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Shawn McAllister Edwin Markham Library
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Shawn McAllister Edwin Markham Library
    Dates: 1899-1935
    Collection Number: 2018-37
    Creator/Collector: Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940
    Extent: 1 linear foot (archival material)
    Repository: History San Jose Research Library
    San Jose, California 95112
    Abstract: Personal library of collector Shawn McAllister devoted to the works of poet Edwin Markham, comprising inscribed books and other publications, photographs, and a small collection of letters.
    Language of Material: English


    The collection is open to the public by appointment with the Curator of the Research Library & Archives

    Publication Rights

    Print material is in copyright. Letters and notes are out of copyright. Contact the curator for information on reproduction and publication.

    Preferred Citation

    Shawn McAllister Edwin Markham Library. History San Jose Research Library

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was donated to History San Jose by Mr. McAllister in 2018, who had purchased items from multiple collectors over the course of many years.

    Biography/Administrative History

    American poet Charles Edward Anson Markham was born in Oregon City, Oregon, and graduated from San Jose State Normal School in 1872. He lived most of his later life in New York. He is most well-known for his poems "The Man with the Hoe," and "Lincoln, Man of the People."

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The bulk of the library consists of multiple copies of Markham's works, either signed or inscribed by the author. The archival material comprises approximately .25 linear feet of letters or notes from Markham to friends, colleagues, and autograph collectors, including Upton Sinclair, Seamus MacManus, and James Huneker. Approximately 12 press photographs, most of which appear to have originated from the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, are also included.

    Indexing Terms

    Poets, American
    Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968
    MacManus, Seumas, 1869-1960
    Huneker, James, 1857-1921
    Markham, Anna Catherine, 1859-1938
    Lwoff-Parlaghy, Vilma, Princess, 1863-1924
    Staten Island (New York, N.Y.)
    Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.
    Los Angeles, Calif.
    Kansas City, Mo.
    letters (correspondence)
    programs (documents)
    clippings (information artifacts)

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