Finding Aid to the Julia Cooley Altrocchi papers, undated, 1848-1972 (bulk 1935-1965)

Mario H. Ramirez
The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
© 2012
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid to the Julia Cooley Altrocchi papers, undated, 1848-1972 (bulk 1935-1965)

Collection number: BANC MSS C-H 115

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Finding Aid Author(s):
Mario H. Ramirez
Date Completed:
2012
Finding Aid Encoded By:
GenX
© 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Julia Cooley Altrocchi papers
Date: undated
Date (inclusive): 1848-1972
Date (bulk): 1935-1965
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-H 115
Creator: Altrocchi, Julia Cooley
Extent: 13 cartons, 5 oversize boxes, 2 oversize folders, 3 cardfile boxes, 7 volumes (16.8 linear feet)
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: The papers of Julia Cooley Altrocchi including correspondence, manuscripts, galley proofs, clippings, broadsides, publications and artifacts.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in Italian, English

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Julia Cooley Altrocchi papers, BANC MSS C-H 115, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.

Indexing Terms

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
California--History
San Francisco (Calif.)--History
San Francisco (Calif.)--Social life and customs
West (U.S.)--History
Galley proofs (Printing)
Manuscripts for publication

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

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.

Accruals

No additions are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Mario H. Ramirez in 2012.

Biography/Organization History

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.

Container Listing

 

Correspondence, undated, 1848-1972

carton 1, folder 1-17

Incoming, 1865-1949

carton 2, folder 1-6

Incoming, 1950-1972

carton 2, folder 7

Outgoing, 1911-1970

carton 2, folder 8-10

Altrocchi, Rudolph, undated, 1848, 1915-1952

carton 2, folder 11

Astronaut to Vega, 1962

carton 2, folder 12

Black Boat, 1945-1946, 1965-1966

carton 2, folder 13

Black Letter Press, 1969-1970

carton 2, folder 14

Bruce Humphries, Publishers, 1962-1965

carton 2, folder 15

California Writers' Club, 1941-1942, 1966-1967

carton 2, folder 16-17

The Caxton Printers, Ltd., undated, 1936, 1941-1948

carton 2, folder 18

Chico High School, 1948-1954

carton 2, folder 19-20

E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1945-1949

carton 3, folder 1

Jackinson, Alex, 1963-1972

carton 3, folder 2

Houghton Mifflin Company, 1936-1945

carton 3, folder 3

The Macmillan Company, 1935-1949

carton 3, folder 4

Northrup, George T., 1938, 1943-1944

carton 3, folder 5

The Old California Trail, 1937, 1945-1946

carton 3, folder 6

Pageant Book Co., Wolves Against the Moon, 1951-1958

carton 3, folder 7

Permissions, 1942

carton 3, folder 8

Poet Lore, 1963-1969

carton 3, folder 9-11

Snow Covered Wagons, 1935-1958

carton 3, folder 12

Williams, Anne Laurie, 1936-1967

 

Writings, undated, 1902-1972

carton 3, folder 13-18

Diary, 1906-1913

carton 4, folder 1-6

Diary, 1914-1932, 1945, 1955-1956, 1966

oversize-folder 2

Galley Proof, The Midway, 1909

oversize-folder 2

Galley Proof, Snow Covered Wagons, 1936

carton 4, folder 7

Lecture, California Biography in Poetry, 1971

carton 4, folder 8

Lecture, Girl with Ocelot, 1969

carton 4, folder 9

Lecture, Ina Coolbrith, Oakland Public Library, 1966

carton 4, folder 10

Lecture, Italian Castles in Browning, undated

carton 4, folder 11

Lecture, Miscellaneous, undated, 1941-1942, 1945

carton 4, folder 12

Lecture, Notes on Our English Lineage, Language and Literature, undated

carton 4, folder 13

Lecture, Snow Covered Wagons, undated

carton 4, folder 14

Lecture, Spectacular San Franciscans, undated

carton 4, folder 15

Lecture, The Uses of the Past in the Present, undated, 1970

carton 4, folder 16-17

Libretto, Snow Covered Wagons, undated

carton 4, folder 18

Libretto, Snow Covered Wagons: An American Opera, undated

carton 4, folder 19

Libretto, Snow Covered Wagons: Libretto for an American Opera, undated

carton 4, folder 20

Libretto, Westward Wheels, 1972

carton 4, folder 21

Manuscript, Along the Covered Wagon Trail with a Camera, undated

carton 4, folder 22

Manuscript, Ammunition Boat, 1944-1945

carton 4, folder 23

Manuscript, Balm of Faith and Hope, 1908

carton 5, folder 1-2

Manuscript, Balm of Faith and Hope, 1908

carton 5, folder 3-6

Manuscript, Black Boat, undated, 1949, 1961, 1965

carton 5, folder 7

Manuscript, California Biography in Poetry, undated

oversize-box 1

Manuscript, Castles in Italy, circa 1960s

carton 5, folder 8-9

Manuscript, Chicago: Epic City, undated

carton 5, folder 10

Manuscript, Chicago: Narrative City, 1968, 1970

carton 5, folder 11

Manuscript, Chicago Remembered, undated

carton 5, folder 12

Manuscript, Dramatic Monologues, undated, 1957

carton 5, folder 13

Manuscript, Etruscan Italy, undated

carton 5, folder 14

Manuscript, Ginerva: A Poetic Drama, undated

carton 5, folder 15-16

Manuscript, The Girl Who Rode Away or the Virgin Wife's Story, undated

carton 5, folder 17

Manuscript, Girl with Ocelot, undated, 1959

carton 5, folder 18

Manuscript, Girl with Ocelot and Other Poems, undated

carton 5, folder 19-21

Manuscript, The Glass Mountain, undated

carton 5, folder 22

Manuscript, Golden Adventures in California History, undated

carton 6, folder 1

Manuscript, Golden Adventures in California History, undated

carton 6, folder 2

Manuscript, Humor and Pathos of a Poetry Contest, 1923

carton 6, folder 3

Manuscript, Impressions of Italy, undated

carton 6, folder 4

Manuscript, Italian Byways, undated

carton 6, folder 5

Manuscript, Italian Poetry Since the War, undated

carton 6, folder 6

Manuscript, Modern Chicago Poetry, circa 1926

carton 6, folder 7

Manuscript, Modern Tendencies in Italian Literature, undated

carton 6, folder 8

Manuscript, The Old California Trail, 1940

carton 6, folder 9

Manuscript, On Re-Reading Keats and Shelley, undated

carton 6, folder 10-14

Manuscript, Poems, undated, 1903-1904, circa 1910s-1920s, 1916, 1929, 1931, 1942

carton 6, folder 15-16

Manuscript, Seeds of the Sun, undated

carton 5, folder 17-19

Manuscript, The Seven Suitors, undated

carton 6, folder 20-21

Manuscript, Short Stories, undated, 1913-1918

carton 6, folder 22

Manuscript, Snow Covered Wagons, circa 1934

carton 6, folder 23

Manuscript, Society Queens of San Francisco, 1949

carton 6, folder 24-25

Manuscript, Spectacular San Franciscans, 1949

carton 7, folder 1-8

Manuscript, Spectacular San Franciscans, undated

carton 7, folder 9

Manuscript, The Statue and the Flame, undated

carton 7, folder 10

Manuscript, Stories for Children on Food, undated

carton 7, folder 11

Manuscript, These Were the Heroes of Ireland, undated

carton 7, folder 12

Manuscript, Tree Worship, undated

carton 7, folder 13-15

Manuscript, Who Is To Blame?, undated

carton 7, folder 16

Manuscript, Altrocchi, Rudolph, The Heart of Italy, undated

carton 7, folder 17

Manuscript, Altrocchi, Rudolph, A Lesson in Love, undated

carton 7, folder 18-19

Manuscript, Altrocchi, Rudolph, Poems, undated, 1910-1913

carton 8, folder 1

Manuscript, O'Brien, Margaret Rose, It Happened in San Francisco: A Saga of the "Golden Gate," undated

carton 8, folder 2

Manuscript, Sylvius, The Builders of Walls, circa 1916-1917

carton 8, folder 3

Miscellaneous, undated, circa 1930s, 1965

carton 8, folder 4

Monograph, The Midway: The Monthly Publication of the University High School, 1908-1909

carton 8, folder 5

Monograph, Snow Covered Wagons, 1936

carton 8, folder 6

Notebook, The Book of Freedom, 1913-1917

carton 8, folder 7

Notebook, Book Notes, 1922-1925

carton 8, folder 8

Notebook, Etymology, 1941

carton 8, folder 9

Notebook, Lectures, 1936

carton 8, folder 10

Notebook, On the Pathway of Paradise, 1902

carton 8, folder 11

Notebook, Original Jottings and Ideas for Poems, 1914

carton 8, folder 12-14

Notebook, Poems, 1916-1928

carton 8, folder 15

Notebook, Poems and Sketches, 1914

carton 8, folder 16

Notebook, Poetry and Writing in General, circa 1960s

volume 1

Notebook, Practical Suggestions and History for Journey of 1955-56, 1955

carton 9, folder 1

Notebook, The Old California Trail, undated

carton 9, folder 2

Notebook, Selection From Different Poems That I Love, 1907

carton 9, folder 3

Notebook, A Sketch for a Peace Pageant, People, 1918

carton 9, folder 4

Notebook, Sketchbook or The Untidy Workshop of Julia Cooley, 1912-1913

carton 9, folder 5

Notebook, Snow Covered Wagons, 1934

carton 9, folder 6

Notes, Ammunition Boat, 1944-1945

carton 9, folder 7, cardfile-box 1-3

Notes, Miscellaneous, undated

carton 9, folder 8

Notes, Poetry, undated

carton 9, folder 9

Notes and Drafts, Miscellaneous, undated

carton 9, folder 10

Notes and Drafts, They Were the Heroes of Ireland, undated

carton 9, folder 11-12

Notes and Outlines, Girl Who Rode Away, undated

carton 9, folder 13

Notes and Research Material, Black Boat, undated, 1943-1944

carton 9, folder 14

Notes and Research Material, Chicago: Epic City, undated, 1962-1963, 1967-1968

carton 9, folder 15

Notes for Lighter Adventures in Prose, undated

carton 9, folder 16

School Essays, 1906-1912

carton 9, folder 17

Script, Black Boat, 1945

carton 9, folder 18

Script, Miscellaneous, undated, circa 1916

carton 9, folder 19-21

Script, Westward Wheels, undated

 

Subject Files, undated, 1849-1971

carton 9, folder 22

Altrocchi, Rudolph, undated, 1919, 1934-1935

carton 9, folder 23, oversize-folder 1

Artwork, undated, 1906, 1909

carton 9, folder 24

Autographs, undated

carton 9, folder 25

Black Boat, undated, 1945-1947

carton 9, folder 26

Book Project, Golden Adventures in California History, undated, 1969

carton 9, folder 27, oversize-folder 1-2

Broadsides, undated, 1917, 1939-1959, 1966, 1971

carton 9, folder 28

Civil Rights, undated, 1962, 1964-1965

carton 9, folder 29

European Voyage, Cristoforo Colombo, 1955

carton 10, folder 1

Invitations, undated, 1917, 1934-1935, 1939, 1946

carton 10, folder 2

Italians, San Francisco Bay Area, undated, 1946-1953

carton 10, folder 3

Literary and Historical Anecdotes, undated, 1940

carton 10, folder 4

The Midwestern Writer's Conference, 1946-1947

carton 10, folder 5-6, oversize-folder 1

Miscellaneous, undated, 1849-1947

carton 10, folder 7

Newsletters, 1878, 1941, 1949-1951, 1955, 1960

carton 10, folder 8-10, oversize-folder 1

The Old California Trail, undated, 1912-1947

carton 10, folder 11, oversize-folder 2

Personal and Biographical, undated, 1932-1939, 1950, 1958

carton 10, folder 12

Poet Laurete, California, 1962-1965

carton 10, folder 13

Production, Snow Covered Wagons, College of the Pacific, 1955

carton 10, folder 14-17, oversize-folder 1

Programs, undated, 1905-1971

carton 10, folder 18

Reel-to-Reel Audiotape, Astronaut to Vega, 1962

carton 10, folder 19

Research Materials, undated

carton 10, folder 20

Second Annual Robert Browning Poetry Contest, 1937

carton 10, folder 21-22

Snow Covered Wagons, undated, 1934-1948

carton 11, folder 1, oversize-folder 1

Snow Covered Wagons, 1936

carton 11, folder 2

The Spectacular San Franciscans, undated

carton 11, folder 3

Stephen Vincent Benet Narrative Poetry Award, undated, 1968

carton 11, folder 4

University High School, University of Chicago, undated, 1909, 1915

carton 11, folder 5

Writer's Workshop, College of the Pacific, 1971

 

Organizations, undated, 1915-1970

carton 11, folder 6

California State Association of English Teachers, 1943-1952

carton 11, folder 7-11

Calfornia Writers' Club, undated,

carton 11, folder 12

Chicago Woman's Club, 1915, 1920, 1934-1942

carton 11, folder 13

Commonwealth Club, 1936-1937

carton 11, folder 14

The Ina Coolbrith Circle, 1945-1970

carton 11, folder 15

National League of PEN Women, 1937-1968

carton 11, folder 16

The Poetry Society of America, 1918, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1954-1955

carton 11, folder 17

The San Francisco Browning Society, 1957, 1959, 1965

carton 11, folder 18

Society of Midland Authors, 1933-1935, 1946-1950

 

Clippings, undated, 1910-1971

carton 11, folder 19-21

Altrocchi, Julia Cooley, 1937-1970

carton 12, folder 1-6, oversize-folder 2

Altrocchi, Julia Cooley, 1910-1971

carton 12, folder 7, oversize-folder 2

Altrocchi, Rudolph, undated, 1913-1948

carton 12, folder 8

Chicago Daily News Poetry Contest, 1963

carton 12, folder 9-10

Miscellaneous, 1932-1966

carton 12, folder 11

The Old California Trail, 1936, 1945

carton 12, folder 12-15

Snow Covered Wagons, 1936-1937

 

Photographs, undated, 1889-1968

carton 12, folder 16, oversize-folder 1

Assorted, undated, 1889-1968

carton 13, folder 1

The Old California Trail, undated

carton 13, folder 2

Snow Covered Wagons, undated, 1936, 1943

carton 13, folder 3

Society Queens of San Francisco, 1949

carton 13, folder 4

Westward Wheels, 1946

 

Publications, undated, 1909-1972

carton 13, folder 5-13

Altrocchi, Julia Cooley, 1909-1972

carton 13, folder 14-17

Altrocchi, Rudolph, 1913-1949

carton 13, folder 18-23, oversize-folder 2

General, undated, 1914-1969

 

Scrapbooks, 1902-1971

oversize-box 2

Chicago, 1925-1927

oversize-box 3

Clippings, 1944-1945

oversize-box 4

First Three Years at the University of California and Berkeley, 1928-1931

volume 2-5

Of People: A Fiction Material Notebook of Julia Cooley Altrocchi, 1913-1971

volume 6

Materials Pertaining to the Publication of "Poems of Child," 1902-1916, 1962-1963

volume 7

Miscellaneous, 1944-1947

oversize-box 5

Providence, R.I., 1928-1929

 

Artifacts, undated, 1920s-1940s

oversize-box 2

Medal, Golden Empire Centennial, 1939

oversize-box 2

Medal, Golden Gate International Exposition, circa 1940

oversize-box 2

Medal, L'Union Fait La Force, circa 1916

oversize-box 2

Medal, Pour La Doit/Aux Oeuvres De Guerre, undated

oversize-box 2

Name Tag, Writers' Conference of the West, undated

oversize-box 2

Pendant, Man with Sled and Dogs (Souvenir of Esther B. Darling, Author of Baldy of Nome), circa 1920s