Sherman.

 

Fisher, Walter Mulrea, 1849-1919

 

2 letters, n.d.

 

Gally, John

 

2 letters, 1873-1882

 

Gilman, Daniel Coit, 1831-1908

 

7 letters, 1873-1874

 

Harte, Bret, 1856-1902

 

21 letters, 1869-1875

 

Kendall, W. A., d. 1876

 

2 letters, n.d.

 

Kip, William Ingraham, bp., 1811-1893

 

4 letters, 1873-1874

 

O'Connell, Daniel, 1849-1899

 

2 letters, 1873 & n.d.

 

Powers, Stephen

 

5 letters, 1871?-1875

 

Sanborn, Franklin Benjamin, 1831-1917

 

2 letters, 1873. Written as secretary of the American Social Science Association.

 

Seabough, Samuel

 

2 letters, 1873-1874

 

Sherman, William Tecumseh 1830-1891

See Field, Stephen Johnson

 

Stoddard, Charles Warren, 1843-1909

 

2 letters, 1874 & n.d.

 

Victor, Frances Auretta (Fuller) Barrett, 1826-1902

 

3 letters, 1874

 

Widney, Joseph Pomeroy, 1841-1938

 

2 letters, 1873

 

Willey, Samuel Hopkins, 1821-1914

 

3 letters, 1884-1886