Finding Aid for the Frank Harris Collection 1896-1928

Processed by Rebecca Fenning.
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
University of California, Los Angeles
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Los Angeles, CA 90018
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Frank Harris Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1896-1928
Collection number: MS.2010.005, and others
Creator: Harris, Frank, 1855-1931
Extent: .75 linear feet (2 boxes and other items)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: This finding aid describes the Clark Library's collection of material created by and related to Frank Harris, and includes correspondence, manuscripts, news clippings, typescripts and proofs.
Physical location: Clark Library
Language of Material: Collection materials in English

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Clark Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA 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.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Frank Harris Collection, MS.2010.005, and others, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Acquisition Information

This finding aid gathers together material from multiple accessions.
The exact provenance of some materials is unclear. Other material described here originated in accessions and Clark Library purchases MS.1982.004 and MS.2010.005.

Processing History

Processed by Rebecca Fenning, March, 2010.

Biography

Frank Harris was born James Thomas Harris in Galway, Ireland, February 14, 1856. He emigrated alone to the United States in 1869 and after years of study and adventure both in America and on the European continent, he returned to London in 1882. Harris become the editor of the London Evening News in 1883. In 1886, he left the Evening News for a post editing the Fortnightly Review, which he would continue to do until 1894. From 1894 to 1898, he edited the Saturday Review. In his posts at these publications, he became friends (and enemies) with many of the notable figures of fin-de-siècle London, including Oscar Wilde.
A difficult personality, Harris struggled with financial stability often after this period, and moved a great deal, living in the south of France and in London in the years before World War I. In 1915, he returned to New York, where he wrote a number of anti-British articles as well as his volumes of Contemporary Portraits. He was the editor of Pearson's Magazine from 1915-1922 and got into many clashes with American censors and others who found him and his work offensive. During this period, he also began dictating his sprawling and sexually explicit memoirs, My Life and Loves, which was published in various forms (expurgated and not) after 1922.
In 1923, he settled permanently in Nice with his longtime mistress and companion, Nellie O'Hara, who he married in 1927. He died in Nice in 1931.

Scope and Content

This finding aid describes the Clark Library's collection of material created by and related to Frank Harris, and includes correspondence, manuscripts, news clippings, typescripts and proofs.
Materials in this collection are not all physically housed together, because of the different acquisition dates and because of various organization schemes developed over time by the Clark. Box numbers listed below indicate the collection with which each item is physically placed.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into the following series:
  • Series 1. Correspondence, 1895-1928, undated
  • Series 2. Manuscripts and Proofs, 1915-1925

Related Material

The Clark holds a great deal of material related to Frank Harris and his professional and social circles, particularly during the 1890's. The list below is not exhaustive, but contains links to online finding aids for the papers of Oscar Wilde and his circle, as well as to the papers of Harris's friend and colleague in the 1880s and 1890s, John Verschoyle.

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Adey, More, ca. 1859-1942
Douglas, Alfred Bruce, Lord, 1870-1945
Holland, Vyvyan Beresford, 1886-1967
Millard, Christopher, 1872-1927
Richards, Grant, 1872-1948
Rosenfeld, Samuel, Dr.
Ross, Robert Baldwin, 1869-1918
Secker, Martin, 1882-1978
Turner, Reggie, 1869?-1938
Editors--20th century

Genres and Forms

Letters--United States--20th century.
Proofs--20th century.


Container List

 

Series 1. Correspondence 1895-1928, undated

Arrangement

Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by the last name of the correspondent.
 

Subseries 1. Acworth, E. Cecil, undated

Call no. *PR5823 H314 1918 vol. 1 (copy 3)

To Acworth

Scope and Content Note

Tipped in at the beginning of a bound volume, Clark call number *PR5823 H314 1918 vol. 1 (copy 3).
 

Subseries 2. Adey, More, 1895-1897

Box Wilde 30, Folder 25

To Adey, November 13, 1895

Physical Description: Telegram.
Box Wilde 30, Folder 25

To Adey, December 24, 1895

Box Wilde 30, Folder 25

To Adey, January 4, 1896

Box Wilde 30, Folder 25

To Adey, May 1, 1896

Box Wilde 30, Folder 25

To Adey, July 7, 1896

Box Wilde 30, Folder 25

To Adey, November 4, 1896

Box Wilde 30, Folder 25

To Adey, November 20, 1896

Box Wilde 30, Folder 25

To Adey, February 2, 1897

Box Wilde 30, Folder 25

To Adey, March 10, 1897

 

Subseries 3. Cumberland, Gerald, 1919

Box Wilde 30, Folder 26

To Cumberland, November 15, 1919

 

Subseries 4. Davray, Henry-D., 1926

Box Wilde 44, Folder 3

To Davray, June 10, 1926

Physical Description: Typed copy of a letter dated, Mar. 1, 1926.
 

Subseries 5. Douglas, Lord Alfred Bruce, 1925

Box Wilde 30, Folder 26

To Douglas, March 21, 1925

Physical Description: Typed copy of letter, with two carbon copies
Box Wilde 30, Folder 26

To Douglas, June 1, 1925

Physical Description: Typed copy of letter, with two carbon copies
Box Wilde 30, Folder 26

To Douglas, July 30, 1925

Physical Description: Typed copy of letter, with two carbon copies
Box Wilde 30, Folder 26

To Douglas, August 12, 1925

Physical Description: Typed copy of letter, with two carbon copies
Box Wilde 30, Folder 26

To Douglas, August 20, 1925

Physical Description: Typed copy of letter, with two carbon copies
 

Subseries 6. Hancock, Ernest La Touche, 1916-1917

Physical Description: 2 items
Box Wilde 30, Folder 26

To Hancock, April 22, 1916

Box MS.2010.005, Folder 1

To Hancock, December 31, 1917

Scope and Content Note

Friendly letter declining the use of Hancock's poems in Pearson's Magazine.
 

Subseries 7. Holland, Vyvyan Beresford, 1926-1927

Box Wilde 44, Folder 3

To Holland, June 10, 1926

Physical Description: Typed copy of a letter dated, Mar. 1, 1926.
Box Wilde 30, Folder 26

To Holland, November 10, 1926

Box Wilde 30, Folder 26

To Holland, November 23, 1926

Box Wilde 30, Folder 26

To Holland, August 8, 1927

Box Wilde 30, Folder 26

To Holland, December 10, 1927

 

Subseries 8. Hughes, Colonel, 1920

Call no. *PR5823 H314n copy 3

To Hughes, July 9, 1920

Scope and Content Note

Bound in the New Preface to the Life and Confessions of Oscar Wilde, Clark Library call no. *PR5823 H314n copy 3
 

Subseries 9. Leverson, Ada, 1904-1907

Box Wilde 30, Folder 27

To Leverson, November 2, 1904

Box Wilde 30, Folder 27

To Leverson, June 1, 1907

 

Subseries 10. Millard, Christopher, 1913-1925

Box Wilde 30, Folder 27

To Millard, October 23, 1913

Box Wilde 30, Folder 27

To Millard, October 24, 1913

Box MS.1982.004, Folder 1

To Millard, July 1, 1914

Scope and Content Note

Typed letter, signed.
Box Wilde 30, Folder 27

To Millard, July 11, 1914

Box MS.1982.004, Folder 2

To Millard, September 19, 1916

Scope and Content Note

Typed letter, signed.
Box Wilde 30, Folder 27

To Millard, December 4, 1916

Box Wilde 30, Folder 27

To Millard, March 20, 1919

Box Wilde 30, Folder 27

To Millard, April 22, 1919

Box Wilde 30, Folder 27

To Millard, June 2, 1919

Box Wilde 30, Folder 27

To Millard, June 26, 1919

Box Wilde 30, Folder 27

To Millard, July 11, 1919

Call no. *PR5823 H314 1918 vol. 1 (copy 3)

To Millard, August 14, 1919

Scope and Content Note

Bound in at back of *PR5823 H314 1918 vol. 1 (copy 3)
Box Wilde 30, Folder 27

To Millard, October 28, 1919

Box MS.1982.005, Folder 1

To Millard, February 11, 1920

Scope and Content Note

Typed on Pearson's Magazine letterhead, signed by Guido Bruno.
Box Wilde 30, Folder 27

To Millard, April 21, 1920

Scope and Content Note

Telegram.
Box Wilde 30, Folder 27

To Millard, April 21, 1920

Box MS.1982.004, Folder 3

To Millard, May 20, 1920

Scope and Content Note

Typed letter with holograph amendments, signed.
Box Wilde 30, Folder 27

To Millard, May 29, 1920

Physical Description: Telegram.
Box Wilde 30, Folder 27

To Millard, July 7, 1920

Box Wilde 30, Folder 27

To Millard, August 9, 1925

 

Subseries 12. Morley, Christopher, 1918

Box Wilde 30, Folder 28

To Morley, August 8, 1918

 

Subseries 13. Plarr, Victor Gustave, 1898

Box Wilde 30, Folder 28

To Plarr, November 30, 1898

 

Subseries 14. Richards, Grant, 1915-1925

Box Wilde 30, Folder 28

To Richards, July 6, 1915

Box Wilde 30, Folder 28

To Richards, September 11, 1915

Box Wilde 30, Folder 28

To Richards, November 13, 1916

Box Wilde 30, Folder 28

To Richards, October 24, 1924

Box Wilde 30, Folder 28

To Richards, April 3, 1925

Physical Description: Telegram.
Box Wilde 30, Folder 28

To Richards, May 22, 1925

 

Subseries 15. Rosenfeld, Samuel, 1925-1927

Physical Description: 10 items

Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order.

Scope and Content Note

Letters to Dr. Samuel Rosenfeld of Philadelphia, as well as one carbon copy of a letter from Rosenfeld to Harris. Harris evidently first contacted Rosenfeld after Florence Schmidt ordered a copy of My Life to be sent to Rosenfeld.
Box MS.2010.005, Folder 2

To Rosenfeld, November 4, 1925

Scope and Content Note

Accompanying printed lists of publications and excerpted reviews.
Box MS.2010.005, Folder 3

To Rosenfeld, December 3, 1925

Box MS.2010.005, Folder 4

To Rosenfeld, January 6, 1926

Box MS.2010.005, Folder 5

From Rosenfeld, February 11, 1926

Scope and Content Note

Very brittle carbon copy of a letter to Harris.
Box MS.2010.005, Folder 6

To Rosenfeld, accompanying a copy of Stories of Jesus the Christ (1919), November 27, 1926

Box MS.2010.005, Folder 7

To Rosenfeld, March 10, 1927

Box MS.2010.005, Folder 8

To Rosenfeld, March 17, 1927

Box MS.2010.005, Folder 9

To Rosenfeld, April 21, 1927

Box MS.2010.005, Folder 10

To Rosenfeld, May 4, 1927

Box MS.2010.005, Folder 11

Envelope from Bennett Book Studios to Samuel Rosenfeld, December 23, 1950

Scope and Content Note

Pencil note on envelope says "Letter Frank Harris, to La Touche."
 

Subseries 16. Ross, Robert Baldwin, 1913-1917

Box Wilde 30, Folder 29

To Ross, December 28, 1913

Box Wilde 30, Folder 29

To Ross, December 18, 1913

Box Wilde 30, Folder 29

To Ross, December 21, 1913

Box Wilde 30, Folder 29

To Ross, April 9, 1914

Box Wilde 30, Folder 29

To Ross, April 27, 1914

Box Wilde 30, Folder 29

To Ross, April 29, 1914

Box Wilde 30, Folder 29

To Ross, May 2, 1914

Box Wilde 30, Folder 29

To Ross, October 24, 1916

Box Wilde 30, Folder 29

To Ross, November 10, 1916

Box Wilde 30, Folder 29

To Ross, November 20, 1916

Box Wilde 30, Folder 29

To Ross, December 12, 1916

Box Wilde 30, Folder 29

To Ross, January 9, 1917

 

Subseries 17. Schmidt, Florence, 1925

Physical Description: 2 items

Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order.

Scope and Content Note

An acquaintance of Dr. Samuel Rosenfeld's living in Paris, when she ordered copies of Harris' work from him directly.
Box MS.2010.005, Folder 12

To Schmidt, September 16, 1925

Box MS.2010.005, Folder 13

To Schmidt, October 8, 1925

 

Subseries 18. Secker, Martin, 1925

Box Wilde 30, Folder 30

To Secker, March 25, 1925

Box Wilde 30, Folder 30

To Secker, April 3, 1925

Box Wilde 30, Folder 30

To Secker, April 13, 1925

Box Wilde 30, Folder 30

To Secker, April 23, 1925

Box Wilde 30, Folder 30

To Secker, July 10, 1925

 

Subseries 19. Turner, Reggie, 1923-1928

Box Wilde 30, Folder 30

To Turner, October 31, 1923

Physical Description: With press announcement of My Life and Loves.
Box Wilde 30, Folder 30

To Turner, September 9, 1924

Box Wilde 30, Folder 30

To Turner, March 20, 1925

Box Wilde 30, Folder 30

To Turner, May 10, 1925

Box Wilde 30, Folder 30

To Turner, June 2, 1925

Box Wilde 30, Folder 30

To Turner, March 11, 1928

 

Subseries 20. Unknown correspondent, 1919-1921

Box MS.2010.005, Folder 14

To unknown correspondent, June 8, 1921

Scope and Content Note

On Pearson's Magazine letterhead, responding to being accused of "scurrility," and making a derogatory reference to Theodore Dreiser, of whom the unknown correspondent is a fan.
Box MS.1982.005, Folder 2

Letter and ephemera soliciting purchases of Pearson's Magazine stock, July 23, 1919

Scope and Content Note

Typed letter, signed, with attachments.
 

Subseries 21. Viereck, George Sylvester, 1925

Box Wilde 30, Folder 31

To Viereck, December 1, 1925

 

Subseries 22. Wilde, Oscar 1900

Physical Description: 1 item
Box Wilde 30, Folder 32

To Wilde, September 26, 1900

 

Series 2. Manuscripts and Proofs 1915-1925

Bound item MS.2010.007

Uncorrected proofs of The Life and Confessions of Oscar Wilde, printed for D.J. Rider, [ca. 1915]

Physical Description: 530 p.

Scope and Content Note

Proofs for the D.J. Rider printing of Oscar Wilde, which was not published.
Box MS.1982.005, Folder 3

"James Thomson: An Unknown Immortal," from Pearson's Magazine, March 1919

Scope and Content Note

pp. 217-222.
Call no. H314M3 S4455 [1925]

A Second Preface to "The Life and Confessions of Oscar Wilde," 1925

Physical Description: Typescript

Scope and Content Note

With holograph corrections by Lord Alfred Douglas. H314M3 S4455 [1925]
Call no. H314M3 S4455 [1925]a

A Second Preface to "The Life and Confessions of Oscar Wilde," 1925

Physical Description: Typescript

Scope and Content Note

Clark shelfmark H314M3 S4455 [1925]a
Box MS.1982.005, Folder 4

Proofs of Volume 2, Chapter 1 of My Life, ca. 1925

Scope and Content Note

With holograph note by Harris at the top, directing the reader to return it to him at Nice when finished reading.