Florence R. Keene Papers mssKeene

Gayle Richardson
The Huntington Library
May 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: Florence R. Keene papers
Creator: Keene, Florence R., 1878-
Identifier/Call Number: mssKeene
Physical Description: 12.5 Linear Feet (9 boxes, 40 folders, 2 envelopes)
Date (inclusive): 1896-1950
Abstract: A collection of personal and literary papers related to Florence R. Keene, California poet and magazine editor.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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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]. Florence R. Keene papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts of Florence R. Keene, December 1949, April 1952, June 1955, and April 1957.

Biographical / Historical

Florence R. Keene (1878-) was a California poet and founder, publisher, and editor of Westward, a magazine of verse published from 1927 to 1934.

Scope and Contents

A collection of 2,822 items from 1896 to 1950, which consists primarily of correspondence to Florence R. Keene from other California literary figures. Correspondents in the collection include: Don Blanding, Thomas Pollock Brown, Stanton Arthur Coblentz, Robin Lampson, John Steven McGroarty, Rosalie Moore, Hazel Snell Schreiber, and Ella Young. There is also some manuscript material, including articles, limericks, poems, and short stories, by Florence Keene and others, as well as 10 photographs and ephemera. The collection also includes two small manila envelopes of unprocessed Christmas cards from California poets to Florence R. Keene.

Processing Information

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


Arranged by format and subject.


Former call number: mssKeene papers.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Authors, American -- 20th century
Poets, American -- California
Ephemera -- California
Letters (correspondence) -- California
Manuscripts -- California
Photographs -- California
Blanding, Don, 1894-1957
Brown, Thomas P. (Thomas Pollok), 1879-
Coblentz, Stanton A. (Stanton Arthur), 1896-1982
Lampson, Robin, 1900-1978
McGroarty, John Steven, 1862-1944
Moore, Rosalie, 1910-
Schreiber, Hazel Snell, -1957
Wait, Frona Eunice, 1859-1946
Young, Ella, 1867-1956

Box 1

Personal correspondence; professional correspondence to Florence R. Keene, A-B

Box 2

Professional correspondence, C-G

Box 3

Professional correspondence, H-L

Box 4

Professional correspondence, M-N

Box 5

Professional correspondence, O-P-S

Box 6

Professional correspondence, T-Y; correspondence regarding Library Project; manuscripts, articles, biographical sketches, cartoons, and limericks

Box 7

Poems, songs, manuscripts, documents, printed material, and photographs

Box 8

Ephemera: Christmas cards, programs, and printed material

Box 9

Ephemera: newspaper clippings

Folder 1-40

Miscellaneous correspondence