The collection consists of the literary and personal papers of American novelist, essayist and political activist Mary Hunter
best known for her portrayals of life in California and New Mexico.
It includes correspondence and literary manuscripts by both Austin and numerous other authors, editors and friends, as well
as ephemera and photographs.
Literary manuscripts include Austin's personal journals, short stories, poems, essays, and numerous drafts of novels. The
correspondence deals with Austin's personal life and business
dealings as well as her activities with Indian rights and the water right controversies in California's Owens Valley and
in the Southwest. There are also materials related to Austin's
interests in folklore and religion in New Mexico and the Southwest. The more than 1,200 photographs in the collection date
from 1869 to the 1920s and include personal and family photographs of Mary Austin, her friends,
relatives, homes, and various topics related to her interests.
Mary (Hunter) Austin (1868-1934) was a well-known and prolific writer best known for her portrayals of life in California
and New Mexico. She published 33 books, including
Land of Little Rain,
3 plays and well over 125 short stories, articles, and poems before her death on August 13, 1934.
6698 items in 148 boxes (802 manuscripts, 4651 letters, and 3 printed broadsides in 136 boxes and 1242 photographs in 12 boxes)
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The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with
the researcher. For more information about the
copyright ownership of unpublished materials in the Mary Hunter Austin Collection, researchers are encouraged to contact
the Huntington’s Curator of Literary Manuscripts.