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Guide to the George Sterling collection, 1909-1942 (inclusive), 1920-1926 (bulk) M0021
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  • Title: George Sterling collection,
    Identifier/Call Number: M0021
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 Linear feet (ca. 150 items).
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1920-1926
    Date (inclusive): 1909-1942
    creator: Bender, Albert M. (Albert Maurice), 1866-1941
    creator: Blaettler, Rudolph
    creator: Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968.


    The majority of the Sterling papers came to Stanford as a gift of Rudolf Blaettler, collector. The Bynner-Sterling correspondence is a gift of Witter Bynner. (Oct 1960)


    George Sterling was born in Sag Harbor, N.Y. on December 1, 1869. He was educated on the East Coast and attended St. Charles College in Maryland. In 1896 he married Carrie Rand of Oakland, California, and from 1898 to 1908 he was private secretary to Frank C. Havens of that city.
    Sterling's first volume of poems, “ Testimony of the Suns and Other Poems, was published in 1903. After that time, there were nine other volumes and a number of separate poems published. From 1908 to 1915, Sterling was one of the leaders of the artist colony at Carmel, California. He died on November 18, 1926, by his own hands.

    Scope and Contents note

    Scope and Content Note
    The Sterling Papers date from 1909 to 1942 with the bulk of material falling between 1920 and 1926. Those dated 1946 are memorial items marking the twentieth anniversary of his death. The collection includes correspondence, literary typescripts and manuscripts, printed poems and songs, a galley proof, photographs and clippings. Some of the material is in photostat form from originals in the University of Pennsylvania Library. Correspondents include: Edwin Markham, Theodore Dreiser, Robinson and Una Jeffers and Witter Bynner.

    General note

    Materials withdrawn from the collection: Death mask is stored with Special Collections' framed pictures.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] George Sterling collection, M0021, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    Gift of Rudolph Blaettler, Witter Bynner, and Albert M. Bender.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

    Access Restrictions