Sadakichi Hartmann (1867-1944) was a writer, poet,
dramatist, and critic during the early 20th century. Hartmann was an important figure in
early modernism and had a diverse social circle that included Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound, and
John Barrymore. This collection includes Hartmann's published works, unpublished
manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, pastels, paintings, and diaries.
"The clapboard shanty known as "Catclaw Siding" is gone now, torn down many years ago, but
in the summer of 1954 it stood on the desert flats of Morongo Indian Reservation, paint
mostly worn away, wind rushing through its broken windowpanes. I was then a newspaper
reporter, pursuing a story, and I badly wanted into the shack to see what secrets it
contained. Ten years before it had been the last home of Sadakichi Hartmann (1867-1944), an
almost forgotten American literary figure from the Mauve Decade. I studied the shack,
carefully jotting down descriptive notes for my story. Then I walked away from it and
knocked on the door of a nearby adobe house. The door was opened by a hauntingly beautiful
woman with coal-black hair framing an olive-hued face.
84.0 linear feet
(108 document boxes, multiple containers)
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Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California
as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the
copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
This collection is open for research.