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Charles Warren Stoddard Collection: Finding Aid
mssHM 38486-HM 38513  
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Materials in the Huntington Library
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Charles Warren Stoddard Collection
    Dates (inclusive): 1868-1908 and undated
    Bulk dates: 1898-1908
    Collection Number: mssHM 38486-HM 38513
    Creator: Stoddard, Charles Warren, 1843-1909
    Extent: 28 items in 1 box
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection contains 10 manuscripts and 18 letters either written by or related to American author Charles Warren Stoddard (1843-1909).
    Language: English.


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

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    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]. Charles Warren Stoddard Collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Purchased from Dawson's Bookshop, October 1963.

    Biographical Note

    American author and poet Charles Warren Stoddard (1843-1909) was born in Rochester, New York, on August 7, 1843, and moved with his family to San Francisco, California, in 1855. Stoddard began writing and traveling at an early age. In 1864, Stoddard made his first trip to Hawaii and Polynesia. His poetry was first published in The Golden Era in 1862 and his first book of poems was published in 1867. In the 1860s and 1870s, Stoddard traveled widely, participated in Bohemian literary circles in San Francisco, and worked as a correspondent and journalist. In the early 1880s, Stoddard was a co-editor of the Overland Monthly magazine with Ina D. Coolbrith and Bret Harte. From 1885 to 1886, he served as chair of the English department at the University of Notre Dame, and was department chair at Catholic University from 1889 to 1902, before moving to Cambridge, Massachusetts. He returned to San Francisco in April 1903, and then later lived in Monterey, California, until his death on April 23, 1909.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains 10 manuscripts and 18 letters either written by or related to American author Charles Warren Stoddard. Manuscripts consist of poems by Stoddard, as well as a contemporary copy of a poem by Thomas Bailey Aldrich, and two reminiscences by poet Ina D. Coolbrith about John Greenleaf Whittier and Bret Harte and Stoddard. Includes letters to Stoddard from Samuel Clemens (contemporary copy) "Amber" (Martha Everts Holden); Grace Keeler Machin; Alice Macleod; Toby Rosenthal; Edward Rowland Sill; Thomas Walsh; and Carrie Wyatt. There are also single images of Stoddard's friends Thérèse Yelverton and David Kalakaua, King of Hawaii, as well as two envelopes and two printed articles by Stoddard.

    Related Materials in the Huntington Library


    The collection is arranged in the following 3 series:
    • Manuscripts
    • Correspondence
    • Photographs and ephemera

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    Coolbrith, Ina D. (Ina Donna), 1841-1928.
    Harte, Bret, 1836-1902.
    Kalakaua, David, King of Hawaii, 1836-1891 -- Photographs.
    Stoddard, Charles Warren, 1843-1909 -- Archives.
    Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892.
    Yelverton, Thérèse, Viscountess Avonmore, 1832?-1881 -- Pictorial works.
    Authors, American -- 19th century -- Archives.
    Authors, American -- 20th century -- Archives.


    Letters (correspondence) -- United States.
    Manuscripts -- United States.
    Poems -- United States.

    Alternate Authors

    Aldrich, Thomas Bailey, 1836-1907.
    Amber, 1844-1896, correspondent.
    Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910, correspondent.
    Coolbrith, Ina D. (Ina Donna), 1841-1928, correspondent.
    Dwight, Theodore F., correspondent.
    Rosenthal, Toby Edward, approximately 1848-1917, correspondent.
    Sill, Edward Rowland, 1841-1887, correspondent.
    Walsh, Thomas, 1875-1928, correspondent.