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Finding Aid for the Sarah Bixby Smith correspondence, 1871-1935
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
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  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sarah Bixby Smith correspondence
    Date (inclusive): 1871-1935
    Collection number: 223
    Creator: Bixby Smith, Sarah, 1871-1935.
    Extent: 2 boxes (1.0 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Sarah Hathaway Bixby Smith (1871-1935) was a writer and activist. Her works include: A Little Girl of Old California (ca.1920), My Sage-brush Garden (1924), Adobe Days (1925), Pasear; a second book of California verse (1926), Wind Upon my Face (1930), Milestones in Los Angeles: being a brief narrative of Los Angeles through five decades (ca. 1933) and The Bending Tree (1933). She was significantly involved in women's groups such as the Friday Morning Club and the American Association of University Women. The collection consists primarily of correspondence and also includes announcements, invitations, photographs, and family keepsakes.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including 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 the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of the Smith Family.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Chris Marino in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Megan Hahn Fraser, July 2011.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Sarah Bixby Smith correspondence (Collection 223). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4230382 

    Biography

    Sarah Hathaway Bixby Smith was born to Lewellyn Bixby and Mary Hathaway Bixby in August 1871, in San Justo Ranch near San Juan Bautista, California. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from Wellesley College in 1894 and was an advocate for women's independence and higher education. She was married twice, first to Arthur Maxson Smith in 1896, and then in 1916 to Paul Jordan Smith, whom she later divorced. From both marriages combined she had five children: Maxson, Bradford, Rodger, Janet, and Lewellyn. Her works include: A Little Girl of Old California (ca.1920), My Sage-brush Garden (1924), Adobe Days (1925), Pasear; a second book of California verse (1926), Wind Upon my Face (1930), Milestones in Los Angeles: being a brief narrative of Los Angeles through five decades (ca. 1933) and The Bending Tree (1933). She was the vice president of the America Association of University Women, as well as the president of the Friday Morning Club. She was also a trustee of Scripps College and a member of the Claremont School Board. In the early 1930s she was a delegate to the Pacific Relations Conference in Shanghai. She died in 1935 at the age of 64. At the time of her death she was in the process of writing another book on the history of southern California.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists primarily of correspondence in the form of letters, telegrams, and postcards related to writer Sarah Bixby Smith and her family. The collection also includes announcements, invitations, photographs, and family keepsakes.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Bixby Smith, Sarah, 1871-1935--Correspondence.
    Women authors, American--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Correspondence.

    Related Material

    • Smith, Sarah Bixby. A little girl of old California. Los Angeles, 1920.
    • Smith, Sarah Bixby. Milestones in Los Angeles: being a brief narrative of Los Angeles through five decades. 1933.
    • Smith, Sarah Bixby. Poems selected for Americanization classes. Los Angeles: Los Angeles City School, 1929.