Guide to the James Marie Hopper papers, [ca. 1897-1952]

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Arts and Humanities --Literature --American Literature History --World War I

Guide to the James Marie Hopper Papers, [ca. 1897-1952]

Collection number: BANC MSS C-H 139

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Processed by:
The Bancroft Library staff
Date Completed:
ca. 1961
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1997 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: James Marie Hopper Papers,
Date (inclusive): [ca. 1897-1952]
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-H 139
Origination: Hopper, James, b. 1876
Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes, 2 cartons
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: Mainly manuscripts of his short stories and articles, including those written while foreign correspondent, World War I; some correspondence; tear sheets; clippings; photographs; copies of poems written by George Sterling and by Nora May French.
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], James Marie Hopper papers, BANC MSS C-H 139, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Material Cataloged Separately

Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The bancrorft Library.


Among the authors who came to Carmel in 1906 and helped create its fame as a literary and artistic colony was James M. Hopper, the popular writer more commonly known as Jimmy Hopper. Like many of the other Carmel pioneers, he was a friend of George Sterling, Upton Sinclair, and Sinclair Lewis, and like them, too, he was a Californian only by adoption. He was born in Paris, July 23, 1876, and was brought to America at the age of ten. After attending public schools in Oakland, he went to the University of California, winning fame as quarterback on the football team and as one of the trio that reputedly first stole the Stanford Axe in 1898. After graduation he studied law at Hastings College of Law and was admitted to the California bar. But, instead of practising law, he took a job as reporter on the San Francisco Chronicle. This journalistic experience was followed by a two-year period of teaching in the Philippine Islands, where he gathered material for his first book, Caybigan (1906), a collection of' short stories. Upon his return to the United States, Hopper seriously embarked on a writing career, which he pursued successfully, with several novels, more than 400 stories published in leading popular magazines like Collier's and the Saturday Evening Post, and nonfiction, including his syndicated articles as a foreign correspondent at the front during the first World War. Hopper lived abroad and in the East for many years, but he returned to Carmel eventually, and it was there he died in 1956.

Scope and Content

The Bancroft Library purchased his papers in November 1961 from his widow, Mrs. Elayne Hopper Chanslor. The collection consists primarily of manuscripts of his short stories and articles, but includes also some correspondence, tear sheets of some of his published items, clippings, photographs, and copies of poems written by George Sterling and by Nora May French.
A key to the arrangement of the papers and a list of the major correspondents follows.

Key to Arrangement

Box 1

Correspondence, ca. 1897-1952


Letters written to Hopper

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent or organization. Single letters have been placed in a correspondence miscellany. A list of the major correspondents follows the Key.

Letters written by Hopper

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically, 1897-1949. Most of them are addressed to George Sterling and were returned to Hopper in 1952 by Sterling's nephew, Thor Liljencrantz. There are also several letters written by Hopper to his mother, in French, 1902-1903.
Box 2

Fragmentary notes from World War I correspondent days.


Clippings, primarily concerning George Sterling


Photographs - Removed to Pictoral Collection

[See also Portraint file 4851-4852]

Scope and Content Note

Including some of Hopper, Sterling, Jack London, Fred Bechdolt, Xavier Martinez, Nora May French.

Tear sheets of various published stories and articles


Poems written by George Sterling-mainly typed, signed copies


Poems written by Nora May French-mainly in her hand


Miscellaneous items

Scope and Content Note

Including copy of Hopper's birth announcement; fly leaf of presentation copy of Jack London's Martin Eden (the rest of the book was burned in the fire that destroyed Hopper's home); twin questionnaire made out by Hopper for the University of California's twin study in 1934.
carton Ctns. 1-2

Manuscripts of his stories and articles

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by title
Ctn. 1


Ctn. 2



World War I articles


Untitled stories


Group of early stories, written mainly for William C. Morrow's short story class

Partial List of Correspondents


Correspondence Miscellany (single letters)


California Alumni Association


Letter, Feb. 28, 1949. Signed by Robert Sibley.


Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924


Letter, June 15, 1913


Coolbrith, Ina Donna, 1842-1928


Letter, n. d. With note written by George Sterling.


[Irwin, William Hyde]


Letter, Feb. 24, 1948. Re death of Will Irwin.


Kidd, Alexander Marsden, 1879-


Letter, Aug. 13, 1949


Liliencrantz, Flora (Sterling)


Letter, Mar. 4, 1927. Re George Sterling


Lilencrantz, Thor


Letter, Oct. 6, 1952


Overland Monthly


Letter, June 22, 1899. Signed by Charles S. Greene.


Edwards, Dan


2 letters, 1950


Fenelon, Eugene


3 letters, 1949-1951


Greene, Charles Samuel, 1856-1930

See Overland Monthly.


Hawthorne, Hildegarde, 1872-


3 letters, 1947-1951


McClure's Magazine


4 letters, 1904. Signed by Samuel S. McClure and John S. Phillips


Phillips, John Sanborn, 1861-1949

See McClure's Magazine.


Sibley, Robert, 1881-1958

See California Alumni Association


Sterling, George, 1869-1926


6 letters, 1920-1926