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Lummis (Charles Fletcher) Letters
mssHM 44807-44933  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Charles Fletcher Lummis letters
    Identifier/Call Number: mssHM 44807-44933
    Physical Description: 2.4 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1900-1925
    Abstract: A collection of letters (1900-1925) written to Los Angeles City Librarian Charles Fletcher Lummis.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    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]. Charles Fletcher Lummis letters, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Argonaut Book Shop, December 1960.

    Biographical / Historical

    Charles Fletcher Lummis (1859-1828) was a journalist, editor, author, ethnologist, archaeologist, poet, builder, and photographer. He was editor of the magazine The land of sunshine (later titled, Out west), founded the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles in 1903, and served as librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library from 1905 to 1910. Lummis was a staunch advocate for Native Americans, and he established the Sequoya League in 1901 to further this cause.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of 148 items and includes letters concerning the work of Charles Fletcher Lummis as Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library. A significant portion of this collection is correspondence written to Lummis concerning his requests for autographs from various authors and other famous individuals; these autographs were displayed under glass in a special exhibit at the Los Angeles Public Library. The collection also contains a small amount of ephemera including notes, autograph cards, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, and a printed advertisement.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Daniel F. Blitz, in 2013. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the finding aid derived from legacy in-house summary report.


    Arranged alphabetically.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Authors, American -- 20th century
    Authors, American -- West (U.S.)
    Autographs -- Collectors and collecting -- California
    Librarians -- California -- Los Angeles
    Ephemera -- California -- 20th century
    Letters (correspondence) -- California -- 20th century