Information for Researchers
Collection Title: Julia Cooley Altrocchi papers
Date (inclusive): 1848-1972
Date (bulk): 1935-1965
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-H 115
Altrocchi, Julia Cooley
13 cartons, 5 oversize boxes, 2 oversize folders, 3 cardfile boxes, 7 volumes
(16.8 linear feet)
The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
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Abstract: The papers of Julia Cooley Altrocchi including correspondence, manuscripts, galley proofs, clippings, broadsides, publications
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in Italian, English
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[Identification of item], Julia Cooley Altrocchi papers, BANC MSS C-H 115, The Bancroft Library, University of California,
Alternate Forms Available
There are no alternate forms of this collection.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
Julia Cooley Altrocchi--Archives.
Women authors, American--California
Women poets, American--California
San Francisco (Calif.)--History
San Francisco (Calif.)--Social life and customs
Galley proofs (Printing)
Manuscripts for publication
The Julia Cooley Altrocchi papers were given to the Bancroft Library by Julia Cooley Altrocchi from 1960-1972. Additions were
made by Paul H. Altrocchi in 1973 and 1998.
No additions are expected.
Processed by Mario H. Ramirez in 2012.
Julia Cooley Altrocchi (1893-1972) was an author and poet. A resident of Berkeley, California from 1928 until her death, Cooley
Altrocchi was born in Seymour, Connecticut and raised in Chicago, Illinois. The daughter of Harlan Cooley and Nellie Wooster
Cooley, Cooley Altrocchi attended University High School at the University of Chicago and graduated from Vassar College in
1914. She married Rudolph Altrocchi in 1920. The couple moved to the San Francisco Bay Area upon the latter’s appointment
as Professor and Chair of the Italian Department at the University of California, Berkeley; after holding positions at Columbia
University, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, the University of Chicago and Brown University.
Cooley Altrocchi published her first book of poetry, Poems of a Child, at the age of 11, and published a number of other monographs,
many of which delved into the history of California and its people. Notable among these was Snow Covered Wagons (1936), a
story-in-verse about the Donner Party expedition. Other works included Wolves Against the Moon (1940), The Old California
Trail (1945), Black Boat (1945) The Spectacular San Franciscans (1949) and Girl with Ocelot and Other Poems (1964). Her writings
also appeared in various literary journals and anthologies.
Cooley Altrocchi was active in Bay Area literary circles, and served as President of the California Writers Club from 1941
to 1943. She was also an honorary member of the Ina Coolbrith Circle, the San Francisco Browning Society and the Poets of
the Pacific, and a member of the National Poetry Society of America and National League of PEN Women, among other organizations.
Scope and Content Note
The Julia Cooley Altrocchi papers provide researchers with insight into early-mid 20th century literary life in the San Francisco
Bay Area and Cooley Altrocchi’s development as a writer.
Highlights of the papers include unpublished original manuscripts, poetry, lectures, notes, as well as numerous clippings,
diaries and scrapbooks that chronicle Cooley Altrocchi’s life and career. The collection also contains correspondence with
individuals such as Gertrude Atherton, Langston Hughes, Esther B. Darling, Hildegarde Hawthorne, Evelyn Wells and Albert Bender,
among others. Included as well are materials and writings by and about Rudolph Altrocchi, photographs, research material,
broadsides, artwork, publications and artifacts.
The collection spans the years 1848 to 1972, with the bulk concentrating on the years 1935 to 1965. It is divided into eight
series: I. Correspondence, II. Writings, III. Subject Files, IV. Organizations, V. Clippings, VI. Photographs, VII. Scrapbooks
and VIII. Artifacts.