Charles Tenney Jackson and Carlotta Weir Jackson papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles Tenney Jackson and Carlotta Weir Jackson papers
Dates: 1922-1954
Collection Number: SFH 746
Creator/Collector: Jackson, Charles Tenney, 1874-1955
Extent: 1 document case
Repository: San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center
San Francisco, California 94102
Abstract: Typescript of Charles Tenney Jackson's unpublished novel, The Cloudcapped Towers, with Carlotta Weir Jackson's scrapbook detailing her radio work and the couple's travels
Language of Material: English


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[Identification of item]. Charles Tenney Jackson and Carlotta Weir Jackson papers. Collection Number: SFH 746. San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center

Acquisition Information


Biography/Administrative History

Charles Tenney Jackson was born in St. Louis, Missouri but grew up in Nebraska. He became a printer and journalist and worked at various times in Chicago, Milwaukee and San Francisco. He left that city after the 1906 earthquake, and was living in New Orleans by 1910, when his novel set in San Francisco, The Day of Souls, was published. He was awarded second prize, O. Henry Memorial Award for short stories, 1921. He married Carlotta Weir in 1919 in Chicago, and they lived in New Orleans until moving to Miami, Florida about 1930. Charles died in Coral Gables in 1955, and Carlotta in Florida in 1958.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection includes two items. One is Charles Tenney Jackson's unpublished (and final) autobiographical work, The Cloudcapped Towers (1954), with his corrections and annotations (204 pages.) The second item is his wife Carlotta "Lottie" Aite Weir Jackson's scrapbook, which includes news clippings and a few letters and chiefly documents her radio work in Miami, Florida with WIOD and WQAM as well as her theatrical performances, and the couple's travels in New Orleans, North Carolina, Mobile, Washington, DC, Kingston, Jamaica, and Havana. The Cloudcapped Towers appears to continue C. T. Jackson's autobiographical The Buffalo Wallow (1953); his travels take him from the Midwest to San Francisco. The Cloudcapped Towers closes with Tenney's account of the 1906 earthquake and fire (which he had described in his 1910 novel, The Day of Souls) and his subsequent removal to New Orleans.

Indexing Terms

Women radio broadcasters.
Authors, American--California--Biography.
Radio stations--Florida.
Nonfiction novels.
Jackson, Carlotta Weir, 1886-1972
Jackson family
San Francisco (Calif.)--Fiction.