Mary Hunter Austin Collection: Finding Aid

Finding aid prepared by Karen Kearns, Natalie Russell, Suzanne Oatey, and Diann Benti.
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Mary Hunter Austin Collection
Dates: 1845-1950
Bulk dates: 1920-1934
Collection Number: mssAU 1-5456 ; photCL 296
Creator: Austin, Mary, 1868-1934
Extent: 6698 items in 148 boxes (802 manuscripts, 4651 letters, and 3 printed broadsides in 136 boxes and 1242 photographs in 12 boxes)
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2203
Fax: (626) 449-5720
Email: manuscripts@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: The collection consists of the literary and personal papers of American novelist, essayist and political activist Mary Hunter Austin (1868-1934), 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.
Language of Material: The records are in English.

Administration 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. For more information about the copyright ownership of unpublished materials in the Mary Hunter Austin Collection, researchers are encouraged to contact the Huntington’s Curator of Literary Manuscripts.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mary Hunter Austin Collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Acquisition Information

Acquired from the Mary Austin Estate in 1951. Some additional material has been incorporated from other sources. These acquisitions include gifts of Charlotte Kellogg, May 9, 1951 (AU 1123); Bertha B. Wardell, August 23, 1954 (AU 1274-1279); Glen Dawson, January 6, 1956 (AU 1290); and J. E. Reynolds, January 26, 1958 (AU 1246); and purchases from Argonaut Book Shop, December 1960 (AU-113-1138, AU 1267, AU 3554); Zeitlin & Ver Brugge, March 28, 1968 (AU 1077); Dawson's Book Shop, June 30, 1969 (AU 1091-1093); K. W. Rendell, August 18, 1970 (AU 1104); Joseph the Provider, July 5, 1977 (AU 1249-1266); and Randall House, February 23, 1989 (AU 5456).

Custodial History

Prior to their acquisition by the Huntington, the items were housed at the School of American Research.

Separated Material

Photographs received as part of this collection that were created by Ansel Adams for the book Taos Pueblo, a collaboration with Austin published in 1930, were transferred to the Art Division in July 1988 (accession numbers 88.10.1 – 88.10.19).
These items may be viewed by appointment with the Registrar, Art Division.

Processing Information

This collection was divided between the Manuscripts Department and the Photo Archives, with the manuscripts and ephemera processed as one collection (mssAU), and the photographs processed separately (photCL 296).
A summary report for the manuscripts collection was made by Karen Kearns in March 1989 and updated by Natalie Russell on August 27, 2007. In December 2014, Suzanne Oatey created a folder list of the photographs, and Diann Benti combined and updated the various inventories and created a box list in order to create this finding aid describing both the manuscript and photographic components.

Biography

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.
During her lifetime, Austin befriended many important figures including Jimmy Hopper, Herbert Hoover, Jack London, Charles Fletcher Lummis, George Bernard Shaw, George Sterling, and H.G. Wells, among many others represented in the collection. There is little correspondence with her immediate family, though she was close to her brother Jim’s daughter, Mary (Hunter) Sullivan Wolf, and numerous correspondence between the two exist. Austin lived in Carmel, California, New York, London, and Rome. Santa Fe, New Mexico, became her final residence and she erected a house there, which she named "Casa Querida." Once in Santa Fe, her lifelong interest in American Indians became more pronounced, and she lobbied vigorously and frequently on their behalf. Much of her later writing dealt with Indians as well as mysticism and religions. With the help of Arthur Leon Campa of the University of New Mexico, Austin collected Spanish folklore, which had existed as oral tradition until they transcribed it. Austin's writings also focused on the financial, intellectual, and social independence of women. The collection provides insight into the personal and professional life of this early 20th century writer.

Scope Content

Scope and Content

This collection contains the personal papers of American novelist, essayist, and political activist Mary Hunter Austin, 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, scrapbooks of newspaper clippings about Austin, 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.
Subject matter includes:
  • The publishing of her books and articles (see letters from Houghton Mifflin Co.; The Forum; Bobbs-Merrill; and Anne (Whiton) Watkins among others)
  • Indians of North America (see letters from Bronson Murray Cutting; Frederick Webb Hodge; U.S. Dept. of the Interior; Sotero Ortiz; Ray Lyman Wilbur; and, Eufracio Trujillo, et al.)
  • Spanish Folklore (see letters from Arthur Leon Campa and numerous literary manuscripts)
  • Religion and mysticism (see letters by Austin to Mr. Schroeder)
  • The Colorado River and Owens Valley water controversies (see letters from George Wylie Paul Hunt; Julian Eibeshutz; Francis Cushman Wilson; and, Elsie Watterson)
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 and relatives, and her various homes; portraits of notable literary friends and acquaintances; theaters and theater productions; Southwest Indians and pueblos, art and artifacts; desert plants and scenery; town views and travel photographs; Guatemalan masks; views of Penitente processions in New Mexico; and other miscellaneous views. Most of the photographs are unattributed and are of various sizes and formats.

Physical Description

Many items have pencil marks previously made by Nellie Barnes at the School of American Research. The marks may be found in the forms of added dates and words, summarizations of the contents of letters, and corrected spellings. No attempt has been made to erase these marks.
Manuscripts. Most of the manuscripts are originals with some carbon copies. There are numerous drafts of the same manuscripts. Many are in bad condition. Austin frequently wrote on the backs of other manuscripts and letters. When possible the identity of these fragments has been determined and included on the folders. There are many pages that are glued, taped, or pinned together and have been folded. These items have now been unfolded and pins and paper clips have been removed. Some of the paper has become very brittle.
Letters. Most of the letters from Mary (Hunter) Austin are carbon copies. Those to Ansel Easton Adams are Xerox copies given to the library by Adams in 1978. Letters to Austin are mainly originals. The letters tend to be in good physical condition.

Persons and organizations represented by more than 20 pieces

Note: Because of the size of the collection, it was impractical to list people represented by less than 20 pieces.
  • Adamic, Louis (1899-1951) Austrian novelist. 21 pieces. AU 807-827.
  • Adams, Andy (1859-1935) Cowboy, miner, and author. 22 pieces. AU 828-849.
  • Adams, Ansel Easton (1902-1984) Photographer. 57 pieces. AU 850-901. FAC 1110-1114.
  • Applegate, Frank guy (1882-1932) Artist, educator, and author. 26 pieces. AU 993-1018.
  • Bender, Albert Maurice (1866-1941) Philanthropist and patron of the arts. 82 pieces. AU 1388-1469.
  • Bobbs-Merrill Company Publishers. 74 pieces. AU 1503-1576.
  • Brooks, Van Wyck (1886-1963) Critic and essayist. 20 pieces. AU 1666-1685.
  • Bynner, Witter (1881-1968) Playwright and poet. 21 pieces. AU 1753-1773.
  • Campa, Arthur Leon (1905-1980?) Educator and author. 57 pieces. AU 1779- 1835.
  • Canby, Henry Seidel (1878-1962) Author and editor. 30 pieces. AU 1841-1870.
  • Canby, Marion Ponsonby Gause (fl. 1930s) Wife of Henry Seidel Canby. 27 pieces. AU 1871-1897.
  • The Century Company. 40 pieces. AU 1944-1983.
  • Cutting, Bronson Murray (1888-1935) Senator from New Mexico. 31 pieces. AU 2079-2109.
  • Densmore, Frances (1867-1957) Author and editor. 22 pieces. AU 2173-2194.
  • Farrar, John Chipman (1896-1974) Editor, publisher, and author. 22 pieces. AU 2324-2345.
  • The Forum. 61 pieces. AU 2416-2476.
  • Grierson, Francis (1848-1927) Author and musician. 27 pieces. AU 2560-2586.
  • Hodge, Frederick Webb (1864-1956) Ethnologist and author. Director of the Southwest Museum, Los Angeles. 33 pieces. AU 2764-2796.
  • Holt, Henry (1840-1926) Publisher and author. 41 pieces. AU 2824-2864.
  • Hoover, Herbert Clark (1874-1964) and Lou (Henry) Hoover (1874-1944) 31st President of the United States and his wife. 31 pieces. AU 2882-2912.
  • Houghton Mifflin Company. 235 pieces. AU 2919-2920, 2922-3154.
  • Kellogg, Paul Underwood (1879-1958) Editor of Survey. 40 pieces. AU 3322-3361.
  • Luhan, Mabel (Ganson) Dodge (1879-1962) Author and patron of the arts. 46 pieces. AU 3571-3616.
  • MacDougal, Daniel Trembly (1865-1958) Scientist and author. 131 pieces. AU 3649-3656, 3658-3689, 3691-3781.
  • McWilliams, Carey (1905-1980) Editor and author. 57 pieces. AU 3831-3887.
  • Mencken, Henry Louis (1880-1956) Editor, essayist, and critic. 20 pieces. AU 3946-3965.
  • The Nation. 36 pieces. AU 4057-4092.
  • National Folk Review. 28 pieces. AU 4102.4129.
  • The New Republic. 35 pieces. AU 4143-4177.
  • Park, Robert Ezra (1864-1944) Sociologist. 20 pieces. AU 4274-4293.
  • Simpson, William Haskell (1858- ) Employee of the Advertising Dept. of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway System. 20 pieces. AU 4615-4634.
  • Southwest Review. 57 pieces. AU 4670-4726.
  • Toor, Frances (1890-1956) Editor of Mexican Folkways magazine. 22 pieces. AU 4867-4888.
  • Tracy, Henry Chester (1876-1958) Author. 24 pieces. AU 4894-4917.
  • Van Doren, Mark Albert (1894-1972) Editor and author. 21 pieces. AU 5042-5062.
  • Walker, Ryan (1870-1932) Cartoonist. 39 pieces. AU 5103-5141.
  • Wolf, Mary (Hunter) Sullivan (1904- ) Niece of Mary (Hunter) Austin. 47 pieces. AU 5295-5341.
  • World Celebrities (booking agency). 28 pieces. AU 5365-5374, 5376-5393.
  • Yale University Press. 27 pieces. AU 5405-5426, FAC 1164-1169.

Other Important Correspondents

  • Atherton, Gertrude Franklin (Horn) AU 1048-1053
  • Benet, William Rose AU 1470-1472
  • Cather, Willa Sibert AU 1930-1943
  • Coolbrith, Ina AU 2047-2048
  • Frost, Robert AU 2487
  • Garland, Hamlin AU 2501-2502
  • Hurst, Fannie AU 3206-3213
  • Jeffers, Robinson AU 3261-3265
  • La Farge, Oliver Hazard Perry AU 3439-3441
  • Levien, Sonya AU 3471-3473
  • Lewis, Sinclair AU 3475-3484
  • Lippman, Walter AU 3511-3513
  • London, Charmian (Kittredge) AU 3532-3545
  • London, Jack AU 3546-3548
  • Lowell, Amy AU 3560-3563
  • Pound, Ezra AU 4372
  • Rivera, Diego AU 4450
  • Roosevelt, Theodore AU 4468
  • Seton, Ernest Thompson AU 4558-4577
  • Sinclair, Upton AU 4635-4638
  • Sterling, George AU 4758-4762
  • Untermeyer, Louis AU 5003-5010
  • Van Doren, Carl AU 5013-5030

Related materials in the Huntington Library

Arrangement

Arrangement
The collection is arranged in the following series:
  • 1. Manuscripts by Mary Hunter Austin (Boxes 1-41)
  • 2. Manuscripts by other authors (Boxes 42-44)
  • 3. Oversize Manuscripts (Boxes 45-52)
  • 4. Correspondence (Boxes 53-121)
  • 5. Oversize Correspondence (Box 52 [4 folders])
  • 6. Ephemera (Boxes 122-136)
  • 7. Oversize Ephemera and Art (12 folders)
  • 8. Photographs (photCL 296 Boxes 1-12)

Indexing Terms

Personal Names

Adamic, Louis, 1899-1951.
Adams, Andy, 1859-1935.
Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984.
Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906 -- Photographs.
Applegate, Frank G. (Frank Guy), 1881-1931.
Atherton, Gertrude Franklin Horn, 1857-1948.
Austin, Mary, 1868-1934 -- Archives.
Austin, Mary, 1868-1934 -- Photographs.
Austin, Mary, 1868-1934 – Homes and haunts -- Photographs.
Bandelier, Adolph Francis Alphonse, 1840-1914 -- Photographs.
Bender, Albert M. (Albert Maurice), 1866-1941.
Benét, William Rose, 1886-1950.
Brooks, Van Wyck, 1886-1963.
Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968.
Campa, Arthur L. (Arthur Leon), 1905-1978.
Canby, Henry Seidel, 1878-1961.
Canby, Marion Ponsonby Gause.
Cather, Willa, 1873-1947.
Coolbrith, Ina D. (Ina Donna), 1842?-1928.
Coolbrith, Ina D. (Ina Donna), 1842?-1928 -- Photographs.
Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924 -- Photographs -- Photographs.
Cutting, Bronson M., 1888-1935.
Densmore, Frances, 1867-1957.
Farrar, John Chipman, 1896-1974.
Fiske, Turbesé Lummis -- Photographs.
Frost, Robert, 1874-1963.
Garland, Hamlin, 1860-1940.
Grierson, Francis, 1848-1927.
Hodge, Frederick Webb, 1864-1956.
Hodge, Frederick Webb, 1864-1956 -- Photographs.
Holt, Henry, 1840-1926.
Hopper, James, 1876-1956 -- Photographs.
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 -- Photographs.
Hoover, Lou Henry, 1874-1944.
Hoover, Lou Henry, 1874-1944 -- Photographs.
Hurst, Fannie, 1889-1968.
James, George Wharton, 1858-1923 -- Photographs.
Jeffers, Robinson, 1887-1962.
Kellogg, Paul Underwood, 1879-1958.
La Farge, Oliver, 1901-1963.
Levien, Sonya, 1888?-1960.
Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951.
Lippmann, Walter, 1889-1974.
London, Charmian.
London, Jack, 1876-1916.
London, Jack, 1876-1916 -- Photographs.
Lowell, Amy, 1874-1925.
Luhan, Mabel Dodge, 1879-1962.
Luhan, Mabel Dodge, 1879-1962 -- Photographs.
Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928.
Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928 -- Photographs.
Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928 -- Homes and haunts -- California -- Photographs.
Lummis, Eve -- Photographs.
MacDougal, Daniel Trembly, 1865-1958.
MacDougal, Daniel Trembly, 1865-1958 -- Photographs.
McWilliams, Carey, 1905-1980.
Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956.
Miller, Joaquin, 1837-1913 -- Photographs.
Palmer, Sutton, 1854-1933
Park, Robert Ezra, 1864-1944.
Pavlova, Anna, 1881-1931 -- Photographs.
Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972.
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957.
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957 -- Photographs.
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949 -- Photographs.
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.
Schultz, James Willard, 1859-1947 -- Photographs.
Seton, Ernest Thompson, 1860-1946.
Severance, Caroline M. Seymour (Caroline Maria Seymour) 1820-1914 -- Photographs.
Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950 -- Photographs.
Simpson, William Haskell.
Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968.
Sterling, George, 1869-1926.
Sterling, George, 1869-1926 -- Photographs.
Toor, Frances, 1890-1956.
Tracy, Henry Chester, 1876-
Lang, Annie Traquair, artist.
Untermeyer, Louis, 1885-1977.
Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.
Van Doren, Mark, 1894-1972.
Walker, Ryan.
Wells, H. G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 -- Photographs.
Wolf, Mary Hunter, 1904-

Photographers

Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984, photographer.
Bradfield, Wesley, 1876-1929, photographer.
Curtis, Edward S., 1868-1952, photographer.
Forbes, A. A., photographer.
Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928, photographer.

Corporate Names

Houghton Mifflin Company.
Bobbs-Merrill Company.
Century Company.
Forum.
Nation.
National Folk Festival (1934 : St. Louis, Mo.)
New Republic.
Yale University Press.
World Celebrities.

Titles

Southwest review.

Subjects

Authors, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Adobe buildings -- Photographs.
Cahuilla Indians -- Photographs.
Churches--New Mexico -- Photographs.
Cocopa Indians -- Photographs -- Photographs.
Folklore -- Southwest, New.
Geothermal resources -- Imperial Valley (Calif. and Mexico) -- Photographs.
Hermanos Penitentes--Southwest, New--Religion -- Photographs.
Hopi dance -- Photographs.
Hopi Indians -- Photographs.
Indian baskets -- Photographs.
Indian masks -- Photographs.
Indians of North America -- California.
Indians of North America -- California -- Photographs.
Indians of North America -- New Mexico.
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New -- Photographs.
Indians of North America -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Isleta Indians -- Photographs.
Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Navajo Indians -- Photographs.
Paiute Indians -- Photographs.
Pueblo Indians -- Photographs.
Pueblo pottery -- Photographs.
Pueblos – New Mexico -- Photographs.
Ruins--New Mexico -- Photographs.
Sandpaintings -- Photographs.
Santuario de Chimayo (Chimayo, N.M.) -- Photographs.
Theaters -- Photographs.
Tohono O'odham Indians -- Photographs.
Water rights -- California -- Owens Valley.
Women authors, American -- 20th century -- Archives.
Women -- Suffrage -- United States.
Women travelers -- Photographs.

Geographic Areas

Arizona -- Photographs.
California -- History -- Sources.
California – Photographs.
Chimayo (N.M.) -- Photographs.
Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico) -- Water rights.
Fort McDowell (Ariz.) -- Photographs.
Grand Canyon (Ariz.) -- Photographs.
Independence (Calif.) – Photographs.
Inyo County (Calif.) -- Photographs.
Lone Pine (Calif.) -- Photographs.
New Mexico -- History -- Sources.
New Mexico -- Photographs.
Owens Valley (Calif.) -- Photographs.
Pajarito Plateau (N.M.) -- Photographs.
Salton Sea Region (Calif.) -- Photographs.
Santa Fe (N.M.) -- Photographs.
Southwest, New -- History -- Sources.
Taos (N.M.) -- Photographs.
Zuni (N.M.) -- Photographs.

Form/Genres

Cyanotypes.
Lantern slides.
Letters (correspondence) Southwest, New.
Manuscripts Southwest, New.
Personal papers Southwest, New.
Photographs.
Scrapbooks.


Container List

 

Series 1. Manuscripts by Mary Hunter Austin

Physical Description: 41 boxes

Arrangement

Manuscripts by Mary Hunter Austin are arranged alphabetically by the title of the work or document.
Box  1

Ab-Am (AU 1-14)

Related Material

See Oversize Box 45 for draft of the article "American Experience Must County in Disarmament."
Box  2

An-Au (AU 15-34)

Related Material

See Oversize Box 45 for draft of Auto Pastoral Estrella.
Box  3

Ba-Bz (AU 36-42; AU 44-51)

Box  4

Cac-Cam (AU 52-58)

Related Material

See Oversize Box 52 for draft of Cactus Thorn.
Box  5

Can-Cho (AU 59-69)

Related Material

See Oversize Box 45 for the play Coloquio de Pastores.
Box  6

Chr-Colo (AU 70-79)

Box  7

Com-Cos (AU 80-90)

Box  8

Coy-Cr (AU 91-99)

Box  9

D-Dec (AU 100-108)

Box  10

Deer-Dr (AU 109-124)

Box  11

Ea-Ev (AU 125-146)

Related Material

See Oversize Box 45 for a translated copy of the play El Niño Perdido, and drafts of Experience Facing Death; see Oversize Box 52 for draft of Everyman's Genius.
Box  12

Ex-Fire (AU 147-162)

Related Material

See Oversize Box 51 for drafts of Extra Horizon.
Box  13

Fire Drill-Ford (AU 163-174)

Related Material

See Oversize Box 46 for draft of The Ford.
Box  14

Forest-Gar (AU 175-199)

Related Material

See Oversize Box 52 for draft of The Friend in the Wood.
Box  15

Ge-Go (AU 200-215)

Box  16

Gr-Indians (AU 216-248)

Box  17

Indita-Journal: Ex (Au 249-267)

Related Material

See Oversize Box 52 for draft of Isidro.
Box  18

Journal: I-Juego (AU 268-271)

Box  19

K-La Vuelta (AU 272-287)

Box  20

Lad-Li (AU 288-309)

Related Material

See Oversize Box 47 for drafts of The Land of Journeys' Ending and Lost Border, and the plays Le Aparicion De Nuestra Señora De Guadalupe and Las Comanches.
Box  21

Lo-Love and (AU 310-322)

Box  22

Love Coming-Lovely (AU 323-330)

Box  23

M-Mem (AU 331-350)

Related Material

See Oversize Box 48 for draft of The Man Jesus and "A New Medium for Poetic Drama."
Box  24

Meth-Mis (AU 351-363)

Box  25

Mo-No (AU 364-377)

Related Material

See Oversize Box 52 for draft of No. Twenty-Six Jayne Street.
Box  26

Notebook: F-Notebook: R (AU 378-382)

Box  27

Notebook containing miscellany-Notes on American Indians (folder 2) (AU 383-389)

Box  28

Notes on American Indians (folder 3)-Novels (AU 390-415)

Related Material

See Oversize Box 48 for notes on Indian lore.
Box  29

Of-One (AU 416-429)

Box  30

Or-Pl (AU 430-447)

Related Material

See Oversize Box 48 for draft of "A Personal View on Crime."
Box  31

Po-Rel (AU 448-484)

Box  32

Rep-Se (AU 485-522)

Related Material

See Oversize Box 49 for draft of Santa Lucia.
Box  33

Sh-So (AU 523-540)

Related Material

See Oversize box 49 for draft of Shape of Society; see Oversize Box 50 for draft of A Small Town Man.
Box  34

Soc-Sy (AU 541-579)

Related Material

See Oversize Box 50 for the play The Sweetheart of Dona Inez and transcriptions of Spanish folk songs; see Oversize Box 52 for draft of Starry Adventure.
Box  35

Ta-The (AU 580-593)

Box  36

To-Trail (AU 594-599)

Box  37

Transcriptions of poems (folders 1-3) (AU 600-602)

Box  38

Transcriptions of poems (folder 4)-Two (AU 603-613)

Box  39

U-What (AU 614-628)

Box  40

When-Wi (AU 629-646)

Box  41

Woman-Y (AU 647-656)

Related Material

See Oversize Box 50 for draft of The Young Woman Citizen.
 

Series 2. Manuscripts by other authors

Physical Description: 3 boxes

Arrangement

Manuscripts by other authors are arranged alphabetically by the author.
Box  42

B-Mahon (AU 657-688; AU 690-693a)

Related Material

See Oversize Box 50 for Grierson, Francis. [A.Ms. article on Mary (Hunter) Austin, 1908]; see Oversize Folder AU 689 for Lee, Laurence F. Las Hermanos Penintentes. A Thesis submitted for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the English Course, 1910.
Box  43

Mayo-Suarez (AU 35; AU 43; AU 649-700; FAC 1109; AU 701-720)

Related Material

See Oversize Box 50 for Padilla, Camilo, translator. Los Pastores [typewritten play with Mary (Hunter) Austin's autograph notation] and Sterling, George. "The Rack" [poem].
Box  44

Manuscripts by other authors: Tenorio-White, and anonymous (AU 721-739)

Related Material

See Oversize Box 50 for Wright, Lillian (Freeman). America's National Folk Festival [typewritten article, 1934] and Anonymous. [A. Ms. Music and verses of Indian songs].
 

Series 3. Oversize Manuscripts

Physical Description: 8 boxes
Box  45

Oversize manuscripts by Mary Hunter Austin: A-E (AU 740-745)

AU 740

"American Experience Must County in Disarmament" [typewritten article, 1921] (AU 740)

AU 741

Auto Pastoral Estrella [story draft] (AU 741)

AU 742

Coloquio de Pastores [play] (AU 742)

AU 743

El Niño Perdido [play, translated copy] (AU 743)

AU 744

"Experience Facing Death" [article draft] (AU 744)

AU 745

Experience Facing Death [novel draft] (AU 745)

Box  46

Oversize manuscripts by Mary Hunter Austin: The Ford [novel draft] (AU 746-747)

Box  47

Oversize manuscripts by Mary Hunter Austin: G-L (AU 748-751)

AU 748

The Land of Journeys' Ending [novel draft] (AU 748)

AU 749

Le Aparicion De Nuestra Señora De Guadalupe [play] (AU 749)

AU 750

Las Comanches [play, translated draft] (AU 750)

AU 751

Lost Border [collected short stories drafts] (AU 751)

Box  48

Oversize manuscripts by Mary Hunter Austin: M-P (AU 752-757)

AU 752

The Man Jesus [non-fiction draft] (AU 752)

AU 753

"A New Medium for Poetic Drama" [article] (AU 753)

AU 754-755

[Notes on Indian Lore] (AU 754-755)

AU 756

"A Personal View of Crime" [article] (AU 756)

Box  49

Oversize manuscripts by Mary Hunter Austin: Sa-Sm (AU 758-762)

AU 758-759

Santa Lucia [novel draft] (AU 758-759)

AU 760-762

Shape of Society [novel draft] (AU 760-762)

Box  50

Oversize manuscripts by Mary Hunter Austin: Sk-Z - Oversize manuscripts by other authors (AU 763-772)

AU 763

[Sketchbook of wildflowers in watercolor, 1901] (AU 763)

AU 764

A Small Town Man [novel draft] (AU 764)

AU 765

The Sweetheart of Dona Inez [play] (AU 765)

AU 766

[Transcriptions of Spanish folk songs] (AU 766)

AU 767

The Young Woman Citizen [novel, early draft] (AU 767)

AU 768

Grierson, Francis. [A.Ms. article on Mary (Hunter) Austin, 1908] (AU 768)

AU 769

Padilla, Camilo, translator. Los Pastores [typewritten play with Mary (Hunter) Austin's autograph notation] (AU 769)

AU 770

Sterling, George. "The Rack" [poem] (AU 770)

AU 771

Wright, Lillian (Freeman). America's National Folk Festival [typewritten article, 1934] (AU 771)

AU 772

Anonymous. [A. Ms. Music and verses of Indian songs] (AU 772)

OV Box 51

Extra Horizon. Austin's 1932 autobiography (AU 773-792)

OV Box 52, AU 793

[Everyman's Genius] [novel draft, untitled] (AU 793)

OV Box 52, AU 794

The Friend in the Wood [story draft] (AU 794)

OV Box 52, AU 795

Isidro [novel draft] (AU 795)

OV Box 52, AU 796

No. Twenty-Six Jayne Street [novel draft] (AU 796)

OV Box 52, AU 797

[Incomplete of draft of novella Cactus Thorn] (AU 797)

OV Box 52, AU 798-801

Starry Adventure [novel drafts] (AU 798-801)

 

Series 4. Correspondence

Physical Description: 69 boxes

Arrangement

Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Box  53

Abbott-Adams, Ansel (September 1930) (AU 805-874; FAC 1110-1114)

Box  54

Adams, Ansel Easton (October 1930)-Akeley (AU 875-926)

Box  55

Alber-Antin (AU 927-985)

Box  56

Antiques-Austin, Ephraim (AU 986-1068)

Box  57

Austin, Mary (Hunter) to recipients A-C (AU 1069-1086; FAC 1115-1162)

Box  58

Austin, Mary (Hunter) to recipients D-McCr (AU 1087-1142)

Box  59

Austin, Mary (Hunter) to recipients MacD-R (AU 1143-1215)

Box  60

Austin, Mary (Hunter) to recipients S-Y (AU 1216-1294; AU 5456)

Box  61

Austin, Stafford-Baylies (AU 1295-1370)

Box  62

Beath-Bender, Albert (1930) (AU 1371-1442)

Box  63

Bender, Albert Maurice (1931)-Blumenschein (AU 1443-1502)

Box  64

Bobbs-Merrill Company (AU 1503-1576)

Box  65

Bolitho-Bratton (AU 1577-1657)

Box  66

Breck-Bumpus (AU 1658-1720)

Box  67

Burden-Bynner (AU 1721-1773)

Box  68

Calhoun-Campbell (AU 1774-1840)

Box  69

Canby-Carhart (AU 1841-1914)

Box  70

Carman-Century (AU 1915-1983)

Related Material

See Oversize folder AU 5451 for Cary, Maude Lyon. To Mary (Hunter) Austin. (1928 January 13).
Box  71

Chalfant-Cowley (AU 1984-2052)

Box  72

Creel-Cutting (AU 2053-2109)

Box  73

D-Dempsey (AU 2110-2171)

Box  74

Den-Dix (AU 2172-2231)

Box  75

Do-En (AU 2232-2303)

Box  76

Er-Fe (AU 2304-2376)

Box  77

Ficke-The Forum (1928) (AU 2377-2453)

Box  78

The Forum (1929)-Gavit (AU 2454-2522)

Related Material

See Oversize Box 52 (AU 802) for Garland, Marie T. To Mary (Hunter) Austin. (1930, February 17).
Box  79

Geden-Grierson (AU 2523-2586)

Box  80

Griffith-Harper & Brothers (1924) (AU 2587-2656)

Box  81

Harper & Brothers (1925)-Haywood (AU 2657-2722)

Box  82

Heard-Hodge, Frederick Webb (AU 2723-2796)

Box  83

Hodge, Zahrah (Preble)-Holt (AU 2797-2865)

Box  84

Hooker-Hoover (AU 2866-2912)

Box  85

Hooper-Houghton Mifflin Co. (1928) (AU 2913-2988)

Box  86

Houghton Mifflin Co. (1929-1931) (AU 2989-3065)

Box  87

Houghton Mifflin Co. (1932) (AU 3066-3118)

Box  88

Houghton Mifflin Co. (1933)-Hunt (AU 3119-3182)

Box  89

Hunter-Ives (AU 3183-3252; FAC 1163)

Box  90

Jackson-Joyce (AU 3253-3309)

Box  91

Kahn-Kellogg (AU 3310-3376)

Box  92

Kennedy-Lafler (AU 3377-3444)

Box  93

LaFlesche-Literary (AU 3445-3514; FAC 1164)

Box  94

Littell-Ludlum (AU 3515-3570)

Box  95

Luhan-Lummis (AU 3571-3621)

Box  96

McCalls-MacDougal, Daniel Trembly (1921) (AU 3622-3679)

Box  97

MacDougal, Douglas Trembly (1922-April 1923) (AU 3680-3749)

Box  98

MacDougal, Douglas Trembly (May 1923)-MacKaye (AU 3750-3816)

Box  99

MacLeod-McWilliams (AU 3817-3887)

Box  100

Macy-Mencken (AU 3888-3965)

Box  101

Mentor-Moore (AU 3966-4030)

Box  102

Moran-National Feature (AU 4031-4101)

Box  103

National Folk-New Republic (1924) (AU 4102-4157)

Box  104

New Republic (1925)-O'Neill (AU 4158-4228)

Box  105

Open-Peabody (AU 4229-4304)

Box  106

Pearce-Pound (AU 4305-4372)

Box  107

Powell-Rinehart (AU 4373-4437)

Box  108

Rittenhouse-Saturday (AU 4438-4509)

Box  109

Saunders-Seton (AU 4510-4577)

Box  110

Shafer-Sinclair (AU 4578-4638)

Box  111

Skinner-Southwest Review (1931) (AU 4639-4709)

Box  112

Southwest Review (1932)-Sterling (AU 4710-4762)

Box  113

Stern-Thoburn (AU 4763-4849)

Box  114

Thomas-Turnbull (AU 4850-4927)

Box  115

Turner-Unpartisan (AU 4928-5002)

Box  116

Untermeyer-Viking (AU 5003-5077)

Box  117

Villard-Waterman (AU 5078-5158)

Box  118

Watkins-White (AU 5159-5239)

Box  119

Wiggin-Wolf, Mary (Hunter) Sullivan (1923) (AU 5240-5320)

Related Material

See Oversize Box 52 (AU 804) for Wilson, Francis Cushman. To the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior. (1930 January 8).
Box  120

Wolf, Mary (Hunter) Sullivan (1925)-Wrigly (AU 5321-5399)

Box  121

Yale-Zuker, and anonymous (AU 5400-5450)

 

Series 5. Oversize Correspondence

Physical Description: 4 oversize folders
OV Box 52, AU 802

Garland, Marie T. To Mary (Hunter) Austin. (1930, February 17) (AU 802)

OV Box 52, AU 803

Cocopa Indians. To the Secretary of the Department of Interior. (1923 May 21) (AU 803)

OV Box 52, AU 804

Wilson, Francis Cushman. To the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior. (1930 January 8) (AU 804)

OV folder AU 5451

Cary, Maude Lyon. To Mary (Hunter) Austin. (1928 January 13) (AU 5451)

 

Series 6. Ephemera

Physical Description: 15 boxes
Box 122

Personal and family material

Folder  1

Marriage announcement; Suit for divorce; Property settlement.

Folder  2

Will; Bequest of brain

Folder  3

Family related material and documents

Folder  4

Educational material (diplomas, etc.)

Folder  5

Tax and income information; Royalty statements

Folder  6

Inventory of Austin’s house and library; Building permits

Folder  7

Genealogy

Folder  8

Autobiographical research

Folder  9

Bibliography and book lists

Box 123

Miscellaneous

Folder  1

Collection acquisition and use

Folder  2

Pressed flowers from Joseph Conrad’s garden and Thomas Hardy’s birthplace

Folder  3

Envelopes

Folder  4

Postcards

Folder  5

Christmas cards

Folder  6

Printed invitations and announcements

Folder  7

Excerpts from printed books

Folder  8

Miscellaneous ephemera

Box 124

Miscellaneous

Folder  1

Membership lists

Folder  2

Archaeological Institute of America – membership

Folder  3

Lists of names and addresses by state

Folder  4

Lists of Governors of Pueblos

Folder  5

Bible, interleaved with Austin’s annotations

Folder  6

Short Stories

Folder  7

Play programs, folder 1

Folder  8

Play programs, folder 2

Box 125

Newspaper clipping, A - L

Folder  1

American Indians

Folder  2

American Rhythm

Folder  3

Applegate, Frank

Folder  4

Children Sing In The Far West; Everyman’s Genius

Folder  5

Colorado River controversy

Folder  6

Earth Horizon

Folder  7

Genius

Folder  8

Land of Journey’s Ending

Folder  9

Lands of the Sun; Experiences Facing Death

Folder  10

Literary references

Box 126

Newspaper clippings, M - P

Folder  1

Miscellaneous, folder 1

Folder  2

Miscellaneous, folder 2

Folder  3

Owens Valley, California

Folder  4

Penitentes

Folder  5

Personal interviews

Folder  6

Poetry and drama

Box 127

Newspaper clippings, S - W

Folder  1

Science and nature

Folder  2

Small Town Man

Folder  3

Southwest

Folder  4

Spanish-American colonial arts

Folder  5

Speeches

Folder  6

Starry Adventure

Folder  7

Western U.S. and Mexico

Box 128

Articles, A - Le

Folder  1

American Indians, folder 1

Folder  2

American Indians, folder 2

Folder  3

American Rhythm; Children Sing In The Far West; Small Town Man

Folder  4

Art, music, and theatre

Folder  5

Earth Horizon; Land of Journeys’ Ending; and, Lands of the Sun

Folder  6

Genius

Folder  7

Lectures and interviews

Box 129

Articles, Li - Misc., folder 1

Folder  1

Literature and authors, folder 1

Folder  2

Literature and authors, folder 2

Folder  3

Marriage, birth control and women

Folder  4

Mexico

Folder  5

Miscellaneous, folder 1

Box 130

Articles, Misc., folder 2 - Re

Folder  1

Miscellaneous, folder 2

Folder  2

Poetry

Folder  3

Race

Folder  4

Religion, mysticism and psychology

Box 131

Articles, S - W

Folder  1

Science, nature and philosophy, folder 1

Folder  2

Science, nature and philosophy, folder 2

Folder  3

Spanish Colonial arts

Folder  4

Western United States, folder 1

Folder  5

Western United States, folder 2

Box 132

Card file: List of books in library of May Austin, A - S

Box 133

Card file: List of books in library of Mary Austin, T – Z; Union Theological Seminary, Bibliography of Christ

Box 134

Card file: Names and addresses

Box 135

Ephemera

Folder  1

Silhouettes of Mary Austin, by Baron Scotford, 1915.

Folder  2

Printed items: The Arrow Maker, program from play presented by Alpha Epsilon Pi, 1912, May 27.

Folder  3

Printed items: Birth Control . . . , by Adolphus Knopf, 1919.

Folder  4

Printed items: British Society for the Study of Sex Psychology: Sixth Annual Report, 1920, July.

Folder  5

Printed items: Congressional Record and Hearings.

Folder  6

Printed items: The Daily Silver Belt, Miami, Ariz., 1927, June 30.

Folder  7

Printed items: Estudia, 1929-1930

Folder  8

Printed items: Finger Lakes Topics, 1948, July 19-20.

Folder  9

Printed items: Fire, by Mary Austin, program for production at Palm Springs, 1929, Nov. 9-11.

Folder  10

Printed items: Impending Problems of Eugenics, by Irving Fisher, 1921, Sep.

Folder  11

Printed items: Impressionism – Some Speculations, by Ford Madox Ford.

Folder  12

Printed items: Indian Poetry, by Mary Austin.

Folder  13

Printed items: Is the Rating of Human Character Practicable?, by Harold Rugg, 1921-1922, Nov.-Feb.

Folder  14

Printed items: Laurel Club Cook Book

Folder  15

Printed items: Love in the Machine Age, by Floyd Dell: flyer for book, 1931.

Folder  16

Printed items: Manford’s Monthly Magazine, 1866, May.

Folder  17

Printed items: Mexican Song Sheets.

Folder  18

Printed items: New Mexican Colonial Arts.

Folder  19

Printed items: Sexual Variety and Variability Among Women.

Folder  20

Printed items: To W.E. Burghardt DuBois, 1924, Apr. 13.

Folder  21

Printed items: The Woman’s Club of Fortworth, TX, 1927-1928.

Folder  22

Printed items: Miscellaneous.

Box 136

Scrapbooks: 3 volumes of newspaper clippings about Mary Hunter Austin.

 

Series 7. Oversize Ephemera and Art

Physical Description: 12 oversize folders
OV folder AU 5452

Cantadas Mejicanas: [Mexican songs], [1882- 1934]. (AU 5452 )

OV folder AU 5453

Broadside Playbill for the Koshare Production of “Billy Bonney, the Kid,” July 20, 1932. (AU 5453 )

OV folder AU 5454

Broadside advertisement for Mary (Hunter) Austin’s Earth Horizon, 1932. (AU 5454)

OV folder AU 5455

Broadside of review of Mary (Hunter) Austin’s Earth Horizon, reprinted from the New York Herald, Nov. 6, 1932. (AU 5455)

OV folder AU 5457

Realia: lock of Ruth Austin’s hair, lock of Mary (Hunter) Austin’s hair, wedding handkerchief, funerary souvenir for Mrs. S. S. Hunter, July 16, 1896. (AU 5456)

OV folder AU 5458

Miscellaneous drawings, 10 pieces. (AU 5458)

OV folder AU 5459

Woodblock Illustrations, and sampler, 7 pieces. (AU 5459)

OV folder AU 5460

Publicity poster for “The Arrow Maker,” 2 pieces. (AU 5460)

OV folder AU 5461

Poster for “A Masque of Land and People,” 1 piece. (AU 5461)

OV folder AU 5462

Miscellaneous drawings, 9 pieces. (AU 5462)

OV folder AU 5463

Dixon, Maynard. “The Earth Knower.” Signed color engravings. (AU 5463)

OV folder AU 5464

Hand-painted poster of Mary Austin as a fortune teller by Annie Traquair Lang. (AU 5464)

Access Information

Due to the size of this item, advance arrangements for viewing the original must be made with the curator.
 

Series 8. Photographs

Physical Description: 1242 photographs in 12 boxes

More detailed descriptions of the photographs are available in the:

Digitized scans of catalog cards for the photographs in the Mary Hunter Austin Collection 
photCL 296 Box 1

Photographs: Folder 1

Folder  1 (1-50)

Various members of the Graham and Dugger families, Austin’s relatives in Carlinville, Illinois. Includes records of family births, deaths, marriages and wills, 1880s. Ruth Austin, daughter of Mary Austin, appears in images 38-40.

photCL 296 Box 2

Photographs: Folder 2

Folder  2 (1-42)

Residents of Carlinville, Ill., 1880s.

Folder  2 (43-70)

Carlinville, Ill. Views of town, buildings and family homes of Graham and Dugger families, Austin’s relatives, 1880s.

photCL 296 Box 3

Photographs: Folder 3

Folder  3 (1-39)

Mary Austin with family and friends, some in her various homes—Carlinville, Ill.; Independence, Ca.; New York; and Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1869-1923. Portraits include George Sterling, Jack London, Stafford Wallace Austin (Mary’s husband), and James Hopper.

Folder  3 (40-40.2)

Mary Austin with Dr. Daniel T. MacDougal.

Folder  3 (41-92)

Mary Austin in Arizona and New Mexico, ca. 1923-1933. Includes photographs of Austin’s house in Santa Fe, “Casa Querida” and of Diego Rivera.

photCL 296 Box 4

Photographs: Folder 4

Folder  4 (1-57)

Friends and acquaintances of Mary Austin in California, New Mexico and London, England, ca. 1900-1920. Includes photographs of Herbert Hoover, Charles F. Lummis, George Wharton James, George Bernard Shaw, Susan B. Anthony, and Joseph Conrad.

photCL 296 Box 5

Photographs: Folder 5

Folder  5 (1-147)

Views of California, including Lone Pine, Owens Valley, Sierra Nevada Range, Monterey, Carmel, Mojave Desert, Death Valley, Salton Sea area, Baja California, and the Colorado Delta. Includes views of geothermal mud pots in Baja.

photCL 296 Box 6

Photographs: Folders 6-8

Folder  6 (1-18)

Color plates of paintings by Sutton Palmer for “California, the Land of the Sun.” (London: A & C Black, 1914; 6 x 9 in.) Note: See also RB 285870.

Folder  7 (1-60)

Theaters and rehearsals. Sixty photographs depicting various performances, actors, and theaters, ca. early 1900s. Includes photographs of George Sterling and Mary Austin as actors; productions of Austin’s “Fire” and “The Arrow Maker;” and Anna Pavlova.

Folder  8 (1-145)

Southwest Indians. Views of various Southwestern tribe members and villages, ca. early 1900s. Includes Navajo, Paiute, Papago, Arapaho, Cocopah, and Pueblo Indians.

photCL 296 Box 7

Photographs: Folder 9

Folder  9 (1-76)

Indian art and artifacts from a variety of pueblos. Includes pottery, baskets, paintings and rugs of Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi tribes.

photCL 296 Box 8

Photographs: Folder 10

Folder  10 (1-163)

New Mexico views. Scenery, towns, dwellings, people and villages of New Mexico. Includes views of Penitente processions; towns of Chimayo, Santa Fe, and Taos.

Folder  10 (164-164.1)

Alaska. Views of moose.

photCL 296 Box 9

Photographs: Folders 11-12

Folder  11 (1-78.2)

Arizona views. Scenery, towns, missions, state monuments. Includes Grand Canyon; Missions San Xavier del Bac and San Jose de Tumacacori; the Apache Trail; Tucson; and Casa Grande ruins.

Folder  12 (1-110)

Desert botany. Views of various botanical desert specimens in their natural environs. Southwest: Arizona, California, Mexico, ca. 1920s.

photCL 296 Box 10

Photographs: Folders 13-14

Folder  13 (1-114)

Travel photographs from around the world, including Florida, England, Ireland, Italy, Egypt, Cambodia, and the Holy Land.

Folder  14 (1-22)

Miscellaneous. Views include ceremonial masks from Guatemala and photographs of European and Western U.S. paintings and artwork.

photCL 296 Box 11

Photographs: Folder 15

Folder  15 (1-26)

Oversized portraits and miscellaneous subjects. Includes portraits of Mary Austin; Austin and a Pueblo Indian Delegation in Washington D.C., 1923; Mission San Gabriel Arcángel; the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse; movie sets for “The Arrow Maker,” and other subjects.

photCL 296 Box 12

Photographs: Folder 16

Folder  16 (1-11)

Theater. Lantern slides of various theatrical productions, early 1900s.