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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Elwyn Irving Hoffman papers
    Creator: Hoffman, Elwyn Irving
    Identifier/Call Number: mssHoffman
    Physical Description: 4.68 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1895-1948
    Abstract: Papers belonging to California writer Elwyn Irving Hoffman.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    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]. Elwyn Irving Hoffman papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Marion Stuart, February 1951.

    Biographical / Historical

    Elwyn Irving Hoffman (approximately 1870-approximately 1949) was a California writer, poet and journalist.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of some literary papers and correspondence of Elwyn Irving Hoffman. Of note in the collection are letters from Jack and Charmian London and related materials which include fifty photographs of the voyage of "The Snark," the Londons, and their ranch at Glen Ellen. Other correspondents represented in the collection include: Mary Hunter Austin, Temple Bailey, Maynard Dixon, Lyndon Dodge, Dudley Kinsell, Charles Fletcher Lummis, Joaquin Miller, and Israel Zangwill. There are also some notebooks kept by Hoffman and sheet music.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library staff. In 2021, Brooke M. Black created a finding aid.


    Organized in the following manner: Jack London related material; Other correspondence; Notebooks, publications, letters regarding pension, photographs, and sheet music.


    Former call number: mssHoffman papers.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Authors, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence
    Women authors, American -- California -- Correspondence
    Poets, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 19th century
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 20th century
    Notebooks -- United States -- 19th century
    Notebooks -- United States -- 20th century
    Photographs -- United States -- 19th century
    Photographs -- United States -- 20th century
    Sheet music -- United States -- 19th century
    Sheet music -- United States -- 20th century
    Austin, Mary, 1868-1934
    Bailey, Temple, 1869-1953
    Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946
    Dodge, Lyndon
    Kinsell, Dudley
    Miller, Joaquin, 1837-1913
    Zangwill, Israel, 1864-1926
    Snark (Ship) -- Photographs