Scope and Content
Title: Eugene Manlove Rhodes Papers
Collection Number: mssRhodes papers
Rhodes, Eugene Manlove, 1869-1934
Approximately 2,270 items in 13 boxes
The Huntington Library,
Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts
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San Marino, California 91108
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Abstract: The collection contains the literary
and personal papers of Eugene Manlove Rhodes (1869-1934), a California novelist and short-story writer known as the "cowboy
Language of Material: The records are in English.
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[Identification of item]. Eugene Manlove Rhodes Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
Gift of William Henry Hutchinson in May 1951 and February
1954. Addenda was transferred to the Manuscripts Department by M. Bliss on
February 3, 1969. Some of the addenda was a gift of Mrs. Henry S. A. Alexander in
Eugene Manlove Rhodes (1869-1934) was a novelist and short-story writer known as the
“cowboy chronicler.” He was born in Tecumseh, Nebraska, but moved with his parents
to New Mexico in 1881. Although mainly self-educated as a young man, Rhodes attended
the University of the Pacific in California from 1888, although financial
difficulties forced him to withdraw by 1890. He had begun publishing anonymous
pieces in the school newspaper, and from 1910-1934 published seven novels and a
number of short stories. Rhodes’ novels include Good men and true (1910), West is
west (1917), Copper streak trail (1922) and Beyond the desert (1934), and of his
several novelettes, Paso por aqui (1926) has been singled out as his masterpiece.He
married Mary Louisa Davison Purple in 1899 and lived in California and New York
before returning to New Mexico in 1926. For a time Rhodes lived in a house at White
Mountain given to him by Albert Bacon Fall. By 1930 the Rhodes had moved to Pacific
Beach, California, due to Eugene’s failing health. He died in 1934 and was buried in
the San Andres Mountains.
Scope and Content
The collection contains literary manuscripts, family papers, business papers,
correspondence, clippings and photographs by or related to Eugene Manlove Rhodes.
Some manuscripts are on microfilm reels, and portions of the correspondence are
photostatic copies. Significant correspondents include Witter Bynner, Bernard
DeVoto, Albert Bacon Fall, Houghton Mifflin Company, Rupert Hughes, Stuart N. Lake,
Conrad Richter, Charles Vincent Emerson Starrett and William Allen White. The
addenda consists of correspondence from Eugene Rhodes and May Davison Rhodes to
Rhoda Williams Marshall, Harold D. Carew, and Gordon Young, among others.
The collection consists of 11 boxes. Contents are arranged alphabetically by
author unless otherwise noted.
De Voto, Bernard
Fall, Albert B. (Albert
Rhodes, Eugene Manlove,
Vincent Emerson, 1886-.
White, William Allen,
Family papers--West (U.S.)--20th