Shawn McAllister Edwin Markham Library

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History San Jose Research Library
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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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