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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Related materials in the Huntington Library
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jack London Papers
    Dates: 1866-1977
    Bulk dates: 1904-1916
    Collection Number: mssJL 1-25307, etc.
    Creator: London, Jack, 1876-1916
    Extent: approximately 60,000 items in 622 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The collection contains the papers of American writer Jack London (1876-1916 ) and includes literary manuscripts of most of London's works, extensive correspondence files, documents, photographs, ephemera, and scrapbooks.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.
    Finding aid last updated on November 10, 2015.

    Administration Information


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. The scrapbooks and photograph albums are too fragile for reading room use. Microfilm and contact prints are available respectively to view these items. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining permission rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jack London Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    The nucleus of the collection was purchased by Henry Huntington from Charmian London in 1925. Additional groups of material were acquired by both gift and purchase from Mrs. London and later from literary executors Irving Shepard and I. Milo Shepard over many years. Further material has been acquired from other sources; the provenance of these items is noted on the individual folders.


    Jack London (1876-1916) was an American author best known for his fiction about California, Alaska, and the Pacific. His novel The Call of the Wild is among the most internationally popular works by an American. An autodidact, he directed his thirst for knowledge toward several passions, including sailing, ranching, and photography. He traveled widely, to Hawaii and throughout the South Pacific, through California, Oregon, Nevada, to Korea during the Russo-Japanese war, Mexico during the Mexican Civil War, and London, England, experiences which are reflected in his writing and his photographs.

    Scope and Content

    The 622-box Jack London Collection could properly be termed the author's personal archive, because of its size and completeness. With only a few exceptions, the collection contains autograph or typescript versions of almost everything Jack London wrote. Included in the archive are most of the London correspondence files; his literary notes, documents, and contracts; memos and letters regarding the operation of his Sonoma County Beauty Ranch; most of his personal and family papers; his financial records; and his library and photograph collection. The majority of the pieces range in date from 1903 to 1917.
    The collection includes addenda consisting of a variety of materials acquired from the estate after the initial cataloging of the collection, including publication files and Shepard family materials.


    The Jack London Collection is organized into the following categories:
    • 1. Manuscripts (Boxes 1-115, 429, 432 and Volumes 31-39)
    • 2. Correspondence (Boxes 116-428, 430-431)
    • 3. Irving Stone File (Box 434)
    • 4. Harvey Taylor File (Boxes 435-436)
    • 5. Kittredge File (Boxes 437-442)
    • 6. Documents (Boxes 443-456)
    • 7. Photographic Prints (Boxes 457-463, 511-512)
    • 8. Photographic Positives (Boxes 464-485)
    • 9. Photograph Albums and Large Photograph Albums (Boxes 486-505, 513-516)
    • 10. Ephemera (Boxes 518-590)
    • 11. Scrapbooks (Scrapbooks 1-27, Box 517)
    • 12. Broadsides
    • 13. Information files [RESTRICTED] and legacy summary and register (Boxes 591-593)
    • 14. Jack London Life Mask (Box 594)
    • 15. Addenda
      • Photograph Album (JLP 607)
      • Photographic Negatives, Positives, and Prints (Boxes 595-600)
      • Publication Files (Boxes 601-614, 617)
      • Manuscripts and offprints (Boxes 615-616)
      • Ephemera (Box 618)
      • Oversize (Box 619)
      • Correspondence, Manuscripts (Box 620)
      • Shepard Family materials (Box 621-622, JL 26299, JL 26300)
      • Map of Jack London Ranch area (JL 25307)

    Related materials in the Huntington Library

    Jack London's personal library is housed in the Rare Books Department of the Huntington Library.
    Additional materials, not acquired from the Jack London Estate are cataloged separately, including the papers of Joan London Miller, the daughter of Jack London:

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    London, Jack, 1876-1916 -- Archives.
    London, Charmian -- Archives.


    Authors, American - California - Archives.


    Personal papers -- United States -- 20th Century.
    Contracts -- United States.
    Ephemera -- United States.
    Financial records -- United States.
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States.
    Manuscripts for publication -- United States.
    Photograph albums.

    Additional Contributors

    London, Charmian.
    Shepard, Eliza London.