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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
    Title: Moreland Stevens Family Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS-2002-09-20
    Physical Description: 1.0 Box (1 linear ft.)
    Date (inclusive): 1861-2001
    Abstract: The Moreland Stevens Family Papers consists of newspaper clippings, photographs, letters, art and artifacts donated by the Stevens family. The bulk of this collection is 1890 - 1930.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Moreland Stevens Family Papers documents the lives of Charles Edwin Stevens and Alice Biddle Moreland, as well as contains the art and artifact donations of Moreland Stevens. This collection tracks Edwin Stevens' personal life and professional life as a stage and silent film actor during the early 20th century and Alice Biddle Moreland's trip to Asia in the 1880s. The collection includes various paintings and artifacts that had been collected by the Stevens family through the generations.


    This collection is arranged into three series: Series I: Alice Biddle Moreland Photo Journal, Series II: Edwin Stevens Papers, and Series III: Art and Artifacts.
    All series are arranged chronologically.

    Preferred Citation

    The Moreland Stevens Family Papers, MSS-2002-09-20, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.


    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has been assigned to San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections & Archives as the owner 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. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Processing Information

    Processed by: Monika Lehman Reviewed by: Danelle Moon Date completed: 2014 Accessions processed by: Lauren DeCelle, September 2019

    Biographical / Historical

    Edwin Stevens was born in San Francisco in 1860. He was a film and theater actor from the 1890s to the 1920s, and later directed and wrote screenplays. He starred in over 45 films, and died at the age of 63 in 1923.
    Alice Biddle Moreland, related to Edwin Stevens by marriage, was born in Oregon in 1854. She is Oregon State University's first female graduate, completing her degree in three years, graduating at age sixteen. She married a professor named William Moreland in 1870 and together they had a daughter named Esther. Years later, Esther Moreland Leithold wrote her mother's biography "And This Is Our Heritage."

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Theater Programs
    University of Oregon
    silent films
    Women -- Education (Higher) -- 20th century
    Motion pictures
    Theater Periodicals
    Stevens, Moreland L.
    San José State University. Library. Special Collections & Archives