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Finding Aid for the Frank Harris Collection 1896-1928
MS.2010.005, and others  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Related Material
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Frank Harris Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1896-1928
    Collection number: MS.2010.005, and others
    Creator: Harris, Frank, 1855-1931
    Extent: .75 linear feet (2 boxes and other items)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: This finding aid describes the Clark Library's collection of material created by and related to Frank Harris, and includes correspondence, manuscripts, news clippings, typescripts and proofs.
    Physical location: Clark Library
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Clark Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Frank Harris Collection, MS.2010.005, and others, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    This finding aid gathers together material from multiple accessions.
    The exact provenance of some materials is unclear. Other material described here originated in accessions and Clark Library purchases MS.1982.004 and MS.2010.005.

    Processing History

    Processed by Rebecca Fenning, March, 2010.


    Frank Harris was born James Thomas Harris in Galway, Ireland, February 14, 1856. He emigrated alone to the United States in 1869 and after years of study and adventure both in America and on the European continent, he returned to London in 1882. Harris become the editor of the London Evening News in 1883. In 1886, he left the Evening News for a post editing the Fortnightly Review, which he would continue to do until 1894. From 1894 to 1898, he edited the Saturday Review. In his posts at these publications, he became friends (and enemies) with many of the notable figures of fin-de-siècle London, including Oscar Wilde.
    A difficult personality, Harris struggled with financial stability often after this period, and moved a great deal, living in the south of France and in London in the years before World War I. In 1915, he returned to New York, where he wrote a number of anti-British articles as well as his volumes of Contemporary Portraits. He was the editor of Pearson's Magazine from 1915-1922 and got into many clashes with American censors and others who found him and his work offensive. During this period, he also began dictating his sprawling and sexually explicit memoirs, My Life and Loves, which was published in various forms (expurgated and not) after 1922.
    In 1923, he settled permanently in Nice with his longtime mistress and companion, Nellie O'Hara, who he married in 1927. He died in Nice in 1931.

    Scope and Content

    This finding aid describes the Clark Library's collection of material created by and related to Frank Harris, and includes correspondence, manuscripts, news clippings, typescripts and proofs.
    Materials in this collection are not all physically housed together, because of the different acquisition dates and because of various organization schemes developed over time by the Clark. Box numbers listed below indicate the collection with which each item is physically placed.


    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Correspondence, 1895-1928, undated
    • Series 2. Manuscripts and Proofs, 1915-1925

    Related Material

    The Clark holds a great deal of material related to Frank Harris and his professional and social circles, particularly during the 1890's. The list below is not exhaustive, but contains links to online finding aids for the papers of Oscar Wilde and his circle, as well as to the papers of Harris's friend and colleague in the 1880s and 1890s, John Verschoyle.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Adey, More, ca. 1859-1942
    Douglas, Alfred Bruce, Lord, 1870-1945
    Holland, Vyvyan Beresford, 1886-1967
    Millard, Christopher, 1872-1927
    Richards, Grant, 1872-1948
    Rosenfeld, Samuel, Dr.
    Ross, Robert Baldwin, 1869-1918
    Secker, Martin, 1882-1978
    Turner, Reggie, 1869?-1938
    Editors--20th century

    Genres and Forms

    Letters--United States--20th century.
    Proofs--20th century.