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Finding Aid for the Carey McWilliams collection of material about Ambrose Bierce, 1909-1935
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1. Ambrose Bierce Correspondence.

Physical Description: ···· 8 Typescript letters (copies).

2. Correspondence--Bierce, George Sterling, Mencken and others by various writers, including James Wheaton James.

Physical Description: ···· 7 letters.

3. Bierce letters to C.B. Carrington, Eleanor Vore Sickler.

Physical Description: ···· over 100 carbon typescript copies.

4. Photographs of and concerning Bierce.

Physical Description: ···· 21 items, (including, in many cases, negatives).

···· Includes the very rare photograph (with negative) of Bierce at the desk of his mountain retreat at Angwin's near Calistoga, California.

5. McWilliams Correspondence.

Physical Description: ···· More than 200 letters (Autographed letters signed and typewritten letters signed) from over 115 correspondents to McWilliams and in most cases with carbon copies of McWilliams letters.

Scope and Content Note

  • A.W. Bender
  • Benjamin De Casseres
  • Adolphe de Castro Danziger
  • C. Hartley Grattan
  • Jerome A. Hart
  • Walter Jerrold
  • David Starr Jordan
  • Robert Morss Lovett
  • H.L. Mencken
  • 37 letters from H.L. Mencken to McWilliams, 1925-1935.
  • Frank Monaghan
  • Walter Heale
  • Fremont Older
  • Ethen Talbot Scheffauer
  • Eleanor Vore Sicker
  • Vincent Starrett
  • A.J.A. Symonds, etc.

6. Miscellaneous.

Scope and Content Note

  1. Photostat copy of Bierce's will dated January 5, 1909.
  2. Business card of H.H. Day, Bierce's father-in-law.
  3. Pencil drawing of Bierce.

7. Notes from magazine and books and other sources regarding Bierce and his family.

Physical Description: ···· 117 leaves, typed.

9. Bierce, Ambrose, 1842-1914? Letter to Mrs. H.D. Cowden. Washington, D.C., January 17, 1910.

Physical Description: ···· With envelope. 4 pp. (also typescript).

10. Letter to Mrs. H.D. Cowden. Washington, D.C., July 6, 1909.

Physical Description: ···· 2pp. Holograph.

Scope and Content Note

···· Accompanying this is an envelope addressed to Mrs. Cowden by Bierce, but dated November 22, 1911.


···· Gift of Mrs. Bradforth A. Booth, December 1968.