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Foote (Mary Hallock) Papers
mssHM 43264-43306  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Related Materials
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Mary Hallock Foote papers
    Creator: Foote, Mary Hallock, 1847-1938
    Identifier/Call Number: mssHM 43264-43306
    Physical Description: 1.17 Linear Feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1886-approximately 1902
    Abstract: Mary Hallock Foote was an American novelist, short story writer, and illustrator. This collection consists of letters and manuscripts Foote sent to Century Magazine from 1886 to approximately 1902.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Conditions Governing Use

    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]. Mary Hallock Foote papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Charles Hamilton, September 15, 1955.

    Biographical / Historical

    Mary Hallock Foote was an American novelist, short story writer, and illustrator. Foote was born in Milton, New York on November 9, 1847. She attended the Female Collegiate Seminary in Poughkeepsie, New York and studied art at the Cooper Institute School of Design for Women. In 1867, she married Arthur De Wint Foote, a mining engineer; the couple had three children. Her works included A Victorian Gentlewoman in the Far West, The Desert and the Sown, and The Led-Horse claim. She died in Hingham, Massachusetts on June 25, 1938.

    Scope and Contents

    The Mary Hallock Foote papers consist of forty letters and one manuscript sent by Foote to Century Magazine from 1886 through approximately 1902. The letters, some of which are addressed to Richard Watson Gilder, are mostly about publishing her own work, although a few discuss the struggle to unionize mines, especially in Idaho. The manuscript included is the short story "The Rapture of Hetty." Also included are one letter from Clarence Buel to Gilder and one letter from Gilder to Mr. Carey.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library staff, circa-mid 20th century. In 2020, Gina C Giang created a finding aid derived from a legacy summary report.

    Related Materials

    James D. Hague papers and addenda, mssHague papers.


    Arranged in the following order: Manuscripts by Mary Hallock Foote, followed by correspondence arranged alphabetically by author.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Industrial relations -- Idaho
    Illustrators -- United States -- Correspondence
    Mines and mineral resources -- Idaho
    Women novelists, American -- Correspondence
    Idaho -- History -- Sources
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States
    Gilder, Richard Watson, 1844-1909
    Hamilton, Charles
    Century Magazine (Firm)