Guide to the William Hope Hodgson papers

Finding aid prepared by Eric Milenkiewicz

Special Collections & University Archives
The UCR Libraries
P.O. Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
Phone: 951-827-3233
Fax: 951-827-4673
Email: specialcollections@ucr.edu
URL: http://library.ucr.edu/view/collections/spcol
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Descriptive Summary

Title: William Hope Hodgson papers
Date (inclusive): circa 1898-2013
Date (bulk): circa 1903-1918
Collection Number: 024
Creator: Hodgson, William Hope, 1877-1918
Creator: Moskowitz, Sam
Extent: 3.5 linear feet (7 document boxes)
Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
Abstract: This collection contains publications, typescripts, photographs, correspondence, and other material regarding the literary work of William Hope Hodgson, an English author of science fiction, horror, and fantastic fiction. Primarily includes published and unpublished short stories and poetry by Hodgson as well as a selection of personal photographs. The correspondence of Sam Moskowitz with Arthur Dudley and others pertaining to Moskowitz' research on Hodgson is also included as is the correspondence between Hodgson's family and August Derleth, amongst others, regarding publication permissions for Hodgson's literary works.
Languages: The collection is in English.

Access

This collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections & University Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item]. William Hope Hodgson papers, Collection 024. University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

Acquisition Information

This collection was originally compiled by Sam Moskowitz, editor and science fiction historian, and was later acquired by Jane and Howard Frank.
The William Hope Hodgson papers were acquired as a gift from Jane and Howard Frank in 2013.

Processing History

Processed by Eric Milenkiewicz, 2014.

Biography

William Hope Hodgson was an English novelist, short story writer, poet, photographer, lecturer, sailor, and soldier. He was born in Blackmore End, Essex, England on November 15, 1877 to Samuel Hodgson, an Anglican priest, and Lissie Sarah Brown. In 1891 he began a four-year apprenticeship as a cabin boy and in 1895 began two years of study in Liverpool which led him to acquire his mate's certificate. For the next few years Hodgson worked as a sailor and while at sea he became interested in physical fitness and body development.
Hodgson returned home in 1898 and in 1899 opened W.H. Hodgson's School of Physical Culture in Blackburn, England. Eventually realizing that he could not earn a living in personal training he began writing articles which first focused on exercise. Hodgson found the market for such articles to be limited so he turned his attention to fiction, publishing his first short story in 1904. He continued to write fiction for American and British magazines for the remainder of his career mainly in the science fiction, horror, and fantasy fiction genres. Many of his short horror stories were associated with the ocean as he relied upon his experiences at sea for his writings. Hodgson also wrote poetry, though few of his poems were published during his lifetime.
In 1912, Hodgson married Betty Farnsworth and they settled in the south of France. When war broke out in Europe, the couple returned to England where Hodgson became a Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery. In April 1918, Hodgson was killed by an artillery shell at Ypres.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection contains publications, typescripts, photographs, correspondence, and other material regarding the literary work of William Hope Hodgson, an English author of science fiction, horror, and fantastic fiction. Primarily includes published and unpublished short stories and poetry by Hodgson as well as a selection of personal photographs. The correspondence of Sam Moskowitz with Arthur Dudley and others pertaining to Moskowitz' research on Hodgson is also included as is the correspondence between Hodgson's family and August Derleth, amongst others, regarding publication permissions for Hodgson's literary works.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged into five series. The series arrangement is as follows:
  • Series 1. Publications, circa 1900-2013, undated.
  • Series 2. Typescripts, circa 1913-1918, undated.
  • Series 3. Legal and financial documents, circa 1898-1974, undated.
  • Series 4. Photographic materials, circa 1903-2003, undated.
  • Series 5. Correspondence, circa 1949-1988, undated.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Fantasy fiction.
Hodgson, William Hope, 1877-1918.
Horror.
Moskowitz, Sam.
Science fiction.
Science-fiction writers.
Short stories.

Genres and Forms of Materials

Correspondence.
Manuscripts.
Photographs.
Poems.
Publications.


 

Series 1. Publications. circa 1900-2013, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains publications featuring the short stories of William Hope Hodgson. In most cases, the complete publication is not included, only those pages containing Hodgson's short stories (photocopies are present). Select typescripts are also contained in this series.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 1, Folder 1

Publications, A-B. circa 1900-1920, undated.

Box 1, Folder 2

Publications, C. circa 1900-1920, undated.

Box 1, Folder 3

Publications, D-G. circa 1900-1920, undated.

Box 1, Folder 4

Publications, H-L. circa 1900-1920, undated.

Box 2, Folder 1

Publications, M-P. circa 1900-1920, undated.

Box 2, Folder 2

Publications, R-T. circa 1900-1920, undated.

Box 2, Folder 3

Publications, U-Z. circa 1900-1920, undated.

Box 6, Folder 3

Publications, various. 1984-1998, undated.

Box 6, Folder 4

Publications, various. 2003-2013, undated.

 

Series 2. Typescripts circa 1913-1918, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains the typescripts of William Hope Hodgson's published and unpublished short stories and poems. A diary and log from Hodgon's expedition at sea is also included in this series.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 2, Folder 4

Short stories, A-Ch. undated.

Box 2, Folder 5

Short stories, Co. undated.

Box 2, Folder 6

Short stories, Cy-D. circa 1918, undated.

Box 3, Folder 1

Short stories, E-J. circa 1915-1917, undated.

Box 3, Folder 2

Short stories, L-P. circa 1916-1918, undated.

Box 3, Folder 3

Short stories, S-Z. circa 1913, undated.

Box 3, Folder 4

Poems, primarily unpublished. undated.

Box 3, Folder 5

Poems, various. undated.

Box 3, Folder 6

Diary and log pertaining to an expedition at sea taken by William Hope Hodgson. undated.

 

Series 3. Legal and financial documents circa 1898-1974, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains documents, contracts, wills, and other material regarding permissions and rights to the literary works of William Hope Hodgson. Material regarding the property and estate of William Hope Hodgson and family is also included.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 4, Folder 1

Documents and contracts regarding permissions and rights to the literary works of William Hope Hodgson. circa 1931-1974, undated.

Box 4, Folder 2

Wills, correspondence, and other material regarding the property and estate of William Hope Hodgson and family. circa 1898-1974, undated.

Box 7, Folder 1

Log detailing the publication status and sales of William Hope Hodgson's literary works. circa 1903-1921.

 

Series 4. Photographic materials circa 1903-2003, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains prints, negatives, picture postcards, and other material regarding William Hope Hodgson and family. A notebook comprised of prints and poems related to an expedition at sea taken by William Hope Hodgson is also included.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 4, Folder 3

Prints and negatives regarding William Hope Hodgson and family. circa 1903-1918, undated.

Box 4, Folder 4

Picture postcards regarding William Hope Hodgson and family. undated.

Box 4, Folder 5

Digital images and correspondence from the National Library of New Zealand regarding a publication on William Hope Hodgson. 2003.

Box 7, Folder 2

Notebook containing prints and poems pertaining to an expedition at sea taken by William Hope Hodgson. undated.

 

Series 5. Correspondence circa 1949-1988, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains the correspondence of Sam Moskowitz, editor and science fiction historian, with Arthur Dudley and others pertaining to Moskowitz' research on Hodgson. Also contains the correspondence between Hodgson's family and August Derleth, of Arkham House, amongst others, regarding publication permissions for Hodgson's literary works.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 4, Folder 6

Correspondence, A-B. circa 1957-1983, undated.

Box 5, Folder 1

Correspondence, C-De. circa 1949-1968, undated.

Box 5, Folder 2

Correspondence, Du. circa 1959-1988, undated.

Box 5, Folder 3

Correspondence, F-Hodge. circa 1920-1972, undated.

Box 5, Folder 4

Correspondence, Hodgson. circa 1959-1984.

Box 5, Folder 5

Correspondence, J-K. circa 1957-1971, undated.

Box 6, Folder 1

Correspondence, L-Sh. circa 1959-1983, undated.

Box 6, Folder 2

Correspondence, Sm-W. circa 1957-1979, undated.