Guide to the Papers concerning proposed anthology of western poetry, 1905-1908

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Arts and Humanities --Literature --Poetry

Guide to the Papers Concerning Proposed Anthology of Western Poetry, 1905-1908

Collection number: BANC MSS C-H 111

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University of California, Berkeley

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Date Completed:
ca. 1959-1967
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© 1997 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Papers Concerning Proposed Anthology of Western Poetry,
Date (inclusive): 1905-1908
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-H 111
Creator: Nye, Alfred Bourne, 1853-1913
Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Languages Represented: English

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[Identification of item], Papers concerning proposed anthology of western poetry, BANC MSS C-H 111, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.


In 1905, Alfred B. Nye, who was at the time private secretary to the governor of California, began collecting poems by California and other Pacific Coast writers, with the intention of publishing a volume of the selections and brief biographies of the authors. Accordingly, he wrote the authors, asking permission to publish certain poems and requesting biographical data. The response was generally very favorable, the authors granting the request and often suggesting the poems they regarded as their best. After the San Francisco earthquake and fire, Nye was compelled to abandon work on the project for many months. In November 1906 he was appointed state controller and found the work so time consuming that there was none to devote to his literary pursuits. To one of the sympathetic poets he wrote:
Moreover, I am wondering whether the good people of the State would not regard it as evidence of dangerous unsoundness if their head bookkeeper (which is what the State Controller is) should be announced as the publisher of a compilation of poetry?
He apparently never completed the project.

Scope and Content

These papers, which consist of copies of Nye's letters, the replies he received from the various authors, and copies of the poems selected for inclusion in the anthology, came to the Bancroft Library in September 1959 as the gift of Robert A. Waring.

Box 1

Correspondence, 1905-1908

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by name of author, with copies of Nye's letters interfiled chronologically in each folder. Correspondence with relatives and heirs of deceased authors has been placed under the name of the writer. A list of the more important correspondents follows.
Box 2

Copies of poems

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by name of author.


Austin, Mary (Hunter), 1868-1934


2 letters, 1905-1906


Bashford, Herbert, 1871-1928


Letter, Jan. 14, 1906


Bierce, Ambrose, 1842-1914?


2 letters, 1906


Binkley, Christian, 1870-


Letter, Jan. 7, 1906


Bland, Henry Meade, 1863-1931


3 letters, 1905-1906


Burgess, Gelett, 1866-1951


Letter, Jan. 23, 1906


Channing, Grace Ellery

See Stetson, Grace Ellery (Channing)


Cheney, John Vance, 1848-1922


2 letters, ca. 1905


Cheney, Warren, 1858-1921


Letter, Jan. 23, 1906


Coolbrith, Ina Donna, 1842-1928


Letter, Dec. 26, 1905


Darling, Isabel


5 letters, 1905-1906


Dawson, Emma Frances, 1851-1926


3 letters, 1906-1907


Dye, Eva Emery


2 letters, 1905


Foote, Lucius Harwood, 1826-1913


2 letters, 1906


Frémont, Elizabeth Benton


2 letters, 1906. Re poem written by her father, John C. Fremont.


Gayley, Charles Mills, 1858-1932


3 letters, 1906


Goodman, Joseph T., 1838-1917


2 letters, 1905


Greene, Charles Samuel, 1856-1930


2 letters, 1906


Hall, Sharlot Mabridth, 1870-


2 letters, 1906


Hardy, Irene, 1841-


3 letters, 1906-1907


Higginson, Ella (Rhoads), 1862-1940


4 letters, 1906


Hudson, William Henry, 1841-1922


2 letters, 1905


Ilsley, Marshall, 1863-


Letter, Jan. 2, 1906


Irwin, Wallace, 1875-1959


Letter, ca Dec. 1905


Jenney, Charles Elmer, 1872-


Letter, Mar. 16, 1906


Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931


3 letters, 1905-1906


Keeler, Charles Augustus, 1871-1937


Letter, Mar. 20, 1906


Knapp, Adeline, 1860-1909


3 letters, 1905-1906


Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928


Letter, Nov. 14, 1905


Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940


2 letters, 1905-1908


Miller, Joaquin, 1841-1913


Letter, Oct . 30, 1905


Noguchi, Yone, 1875-1947


Letter, ca. Mar. 1906


Phelps, Charles Henry, 1853-1933


Letter, Nov. 20, 1906


Robertson, Louis Alexander, 1856-1910


Letter, Nov. 6, 1905


Scheffauer, Herman, 1878-1927


3 letters, 1906-1907


Shinn, Charles Howard, 1852-1924


Letter, ca. Aug. 1905


Shinn, Milicent Washburn, 1858-1940


3 letters, 1905-1908


Sosso, Lorenzo, 1867-


3 letters, 1905-1906


Sterling, George, 1869-1926


3 letters, 1906


Stetson, Grace Ellery (Channing), 1862-1937


Letter, Feb. 1, 1906


Stoddard, Charles Warren, 1843-1909


Letter, Dec. 11, 1905


Taylor, Edward Robeson, 1838-1923


3 letters, 1905


Wagner, Madge Morris, d. 1924


4 letters, 1905-1906


Walter, Carrie (Stevens), d. 1907


Letter, Mar. 28, 1906


Whitaker, Robert, 1863-1944


Letter, Nov. 1, 1905