Guide to the George Sterling Papers M0021

Department of Special Collections and University Archives
1999, revised 2017
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064
specialcollections@stanford.edu


Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: George Sterling papers
source: Blaettler, Rudolph
source: Bynner, Witter
source: Bender, Albert M. (Albert Maurice), 1866-1941
creator: Sterling, George, 1869-1926
Identifier/Call Number: M0021
Physical Description: 1 Linear Feet : 2 boxes
Date (inclusive): 1909-1942
Date (bulk): bulk

Provenance

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)

Biographical / Historical

American poet and playwright 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

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.

Separated Materials

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.

Provenance

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

Conditions Governing Use

While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Blaettler, Rudolph
Bynner, Witter
Bender, Albert M. (Albert Maurice), 1866-1941
Sterling, George, 1869-1926

 

Series 1. Correspondence, Outgoing

Box 1, Folder 1

Mrs. Breeze 1909, Aug 29

 

2. Witter Bynner 1912, Jul 21 -

 

3. 1912, Aug 1 -

 

4. 1912, Aug 6 -

 

5. 1912, Aug 26 -

 

6. 1912, Sept 11 -

 

7. 1912, Sept 20 -

 

8. 1912, Sept 28 -

 

9. 1912, Oct 15 -

 

10. 1912, Oct 18 -

 

11. 1912, (? 26) -

 

12. Ave (Sterling) 1912, Oct 26 -

 

13. Witter Bynner 1912, Oct 30 -

 

14. 1913, Jan 12 -

 

15. 1913, Oct 17 -

 

16. Albert (Bender) 1913, Nov 24 -

box 1, folder 2

1. Theodore Dreiser 1920, Feb 10 -

Physical Description: photostat.
 

2. 1920, Oct 26 -

 

3. 1922, Aug 24 -

 

4. 1923, May 16 -

 

5. Mrs. Margaret Cobb 1923, Jun 20 -

 

6. 1923, Jul 18 -

 

7. 1923, Aug 21 -

 

8. 1923, Sept 5 -

Physical Description: photostat & dup.
 

9. 1923, Dec 4 -

 

10. 1923, Dec 11 -

 

11. 1924, Feb 12 -

 

12. 1924, Apr 29 -

 

13. 1924, May 28 -

 

14. 1924, Jun 18 -

 

15. Theodore Dreiser 1924, Jun 27 -

Physical Description: photostat.
 

16. Mrs. Margaret Cobb 1924, Jul 5 -

 

17. 1924, Sept 12 -

 

18. Theodore Dresier 1924, Sept 14 -

Physical Description: photostat.
 

19. Mrs. Margaret Cobb 1924, Oct 6 -

 

20. 1924, Oct 31

box 1, folder 3

1. Mrs. Margaret Cobb 1925, Jan 21 -

 

2. 1925, Mar 9 -

 

3. Hal 1925, Jun 5 -

 

4. Margaret Cobb 1925, Jun 24 -

 

5. Hal 1925, Jul 2 -

 

6. Margaret Cobb 1925, Jul 14 -

General note

5 ltrs to Hal discurd missing 3/7/77
 

7. Margaret Cobb 1925, Jul 15 -

 

8. Hal 1925, Jul 27 -

 

9. 1925, Jul 28 -

 

10. Margaret Cobb 1925, Jul 29 -

 

11. 1925, Sept 8 -

 

12. 1925, Oct 26 -

 

13. Albert (Bender) 1925, Nov 30 -

 

14. Margaret Cobb 1926, Jan 22 -

 

15. Theodore Dreiser 1926, Jan 24 -

Physical Description: photostat.
 

16. 1926, Feb 13 -

 

17. Margaret Cobb 1926, Feb 16 -

 

18. Theodore Dreiser 1926, Feb 17 -

Physical Description: photostat.
box 1, folder 4

1. Theodore Dreiser 1926, Mar 23 -

Physical Description: photostat.
 

2. Margaret Cobb, misdated 1926, Mar 29-1929

 

3. Margaret Cobb 1926, Apr 9 -

 

4. 1926, Apr 18 -

 

5. 1926, May 6 -

 

6. Theodore Dreiser, 1926, May 24 -

Physical Description: photostat.
 

7. Margaret Cobb 1926, Jun 1 -

 

8. Theodore Dreiser, 1926, Jul 26 -

Physical Description: photostat.
 

9. Margaret Cobb 1926, Aug 9 -

 

10. 1926, Aug 10 -

 

11. 1926, Sept 27 -

 

12. Hal undated

Physical Description: 2 slips of paper & photostats.
 

Series 2. Correspondence, Incoming

Box 1, Folder 5

1. Witter Bynner - Brotherhood of Man Aug 9

 

2. notes on Sterling's poems Oct 31, 1960

 

2a. Ina Coolbrith undated

Physical Description: A.N.S.
 

3. Theodore Dreiser 2-Oct-20

 

4. Oct 8, 1920.

 

5. Oct 9, 1920.

 

6. Nov 6, 1920.

 

7. frag., unsigned. 21-Dec-20

 

8. Jul 15, 1924.

 

9. Jul 25, 1925.

 

10. Feb 7, 1926.

box 1, folder 5a

1. Harriet Monroe 18-Mar-16

box 1, folder 6

1. Edwin Markham 18-May-11

 

2. Jun 1, 1911.

 

3. Aug 2, 1911.

 

4. Edwin Markham 9-Aug-11

 

5. Jan 7, 1917.

 

6. Feb 21, 1917.

 

7. Mar 14, 1917.

 

8. Jun 21, 1917.

 

9. Jul 25, 1917.

 

10. Aug 17, 1917.

 

11. Dec 11, 1919.

 

12. Apr 28, 1920.

 

13. Oct 29, 1920.

 

14. Jan 28, 1926.

 

15. by sec., Morgan. undated

 

16. Poems signed M. undated

 

17. Edwin Markham Sept 29, 1926

Physical Description: A.L.S.
box 1, folder 7a

Ina Coolbrith A. N. S. undated

box 1, folder 7a

Thomas R. Marshall T. N. S., 27-Dec-15

box 1, folder 7a

Upton Sinclair A.N.S. & cover 7-Feb-15

box 1, folder 7

1. Robinson Jeffers 5-Jul-24

Physical Description: Photostats.
 

2. Aug 10, 1924.

Physical Description: Photostats.
 

3. Nov 22, 1924.

Physical Description: Photostats.
 

4. Jan 21, 1925.

Physical Description: Photostats.
 

5. Feb 13, 1925.

Physical Description: Photostats.
 

6. Apr 8, 1925.

Physical Description: Photostats.
 

7. Jun 17, 1925.

Physical Description: Photostats.
 

8. Aug 8, 1925.

Physical Description: Photostats.
 

9. Nov 3, 1925.

Physical Description: Photostats.
 

10. Nov 12, 1925.

Physical Description: Photostats.
 

11. & Una Dec 1, 1925

Physical Description: Photostats.
 

12. Dec 11, 1925.

Physical Description: Photostats.
 

13. Dec 31, 1925.

Physical Description: Photostats.
 

14. & Una 16-Jan-26

Physical Description: Photostats.
 

15. Feb 5, 1926.

Physical Description: Photostats.
 

16. Una Jeffers 16-Mar-26

Physical Description: Photostats.
 

17. Robinson Jeffers 13-Apr-26

Physical Description: Photostats.
 

18. Apr 30, 1926.

Physical Description: envelope.
 

19. Oct 9, 1926.

Physical Description: envelope.
 

20. Nov 4, 1926.

box 1, folder 8

MacMillan Co. to Margaret Cobb, and postcard, self-addressed. May, 1926

box 1, folder 9

Overland Monthly to Margaret Cobb, signed: B. Virginia Lee. Jan 12, 1927 and Apr 11, 1927

 

Series 3. Miscellaneous Manuscripts

box 1, folder 10

STERLING POEMS - Manuscripts and printed. “At Morning”, orig. draft.

box 1, folder 11

“The House of Orchids”, orig. draft.

box 1, folder 12

“Strange Waters”, orig. draft, explanation by Rudolph Blaettler.

box 1, folder 13

“The Sailing of Keats”, orig. draft; and fragment of poem.

box 1, folder 14

“Ode to Shelley”, orig. draft.

box 1, folder 15

“Truth”, orig. draft.

box 1, folder 16

“Spontaneity 37”, orig. draft; and cartoon.

box 1, folder 17

“Balland of the Swabs”, orig. draft, explanation by Rudolph Blaettler.

box 1, folder 18

“The Testimony of the Suns”, orig. drafts

Physical Description: (2).
box 1, folder 19

“Truth”, draft to Act III.

 

“Hesperian”.

box 1, folder 20

“City of Sunset”, gift of Albert M. Bender.

box 1, folder 21

“Norman Bayer”, orig. draft.

box 1, folder 22

“The Rabbit Hutch”, orig draft.

box 1, folder 23

“Yerba Buena”, “We're a-Going”, “Ballad of the Grapes”, “Raphael Weill”.

box 2, folder 24

“Romance, Romance”.

box 2, folder 25

“The Hidden Pool”.

box 2, folder 26

“To the Moon”.

box 2, folder 27

“The Iris Hill”, “Return of Faith”, and “Sleep” from “The Triumph of Bohemia”.

box 2, folder 28

“Wet Beaches”, “To Ruth Chatterton.”

box 2, folder 29

“Lilith”, and promotion folder.

box 2, folder 30

“Sails and Mirage”, galley proof, gift of A.M. Bender.

box 2, folder 31

“The Sailing of Keats”, “Lilies of Stone”, “Remembrances of G.S.”, “In Memorium” - Bret Harte, “George Sterling - 1st Anniv.”, Abalone Song” - printed for G.S. friends, “George Sterling - 72nd Anniversary”. All printed.

Box 2, Folder 32

Dickson, Samuel - radio script.

box 2, folder 33

“A Dream of the World,” Sterling typescript, last 5 stanzas, marginalia, Bierce.

box 2, folder 33

“A White Rose”, Sterling typescript, marginalia by Ambrose Bierce.

box 2, folder 33a

CHITS OF GEORGE STERLING, AUTHOR UNKNOWN,

box 2, folder 33a

“GEORGE STERLING” facsimile of poem written in 1926 and copied in by Robinson Jeffers for Cyril Clemens Sep-41

box 2, folder 34

PERIODICALS - Book Bulletin, Overland Monthly - Nov, Dec, 1927

box 2, folder 35-37

Series 4. Photographs

box 2, folder 38

Series 5. Clippings

box 2, folder 39

Series 6. Miscellaneous Poems and Songs

 

1. “We're a-Going” - ptd. song.

 

2. “You're So Beautiful”, - ptd. song,

Physical Description: two copies.
 

3. “Three Men That Knew Helen” - poem.

 

4. “The Pathfinder” - original (?) & revised (?).