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Eugene Manlove Rhodes Papers
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  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Eugene Manlove Rhodes Papers
    Dates: 1892-1955
    Collection Number: mssRhodes papers
    Creator: Rhodes, Eugene Manlove, 1869-1934
    Extent: Approximately 2,270 items in 13 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    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 chronicler."
    Language of Material: The records are in English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [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 1953.

    Biographical note

    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.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Personal Names

    Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968.
    De Voto, Bernard Augustine, 1897-1955.
    Fall, Albert B. (Albert Bacon), 1861-1944.
    Hughes, Rupert, 1872-1956.
    Lake, Stuart N.
    Rhodes, Eugene Manlove, 1868-1934.
    Richter, Conrad, 1890-1968.
    Starrett, Charles Vincent Emerson, 1886-.
    White, William Allen, 1868-1944.

    Corporate Names

    Houghton Mifflin Company.


    American literature--New Mexico.
    Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence.
    Authors, American--20th century--Manuscripts.
    Authors, American--West (U.S.)--Archives.
    Western stories.


    Family papers--West (U.S.)--20th century.
    Letters (correspondence)--West (U.S.)--19th century.
    Letters (correspondence)--West (U.S.)--20th century.
    Manuscripts--West (U.S.)--20th century.
    Photographs--West(U.S)--20th century.