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Finding Aid for the Margaret Collier Graham papers, 1877-1913
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Margaret Collier Graham papers
    Date (inclusive): 1877-1913
    Collection number: 641
    Creator: Graham, Margaret Collier, 1850-1910.
    Extent: 4 document boxes (2 linear feet)
    Abstract: Margaret Collier Graham (1850-1910) is a California writer and a City of Pasadena pioneer. Graham began making a name for herself by publishing stories about California life. The collection contains her earliest essay written in 1895, her first printed book, as well as written work by her sister, Jane Collier. The collection also includes several drafts of essays, speeches, short stories, book reviews, and a draft of an unpublished work, titled Idy. Some letters between Margaret Collier Graham and her editors are also part of the collection.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Mrs. Helen Raitt, June 16, 1955.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Gloria Chacon in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Kelley Wolfe Bachli, 2009

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Margaret Collier Graham papers (Collection Number 641). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography/History

    Margaret Collier Graham (1850-1910) was born in Iowa. Collier Graham is considered a California writer and a City of Pasadena pioneer. She attended Monmouth College in Illinois, and married former classmate Donald McIntyre Graham in 1873. Due to Donald Graham's poor health, the couple made their way to California in 1876. In l883, Graham and his associates bought the l3,000-acre Laguna Ranch which later became Lake Elsinore. Margaret chose the name Elsinore, and is considered one of the city's cofounders. In 1887 the Grahams built the home of their dreams in South Pasadena. They called this mansion-now a historic site in South Pasadena- by the Welsh name "Wynyate," which means vineyard. Wynyate became a meeting place for writers and lecturers. In 1888 Donald McIntyre Graham was elected first mayor of the new city of South Pasadena. California's climate helped McIntyre Graham deal with his respiratory disease, but eventually he passed away prematurely in 1890. After his passing, Margaret Collier focused more on her writing. During the so-called "Gay Nineties," she began making a name for herself by publishing stories about California life. She published essays in the Argonaut and the Californian. Her stories appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Century Magazine, and other periodicals as well as in her books, Stories of the Foot-Hills and The Wizard's Daughter And Other Stories published by Houghton, Mifflin Co. Margaret (Collier) Graham was active in the suffrage movement, and several social clubs. She wrote passionately about women's rights, society, and literature. Margaret Collier Graham passed away on January 17, 1910.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains the papers of California writer Margaret Collier Graham from the earliest essay written in 1895 to her first printed book as well as written work by her sister, Jane Collier. The collection also includes several drafts of essays, speeches, short stories, book reviews, and a draft of an unpublished work, titled Idy. In addition, there are several notebooks, two scrapbooks and a ledger. One of the scrapbooks contains many family and travel pictures, the other her printed articles. The ledger includes several property value estimates as well as journal entries and pressed flowers.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Collection is arranged in chronological order within four subjects: drafts of work, printed work, scrapbooks, and other miscellaneous including Jane Collier's (sister) essays.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Graham, Margaret Collier, 1850-1910 --Archives.
    Women authors, American --California --Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    scrapbooks.