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Guide to the Edmond Coblentz Papers, [ca. 1917-1960]
BANC MSS C-B 845  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Biographical Sketch
  • Scope and Content

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Edmond Coblentz Papers,
    Date (inclusive): [ca. 1917-1960]
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 845
    Origination: Coblentz, Edmond D.
    Extent: Number of containers: 16 boxes, 1 oversize portfolio, 1 oversize folder and 1 oversize scrapbook.
    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.
    Abstract: Correspondence; articles, speeches and poems written by him; clippings; photographs; and scrapbooks.

    Mainly concerning his career as editor, publisher and editorial consultant on Hearst newspapers in San Francisco and New York.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library 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 by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Edmond Coblentz papers, BANC MSS C-B 845, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Material Cataloged Separately

    • Drawing transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1962.013--A)
    • Portraits transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1962.008--POR)

    Biographical Sketch

    September 30, 1882 in San Francisco
    April 16, 1959, in Sonoma
    Samuel M. and Henrietta (Kramer) Coblentz
    Santa Maria Public School; graduated from Santa Maria Union High School, 1900
    Lolita Heyneman, of San Francisco, 1934
    Reporter, San Francisco Examiner, 1900-1907

    City Editor, San Francisco Examiner, 1907-1913

    Managing Editor, San Francisco Call, 1913-1915

    Managing Editor, San Francisco Examiner, 1915-1925

    Publisher, San Francisco Examiner, 1925-1927

    Managing Editor, New York American, 1927-1934

    Publisher, New York American, 1934-1937

    Supervising Editor, Hearst papers, 1937-1940

    Publisher, San Francisco Call-Bulletin, 1940-1950

    Editorial Consultant to The Hearst Papers, 1950-1959

    Scope and Content

    The Edmond D. Coblentz Papers are a gift to The Bancroft Library of Mrs. Edmond D. Coblentz, as a memorial to her late husband whose entire professional life was identified with the Hearst Newspapers.
    This collection of over 10,000 pieces is of primary importance to the study of American journalism by virtue of the extensive correspondence between Mr. Coblentz and Mr. Hearst which it contains. There is also a wide correspondence between Mr. Coblentz and other officials of the Hearst Organization which, like the Coblentz-Hearst group, afford an intimate insight into the personality of Mr. Hearst and reveal much of how he managed his extensive newspaper empire.
    The social correspondence in the collection serves to define Mr. Coblentz' position and influence with respect to many of the nation's leaders, social, business and political.
    The papers are divided into Letters Sent by Mr. Coblentz (Outgoing), and Letters Received by Mr. Coblentz (Incoming). Outgoing communications are arranged chronologically; Incoming communications are arranged by author, and within author, by date.
    Calendars of both Outgoing and Incoming have been prepared. That for Letters Sent lists the addressees alphabetically, and each such name is followed by the dates of the letters (or telegrams) sent, the number sent and the total number of pieces. The calendar of Letters Received lists the authors, the dates of letters sent (and the number) as well as the number of pieces. Included in this list are the names of many organizations, members of which addressed Mr. Coblentz (and others). These names are cross-referenced to the individual writers. Included also in this calendar are the names of persons other than Mr. Coblentz to whom communications were sent, and the originals or copies of which are found in the collection. Such persons are noted as Recipient.
    In addition to the Correspondence files, each group is followed by miscellaneous materials of special interest and importance. These may be identified from the accompanying Key.