Guide to the Overland Monthly Records, 1869-1886

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Social Sciences --Publishing

Guide to the Overland Monthly Records, 1869-1886

Collection number: BANC MSS C-H 97

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Overland Monthly Records,
Date (inclusive): 1869-1886
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-H 97
Creator: Overland Monthly
Extent: Number of containers: 1 box
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.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Overland Monthly Records, BANC MSS C-H 97, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Scope and Content

The Overland Monthly was founded in 1868 by Anton Roman, a San Francisco bookseller and publisher who felt that he could make a success of a monthly magazine distinctively literary in character and devoted to the interests of the Pacific States. The first issue appeared, with Bret Harte as editor, in July 1868, and it subsequently became one of the greatest magazines of its day. Its fortunes declined, however, after Harte's departure for the East in 1871 and with the depression of 1873. The editorship passed successively to W. C. Bartlett, to Benjamin P. Avery of the Bulletin, and finally to T. A. Harcourt and Walter M. Fisher, two of Hubert H. Bancroft's assistants. With the issue of December 1875 the magazine ceased publication.
In January 1883 a new Overland Monthly appeared, formed by a union of the old and the Californian, a literary monthly. Milicent Washburn Shinn served as editor from 1883 to 1894.
These Overland Monthly papers were transferred to the Bancroft Library from the Main Library, most of them coming from the Rare Books Department in 1958. They consist primarily of letters, ca. 1869-1875, addressed to Benjamin P. Avery and John H. Carmany (who bought the magazine from Roman in 1870). There are also a few letters, 1884-1886, from Sherman Day and Samuel Hopkins Willey, addressed to Miss Shinn. The collection also includes some manuscript poems, a note by Hubert H. Bancroft on his history project, and an account book of moneys paid contributors, 1869-1875. The correspondence, which was removed from the binders in which it was pasted, is arranged alphabetically, with single letters in a miscellany at the beginning. The manuscripts and account book are described in the Key to Arrangement. A list of the major correspondents and the contributors of the manuscript poems are included herein.
Five letters (from Zitella Corke, J.W. Gally, Rose H. Lathrop, John Muir, and Edmund C. Stedman) were added, Mar. 1972, gift of Sheldon Cheney.

Key to Arrangement

Box 1



Bancroft, Hubert Howe, 1832-1918


Note concerning his work on the Pacific States, Feb. 5, 1874


Harte, Bret, 1836-1902


Poem, "The Cross of Portola"


Stoddard, Charles Warren, 1843-1909


Poem, "Sail ho"


Taylor, Bayard


Poem, "Notus Ignoto"


Warren, Emily


Poem, "Daisy"

List of Major Correspondents


Correspondence Miscellany (single letters)


Barter, George W.


Ltr., Oct. 28, 1873


Brooks, Noah, 1830-1903


Ltr., Nov. 29, 1875


Carr, Jeanne C. (Mrs. Ezra Slocum Carr)


Ltr., Jan. 17, 1872


Chase, A. W.


Ltr., Feb. 12, 1874


Curry, George Law, 1820-1879


Ltr., Feb. 10, 1874


Davidson, George, 1825-1911


Ltr., Oct. 30, 1873


Delano, Alonzo, 1806-1874


Ltr., Oct. 9, 1873


Ellis, Edward


Ltr., Dec. 21, 1874?


Foote, Lucius Harwood, 1826-1913


Ltr., Jan. 22, 1874


Gardner, William Henry


Ltr., July 22, 1873


Griffis, William Elliot, 1843-1928


Ltr., June 15, 1875


Hinton, Charles


Ltr., Mar. 28, 1874


House, Edward Howard, 1836-1901


Ltr., Dec. 8, 1873


Kautz, August Valentine


Ltr., Jan. 22, 1875


Kingsley, Charles, 1819-1875


Ltr., Nov. 24, 1873


Knight, P. A.


Ltr., Jan. 17, 1874


LeConte, John, 1818-1891


Ltr., n.d.


[Mighels] Ella Sterling (Clark), 1853-1934


Ltr., Jan. 29, 1874


Miller, Joaquin, 1841-1913


Ltr., n.d


Muir, John


Ltr., Apr. 18, 1883


Mulford, Prentice, 1834-1891


Ltr., Nov. 27, 1871


Oak, Henry Lebbeus, 1844-1905


Ltr., Mar. 27, 1874


Scanlan, Michael


Ltr., Jan. 29, 1874


Sharon, William, 1821-1885


Ltr., Jan. 6, 1874


Stebbins, Horatio, 1821-1902


Ltr., n.d.


Stedman, Edmund Clarence


Ltr., Apr. 6, 1888


Strong, John L.


Ltr., Jan. 25, 1874


Thomas, Edith Matilda, 1854-1925


Ltr., Nov. 21, 1894


Toft, Peter Petersen, 1825-1901


Ltr., Feb. 23, 1874


Ver Mehr, J. L.


Ltr., Oct. 31, 1871


Alvord, William


3 letters, 1873-1874


Crane, Frances Jane (Timmons) Grayson (Mrs. George Belden Crane - formerly Mrs. Andrew Jackson Grayson)


3 letters, 1873


Day, Sherman


6 letters, 1884


Field, Edward


2 letters, 1874


Field, Stephen Johnson, 1816-1899


2 letters, 1873-1874. Enclosures include letters from Gen. William T. Sherman.


Fisher, Walter Mulrea, 1849-1919


2 letters, n.d.


Gally, John


2 letters, 1873-1882


Gilman, Daniel Coit, 1831-1908


7 letters, 1873-1874


Harte, Bret, 1856-1902


21 letters, 1869-1875


Kendall, W. A., d. 1876


2 letters, n.d.


Kip, William Ingraham, bp., 1811-1893


4 letters, 1873-1874


O'Connell, Daniel, 1849-1899


2 letters, 1873 & n.d.


Powers, Stephen


5 letters, 1871?-1875


Sanborn, Franklin Benjamin, 1831-1917


2 letters, 1873. Written as secretary of the American Social Science Association.


Seabough, Samuel


2 letters, 1873-1874


Sherman, William Tecumseh 1830-1891

See Field, Stephen Johnson


Stoddard, Charles Warren, 1843-1909


2 letters, 1874 & n.d.


Victor, Frances Auretta (Fuller) Barrett, 1826-1902


3 letters, 1874


Widney, Joseph Pomeroy, 1841-1938


2 letters, 1873


Willey, Samuel Hopkins, 1821-1914


3 letters, 1884-1886