Register of the Altrocchi (Julia Cooley) Poetry Collection, 1908-1974

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Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
University Library, University of the Pacific
Stockton, CA 95211
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University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.

Register of the Altrocchi (Julia Cooley) Poetry Collection, 1908-1974

Collection number: Mss115

Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections

University Library

University of the Pacific

Contact Information

  • Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
  • University Library, University of the Pacific
  • Stockton, CA 95211
  • Phone: (209) 946-2404
  • Fax: (209) 946-2810
  • URL:
Processed by:
Don Walker
Date Completed:
Encoded by:
Don Walker
© 1998 University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Altrocchi (Julia Cooley) Poetry Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1908-1974
Collection number: Mss115
Creator: Hugh Hayes
Extent: 0.5 linear ft.
Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
Stockton, CA 95211
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information


Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Altrocchi (Julia Cooley) Poetry Collection, Mss115, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

Access Points

personal name

Altrocchi, Julia Cooley (1893-1972)


Authors, American -California -Correspondence


California -Poetry


West (U.S.) -Literatures


California -Description and travel -1869-1950


Julia Cooley Altrocchi (1893-1972), author and poet, resided in Berkeley, Calif. upon graduation from Vassar College. She was married to Rudolph Altrocchi, Professor of Italian at the University of California. Her best known work is Snow Covered Wagons (1936), a story-in-verse of the Donner Party Expedition. Other works include The Old California Trail (1945), and Spectacular San Franciscans (1949). She was an honorary member of the Ina Coolbrith Circle, San Francisco, the Browning Society of San Francisco, and Poets of the Pacific.

Scope and Content

The Altrocchi Collection consists of books, pamphlets, correspondence, and miscellaneous papers.






1.1.1: Altrocchi, Julia Cooley. A Gallant Company of Trappers (1978).


1.1.2: The American Pen IV:1 (W 1972).


1.1.3: Andrews, John Williams. Triptych for the Atomic Age (1970).


1.1.4: Colony, Horatio. The Magic Child (1966).


1.1.5: Colony, Horatio. Young Malatesta (1957).


1.1.6: Finley, Lorraine Noel. John Comes First (1968).


1.1.7: Loomis, C. Grant. North of Mendocino (1962).


1.1.8: Reid, Francis W. California Verse, Poet Edwin Markham (1940).


1.1.9: Reid, Francis W. California Verse, Poems of Berkeley (1941).


1.1.10: Sullivan, Suzanne. Coming Suddenly Upon the Late Years (1965).


1.1.11: Taylor, Sarah Wingate. Clark's in Plymouth Harbor - The Pilgrim Father's Island, 1620-1690 (1965).






a-Julia Cooley Altrocchi Memorial Poetry Collection (March 1, 1974).


b--Annual June Ladies' Night Book Award Dinner & Music Evening Programme (June 16, 1965).


c-Commonwealth Club of California Head Table 34th Literature Medal Award Dinner (June 16, 1965).


d-Altrocchi, Julia Cooley, Poet - Historian of the West - Novelist - Lecturer, list of books, accomplishments, etc.


e-"Local Poet Cited," Berkeley Daily Gazette (5/10/62).


f-"Poet Laureate Post - Writers Name Candidate," Berkeley Daily Gazette (8/16/63).


g-"State Poet Laureate Post Still Unfilled," Stockton Record (3/19/64).


h-Robbins, Millie, "Return to a First Love," San Francisco Chronicle (11/24/64).


i-Jernigan, Jean, "Renowned Author Has 'Joyous Life'," Berkeley Gazette (9/30/72).


j-University of Pacific Faculty Bulletin 15:4 (12-15-72). [regarding fund established for Julia Cooley Altrocchi Memorial Poetry Collection]


k-Altrocchi, Julia Cooley, A Prayer for Moderns, presented at her memorial service on December 2, 1972.


l-Jim Riddles, Library Dir. to John Seaman, 5-3-73. [re Altrocchi Memorial Poetry Collection]


m-Robin Lampson. A Memorial Tribute to Julia Cooley Altrocchi.


n-Photograph of Julia Cooley Altrocchi [in envelope]


o-Advertisement for Snow Covered Wagons


p-"A Memorial for Julia C. Altrocchi," (November, 1972).


q-Wedding photos of Mrs. John Cooley Altrocchi and Mrs. Paul Hemenway Altrocchi with note from Julia C. Altrocchi


1.2.2: CORRESPONDENCE [N.B.--Correspondence is to Julia Cooley Altrocchi in Berkeley, Calif. from the person named unless otherwise indicated]


a-MacMillan Co., NY to Robin Lampson, California, n.d.


b-Julia Altrocchi to "Claire", n.d. [postcard from Ireland]


c-Louis E. Guillow, Massachusetts to "Rudolph," 12/2/08


d-Eve Brazier, 3/18/35


e-Harriet Plimpton, letter and dialogue titled Black Star, Philadelphia, 12/28/46


f-Horatio Colony, Massachusetts, 12/31/58


g-"Jeanette," San Marino, Cal., 1/1/59


h-Sarah Taylor, San Rafael, Cal., 12/11/59


i-Sarah Taylor, San Rafael, Cal., 1/6/60


j-Othelia Lilly, Berkeley, Cal., 11/13/62


k-JA to Ellen Deering, Stockton, 6/3/62


l-Do., 6/8/63


m-Bob Monagan, Sacto. to Ellen Deering, Registrar - University of the Pacific, Stockton, 6/10/63


n-Ellen Deering, Stockton, 6/13/63


o-Ellen Deering to Bob Monagan, Assemblyman, Stockton, 6/23/63


p-JA to Ellen Deering, Stockton, 6/30/63


q-Ellen Deering and Ruth Elliot, Stockton, to "Dear Sir," 1-28-64 [in support of J. Altrocchi as Poet Laureate of Cal.]


r-Sarah Taylor, San Rafael, Cal., 5/14/65


s-Horatio Colony, New Hampshire, 6/14/66


t-Ruth Sherry, Laguna Beach, Cal., 1/20/67


u-Suzanne Sullivan, Berkeley, 6/18/67


v-Horatio Colony, 3/24/70


w-Paul Altrocchi, M.D., Palo Alto to Ellen Deering, Stockton, 2/6/73


1.2.3: A PORTION OF WESTERN HISTORY AS LITERATURE -- THE CORONA BEHIND THE FACT [Paper delivered by Julia Altrocchi at the Pacific Center for Western Historical Studies at the University of the Pacific, Stockton, (4/11/70)]


1.2.4: "THE MERRY QUINTET" [Diary of Rudolph and Julia Altrocchi on a Calif. journey with the Laches (8-22)]




a-Parsons, Geneve Shaffer, regarding "New and Old Idea for a Paying Alcatraz."


b-Parsons, Geneve Shaffer, Saint Francis, or, A Pillar of Light!.


c-"I can see that Mr. Guillow was very much the Harvard Man...", [portion of an incomplete letter]