Scope and Content
Title: Collection of Bret Harte Letters,
Date (inclusive): 1860-1902
Collection number: 487
2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Bret Harte (1836-1902) settled in San Francisco in 1860 where he worked as a printer, clerk, and secretary in a government
office. He wrote short stories and became the first editor of the
Overland Monthly (1868-71) in San Francisco. The collection consists of correspondence, one literary manuscript, and some holograph fragments
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department
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copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds
the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold
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Provenance/Source of Acquisition
William Andrews Clark Library, 1966, transfer.
[Identification of item], Collection of Bret Harte Letters (Collection 487). Department of Special Collections, Charles E.
Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
Bret Harte was born Francis Brett Hart on August 25, 1836 in Albany, New York; at 11 he had a poem published in the
New York Sunday Morning Atlas; he left school and went to work at 13; traveled to California in 1854, settling in San Francisco in 1860; worked as a printer,
clerk, and secretary in a government office; published the short story, The Work On Red Mountain (later titled M'liss) in
1860; became first editor of the
Overland Monthly (1868-71) in San Francisco; published the story,
The Luck of Roaring Camp (1868) and the satiric verse parody,
Plain Language from Truthful James (Better Known as the Heathen Chinee) in 1870 in that journal; also became known for his stories, The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1869) and Tennessee's Partner (1869);
gained a U.S. government position in Germany in 1878, served as U.S. Consul at Glasgow, 1880-85, and then moved to London;
died on May 5, 1902 in Camberley, England.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of correspondence, one literary manuscript, and some holograph fragments of writer Bret Harte. Of some
300 letters from Harte to various persons, there are 108 to his wife Anna Griswold Harte and to his son Francis King Harte,
107 to Alexander Boyd, a British artist who illustrated some of Harte's stories, and his wife, a writer. There are also eleven
letters to Thomas Edgar Pemberton. Also includes Bret Harte's manuscript for Colonel Starbottle's client.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Harte, Bret, 1836-1902--Correspondence.
Authors, American 19th century--Archival resources.
Manuscripts for publication.
Willard Samuel Morse Collection of Ephemera Relating to Bret Harte (Collection 1019). Available at Department of Special Collections,