Finding Aid for the Joan Steele Collection of Material about Mayne Reid, 1853-1882

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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
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Joan Steele Collection of Material about Mayne Reid,
Date (inclusive): 1853-1882
Collection number: 2064
Creator: Steele, Joan
Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: Joan Steele wrote her dissertation on Mayne Reid for the UCLA Department of English and later published a book titled, Captain Mayne Reid (1978). Mayne Reid (1818-1883) sailed from Ireland to the U.S. in 1839 and began to publish poetry and stories after settling in Philadelphia in 1843. He also wrote dime novels for the publisher Beadle and Adams. His publications include War life (1849), The rifle rangers (1850), The scalp hunters (1851), The desert home (1852), The boy hunters (1853), The young voyageurs (1854), Lost Lenore (1864), and The headless horseman: a strange tale of Texas (1865). The collection consists of research materials used by Joan Steele while writing her dissertation on Mayne Reid.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of 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 the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

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

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. 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 Joan D. Steele, 1976.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Joan Steele Collection of Material about Mayne Reid (Collection 2064). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

Joan Steele wrote her dissertation on Mayne Reid for the UCLA Department of English and later published a book titled, Captain Mayne Reid (1978); Reid was born April 4, 1818 in Ballyroney, County Down, Northern Ireland; he sailed to the U.S. in 1839 and began to publish poetry and stories after settling in Philadelphia in 1843; joined the First New York Volunteer Regiment in 1846 and left the U.S. Army as a captain in 1848; he returned to Europe in 1849; later returned to America and wrote dime novels for the publisher Beadle and Adams; went back to England in 1870 and died in October 1883; his publications include War life (1849), The rifle rangers (1850), The scalp hunters (1851), The desert home (1852), The boy hunters (1853), The young voyageurs (1854), Lost Lenore (1864), and The headless horseman: a strange tale of Texas (1865).

Scope and Content

Collection consists of research materials used by Joan Steele while writing her dissertation on Mayne Reid for the UCLA Department of English. Includes 12 of Reid's novels, positive microfilm of Reid's original letters in the New York Public Library, photocopies of 350 of Reid's letters to Charles Ollivant, photocopies of printed stories and articles by Reid from the collections of the British Library, and a photostat copy of Reid's will.

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Reid, Mayne, 1818-1883--Archives.
Authors, English--19th century--Archival resources.

Genres and Forms of Material

Photocopies.


Container List

Box 1

Letters to Charles Ollivant from Mayne Reid. 1865-1883

Physical Description: (Photocopies)
Box 1

no.1-254. 1865-1881

Physical Description: (Photocopies)
Box 2, Folder 1

no.255-318. 1882-1883

Physical Description: (Photocopies)
Box 2, Folder 2

1. Letter to H. Ollivant from Mayne Reid. July 13, 1868

Physical Description: (2 leaves, photocopy)
Box 2, Folder 2

2. Letter (draft) to J.F. Harrison from Mayne Reid. January 20, 1882

Physical Description: (7 leaves, photocopy)
Box 2, Folder 2

3. Letter to Charles Ollivant from Mrs. Reid. November 27, 1880

Physical Description: (5 leaves, photocopy)
Box 2, Folder 2

4. A Hoosier Adrift. Correspondence Cincinnati Commercial. New York. August 9, 1870.

Physical Description: (19 leaves, photocopy)

Scope and Content Note

Marked “Hospital interview.”
Box 2, Folder 2

5. Unpublished letter (draft copy) to “My dear Father” from Mayne Reid. November 1853

Physical Description: (4 leaves, photocopy)
Box 2, Folder 2

6. Memories of the Mexican War. “Mayne Reid's own manuscript.” n.d.

Physical Description: (48 leaves, photocopy)
Box 2, Folder 2

7. Editorial notes for Boys' Paper. n.d.

Physical Description: (5 leaves, photocopy)
Box 2, Folder 3

Wills of Mr. and Mrs. Mayne Reid.

Physical Description: (5 leaves, photostats and photocopies)
Box 2, Folder 4

Articles and stories by and relating to Mayne Reid from various periodicals.

Physical Description: (6 items, photocopies)
Box 2, Folder 5

Articles and stories by Mayne Reid from various periodicals.

Physical Description: (6 items, photocopies)
Box 2, Folder 6

Prose by Mayne Reid from The Little Times. 1867

Physical Description: (9 leaves)
Box 2, Folder 6

With this: a manuscript “Contents” for The Little Times.

Physical Description: (4 leaves, photocopies)
Box 2, Folder 7

Stories by Mayne Reid from The Boys' Illustrated News. 1881-1882

Physical Description: (24 leaves, photocopies)
Box 3

Books by Mayne Reid.

Physical Description: (10 items, 12 vol.)

Scope and Content Note

These are later editions.
Box 3

Letters of Mayne Reid in the New York Public Library.

Physical Description: (1 reel, positive microfilm)