Kate Rennie Archer Papers mssArcher
Brooke M. Black
The Huntington Library
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San Marino, California 91108
The Huntington Library
Title: Kate Rennie Archer papers
Archer, Kate Rennie
Identifier/Call Number: mssArcher
4 Linear Feet
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.
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[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
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.
Processed by Sue Hodson in 1977. In 2020, Brooke M. Black created a finding aid.
Organized in the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Manuscripts, notes, photographs and printed material.
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
Burlingame, Grace Douglas
Faulkner, Helen N.
Fishback, Jessamine S.
Gowans, Adam L. (Adam Luke)
Greathead, Ina Defoe
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964
Keene, Florence R., 1878-
Kelly, Sarah Hammond
La Claustra, Vera, 1903-
Price, Arthur L., active 1951-1954
Reade, Jean C.
Sloss, Hattie Hecht
Taylor, Sarah Wingate
Manuscripts, notes, photographs and printed material