Thomas Autograph Collection MSS.2010.06.28 MSS.2010.06.28

SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0028
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Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Title: Thomas Autograph Collection
creator: Thomas, Henriette
Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2010.06.28
Physical Description: 4.5 Linear feet
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1885-1910
Date (inclusive): 1870-1945 1885-1910
Abstract: The Thomas Autograph Collection, 1870-1945 (bulk 1885-1910) contains correspondence collected by the Thomas family, who were active community members of Woodland, California. Charles W. Thomas collected the autographs of well-known literary and public figures during the late 19th Century. This collection of autograph letters includes George Washington Cable, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Oliver Wendell Holmes, David Starr Jordan, and others. The collection also includes correspondence from Thomas relatives and close friends, such as the Markham family and Calthea C. Vivian. Henriette G. Thomas, the daughter of Charles W. Thomas, inherited her parents' autograph and correspondence collection, and added to it some of her own letters, before donating the collection to the San Jose State College Library in 1965.
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Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright is assigned to the San José State University Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives. Copyright restrictions may apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

Thomas Autograph Collection, MSS-2010-06-28, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jeffra D. Bussman. Additional processing by Lisa Zakharova. Finding aid EAD encoded by Lisa Zakharova. Reviewed by Danelle Moon and Erin Louthen.

Family History

Born in October 1852 to George W. and Doritha M. Thomas, Charles W. Thomas lived in Kentucky until the late 1850s when his family moved to Missouri. He attended Missouri State Normal School of the First District, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts and Didactics in 1875. On August 5th, 1879, Charles married classmate and fellow graduate Serelda Gilstrap. Both worked as teachers in Missouri, but Mr. Thomas soon left the teaching profession to pursue law. He passed the Missouri bar in 1878 and worked as a clerk of the Missouri Senate Judiciary Committee in 1879. Mrs. Thomas continued to teach while earning a Master of Arts and Didactics degree. In the 1880s, the Thomas family moved to Woodland, California, where they were active charter members of the Woodland Shakespeare Club. In 1882, Mrs. Thomas became a book reviewer for the local newspaper, The Woodland Democrat. Charles W. Thomas was an avid collector of autographs by well known literary and public figures from the 19th century. It was their daughter, Henriette G. Thomas, a local San Jose High School librarian, who inherited the correspondence collection, which she added to before she bequeathed the autograph collection to the San Jose State College library in 1965.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Thomas Autograph Collection, 1870-1945 (bulk 1885-1910), consists primarily of correspondence collected by the Thomas family, who were active community members of Woodland, California. This collection includes autographs of well-known individuals such as George Washington Cable, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Oliver Wendell Holmes, David Starr Jordan, and others. The collection also includes correspondence from Thomas family relatives and close friends, such as the Markham family and Calthea C. Vivian. Henriette G. Thomas, a San Jose High School librarian and the daughter of Charles W. Thomas, inherited her parents' autograph and correspondence collection, and added to it some of her own letters. Also included is a small collection of miscellany that consists of newspaper clippings, an autograph book, an audio cassette tape of an interview with Mrs. Ralph Wyckoff, who was a close friend of Mrs. Henriette Thomas, program and poem booklets, and photographs. The bulk of the material dates from 1885-1910. All of the original correspondence related to Edwin Markham have been separated from this collection, and are now part of the Edwin Markham Collection.

Arrangement

This single series collection is arranged alphabetically by author surname, and chronologically by date. Additional ephemera and miscellaneous items are located in box 3.

Related Material

Edwin Markham collection, MSS-2005-10-01, San Jose State University Library Special Collections and Archives.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Autographs
Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940
Signatures (Writing)
Thomas, Henriette G.
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
Thomas, Henriette

 

Autographs I Bulk, 1885-1910 1870-1945 (bulk 1885-1910)

Physical Description: 3.0 boxes
file 1, file 1

Abbott, Lyman 1891

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 1, file 2

Adams, Oscar Ray 1891

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 1, file 3

Aldrich, Thomas Bailey 1890

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 1, file 4

Alger, William L. 1891

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 1, file 5

Alden, James Lane 1892

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 1, file 6

Atherton, Gertrude 1897

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 1, file 12

Budd, James Herbert 1890

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 1, file 13-14

Cable, George Washington 1889

Physical Description: 2.0 folders
file 1, file 15

Clemens, Samuel 1890

Physical Description: 1.0 folder

Conditions Governing Access

Access to original letter is by special arrangement. Photocopy is available without.
file 1, file 19-20

Curtin, Jeremiah 1890 1891

Physical Description: 2.0 folders
file 1, file 21

Custer, Elizabeth B. 1891

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 1, file 22

Donnelly, Ignatius 1890

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 1, file 23

Fair, James G. 1890

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 1, file 24-26

Field, Kate 1891

Physical Description: 3.0 folders
file 1, file 27

Fisher, George P. 1890

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 1, file 28-29

Foote, Mary Hallock 1892

Physical Description: 2.0 folders
file 1, file 30

Forsyth, George A. 1895

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 1, file 32

French, Alice 1896

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 1, file 33

Gale, Zona undated

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 1, file 34

Gayley, Charles Mills 1898

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 1, file 35

Gilder, Jeanette L. 1901

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 1, file 36-37

Gilder, Joseph Benson 1897 1907

Physical Description: 2.0 folders
file 1, file 38-39

Gilder, Richard Watson 1890 1893

Physical Description: 2.0 folders
file 1, file 45

Grant, Robert 1893

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 1, file 46-47

Hale, Edward Everett 1891

Physical Description: 2.0 folders
file 1, file 48-51

Harris, William Torrey 1889-1897

Physical Description: 4.0 folders
file 1, file 52

Hay, Henry H. 1890

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 1, file 53-55

Hill, Thomas 1896

Physical Description: 3.0 folders
file 1, file 56-57

Holmes, Oliver Wendell 1890

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 1, file 58

Hopper, James 1909

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 1, file 59

Howells, William Dean. 1895

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 1, file 60

Hutton, Laurence 1895

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 1, file 63

Johnson, Grove L. 1890

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 1, file 64-74

Jordan, David Starr. 1899-1915

Physical Description: 10.0 folders
file 1, file 76

LeConte, Joseph 1890

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 1, file 77-80

Lummis, Charles Fletcher 1895-1897

Physical Description: 4.0 folders
file 2, file 198-199

McMaster, John Bach 1890, 1895

Physical Description: 2.0 folders
file 2, file 200-201

Miller, George N. 1891

Physical Description: 2.0 folders
file 2, file 202-204

Miller, Joaquin 1895 1896

Physical Description: 3.0 folders
file 2, file 205-210

Morgan, James Appleton 1889-1892

Physical Description: 5.0 folders
file 2, file 215

Muttersbach, Alice 1903

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 2, file 216

Owen, Mary Alica 1893

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 2, file 217

Page, Thomas Nelson 1894

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 2, file 218

Pardee, George Cooper 1903

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 2, file 231-232

Porter, Charlotte 1889, 1890

Physical Description: 2.0 folders
file 2, file 234

Putnam, George Israel 1895

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 2, file 235

Reed, Elizabeth Armstrong 1893

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 2, file 236-237

Repplier, Agnes 1891

Physical Description: 2.0 folders
file 2, file 239-241

Rolfe, W. J. 1890

Physical Description: 3.0 folders
file 2, file 242-244

Roseboro, Viola 1892, 1893

Physical Description: 3.0 folders
file 2, file 247

Scott, Frank H. 1890

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 2, file 248

Scudder, H. E. 1897

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 2, file 249

St. Nicholas 1890

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 2, file 250

Stanley, Henry Morton 1890

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 2, file 254-256

Thomas, Edith M. 1890-1899

Physical Description: 3.0 folders
file 3, file 278-279

Voorsanger, Jacob 1890

Physical Description: 2.0 folders
file 3, file 280

Ward, Elizabeth Steward Phelps 1899

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 3, file 281

Warde, Frederick 1890

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 3, file 284

Wheeler, Benjamin Ide 1903

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
file 3, file 285-287

White, Eliza Orne 1895

Physical Description: 3.0 folders
file 3, file 288-289

Wickson, Edward 1903

Physical Description: 2.0 folders
file 3, file 290-291

Wildman, Rounsevelle 1896

Physical Description: 2.0 folders
file 3, file 292-297

Miscellany 1870-1945

Physical Description: 6.0 folders