Charles Warren Stoddard Collection: Finding Aid

Finding aid prepared by Diann Benti.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Manuscripts Department
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San Marino, California 91108
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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.

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Administrative Information

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Charles Warren Stoddard Collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Provenance

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

Arrangement

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.  

Subjects

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.

Forms/Genres

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.


Collection Contents

Box 1

mssHM 38486-38513

 

Manuscripts

 

Aldrich, Thomas Bailey. Lost at Sea [a poem]. HM 38486

Contemporary copy, 4 pages. Note on the last page: “Copied at the request of Chas. Warren Stoddard by Grace Keeler, Machin.” Previously enclosed in HM 38502.
 

Coolbrith, Ina D. [A meeting with John Greenleaf Whittier]. [1909?] HM 38487

Autograph manuscript signed, 22 pages. Published in New England Quarterly, March 1972, pages 109-118.
 

Coolbrith, Ina D. [A recollection of Francis Bret Harte and Charles Warren Stoddard]. [Between 1909 and 1929] HM 38488

Autograph manuscript incomplete, 51 pages.
 

Stoddard, Charles Warren. Introduction to an unidentified article or book. [After 1896] HM 38489

Manuscript, 5 pages. Begins "a dear friend once said to me, 'You have no imagination!'"and ends “It was after that I waded through “The Vale of Tears” and having returned alone, at the age of sixteen years, by the Isthmus of Panama, I arrived in San Francisco and began the next phase of my development in my somewhat varied career and the true story of it now follows.”
 

Stoddard, Charles Warren. [List of poem titles]. [Before 1910] HM 38490

Autograph manuscript, 1 page.
 

Stoddard, Charles Warren. Monterey. (An impression) [a sonnet]. [Before 1910] HM 38491

Autograph manuscript signed, 1 page.
 

Stoddard, Charles Warren. Boswell's Johnson [notes on James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson]. [Before 1910] HM 38492

Autograph manuscript signed, 4 pages.
 

Stoddard, Charles Warren. Old Monterey [a poem]. [Before 1918?] HM 38493

Manuscript signed, 3 pages. In the hand of Ina D. Coolbrith.
 

Stoddard, Charles Warren. The Poet as the Pervious; a Doleful Duty [a poem]. [Before 1910] HM 38494

Damaged. Autograph manuscript signed, 4 pages. One page includes quotes from the Bible.
 

Stoddard, Charles Warren. To Lizette Dennison [a poem beginning "Why Blow the Blasts so Fiercely…"]. [Before 1910] HM 38495

Manuscript signed, 1 page. In the hand of Ina D. Coolbrith.
 

Correspondence

 

C---, M. R. Postcard from M. R. C. to Charles Warren Stoddard. 1905 July 2 HM 38496

Washington, D.C. Autograph note, signed.
 

[Clemens, Samuel Langhorne]. Letter to Charles Warren Stoddard. 1898 November 6 HM 38497

Vienna. Contemporary copy, 1 page. In the hand of Ina D. Coolbrith, marked "copy."
 

D---, T. F. [Dwight, Theodore F.] Letter to Charles Warren Stoddard. 1906 April HM 38498

Vaud, Switzerland. Autograph letter signed, 4 pages.
 

Holden, Martha Everts. Letter to Charles Warren Stoddard. [Before 1897] August 29 HM 38499

Autograph letter signed, 6 pages. Signed "Amber."
 

Holden, Martha Everts. Letter to Charles Warren Stoddard. [Before 1897] September 29 HM 38500

Galesburg, Illinois. Autograph letter signed, 8 pages. Signed "Amber." With two clippings about Holden; a printed booklet: "Amber compared with Emerson and Holmes by Literary Critics," and a magazine article.
 

Machin, Grace Keeler. Letter to Charles Warren Stoddard. 1906 July 29 HM 38501

Brooklyn, New York. Autograph letter signed, 5 pages.
 

Machin, Grace Keeler. Letter to Charles Warren Stoddard. 1906 August 21 HM 38502

Brooklyn, New York. Autograph letter signed, 5 pages. Previously enclosure for HM 38486.
 

Macleod, Alice. Letter to Charles Warren Stoddard. 1905 September 12 HM 38503

Santa Clara, California. Autograph letter signed, 12 pages. References Lompoc Mission (California).
 

Rosenthal, Toby Edward. Letter to Charles Warren Stoddard. 1876 November 7 HM 38504

Munich. Autograph letter signed, 8 pages.
 

Sill, Edward Rowland. Letter to Charles Warren Stoddard. 1868 November 10 HM 38505

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Autograph letter signed, 8 pages.
 

Stoddard, Charles Warren. Letter to Charles S. Aiken. 1907 November 11 HM 38506

Monterey, California. Autograph letter signed, 3 pages.
 

Stoddard, Charles Warren. Letter to Ina D. Coolbrith. 1907 April 12 HM 38507

Monterey, California. Autograph letter signed, 3 pages.
 

Stoddard, Charles Warren. Letter to Ina D. Coolbrith. 1907 July 24 HM 38508

Monterey, California. Autograph letter signed, 3 pages.
 

Walsh, Thomas. Letter to Charles Warren Stoddard. 1905 August 23 HM 38509

Mount Arlington, New Jersey. Autograph letter signed, 2 pages.
 

Walsh, Thomas. Letter to Charles Warren Stoddard. 1907 May 18 HM 38510

Brooklyn, New York. Autograph letter signed, 2 pages.
 

Walsh, Thomas. Letter to Charles Warren Stoddard. 1907 October 8 HM 38511

Mount Arlington, New Jersey. Autograph letter signed, 3 pages.
 

Walsh, Thomas. Letter to Charles Warren Stoddard. 1908 March 18 HM 38512

Brooklyn, New York. Autograph letter signed, 2 pages.
 

Wyatt, Carrie. Letter to Charles Warren Stoddard. [1908 March 16] HM 38513

Montera, Washington. Autograph letter signed, 4 pages.
 

Photographs and ephemera

 

Card photograph of a drawing of Marie Thérèse Longworth (Yelverton). [Before 1880]

 

Cabinet photograph of David Kalakaua, King of Hawaii. [Before 1890]

With inscription, "To Charles Warren Stoddard, May 8, 1890, Aloha!"
 

Ephemera

Two envelopes and two articles by Stoddard: "The Daughter of Pharaoh to Bohemia" and "In Old Bohemia."