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Finding Aid to the Arthur Watterson Hoppe papers, 1870-2000 (bulk 1950-2000)
BANC MSS 85/124 c  
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Arthur Watterson Hoppe papers
    Date (inclusive): 1870-2000
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1950-2000)
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 85/124 c
    Creators :
    Extent: Number of containers: 17 cartons, 3 boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 cardfile box, 1 volume (linear feet: 24.25)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: The papers of Art Hoppe, long-time political columnist and satirist for the San Francisco Chronicle.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Arthur Watterson Hoppe papers, BANC MSS 85/124 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Hoppe, Arthur Watterson--Archives
    San Francisco chronicle
    Reporters and reporting--California--San Francisco
    American newspapers--Sections, columns, etc.
    Journalism--California--San Francisco

    Administrative Information


    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Lara Michels in 2013.

    Biographical Information

    Arthur Watterson (Art) Hoppe was a political columnist and satirist for the San Francisco Chronicle for 35 years. Born in Hawaii in 1925, Art Hoppe was raised in San Francisco and educated at Lowell High School and Harvard University. In 1949, Hoppe began working for the Chronicle as a copy boy and shortly thereafter became a reporter. For his first major story, published in 1952, Hoppe and photographer Ken McLaughlin became the first newsmen on the scence when they skied to the streamliner City of San Francisco, which was snowbound in the High Sierra for three days. Other early articles included a 1956 series on Skid Row in San Francisco and a 1959 series on African-American crime in San Francisco. In 1960, Hoppe was chosen to write a humorous column on city hall politics. Eventually, his column broadened to deal also with state and national politics and even to encompass social satire. Hoppe published eight books, including three anthologies of his columns, four novels, and a memoir. He also wrote numerous short stories and articles that appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and other publications, as well as a few plays, some ow which were staged in San Francisco and Marin County. Hoppe was an avid yachtsmen and wrote many articles on the subject, including a 1948 account of ordering a 25-foot boat by mail from Japan (published in the New Yorker). Art Hoppe married Gloria Nichols in 1946. Together they had four children, Leslie, Andrea, Arthur, and Prentiss. He was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection consists of writings, correspondence, personalia, subject files, and photographs. The writings include manuscripts and other materials relating to Hoppe's books, magazine and journal articles, newspaper articles and columns, and other writings. Among these are volumes of photocopies of Hoppe's Chronicle column from 1960 to 1985 and from 1997 to 2000. Correspondence consists mainly of letters to Hoppe from Richard Delgado as well as some family correspondence. Among the personalia are biographical materials, personal documents, Hoppe and Watterson family history, materials from Edward Sayle Watterson and his wife Mary Prentiss, certificates, press badges, articles on Hoppe and his work, tributes, and scrapbooks of his family, his work, and his memorial service. Subject files consist of materials collected by Hoppe on a range of political and social topics. Photographs include portraits of Hoppe as well as family photographs.