Finding Aid for the Willard S. Morse Collection of Material About Bret Harte, 1850-1935

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UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Willard S. Morse Collection of Material About Bret Harte, 1850-1935

Collection number: 1019

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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Online finding aid edited by:
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© 2002 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Willard S. Morse Collection of Material About Bret Harte,
Date (inclusive): 1850-1935
Collection number: 1019
Creator: Morse, Willard S. (Willard Samuel), 1856-1935
Extent: 12 boxes (6 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Willard S. Morse (1856-1935) was a mining executive in the West and Mexico. He was later made a director and member of the executive committee of the American Smelter Securities Company, Chilean Exploration Company, and Braden Copper Company. After retiring, Morse devoted much of his time to the collection of Americana. The collection consists of extracts of writings by Harte from periodicals, newspaper clippings by and about Harte, original photographs of Harte, two books, dealer catalogs, related correspondence with Morse, and a collection of clippings relating to the Pony Express, 1904-35.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

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  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Willard S. Morse Collection of Material About Bret Harte (Collection 1019). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

Morse was born on June 12, 1856 in Ware, Massachusetts; at age 15 he began an apprenticeship in a machine shop in Taunton; moved to the West, where he first worked as a clerk in the Denver post office, and then in the office of the Consolidated Virginia mine at Virginia City, Nevada; later became a mining executive in the West and Mexico; moved to New York City in 1906, where he was made a director and member of the executive committee of the American Smelter Securities Company, Chilean Exploration Company, and Braden Copper Company; withdrew from active business in 1919, serving in an advisory capacity until 1922; wrote many articles for technical society publications; devoted much of his retirement to the collection of Americana; published works include Howard Pyle: a record of his illustrations and writings (comp. with Gertrude Brinklé, 1921) and Francis Bret Harte first editions and manuscripts: the Willard S. Morse collection (1939?); he died on October 4, 1935 in Santa Monica, California.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of extracts of writings by Harte from periodicals, newspaper clippings by and about Harte, original photographs of Harte, two books, dealer catalogs, related correspondence with Morse, and a collection of clippings relating to the Pony Express, 1904-35. Includes George Sterling's book, Art and life (1920), and Harte's copy of Ermete Pierotti's, Nomenclature des rues, impasses, passages...de Paris (1878).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Harte, Bret, 1836-1902.

Related Material

  • Collection of Bret Harte Letters (Collection 487). Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.
  • Linda Diz Barnett Collection of Materials about Bret Harte (Collection 2014). Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.

Container List

 

Excerpts from Periodicals By Bret Harte. no.1

Physical Description: (7 items. In an open end case)
Box 1

1. Baby Sylvester.

Box 1

2. A Belle of Canada City.

Box 1

3. A Blue Grass Penelope.

Box 1

4. The Conspiracy of Mrs. Bunker.

Box 1

5. Cressy.

Box 1

6. An Episode of Fiddletown.

Box 1

7. A First Family of Tasajara.

 

Excerpts from Periodicals By Bret Harte. no.2

Physical Description: (4 items. In an open end case)
Box 1

1. Gabriel Conroy.

Box 1

2. In a Hollow of the Hills.

Box 1

3. In the Carquinez Woods.

Box 1

4. The Young America Condensed Novel [The Hoodlum Band].

Note

See Also: Boxes 2-5.
Box 1

Photograph of Bret Harte, signed by Harte.

Physical Description: 27.5 × 22cm., framed.
 

Stories, Poems, and Articles By Harte Extracted from Periodicals. Arranged Alphabetically By Title

Box 2

A - G.

Box 3

H - M.

Box 4

N - T.

Box 5

U - Z.

Box 5

Dealer catalogs and related correspondence with Willard S. Morse.

 

In Memoriam Bret Harte. Contains Art and Life, by George Sterling. San Francisco: A.M. Robertson. 1920

Physical Description: (3 items)
Box 5

The Bret Harte Trail. 1922.

Box 5

Great Register, San Francisco County. July 1867.

Physical Description: Photostat.
Box 5

Program, Union Square Theatre. September 4, 1876, for Harte's play Two men of Sandy Bar.

Physical Description: Photostat.
 

Overland Monthly. September 1902. Bret Harte Memorial Number.

Physical Description: 2 copies (4 items)
Box 5

5 photographs of Harte's play Salomy Jane.

Physical Description: Postcard size.
Box 5

Excelsior [poem], by Harte. New York. [1879].

Box 5

Deacon Jones' experience [poem], by Harte. Cleveland. 1874.

Box 5

Plain Language... Heathen Chinee, by Harte. Set of 9 cards.

Physical Description: Facsimile Reprints.
Box 5

Pierotti, Ermete, 1833- . Nomenclature des rues, impasses, passages... de Paris... Paris: Charles Noblet [1878].

Physical Description: 66pp. and map.

Note

Ex libris: Bret Harte.
Box 5

Pictures of Bret Harte and related subjects. Includes some original photographs.

Physical Description: ca. 75 items.
Box 6

Book reviews of Harte's publications, clipped from various periodicals and newspapers. 1866-1934.

Box 7

Newspaper clippings about Bret Harte. 1872-1934.

 

Harte's Columns in:

Box 7

The Californian. 1864-1866.

Box 7

The Christian Register. 1866.

Box 7

The Golden Era. 1857-1863.

Box 7

The Northern Californian. 1859-1860.

Box 7

San Francisco News Letter & California Advertiser. 1867.

Box 7

The Springfield Republican. 1866.

Box 7

Stewart, George Rippey, 1895- . A bibliography of the writings of Bret Harte in the magazines and newspapers of California (1857-1871). Berkeley. 1932.

Physical Description: 63 leaves. Typescript.

Note

Published by the University of California Press, 1933.
 

Articles About Bret Harte Clipped From Periodicals. Arranged Alphabetically By Periodical

Box 8

A - O.

Box 9

P - Y.

Box 9

Illustrations for Harte stories clipped from periodicals. Arranged alphabetically by periodical. B - W.

Box 10

Catalogue of Willard S. Morse's Bret Collection (first editions, manuscripts, etc.).

Physical Description: Typescript. 4 volumes.
Box 11

Lists of books by and about Harte, by Willard S. Morse.

Physical Description: 2 vol. Typescript.
Box 11

Clippings relating to the Pony Express. 1904-1935, collected by Willard S. Morse.

Note

No Bret Harte Material.
Box 12

Items by and about Bret Harte.

Physical Description: Negative photostats.

Note

Positive copies of these items appear in their appropriate place in the Collection.
Box 13

Pictures of Bret Harte, including original photographs.

Physical Description: 38 items. In a green cloth case, 38 × 27.5cm.