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Inventory of the Century Magazine Correspondence, 1885-1914, bulk 1904
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • History
  • Subject Matter
  • Persons Represented By Three Or More Pieces
  • Interesting or Important Items
  • Correspondents

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Century Magazine Correspondence,
    Date (inclusive): 1885-1914, bulk 1904
    Creator: Century Magazine
    Extent: 760 pieces
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Purchased in 1955 from Charles Hamilton.


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Century Magazine Correspondence, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    The first number of Scribner's Monthly, founded by Roswell Smith and Dr. Josiah Gilbert Holland, was published in November, 1870. In 1881, due to a change in ownership, the name became The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine. At that time Richard Watson Gilder became editor-in-chief and his was the controlling influence in the magazine until his death in 1909.
    The present collection consists primarily of letters written by various contributors to the editors of the Century. Most of the correspondence is addressed either to Gilder or his associate editor, Robert Underwood Johnson, who became editor upon Gilder's death. A few letters are simply addressed to the Century Magazine or to Clarence Clough Buel, assistant editor. There is also a sizable number of short notes and memoranda from Gilder to his editorial assistants. Most of these were written about 1904 when Gilder was frequently in Massachusetts to recover his health. He remained active in his editorial duties, however, sending almost daily suggestions and directions to the editorial office in New York.
    A good description of life in the Century office and character sketches of the editors are given by L. Frank Tooker in The Joys and Tribulations of an Editor, New York, 1923, 1924, and in Letters of Richard Watson Gilder, edited by his daughter, Romamond Gilder, Boston and New York, 1916.
    Because the Century was an important American periodical in its day, this collection of papers is of value for the picture it gives of the authors' relations with the editors. One also catches a glimpse of the character and personality of Richard Watson Gilder as one reads through his messages to his associates.

    Subject Matter

    • I. Correspondence of authors regarding their contributions to the Century.
    • II. Editorial memoranda of R. W. Gilder

    Persons Represented By Three Or More Pieces

    • BACHELLER, Irving 22 pieces
    • BANGS, John Kendrick 11 pieces
    • BELL, John Joy 9 pieces
    • BENJAMIN, Lewis Saul 9 pieces
    • CRAWFORD, Francis Marion 30 pieces
    • GILDER, Jeannette Leonard 6 pieces
    • GILDER, Richard Watson 319 pieces
    • HARRISON, Frederic 19 pieces
    • HIGGINSON, Thomas Wentworth 20 pieces
    • JOHNSON, Robert Underwood 7 pieces
    • LaFARGE, John 44 pieces
    • MOULTON, Louise (Chandler) 18 pieces
    • NORTON, Charles Eliot 24 pieces
    • PARKER, Sir Gilbert, Bart. 5 pieces
    • PENNELL, Elizabeth (Robins) 22 pieces
    • RUNCKLE, Bertha 5 pieces
    • SEDGWICK, Anne Douglas 28 pieces
    • SHARP, William 18 pieces
    • SHERMAN, Frank Dempster 18 pieces
    • SPOFFORD, Harriet Elizabeth (Prescott) 8 pieces
    • WARD, Elizabeth Stuart (Phelps) 35 pieces
    • WARD, Mary Augusta (Arnold) 22 pieces
    • WARNER, Charles Dudley 27 pieces
    • WHITEING, Richard 11 pieces

    Interesting or Important Items

    • CRAWFORD, Francis Marion. Synopsis of a story. [1894, Apr. 28]
    • GILDER, Richard Watson. To R. U. Johnson. Re: plans for Civil War articles. 1885, Apr. 23
    • GILDER, Richard Watson. To Johnson. 1904, July 16. Praising a story of Hawthorne; ... it will not be even a `pearl before swine' for the swine will drop off at the first sentence.
    • GILDER, Richard Watson. To Century office. 1904, Sep. 22. Telegram that a picture is upside down.
    • GILDER, Richard Watson. To Johnson. 1905, Sep. 18. Re: Maeterlinck's essay on immortality.
    • HARRISON, Frederic. 1901, Oct. 29. Re: an historical romance he is writing.
    • JOHNSON, Robert Underwood. To Gilder. 1889, July 24. Re: the way journalism is carried on in California.
    • NORTON, Charles Eliot. To Gilder. 1891, Feb. 3. Regrets Ruskin has written so much in recent years about himself and his friends.
    • SHARP, William. To Century editors. 1889, Jan. 11. Offers American rights to a new novel.
    • WARD, Mary Augusta (Arnold). To Gilder. 1902, Feb. 15. Re: her father's letters.
    • WARD, Mary Augusta (Arnold). To Johnson. 1905, Oct. 13. Objects to alterations in her story.


    • Bacheller, Irving
    • Bangs, John Kendrick
    • Bell, John Joy
    • Benjamin, Lewis Saul
    • Boggs, F C
    • Browning, Robert
    • Buel, Clarence Clough
    • Century Magazine
    • Crawford, Francis Marion
    • Doty
    • Gilder, Helena (deKay)
    • Gilder, Jeannette Leonard
    • Gilder, Joseph Benson
    • Gilder, Richard Watson
    • Harrison, Frederic
    • Higginson, Thomas Wentworth
    • Johnson, Emory R
    • Johnson, Robert Underwood
    • LaFarge, John
    • Moulton, Louise (Chandler)
    • Norton, Charles Eliot
    • Parker, Sir Gilbert, Bt.
    • Pennell, Elizabeth (Robins)
    • Runkle, Bertha
    • Sedgwick, Anne Douglas
    • Sharp, William
    • Sherman, Frank Dempster
    • Smith, Roswell
    • Spofford, Harriet Elizabeth (Prescott)
    • Tully, Eleanor (Gates)
    • Ward, Elizabeth Stuart (Phelps)
    • Ward, Herbert Dickinson
    • Ward, Mary Augusta (Arnold)
    • Warner, Charles Dudley
    • Whiteing, Richard