Moreland Stevens Family Papers MSS-2002-09-20

Monika Lehman, updated and edited by Lauren DeCelle in 2019
SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0028

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


Series I. Alice Biddle Moreland Photo Journal 1880

Physical Description: 1 Box

Scope and Contents

Series I contains a photographic album of Alice Biddle Moreland's travels through Asia, specifically China and Japan, in the 1880s. Many of the photographs have been colored, and some are panoramic photographs.


This series is arranged chronologically by date.
Box 1

Photo Album


Series II. Edwin Stevens Papers 1876-2001 1976- 1977

Scope and Contents

Series II documents Edwin Stevens' personal and professional life as a stage and silent film actor. The series includes his personal letters to his family, photographs, newspaper clippings, negatives of the film "The Yellow Menace," and a short biography written by his great grand-nephew Moreland Leithold Stevens. Also included are two issues of "The Theater", a magazine for playgoers, from 1908. The bulk of the series is from 1900-1923.


This series is arranged chronologically by date.
Box 1, Folder 1

Edwin Stevens Photographs 1876-1922

Box 1, Folder 2

Edwin Stevens Newspaper Clippings 1890-1971

Box 1, Folder 3

Edwin Stevens Family Letters 1911-2001

Box 1, Folder 4

Edwin Stevens Periodicals 1908


Series III. Art and Artifacts 1861-1937


This series is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

This series consists of framed paintings and framed and loose prints.
Box 1, Folder 5

One Framed Certificate of Agriculture, Horticulture, and Mechanics Society of the Northern District of California September 1861

Box 1, Folder 5

Watercolor by Donald David, "Mt. Diablo" 1937

Box 1, Folder 5

Woodblock print "Criptomeria Avenue" by Hiroshi Yoshida 1937?

Box 1, Folder 5

Seascape by Denney

drawer 01-18, Folder 6

Print of The City of San Francisco in 1878, Birds Eye View From the Bay Looking South-West


Reproduced from an original lithograph published by Currier and Ives in The Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia.
drawer 01-18, Folder 6

Print of San Francisco in 1847


Reproduced from an original lithograph in The Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia.