Jack London correspondence

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Jack London correspondence
Dates: 1902-1984
Collection Number: mssHM 82651-82695
Creator: London, Jack, 1876-1916
Extent: 60 items in 2 boxes and 1 folder
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2203
Fax: (626) 449-5720
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: This collection consists of 45 letters, primarily from Jack London and his wife, Charmian London, and 15 pieces of ephemera.
Language of Material: The records are in English.

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Preferred Citation

HM 82651-82695, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Acquisition Information

Gift from Murray Smith in 2000 and 2010.

Biography

Jack London (1876-1916) was an American author best known for his fiction about California, Alaska, and the Pacific. His novel The call of the wild is among the most internationally popular works by an American. An autodidact, he directed his thirst for knowledge toward several passions, including sailing, ranching, and photography. He traveled widely, to Hawaii and throughout the South Pacific, through California, Oregon, Nevada, to Korea during the Russo-Japanese war, Mexico during the Mexican Civil War, and London, England, experiences which are reflected in his writing and his photographs.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of 45 letters, primarily from Jack London and his wife, Charmian London, and 15 pieces of ephemera. There are five letters from Jack London to a literary agent named, Daniel Murphy. These letters were written in 1902. There are six letters to James M. Chandler written in 1905 and 1906. Chandler was to act as quarter-master and steward during a proposed round-the-world cruise that was scheduled to last seven years with Jack London, Charmian London, an uncle, and a Japanese servant. There is also a related newspaper clipping entitled: Jamaica Plain Man To Go On 7-Year Tour With Jack London at the end of the collection. There are 16 letters to Benjamin De Cassares, an American journalist, critic, essayist, and poet. In one letter dated November 3, 1912, Charmian tells of her "great disappointment-our second disappointment, and mainly due to a poor physician in the first place" [her miscarriage]. She discusses Nietzsche's Zarathustra and what it has done for her "...at a time of mental and physical collapse. Quite pulled me together-quite played the Bible, in fact." There are three letters to Paul Eldridge, who seems to be a young fan of Jack London's. In answer to Eldridge's letters, Charmian has given a wide range of comment pertaining to Jack's health and some of his writings. There is one letter to Perriton Maxwell, where Jack states "I believe intensely in the pro-ally side of the war...As regards a few million terrible deaths, there is not so much of the terrible about such a quantity of deaths as there is about the quantity of deaths that occur in peace times in all countries in the world, and that has occurred in war times down the past" (August 28, 1916). There are 9 letters to Hunter Kimbrough, Uptrain Sinclair's brother-in-law. Charmian's writing is somewhat flirtatious, as evident in a letter dated March 15, 1928 "There—dearest Hunter!" By the time this is in your hands, I'll be in my own queer little house. I hope to embrace you there thi summer, some time. DO come. I send you a kiss---falling downstairs meanwhile if you prefer!" There are also letters to a "Mr. Hage", Vida Goldstein, S.T. Hughes, Bunster Creely and one telegram from Anna Walling Strunsky to Jack London.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Indexing Terms

Personal Names

Chandler, James M.
De Casseres, Benjamin, 1873-1945
Kimbrough, Hunter
London, Charmian
London, Jack, 1876-1916
Murphy, Daniel

Genre

Ephemera
Letters (correspondence)


CONTAINER LIST

Box 1

Correspondence

 

 HM 82651  London, Jack, 1876-1916. Letter to Daniel Murphy (1902, Mar. 19)

Included: envelope and typewritten transcript
 

 HM 82652  London, Jack, 1876-1916. Letter to Daniel Murphy (1902, May 10)

Included: typewritten transcript
 

 HM 82653  London, Jack, 1876-1916. Letter to Daniel Murphy (1902, May 12)

Included: typewritten transcript
 

 HM 82654  London, Jack, 1876-1916. Letter to Daniel Murphy (1902, May 13)

Postscript by Anna Strunsky Walling, 1879- Included: typewritten typescript
 

 HM 82655  London, Jack, 1876-1916. Letter to Daniel Murphy (1902, Dec. 15)

Included: typewritten typescript
 

 HM 82656  London, Jack, 1876-1916. Letter to James M. Chandler (1905, Dec. 18)

Included: typewritten typescript
 

 HM 82657  London, Jack, 1876-1916. Letter to James M. Chandler (1905, Dec. 20)

Included: typewritten typescript
 

 HM 82658  London, Jack, 1876-1916. Letter to James M. Chandler (1906, Jan. 26)

Included: typewritten typescript
 

 HM 82659  London, Jack, 1876-1916. Letter to James M. Chandler (1906, Feb. 3)

Included: typewritten typescript
 

 HM 82660  London, Charmian. Letter to James M. Chandler (1906, Apr. 8)

 

 HM 82661  London, Charmian. Letter to James M. Chandler (1906, Nov. 26)

 

 HM 82662  London, Jack, 1876-1916. Letter to "Dear Mr. Hage" (1906, Dec. 15)

Included: typewritten typescript
 

 HM 82663  London, Jack, 1876-1916. Letter to "Dear Miss Goldstein" (1909, Jan. 13)

On reverse: photograph of unidentified woman. Included: typewritten typescript
 

 HM 82664  London, Jack, 1876-1916. Letter to Benjamin De Casseres, 1873-1945 (1912, Feb. 12)

 

 HM 82665  Walling, Anna Strunsky, 1879-. Telegram to Jack London, 1876-1916 (1912, Feb. 21)

 

 HM 82666  London, Jack, 1876-1916. Letter to Benjamin De Casseres, 1873-1945 (1912, Feb. 22)

 

 HM 82667  London, Charmian. Letter to Benjamin De Casseres, 1873-1945 (1912, June 2)

Included: typewritten typescript
 

 HM 82668  London, Jack, 1876-1916. Letter to Benjamin De Casseres, 1873-1945 (1912, July 13)

Included: typewritten typescript
 

 HM 82669  London, Jack, 1876-1916. Letter to Benjamin De Casseres, 1873-1945 (1912, Sep. 10)

 

 HM 82670  London, Charmian. Letter to Benjamin De Casseres, 1873-1945 (1912, Nov. 3)

Included: typewritten typescript
 

 HM 82671  London, Jack, 1876-1916. Letter to Benjamin De Casseres, 1873-1945 (1912, Nov. 9)

Included: typewritten typescript
 

 HM 82672  London, Charmian. Letter to Benjamin De Casseres, 1873-1945 (1913, Jan. 13)

 

 HM 82673  London, Jack, 1876-1916. Benjamin De Casseres, 1873-1945 (1913, Jan. 29)

 

 HM 82674  London, Charmian. Letter to Benjamin De Casseres, 1873-1945 (1913, Apr. 5)

 

 HM 82675  London, Charmian. Letter to Benjamin De Casseres, 1873-1945 (1913, May 10)

Included: typewritten typescript
 

 HM 82676  London, Charmian. Letter to Paul Eldridge (1913, Nov. 17)

Included: envelope
 

 HM 82677  London, Jack, 1876-1916. Postcard to Paul Eldridge (1914, Jan. 13)

 

 HM 82678  London, Jack, 1876-1916. Letter to S.T. Hughes [1914, Mar. 11]

Included: typewritten typescript
 

 HM 82679  London, Charmian. Letter to Paul Eldridge (1914, June 11)

Included: envelope
 

 HM 82680  London, Jack, 1876-1916. Letter to Perriton Maxwell, 1868-1947 (1916, Aug. 28)

World War, 1914-1918
 

 HM 82681  London, Jack, 1876-1916. Letter to Benjamin De Casseres, 1873-1945 (1916, Nov. 29)

 

 HM 82682  London, Charmian. Letter to Benjamin De Casseres, 1873-1945 (1917, Feb. 22)

With holograph postscript
 

 HM 82683  London, Charmian. Letter to Benjamin De Casseres, 1873-1945 (1917, Mar. 23)

 

 HM 82684  London, Charmian. Letter to Benjamin De Casseres, 1873-1945 (1917, Sep. 8)

 

 HM 82685  London, Charmian. Letter to Benjamin De Casseres, 1873-1945 (1918, Mar. 10)

 

 HM 82686  London, Charmian. Letter to Hunter Kimbrough (1925, July 21)

Included: envelope
 

 HM 82687  London, Charmian. Letter to Hunter Kimbrough (1926, Dec. 22)

Included: envelope
 

 HM 82688  [London], Joan. Letter to Hunter Kimbrough (1927, Feb. 15)

Included: typewritten typescript
 

 HM 82689  London, Charmian. Letter to Hunter Kimbrough (1928, Jan. 10)

Included: envelope and typewritten transcript
 

 HM 82690  London, Charmian. Letter to Hunter Kimbrough (1928, Mar. 15)

Included: envelope
 

 HM 82691  London, Charmian. Letter to Hunter Kimbrough (1928, Aug. 24)

Photograph affixed. Included: envelope and typewritten transcript
 

 HM 82692  London, Charmian. Letter to Hunter Kimbrough (1928, Sep. 4)

Handwritten postscript. Included: envelope
 

 HM 82693  London, Charmian. Letter to Hunter Kimbrough (1929, Nov. 26)

Included: envelope
 

 HM 82694  London, Charmian. Letter to Bunster Creely (1936, Apr. 3)

Included: newspaper clipping and envelope
 

 HM 82695  London, Charmian. Letter to Hunter Kimbrough (19--)

Included: envelope
Box 2

Ephemera

Folder 1

Jack London Centennial Pieces (1976)

1 item
Folder 2

Jack London: Five Poems (1984)

1 item
Folder 3

Jack London as Poet and As Platform Man by Wm. McDevitt (1947)

1 item
Folder 4

John Barleycorn by Jack London [undated]

1 item
Folder 5

"A New Idea in Fiction" The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

1 item
Folder 6

Photographs: 5152 La Vista Court Jack London bas-relief [undated]

3 items
Folder 7

Postcards (blank) [undated]

1 item
Folder 8

The Sea Spirit and the Shooting Star by Jack London (1932)

3 items
Folder 9

The Sea Wolf by Jack London [undated]

1 item
Folder 1

Newspaper clippings [approx. 1906]

2 items