Finding Aid for the Carey McWilliams Collection of Material About Mary Hunter Austin, 1868-1934

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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
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 1999
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Carey McWilliams Collection of Material About Mary Hunter Austin, 1868-1934

Collection number: 278

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Manuscripts Division staff
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, May 2002
© 1999 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Carey McWilliams Collection of Material About Mary Hunter Austin,
Date (inclusive): 1868-1934
Collection number: 278
Creator: Austin, Mary Hunter, 1868-1934
Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Mary Hunter Austin (1868-1934) was an author who published thirty-one books and many short stories, essays, and poems. The collection consists of letters, manuscripts, articles, clippings, and ephemera by and about Mary Austin. The bulk of the collection is made up of letters to Carey McWilliams and magazine and newspaper clippings.
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.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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.

Restrictions on Access

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

Additional Physical Form Available

A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
  • Public Services Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Carey McWilliams Collection of Material About Mary Hunter Austin (Collection 278). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

Mary Hunter Austin was born September 9, 1868 in Carlinville, Illinois; she was an American author who published thirty-one books and many short stories, essays, and poems; writings on the American Southwest include The Flock (1906), Lost Borders (1909), The Land of Journeys' Ending (1924), The Land of Little Rain (1903), and an autobiography titled Earth Horizon (1932); died, August 1934.
Carey McWilliams was born December 13, 1905 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado; J.D., University of Southern California; attorney, Black, Hammack & McWilliams, Los Angeles, 1927-38; chief of Division of Immigration and Housing, California State Governor, 1938-42; contributing editor, associate editor, and editorial director, The Nation, 1945-55; editor, The Nation, 1955-1975; some of his books include: Ambrose Bierce, a Biography (1929), Factories in the Field: The Story of Migratory Farm Labor in California (1939), Ill Fares the Land: Migrants And Migratory Labor In The United States (1942), Brothers Under the Skin (1943); Prejudice: Japanese-Americans, Symbol of Racial Intolerance (1944), Southern California Country: An Island on the Land (1946), A Mask for Privilege: Anti-Semitism in America (1948), The Education of Carey McWilliams (1979); died of cancer, June 27, 1980 in New York, New York.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of letters, manuscripts, articles, clippings, and ephemera by and about California author Mary Austin. The bulk of the collection is made up of letters to Carey McWilliams (series 1) and magazine and newspaper clippings (series 4). Manuscripts include two of Austin's film scenarios which were never produced, Bride of the Sun and The Flock. Three photographs and negatives which were part of the original collection were transferred to the Photographic Collection (Collection 99) at the Department of Special Collections, UCLA.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Letters to Carey McWilliams.
  2. Manuscripts.
  3. Material about Mary Austin.
  4. Magazine and newspaper clippings.
  5. Letters to various persons.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Austin, Mary Hunter, 1868-1934--Archives.
Austin, Mary Hunter, 1868-1934--Correspondence.
McWilliams, Carey, 1905- --Correspondence.
Authors, American--Archival resources.

Related Material

Mary Austin Papers. Available at The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Container List

 

1. Letters to Carey McWilliams, 1905-

Physical Description: (69 pieces)
Box 1

4 holograph letters signed.

Box 1

58 typescript letters signed.

Box 1

1 typescript letter.

Box 1

5 typescript letters signed by secretary.

Box 1

1 telegram.

 

2. Manuscripts and Scenarios

Note

(See also II-C, Indian Arts and Crafts)
Box 1

A. Bride of the Sun, 1929.

Physical Description: 6 holograph leaves in the author's hands. quarto.
Box 1

B. The Flock , 1932.

Physical Description: Typescript copy. 12 leaves, quarto.
Box 1

1 leaf of typescript on talent and genius prepared by Mrs. Austin.

Note

In folder with The Flock.
Box 1

Indian Arts and Crafts. Santa Fe, 1931.

Creator/Collector: Austin, Mary (Hunter), 1868-1934.
Physical Description: 19pp. (17 leaves) 21.5 × 28 cm. Typescript.
Box 1

Unpublished letter from Mary Austin to Paul Kellogg, editor of the Survey Graphic. Santa Fe, February 5, 1932. 1 item (1 leaf) Typescript (signed).

Creator/Collector: Austin, Mary (Hunter), 1868-1934.
Physical Description: 19pp. (17 leaves) 21.5 × 28 cm. Typescript.
 

3. Material about Mary Austin

Physical Description: (11 pieces)
Box 1

1. Typescript carbon copy of letter of Carey McWilliams to Mr. Wynn, the publisher, containing twenty eight answers to Mr. Wynn's questions concerning this collection of Mary Austin material.

Box 1

2. Typescript copy of book review of Austin's The Ford.

Physical Description: 7pp. quarto.
Box 1

3. Carbon copy of typescript manuscript of Mr. McWilliams's article on Mary Austin and her work written at the request of Harry Carr for publication in the Los Angeles Times.

Physical Description: 4pp. quarto.
Box 1

4. Two miscellaneous letters & clippings.

 

4. Magazine and Newspaper Clippings

Physical Description: (46 items)
Box 1

1. Thirty six clippings from The Nation, Saturday Review of Literature, Saturday Night, Brentano's Book Chat, etc. of Mary Austin's poetry, essays, book reviews and articles about her.

Box 1

2. Ten newspaper clippings about the death and character of Mrs. Austin.

 

5. Letters to Various Persons

Physical Description: (3 pieces)
Box 1

1. Letter to Miss Williams. Independence, California, October 27.

Physical Description: 3pp. (with typescript).
Box 1

2. Photocopy of letter to Charles Augustus Keeler in Huntington Library. Los Angeles, California, n.d.

Box 1

3. Letter to Henry James Forman. Carmel, California, September 17, 1918.

Physical Description: 4pp. Original typescript.

Scope and Content Note

This letter was published as a keepsake, Mary Austin on the art of writing: a letter to Henry James Forman, with an introduction by James E. Phillips, by The Friends of the UCLA Library, Los Angeles, 1961. Printed by Grant Dahlstrom at the Castle Press, Pasadena, September 1961. (6pp. Wrappers, included with the letter).