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Harris S. Allen Ina D. Coolbrith collection
SFH 542  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Harris S. Allen Ina D. Coolbrith collection
    Dates: 1882-1929
    Collection Number: SFH 542
    Creator/Collector: Allen, Harris Stearns, 1870-1947
    Extent: 2 folders
    Repository: San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center
    San Francisco, California 94102
    Abstract: Press clippings, one photograph, and two letters to Harris S. Allen
    Language of Material: English


    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    Preferred Citation

    Harris S. Allen Ina D. Coolbrith collection . San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center

    Biography/Administrative History

    Ina D. Coolbrith was a California poet and associate of writers Harte, Stoddard, Twain, Bierce, and others. In 1915 she was named the state’s first poet laureate by the California legislature. Her niece, Ina Cook, cared for her in her later life, and was working on a biography of Coolbrith when Cook died. Coolbrith was a client of Harris S. Allen, who had owned and managed Allen’s Press Clipping Bureau in San Francisco since 1894.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Two folders include press clippings about Coolbrith and her poetry, dating 1882-1929. Some of these may have been given by Coolbrith to Harris S. Allen; a note from Coolbrith to Allen dated August 9, 1907 makes a vague reference to this. A few items were given by Ina Cook to Allen, documented in a letter from Cook to Allen, 1928. This letter includes Cook’s 1924 photograph of Coolbrith and her cat in her San Francisco residence. An inventory of the two folders, possibly compiled by a book dealer, is included.

    Indexing Terms

    Poets laureate--California
    Women poets, American—California—Biography
    Women poets, American—19th century—Biography
    Coolbrith, Ina D. (Ina Donna), 1842?-1928
    Cook, Ina Lillian, 1863-1932
    Allen’s Press Clipping Bureau (San Francisco, Calif.)