Guide to the Margherita Hamm, John R. McMahon and Eileen Douglas papers M2116

Malgorzata Schaeffer
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
June 2016
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064


Listing rather than a full finding aid.

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: Margherita Hamm, John R. McMahon and Eileen Douglas papers
source: Michael Brown Rare Books
creator: Hamm, Margherita Arlina, 1871-1907
creator: McMahon, John R. (John Robert), 1875-
creator: Douglas, Eileen, 1903-
Identifier/Call Number: M2116
Physical Description: 1.251 Linear Feet (3 boxes and 1 map folder)
Date (inclusive): 1891-1945
Language of Material: English

Content Description

The materials consists of 157 letters, 13 essays, 101 radio scripts, 1 book of poems, 66 photographs, 20 negatives, and approximately 89 pieces of various printed and manuscript ephemeral materials pertaining to the Hamm and McMahon families, all dated from 1891-1945.

Biographical / Historical

Margherita Arlina Hamm (1867-1907) married John R. McMahon (1875-1956) in 1902. Both were authors and journalists, and their daughter Arlina Douglas McMahon, a.k.a. Eileen Douglas, was a stage and radio actress and radio script writer.


Detailed biographies of Hamm, McMahon, and Douglas available upon request.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

Conditions Governing Use

While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns. See:

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased by Stanford University Libraries in 2015.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], Margherita Hamm, John R. McMahon and Eileen Douglas papers (M2116). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Suffragists -- United States
Michael Brown Rare Books
Hamm, Margherita Arlina, 1871-1907
McMahon, John R. (John Robert), 1875-
Douglas, Eileen, 1903-

box 1, folder 1

Margherita Arlina Hamm - letters from publishers, 1893-1905

box 1, folder 1

Margherita Arlina Hamm - letters from mother, 1905-1907; letter to Aunt Isabel, May 12, 1931

box 1, folder 2

Margherita Arlina Hamm - essays - typescript and manuscript

box 1, folder 3

Letters by John R. McMahon as executor of Aunt Isabel's will, 1931-1932

box 1, folder 3

Letter to father from John R. McMahon, January 4, 1892, and to mother, April 9, 1902

box 1, folder 4

Letters from parents while in India to John R. McMahon and his brother, Charles, 1891-1895

box 1, folder 5

Letters to John R. McMahon including from publishers, bank, law offices, and personal letters from family members, 1901-1945

box 1, folder 6

Poems of Margherita Arlina Hamm - contents from binder of John R. McMahon - typescript

box 1, folder 7

Letters to Madre - Mrs. John R. McMahon (Beatrice) - from Me (Eileen Douglas)

box 1, folder 8

Eileen Douglas - correspondence

box 1, folder 9

Miscellaneous correspondence, 1901-1945

box 1, folder 10

Eileen Douglas - newspaper clippings, including Fred Allen Show

box 2, folder 1

Margherita Arlina Hamm - agreements with publishers

box 2, folder 2

Margherita Arlina Hamm - biography for The National Cyclopedia of American Biography

box 2, folder 2

Ephemera pertaining to M. Hamm, including pamphlets, obituary of S. Fales, speeches of M. Hamm

box 2, folder 3

Susan L. McMahon and Laura A. McMahon - estate documents

box 2, folder 3

Indenture between Joseph Cummings and Deborah Cummings, 1864

box 2, folder 3

Mary Isabella Stearns - copy of Last will and testament

box 2, folder 3

Isaiah McMahon - naturalization document

box 2, folder 3

John R. McMahon - agreements with publishers, 1901-1907

box 2, folder 3

Ephemera: WOR programs, envelopes, newspaper clippings

box 2, folder 4

Letters to Mr and Mrs. R. McMahon (John and Beatrice), 1931

box 2, folder 5-7

Eileen Douglas - radio scripts

box 3, folder 1-3

Eileen Douglas - radio scripts

box 3, folder 4

Photographs, including extra Everglades photographs and negatives

Box 3, Folder 4

Glass negative - broken and unidentified

map-folder 4

John L. McMahon - Last will and testament, October 30, 1896

map-folder 4

Belinda Higgins - Indenture, September 19, 1857

map-folder 4

Joseph Cummings and Deborah S., wife - Indenture, March 10, 1856

map-folder 4

G. W. McMahon - Diploma from Genesee Wesleyan Seminary

map-folder 4

Cotton's Weekly, June 2, 1910