Guide to the Henry Meade Bland papers, ca. 1905-1931

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Guide to the Henry Meade Bland Papers, ca. 1905-1931

Collection number: BANC MSS C-H 30

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Collection Summary

Creator/Collector: Bland, Henry Meade, 1863-1931.
Collection Title: Henry Meade Bland Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1905-1931
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-H 30
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Correspondence, including letters from noted authors and other poets; manuscripts of his poems, short stories and essays; notebooks; clippings and scrapbooks; some printed items.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Henry Meade Bland papers, BANC MSS C-H 30, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Materials Cataloged Separately

Photographs were transferred to Pictorial Collection in 1978 and cataloged under call number (?) 6370-;6407(?).

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Papers of Dr. Bland were purchased by the Bancroft Library in January 1959 from Mrs. Gwendolen Penniman, his literary executor.

Biography Note

Dr. Bland, poet, professor of English at San Jose College, 1899 until his death, and poet laureate of California, 1928-1931.

Scope and Content Note

The papers, covering the years, 1905-1931, consist primarily of correspondence with other poets and authors; manuscripts of his poems, short stories and essays; notebooks; clippings and scrapbooks; photographs; and some printed items.

Key to Arrangement

Box 1

Letters written by Bland


Included are the originals of his letters to Charles Warren Stoddard and copies of his letters to Roland F. Eberhart.

Box 1 & 2

Letters written to Bland


Primarily letters from authors and poets, arranged alphabetically by name of author or organization with a miscellany of single letters at the beginning of the file. A list of the more important correspondents follows this key to arrangement.

Carton 1

Manuscripts of his poems


Holograph and typed copies. Unarranged.

Carton 2

Manuscripts of his short stories


Manuscripts of his essays and articles


Includes essays on Gertrude Atherton, Ambrose Bierce, Luther Burbank, Samuel Clemens, Eleanor Gates, Ina Coolbrith, Bret Harte, Gertrude Boyle Kanno, Vachel Lindsay, Jack London, Edwin Markham, Joaquin Miller, John Muir, George Sterling, Robert Louis Stevenson and Charles Warren Stoddard. at NRLF

Carton 3



Scrapbooks of clippings


Clippings relating to Bland


Clippings of articles written by him


Clippings of poems written by him


Students' papers


Material relating to the collection; Mrs. Penniman's notes on Bland; bibliographies (3 folders)



Carton 4



Printed items


Includes Bland's books of poetry; issues of The Short Story Quarterly; and The Poet Bland; Sixteen Speciman Poems by Martin Severin Peterson. University of Nebraska Studies, Dec. 1943, Studies in the Humanities, No. 3; etc.

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Oversize Scrapbook of clippings concerning Bland

List of Correspondents


A-Z Miscellany


Barrows, David Prescott, 1873-1954


Letter, Nov. 4, 1920


Bender, Albert Maurice, 1866-1941


Letter, Mar. 23, 1927


Bonner, Arthur, 1869-


Letter, Oct. 30, 1928


Bushby, Don Maitland, 1900-


Letter, July 17, 1929


[Calhoun], Eleonor (writing as princess Lazarovich)


Letter, Dec. 31, 1912


Cushing, Oscar K, 1865-1948


Letter, Feb. 3, 1931. Concerning James D. Phelan's will.


Kincaid, H.R.


Letter, Apr. 18, 1913. Concerning Joaquin Miller.


Lehmer, Derrick Norman, 1867-1938


Letter, Oct. 13, 1927


Lehmer, Eunice Mitchell


Letter, May 13, 1929


Loveman, Robert, 1864-1923


Letter, June 1, 1914


Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928


Letter, Feb. 27, 1912


Mencken, Henry Louis, 1880-1956


Letter, Apr. 12, 1930


Meredith, W.


Letter, n. d.


Morrow, William Chambers, 1853-1923


Letter, May 28, 1917. Concerning Edwin Markham.


Murdock, Charles Albert, 1841-1928


Letter, Dec. 1, 1924


O'Brien, Frederick, 1869-1932


Letter, Aug. 22, 1924


Older, Cora Miranda (Baggerly), 1873-


Letter, n. d. Addressed to a Mrs. Clark.


Patigian, Haig, 1876-1950


Letter, June 16, 1929


Phelps, Guy Fitch


Letter, July 11, 1921. Concerning Joaquin Miller


Pratt, Helen (Throop) Purdy


Letter Dec. 2, 1924 (carbon copy). Relating to Charles W. Stoddard and Robert L. Stevenson.


Quinn, William J.


Letter, Jan. 23, 1930


Reinhardt, Aurelia (Henry), 1877-1948


Letter, Dec. 31, 1928


Rolfe, William James


Letter, Feb. 26, 1910


Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919


Leter July 11, 1914


Rowell, Joseph Cummings, 1853-1938


Letter, Mar. 29, 1916


Sanchez, Nellie (Van de Grift), 1856-1935


Letter, Feb. 8, 1922. Concerning Robert L. Stevenson.


Scheffauer, Herman, 1878-1927


Letter, Apr. 7, 1909


Tully, Eleanor (Gates), 1875-


Letter, n.d.


Van Dyke, Henry, 1852-1933


Letter, July 7, 1908


Wheeler, Benjamin Ide, 1854-1927


Letter, May 25, 1921


Whitaker, Herman, 1867-1919


Letter, n.d.


Yaw, Ellen Beach


Letter, Sept. 29, 1917


Young, Sanborn


Letter. Jan. 8. 1929


Individual Correspondents


Aitken, Robert Grant, 1864-1951


2 letters, 1928 & n. d. One is incomplete.


Austin, Mary (Hunter), 1868-1934


2 letters, 1907-1908


Bashford, Herbert, 1871-1928


17 letters, 1905-1928


Burbank, Luther, 1849-1926


3 letters, 1917 1925. Also included: letter written by Mrs.Burbank, Nov. 9


California Writers Club


2 letters, 1928-1930


Clemens, Cyril, 1902-


3 letters, 1929 & n.d.


Cook, Ina L. (Peterson)


8 letters, 1928-1930. Some refer to Ina D. Coolbrith and some are written for the Ina Coolbrith Circle.


Coolbrith, Ina Donna, 1842-1928


19 letters, ca. 1906-1927 & n.d.


Eberhart, Roland F.


5 letters, 1914-1928


James, George Wharton, 1858-1923


27 letters, 1907-1922 & n.d.


Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931


15 letters. 1903-1928 & n.d.


Keeler, Charles Augustus, 1871-1937


2 letters. 1909-1914


League of Western Writers, Inc.


3 letters. 1929-1931


London, Charmian (Kittredge)


10 letters. 1907-1921


Mackay, Leonora [Edwin Markham's secretary]


4 letters 1921-1928


Markham, Anna Catherine [Mrs. Edwin Markham]


19 letters, 1908-1929


Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940


43 letters, 1908-1929


Merrill, Arthur Truman


2 letters, n.d.


Miller, Abbie Leland [Mrs. Joaquin Miller]


2 letters, 1913


Miller, George Melvin [Joaquin Miller's brother]


2 letters, 1918-1930


Miller, Joaquin, 1841-1913


2 letters, 1907 & n.d. One is a typed copy.


Miller, Juanita


4 letters, 1911-1912 & n.d.


Mitchell, Ruth Comfort, 1882-1954


2 letters. 1928-1929


Muir, John, 1838-1914


2 letters, 1911


Phelan, James Duval, 1861-1930


42 letters, 1919-1930


Pratt, Harry Noyes, 1879-1944


3 letters, 1922-1930


Riis, Jacob August, 1849-1914


5 letters 1901-1914. Included also: letter, n.d., written by his wife, Mary.


Sproul, Robert Gordon, 1891


3 letters 1927-1930


Sterling, George, 1869-1926


8 letters, 1909-1923


Stevenson, Lionel, 1902


3 letters, 1925-1928 & n.d.


Stoddard, Charles Warren, 1843-1919


3 letters, 1907-1908


Tilden, Douglas, 1860-1935


2 letters, 1906-1913


Tobin, Agnes


2 letters, 1908-1909


Van Noppen, Leonard Charles, 1868-1935


3 letters, 1917 & n.d.


Wagner, Harr, 1857-1936


2 letters, 1921-1927


Yeats, William Butler, 1865-1939


3 letters, 1907-1909