Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Finding Aid to the Albert M. Bender collection of George Sterling papers circa 1880-1998 BASC 16
BASC 16  
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (106.16 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
 
Table of contents What's This?
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance
  • Related materials
  • Conservation Note
  • Materials Transferred
  • Biography
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: Book Arts & Special Collections, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    (415) 557-4560
    bookarts@sfpl.org
    Title: Albert M. Bender collection of George Sterling papers
    Creator: Bender, Albert M. (Albert Maurice), 1866-1941
    Identifier/Call Number: BASC 16
    Physical Description: 9 manuscript boxes, 3 flat-boxes, 3 folders of photographs (7 Cubic Feet)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1880-1998
    Date (bulk): 1880-1926
    Abstract: This collection contains correspondence; manuscripts, typescripts, printed material, and photographs created by George Sterling and others. The bulk of this collection is made up of George Sterling's manuscripts and typescripts, many with handwritten notes by George Sterling and Ambrose Bierce.
    Physical Location: The collection is stored on site.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research and is available for use during Book Arts & Special Collections hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.

    Publication Rights

    Some materials are fragile and may not be photocopied. Copyright has not been assigned to the San Francisco Public Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from materials must be submitted in writing to Book Arts & Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], The Albert M. Bender collection of George Sterling papers. (BASC 16), Book Arts & Special Collections, San Francisco Public Library.

    Provenance

    In 1934, Albert M. Bender headed a committee that selected books, manuscripts, and ephemera for the San Francisco Public Library through a bequest made by James D. Phelan. Items collected through this effort include many first editions and manuscripts by California authors and was first called the Phelan Collection and subsequently the California Authors Collection. Some items were collected through purchases from book dealers or other sources. Some items have been donated by Albert. M. Bender or other donors, and some Sterling material has been moved from other San Francisco Public Library collections.
    Material Specific Details notes contain information found on original library documentation.

    Related materials

    Researchers are encouraged to see also George Sterling's Friends and Family Photograph Album, 1898-1905, SFP 34  and Bohemian Grove Photographs, SFP 104  from the San Francico History Center's San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection.

    Conservation Note

    During processing, the entire collection was re-foldered and re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes. Some metal staples remain.

    Materials Transferred

    George Sterling's Friends and Family Photograph Album, 1898-1905, SFP 34  was transferred to the San Francisco History Center's Historical Photograph Collection.

    Biography

    George Sterling was born in Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York, in 1869. He became exposed to poetry while studying for the priesthood at St. Charles College, a Catholic college in Maryland. Sterling moved to Oakland, California in on September 30, 1890, and there met and became a pupil to Ambrose Bierce. Sterling's poetry was first published through the aid of Bierce, who included some of Sterling's verse in his San Francisco Examiner column. Sterling was a member of the Bohemian Club and had friendships with many literary figures including Jack London and Clark Ashton Smith. In 1905 Sterling moved to Carmel-by-the-Sea and many authors and artists followed him there. Sterling died by his own hand in San Francisco in 1926.
    Albert M. Bender was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1866 and died in San Francisco, California in 1941. He was a major patron of artists, museums, libraries, and performing arts organizations. He frequently commissioned limited edition books and pamphlets, co-founded the Book Club of California, chaired its publications committee for years, and donated rare books and fine printing to Stanford, UC Berkeley, Mills College, the University of San Francisco, the San Francisco Public Library, and Trinity College Library, Dublin.
    In 1934, Bender headed a committee that selected books, manuscripts, and ephemera for the San Francisco Public Library through a bequest made by James D. Phelan.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection contains correspondence; manuscripts, typescripts, printed material, and photographs created by George Sterling and others. The bulk of this collection is made up of George Sterling's manuscripts and typescripts, many with handwritten notes by George Sterling and Ambrose Bierce. Of note are the original papers and manuscripts that appeared in the Overland Monthly, November-December, 1927, In Memoriam to George Sterling, edited by Albert M. Bender and including work from Edwin Markham, Gertrude Atherton, Ina Coolbrith, and Upton Sinclair among others. This collection also contains the Sterling family bible which has recorded marriages, deaths, births, and other important dates of George Sterling and his family.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in four series: Series 1: Correspondence; Series 2: Writings; Series 3: Printed material; Series 4: Miscellanea and photographs. Series 2: Writings is further subdivided into three subseries, 2.1: Writings by George Sterling; 2.2: Writings by others; 2.3: In memoriam.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    American poetry -- California -- San Francisco.
    American poetry -- 20th century.
    American literature -- 20th century.
    Artist colonies -- Carmel (Calif.)
    Memorials in literature.
    Bohemianism--United States.
    Authors, American -- 20th century.
    Poets, American -- 20th century.
    Sterling, George, 1869-1926
    Bierce, Ambrose, 1842-1914?