Correspondence, writings, diaries, notes, and clippings concerning Keeler's literary works and his life in Berkeley. Correspondents
include: William Frederic Bade, Mary Bird Clayes, Ina Donna Coolbrith, Mary Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Bernard Maybeck, C.
Hart Merriam, John Muir, and August Vollmer.
Charles Augustus Keeler was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on October 7, 1871. His father died a few years later, and, in l875,
his mother married James K. Bartlett, a prominent physician. Through Dr. Bartlett's extensive library, Keeler was introduced
to the world of art and literature. He was educated in both public and private schools and spent summers and other spare time
pursuing his interest in biological science. In 1887, the family moved to Berkeley, California. Keeler continued high school
and entered the University of California with the Class of 1893 but family illness prevented him from earning a degree. Instead,
he accepted a position with the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. In 1893, the year of his marriage to Louise
Mapes Bunnell, the Academy published his first book, Evolution of Colors of North American Land Birds. Although he seemed headed toward a career in science, Keeler realized that he wanted to devote his life to writing poetry
and drama. His first book of poems, A Light Through the Storm, was published in San Francisco in 1894. During his lifetime
he published more than a dozen books, primarily poetry, many illustrated by his wife. In addition, he gave hundreds of readings
of his poetry and plays.
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