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Inventory of the Ina Donna Coolbrith Papers, 1889-1932, bulk 1906-1927
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ina Donna Coolbrith Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1889-1932,
    Date (bulk): bulk 1906-1927
    Creator: Coolbrith, Ina Donna
    Extent: 864 pieces

    9 Boxes in Alphabetical order
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Purchased in two lots from N. Kovach in 1950 and 1951.


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ina Donna Coolbrith Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Correspondence and papers of Ina Donna Coolbrith (1842-1928), California poet. In the early days of the Overland Monthly Miss Coolbrith was associated with Bret Harte as an editor; gave encouragement to the young Joaquin Miller; and by the turn of the century had published several volumes of her own verse. The San Francisco fire destroyed her manuscripts and mementos and left her without employment. When the exposition was held in San Francisco she summoned a World Congress of Authors and in the same year was crowned poet laureate of California.
    Unfortunately the present collection contains little of importance bearing on Miss Coolbrith's relation with such literary figures as Bret Harte, Joaquin Miller, or George Sterling.

    Subject Matter

    • I. Life of Ina Coolbrith for the period after the San Francisco earthquake and fire.
      • A. George W. James and the Coolbrith Home Fund
      • B. Miss Coolbrith as a poet
        • 1. Requests for her poems and for permission to use them.
        • 2. Publication of her writings.
        • 3. Fan letters from readers and admirers.
      • C. Letters from personal friends about her health, birthday greetings, etc.
      • D. Letters from numerous authors in response to her invitation to attend the Congress of Authors in San Francisco in 1915.
    • II. Poetry in America for the period 1906-1925 (occasional references only).

    Persons represented by three or more pieces

    • ATHERTON, Gertrude 12 pieces
    • BENDER, Albert M. 3 pieces
    • CHASE, Amanda (Mathews) 3 pieces
    • COOLBRITH, Ina 19 pieces
    • DeCASSERES, Bio (Terrill) 3 pieces
    • HARDY, Iza Duffus 14 pieces
    • JAMES, George Wharton 26 pieces
    • KOZLAY, Charles Meeker 3 pieces
    • LUMMIS, Charles Fletcher 7 pieces
    • MARKHAM, Edwin 8 pieces
    • O'DAY, Edward Francis 5 pieces
    • PHELAN, James Duval 4 pieces
    • PHILLIPS, Charles 11 pieces
    • PICKETT, Don Carlos 6 pieces
    • SCHEFFAUER, Herman George 4 pieces
    • STEDMAN, Edmund Clarence 7 pieces

    Interesting or Important Items

    • BENDER, Albert M. 1926, Nov. Two letters concerning George Sterling's death.
    • CHASE, Amanda (Mathews). 1912, Aug. 21. Describes visit to Katharine (Tynan) Hinkson.
    • COOLBRITH, Ina. To George Wharton James. 1912, Feb. 9. I told you Harte did not like Joaquin & that we disagreed with regard to his talent....
    • COOLBRITH, Ina. To Laurie Haynes Martin. 1912, Feb. 9. Re: Bret Harte's career.
    • HIMES, George H. 1921, Sep. 22. Tells of printing a book for Joaquin Miller in 1868.
    • JAMES, George Wharton. Correspondence regarding Coolbrith Home Fund.
    • MARKHAM, Edwin. 1918, June 1. Five Quatrains for my friend, Henry Meade Bland.