Mary Hallock Foote Papers mssHM 43264-43306

Gina C Giang
The Huntington Library
March 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108

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.

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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)

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Mary Hallock Foote papers