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Archer (Kate Rennie) Papers
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
  • General

  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Kate Rennie Archer papers
    Creator: Archer, Kate Rennie
    Identifier/Call Number: mssArcher
    Physical Description: 4 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1931-1969
    Abstract: Papers belonging to San Francisco area poet and poetry teacher Kate Rennie Archer.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Conditions Governing Use

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Kate Rennie Archer papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Kate Rennie Archer, March 1950, October 1952, and June 1960, and gift of Julia Cooley Altrocchi, July 1968, January 1971, and May 1972.

    Biographical / Historical

    Kate Rennie Archer (1863-1960?) was a contemporary poet and poetry teacher in the San Francisco Bay area. She was born in Glasgow and spent much of her youth traveling around Europe with her family. In 1912 she married Douglas Archer, a Scottish Royal Horse Artillery Captain; they had one son named Douglas. Kate Archer was a teacher and a nurse for the Red Cross during World War I. The family moved to California in 1927. She began writing poetry at an early age and published several volumes of poetry.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, photographs, brief biographies and receipts. The correspondence is by far the largest component of the collection and contains both items written by, and items addressed to, Kate Rennie Archer. Included in the correspondence are two letters signed by the secretary of Madame Chiang Kai-shek and a single letter signed by the secretary to Queen Mary, wife of George V of Great Britain. All of the manuscripts in the collection are poems by Archer, and the remaining materials are items that were collected by Archer or that pertain to her life and interests. Issues addressed within the collection include Archer's writing as well as the work of other contemporary writers. Correspondents include Julia Cooley Altrocchi, Anne Archer, Douglas Archer, Sr., Douglas Archer, Jr., Jessica Pryce Arthur, Avonne Ballin, Grace Douglas Burlingame, Harry Edwards, Helen N. Faulkner, Jessamine S. Fishback, Adam L. Gowans, Ina Defoe Greathead, Dora Hagemeyer, Herbert Hoover, Cullen Jones, Florence R. Keene, Sarah Hammond Kelly, Frona Lane, Arthur L. Price, Jean C. Reade, Hattie Hecht Sloss, Sarah Wingate Taylor, Jennette Yeatman and Virginia Youngreen.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Sue Hodson in 1977. In 2020, Brooke M. Black created a finding aid.

    Arrangement

    Organized in the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Manuscripts, notes, photographs and printed material.

    General

    Former call number: mssArcher papers.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Authors, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence
    Women authors, American -- California -- Correpondence
    Biographies -- California -- 20th century
    Letters (correspondence) -- California -- 20th century
    Manuscripts -- California -- 20th century
    Photographs -- California -- 20th century
    Altrocchi, Julia Cooley, 1893-1972
    Altrocchi, Rudolph, 1882-1953
    Archer, Anne, active 1950-1958
    Archer, Douglas, Jr.
    Archer, Douglas, Sr.
    Arthur, Jessica Pryce
    Ballin, Avonne
    Burlingame, Grace Douglas
    Faulkner, Helen N.
    Fishback, Jessamine S.
    Gowans, Adam L. (Adam Luke)
    Greathead, Ina Defoe
    Hagemeyer, Dora
    Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964
    Jones, Cullen
    Keene, Florence R., 1878-
    Kelly, Sarah Hammond
    La Claustra, Vera, 1903-
    Lane, Frona
    Price, Arthur L., active 1951-1954
    Reade, Jean C.
    Sloss, Hattie Hecht
    Taylor, Sarah Wingate
    Yeatman, Jennette
    Youngreen, Virginia