Elwyn Irving Hoffman Papers mssHoffman

Brooke M. Black
The Huntington Library
March 2021
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Business Number: (626) 405-2191

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.

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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

Box 1

Jack London related material 1900-1919

Box 2, Box 3

Other correspondence 1895-1947

Box 4

Notebooks, publications, letters regarding pension, photographs, and sheet music 1898-1948