Anna Strunsky Walling Papers: Finding Aid mssAW

Gayle Richardson
The Huntington Library
November 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
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Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: Anna Strunsky Walling papers
Creator: Walling, Anna Strunsky, 1877 or 1879-1964
Identifier/Call Number: mssAW
Physical Description: 8.4 Linear Feet (8 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1877-1958
Abstract: A collection of material pertaining to the life and career of author and social reformer Anna Strunsky Walling and her husband, William English Walling.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Box 3a RESTRICTED. Jack London Correspondence. Available with curatorial approval. Requires extended retrieval and delivery time.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Anna Strunsky Walling papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts of Anna Strunsky Walling, 1954-1962.

Biographical / Historical

Anna Strunsky Walling (1877-1964) was born in Babinotz, Russia, and immigrated to the United States in 1893. She took classes through the University of California system and earned an A.B. degree from Stanford University in 1900. In 1906 she married William English Walling (1877-1936), the author and reformer, and spent the next two years studying in Russia. Both Anna and William were active Socialists and social reformers who wrote and lectured on literary and political topics. Anna Strunsky Walling's publications included Violette of Pere Lachaise (1915), and The Kempton-Wace letters (1903), which she co-authored with Jack London.

Scope and Contents

A collection of 952 items from 1877 to 1958, which consists of correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, photographs, and newspaper clippings pertaining to the life and career of Anna Strunsky Walling and her husband, William English Walling. The majority of the collection is correspondence between Anna Strunsky Walling and her family, friends and colleagues. The collection also contains portions of Walling's personal diary, manuscript poems and prose pieces authored by Walling and others, and several photographs and newspaper clippings relating to familial concerns and political matters. Some of the material in the collection originally belonged to William English Walling, including some of his personal and professional correspondence and writing. Most of the collection relates to the Wallings' personal and professional concerns, including their interest in politics (especially socialism) and political activism. Correspondents include: Leonard Dalton Abbott, Melville Best Anderson, Leslie Edgar Bliss, Eugene Victor Debs, Theodore Dreiser, Max Eastman, Katherina Evseroff-Maryson, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Bernhard Groethuysen, Henry Edwards Huntington, Helen Keller, Cameron Haight King, Charmian London, Jack London, Joan London, Ray Nash, Thomas Reveille, Eleanor Butler Roosevelt, Charles Edward Russell, Upton Sinclair, Rose Pastor Stokes, Irving Stone, William Howard Taft, Rosamond English Walling Tirana, Georgia Walling, Rosalind English Walling, William English Walling, Willoughby Walling, Gaylord Wilshire and Woodrow Wilson.

Processing Information

Processed by Huntington Library Staff, circa 1965. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the finding aid derived from a legacy summary report.


Arranged alphabetically by author.


Former call number: mssAW Boxes 1-7.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Authors, American -- 20th century
Lecturers -- United States
Socialists -- United States
Women orators -- United States
Clippings (information artifacts) -- United States -- 20th century
Diaries -- United States -- 20th century
Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 20th century
Manuscripts -- United States -- 20th century
Photographs -- United States -- 20th century
Abbott, Leonard Dalton, 1878-1953
Anderson, Melville Best, 1851-1933
Bliss, Leslie Edgar, 1889-1977
Corbett, Rosamond Walling Tirana, 1910-1999
Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1855-1926
Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945
Eastman, Max, 1883-1969
Evseroff-Maryson, Katherina
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935
Groethuysen, Bernhard, 1880-1946
Huntington, Henry Edwards, 1850-1927
Keller, Helen, 1880-1968
King, Cameron H. (Cameron Haight), 1844-
London, Joan
Nash, Ray, 1905-1982
Reveille, Thomas
Roosevelt, Eleanor Butler, 1889-1960
Russell, Charles Edward, 1860-1941
Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968
Stokes, Rose Pastor, 1879-1933
Stone, Irving, 1903-1989
Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930
Walling, Georgia
Walling, Rosalind English
Walling, William English, 1877-1936
Walling, Willoughby, 1848-1916
Wilshire, Gaylord, 1861-1927
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924

Box 1


Box 2

Durland-Charmian London

Box 3

Charmian London-McGinn

Box 3a

Jack London

Box 4


Box 5

Tobi-Anna Strunsky Walling

Box 6

Georgia Walling-Yard

Box 7

Photographs and ephemera