Charles Fletcher Lummis Letters mssHM 44807-44933

Gayle Richardson
The Huntington Library
June 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108

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

Box 1

Ednah Robinson Aiken - Alex Harmer 1900-1924

Box 2

William Fowler Hopson - Edward Robeson Taylor; Ephemera 1902-1925