Scope and Content
Title: Papers of Jack London,
Bulk dates: 1904-1916
Collection Number: mssJL 1-25268, etc
Creator OR Collector:
30,000 items in 594 boxes
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2203
Fax: (626) 449-5720
Abstract: The collection 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.
Collection is 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, please go to following
In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission
from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical
property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances,
the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate
curator for further information.
[Identification of item], Papers of Jack London, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
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
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 594-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, and with almost sixty
thousand pieces, the collection is the largest literary archive at the Huntington.
The Jack London Collection is organized into the following categories:
- 1. Manuscripts (which are arranged alphabetically by author's surname, and under a given author, arranged alphabetically by
title). The manuscripts category is filed in Boxes 1-115.
- 2. Correspondence (which is arranged alphabetically by author's surname, and under a given author, arranged alphabetically
by the surname of the addressee). The correspondence is filed in Boxes 116-428.
- 3. Unidentified Manuscripts (arranged alphabetically by title). These pieces are filed in Box 429.
- 4. Unidentified Correspondence (arranged alphabetically by addressee if known, or grouped together by date at the end of the
file if no names are known). These letters are filed in Boxes 430-431.
- 5. Irving Stone File (arranged alphabetically by author; manuscripts come at the beginning of the file, then correspondence).
This file (which [was] restricted until the death of Irving Stone) is in Box 434.
- 6. Harvey Taylor File (arranged alphabetically by author; manuscripts come at the beginning of the file, then correspondence).
This file (which [was] restricted until the death of Harvey Taylor) is in Boxes 435-436.
- 7. Kittredge File (arranged alphabetically by author; manuscripts come at the beginning of the file, then correspondence).
The Kittredge File is contained in Boxes 437-442.
- 8. Documents (filed alphabetically by author and subarranged by title or first words of document). Documents can be found
in Boxes 443-456.
- 9. Photographic Prints (filed alphabetically by subject) can be located in Boxes 457-463.
- 10. Photographic Positives (grouped together according to subject -- see the detailed description of this category following)
can be located in Boxes 464-485.
- 11. Albums (arranged by number -- see the detailed description of this category which follows). The albums are filed in Boxes
- 12. Large Albums (arranged by number -- see the detailed description of this category which follows).
- 13. Oversize Prints (arranged alphabetically by subject) are located in Box 511.
- 14. Oversize Negatives (arranged by subject) are located in Box 512.
- 15. Photo Album Negatives (restricted to staff use only) can be found in Boxes 513-516.
- 16. Positive Microfilm Scrapbooks (arranged by scrapbook number) are located in Box 517.
- 17. Ephemera (arranged by subject -- see the detailed listing which follows) is contained in Boxes 518-590.
- 18. Information File (for staff use only) is filed in Boxes 591-592.
- 19. Summary and Register can be found in Box 593 [This item has been removed and updated. It is now available electronically.]
- 20. Jack London Life Mask (staff-supervised use only) is in Box 594.
- 21. Jack London Volumes consist of the London scrapbooks (organized in loosely chronological fashion) and the manuscript of
The Valley of the Moon. See the detailed listing which follows.
- 22. Jack London Broadsides are arranged by size and content. See the detailed listing which follows.
London, Jack, 1876-1916
Authors, American - California - Archives
Personal papers United States 20th Century