Finding aid to the scrapbook of newspaper clippings by Charles F. Lummis and other authors, circa 1885 MS.1315

Finding aid prepared by Holly Rose Larson, Anna Liza Posas, Kim Walters
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030

Title: Scrapbook of newspaper clippings by Charles F. Lummis and other authors
Identifier/Call Number: MS.1315
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Container: 1
Physical Description: 0.5 Linear feet (1 bound volume in one box)
Date: circa 1885
Abstract: A scrapbook of newspaper articles from publications such as the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Examiner, circa 1885. The majority of articles are written by Charles Fletcher Lummis and are accounts of his "Tramp Across the Continent" from 1884-1885.
creator: Bierce, Ambrose, 1842-1914?
creator: Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928
creator: Nye, Bill, 1850-1896

Scope and Contents

This scrapbook has two sections: a collection of Charles Fletcher Lummis's columns from the Los Angeles Times, and a second section consisting of an assortment of newspaper clippings from the San Francisco Examiner and other newspapers published in the Eastern United States.
The title page of the first section reads "Vol. 2 Lum's Letters: Being a trip on foot from Ohio to Los Angeles by Chas. F. Lummis, property of W.C. Wolfe."
The clippings in the second section of the scrapbook includes editorials by Ambrose Bierce, articles by Bill Nye, and articles about religion and ethics.
The following numbers are written in the front of the book in pencil: 2549; 917.8 Lummis.

Custodial history

The custodial history regarding the assembladge of the scrapbook is unknown. Per handwritten notes on a section of the scrapbook, part of it was once the "property of W.C. Wolfe". The scrapbook was eventually owned by Maxwell Hunley. The Southwest Museum acquired the scrapbook from Hunley in 1960.


  • Los Angeles Times articles, 1885, undated
  • San Francisco Examiner and other newspapers, undated

Historical note

Charles Fletcher Lummis (1859-1928) began his famed cross-country trek on September 12, 1884. He walked west from Cincinnati, Ohio to Los Angeles, California covering 3,507 miles in 143 days.
Prior to leaving, he had made contact with Harrison Gray Otis owner of the Los Angeles Times who promised to publish Lummis’s weekly reports. He had also made the same deal with the owner of the Scioto Gazette. Lummis sent different accounts to the two newspapers.
It was during his trek that Lummis was first exposed to the Spanish and Native American people of the Southwest. The exprience changed his preconceptions about these cultures.
Before reaching the end of his journey, Lummis was met by Harrison Gray Otis at the San Gabriel Mission in California. They finished the walk to together. Lummis arrived in the Los Angeles area on February 1, 1885.
Lummis was made City Editor of the Los Angeles Times, a position he held from 1885-1888.
In 1892, Lummis published the book The Tramp Across the Continent which retold his accounts of his cross-country journey.


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Related Archival Materials

Charles Fletcher Lummis Papers, 1888-1928, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA; MS.1

Processing History

Processed by Holly Rose Larson, Project Archivist, funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). Updated by Anna Liza Posas, 2011 November 9. Biographical information provided by Kim Walters.

Preferred Citation

Scrapbook of 1880s Newspaper Clippings, circa 1885, Braun Research Library, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.1315.

Internal acquistions note

Per museum records, this scrapbook was given to the SWM Libary in exchang for a set of Lummis's Birch Bark Poems.


Acquired by Maxwell Hunley 1960 August.


Copyright has not been assigned to the Braun Research Library at the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian 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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Los Angeles Times.
San Francisco Examiner.
Newspapers -- California
Overland journeys to the Pacific
Religion and ethics
Tramp Across the Continent