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Finding Aid to the Henry Raup Wagner Collection MS.223
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  • Scope and Contents note
  • Biographical note
  • Processing history
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  • Acquisition
  • Use
  • Related Archival Materials note
  • Preferred citation

  • Title: Henry Raup Wagner Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.223
    Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.5 Linear feet 1HBL7, 1RB5, 1flat newspaper box
    Date (inclusive): 1837-1970
    Abstract: Henry Raup Wagner, 1862-1957, was an avid book collector and author. He settled in California with his wife, Blanche Henrietta Collet, circa 1917. In the 1890s, he started collecting books on Spanish history, metallurgy, and mining. He also amassed collections on Ireland, Mexico, and the American West. Wagner died in 1957 March 28. The Henry Raup Wagner Collection includes publications and correspondence by or about Wagner and 19th Century Mexican and Chilean newspapers collected by Wagner. The collection also includes duplicate pages, maps, and book illustrations from Wagner's Spanish Explorations in the Strait of Juan De Fuca, printed in 1933. The material in this collection was created from 1837 to 1970.
    creator: Axe, Ruth Frey
    creator: Streeter, Thomas W.
    creator: Wagner, Henry Raup, 1862-1957

    Scope and Contents note

    This collections includes publications and correspondence by or about Henry Raup Wagner and 19th Century Mexican and Chilean newspapers collected by Wagner. The collection also includes duplicate loose pages, maps, and book illustration from Wagner's special edition of Spanish Explorations in the Strait of Juan De Fuca, which was printed in 1933 by Fine Arts Press, Santa Ana, California.

    Biographical note

    Henry Raup Wagner, 1862-1957
    Wagner was born on 1862 September 27 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Law degrees from Yale University located in New Haven, Connecticut.
    Wagner worked for and represented the Guggenheim’s mining interests in the United States and Latin America from 1898 to circa 1921.
    He lived in Mexico from circa 1906 to 1915, spending the last five years in Mexico City. He then spent two years in Chile before returning to the United States and deciding to retire from business and focus entirely on scholarly research and writing.
    In 1917, he married Blanche Henrietta Collet and settled in California.
    Wagner began to collect books in the 1890s to support his interest in Spanish history, metallurgy, and mining. He amassed collections on Ireland, Mexico, and the American West, especially the state of California. He eventually sold his collection of American midwest and southwest material to Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Wagner's collection on California was sold to the Huntington Library located in San Marino, California. He also donated most of his personal papers to the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley.
    Wagner served as president of the Historical Society of Southern California, a trustee of the Southwest Museum, and as an active member of the Zamorano Club. He was also one of the founding members of the Friends of The Bancroft Library. The rejuvenation of the California Historical Society in 1922 was due largely to his influence.
    Wagner died on 1957 March 28.
    His published works total more than 175 titles and include:
    Sir Francis Drake's Voyage Around the World: Its Aims and Achievements, 1926
    Spanish Voyages to the Northwest Coast of America in the Sixteenth Century, 1929
    The Grabhorn Press: a Catalogue of Imprints in the Collection of Henry R. Wagner, 1938
    Bibliographies: The Plains and Rockies , 1920
    The Spanish Southwest (1924)
    The Bancroft Library. “Guide to the Henry Raup Wagner Papers, 1912-1957.” Accessed 2011 May 26. http://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf6779n8g9.
    Hammond, George P. and Jerry E. Patterson. “Henry Raup Wagner, 1862-1957.” The Hispanic American Historical Review, Volume 37, pages 486-494, 1957 November.

    Processing history

    Biographical note prepared by Eloise Nelson, Braun Research Library intern, 2011 June 6. Finding aid completed by Anna Liza Posas, 2013. Final processing of collection and publication of finding aid made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.


    Donation on behalf of Henry Raup Wagner, 1933-1957 and gift of Ruth Fay Axe, 1970 April 23 and circa 1973.


    Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Related Archival Materials note

    Blanch Collet Wagner Papers, 1930-1939, Braun Research Library, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.222.

    Preferred citation

    Henry Raup Wagner Collection, 1837-1970, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.223; [folder number] [folder title][date].

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Zamorano Club.
    Bound for Sacramento Cartography of the Northwest Coast of America
    Chile -- Newspapers
    Henry Tenaux Company: A Bibliography In the Port of Monterey, 1833 Ayuntamiento
    Mexico -- Newspapers
    Remembrances of Jose Toribio Medina
    Southwest, New -- History
    Spanish Explorations in the Strait of Juan De Fuca
    West (U.S.) -- History