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Inventory of the Bret Harte Collection, [1857?]-1950
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Bret Harte Collection,
    Date (inclusive): [1857?]-1950
    Collection number: D-282
    Creator: University of California, Davis. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Extent: 1.40 linear feet
    Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
    100 North West Quad
    Davis, California, 95616-5292
    Abstract: At the height of his career, Bret Harte (1836-1902) was considered one of the best-known American writers of the nineteenth century. The collection contains Harte's writings published in magazines and newspapers, clippings and ephemera about Harte, and portraits of Harte and other individuals. This artificially created collection was a block purchase from John Howell Books of San Francisco in the early 1980's.
    Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17 of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis 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 by the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Bret Harte Collection, D-282, Department of Special Collections, University of California Library, Davis, California.

    Acquisition Information

    This artificially created collection was a block purchase from John Howell Books of San Francisco in the early 1980's.

    Processing Information

    Sara Gunasekara was assisted by student employee Jenny Hodge in the processing of this collection.

    Biography

    Biographical Narrative

    Bret Harte (August 25, 1836 - May 5, 1902) was a short story writer, poet, and novelist. At the height of his career he was considered one of the best-known American writers of the nineteenth century. He held a variety of jobs during his early years. In Brooklyn until 1854, he worked in a lawyer's office and a counting house; later in San Francisco from 1854-64, he worked in a mine, a drug store, taught school, and served as a pony express guard, a typesetter, and Secretary of the California Mint, 1864-67. He was an assistant editor of Northern California and, in 1864, the first editor of Overland Monthly as well as a professor of recent literature at the University of California. He returned to New York from 1870-78, where he contributed to the Atlantic Monthly. He serves as U.S. Consul at Crefeld, Germany from 1878-80 and at Glasgow, Scotland, from 1880-85.
    Source: "Bret Harte." Contemporary Authors. Gale Literature Resource Center database. Accessed February 10, 2004.
    This artificially created collection was a block purchase from John Howell Books of San Francisco in the early 1980's.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Arranged in five series: 1. Writings, 2. Clippings about Bret Harte, 3. Correspondence, 4. Ephemera, 5. Portraits.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Harte, Bret,--1836-1902
    Authors, American--19th century
    Western stories--Authorship
    Authors, American--West (U.S.)
    West (U.S.)--In literature