Guide to the Maynard Shipley Papers, ca. 1895-1955

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Guide to the Maynard Shipley Papers, ca. 1895-1955

Collection number: BANC MSS 74/13 c

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Elizabeth Stephens
Date Completed:
January 1992
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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Maynard Shipley Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1895-1955
Collection Number: BANC MSS 74/13 c
Creator: Shipley, Maynard, 1872-1931
Extent: Number of containers: 3 boxes, 2 oversize folders Linear feet: 1.30
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 in reply to Shipley's letters and questionnaires concerning capital punishment; article based in part on replies received; studies of capital punishment in various countries; and clippings. Also included are manuscripts and reprints of Shipley's writings, material on the Shipley family and on the Science League of America, and personal papers (including letters to his wife Marian Ellen de Ford)
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], Maynard Shipley papers, BANC MSS 74/13 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Maynard Shipley Papers were transferred to The Bancroft Library from Rare Books and Special Collections in July 1973. [Formerly cataloged as fHV8694 S5]

Biographical Sketch

Born in Baltimore, Maryland on December 1, 1872, Maynard Shipley was educated at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. A self-taught musician, Shipley gave music lessons to pay his way through college. At Stanford he specialized in the study of science and became a writer and lecturer on scientific subjects. For twenty years he lectured on astronomy and evolution, both on the platform and over the radio. In 1898 he founded the Academy of Science in Seattle, Washington and later became its second president. During the 1920s Shipley took an active part in the Fundamentalist-Modernist controversy, lecturing and debating on the side of science and liberalism. In 1924 he founded the Science League of America Inc., a national association to protect freedom in teaching and to resist attempts to unite church and state in the United States. Shipley wrote The War on Modern Science (1927), The Key to Evolution (1929), and was the author of thirty-three "Little Blue Books" on scientific subjects as well as numerous articles on science and criminology. He married Miriam Allen de Ford, a writer, in 1921. Shipley died in June 1934.

Scope and Content

This collection contains primarily material concerning capital punishment. Included are letters written as replies to Shipley's questionnaires; an article partially based on the replies received; studies of capital punishment in various countries, and a bibliography on the subject. Also included are manuscripts and reprints of Shipley's writings, material on the Shipley family and on the Science League of America, and personal papers, including letters addressed to his wife, Miriam Allen de Ford. Two articles by Miriam de Ford about her husband and a number of music and theater programs, along with musical scores, complete the miscellany series.


Series 1: Correspondence of Maynard Shipley, 1895-1938.


Outgoing Letters, 1922-1930

Box 1, folder 1

A-Z miscellaneous 1922-1930


Childs, M. F. [Mar. 1927]


Haldeman-Julius n.d.


Heath, Harold 1868-1920 [May?, 1930]


Socialist Party (U.S.) Feb. 26, 1922

Additional Note

Written to Isabel King

Incoming Letters, 1895-1938

Box 1, folder 2

A-Z miscellaneous


Childs, M. F. Mar. 8, 1927


Commonwealth of Massachusetts Oct. 20, 1905

Additional Note

Signed by Ned C. Ingalls

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of Prison Commissioners Mar. 31, 1928

Additional Note

Signed by Pettygrove, [W. G.?]

Ingalls, Albert G. (Albert Graham) n.d.


Lytle, John J., The Pennsylvania Prison Society Aug. 14, 1903


Merz, Henry, University of Wyoming Apr. 22, 1903


Naves, Phim W. Sept. 15, 1900

Additional Note

Signed by H. Milo Bennett, The Boston Comic Opera Company

Prison Reform League Feb. 25, 1910

Additional Note

Signed by Owen, William F.

Sevey, Robert Apr. 28, 1932


Sparks, John B. Dec. 11, 1932


Your [wife?] Aug. 17, 1896


Unsigned reply to survey form

folder 3

Abbott, Lyman, 1835-1922 Dec. 26, 1902

folder 4

Astronomical Society of the Pacific Mar. 25, 1921

folder 5

Atkinson, George Wesley, 1845- Dec. 29, 1902

folder 6

Bailey, William Bacon, 1873-1952 Feb. 12, 1903

folder 7

Barrows, Samuel J. (Samuel June) 1845-1909 Dec. 22, 1902

folder 8

Bliss, Aaron Thomas, 1837-1906 Apr. 17, 1901

folder 9

Brinkerhoff, Roeliff, 1828-1911 Dec. 26, 1902

folder 10

Brockway, Zebulon Reed, 1827-1920 1902-1903

folder 11

Brown, Charles Reynolds, 1862-1950 June 30, 1903

folder 12

California. Superintendent of Public Instruction Apr. 30, 1904

folder 13

Campbell, John, 1853- Mar. 1, 1902

folder 14

Carus, Paul, 1852-1919 Mar. 21, 1903

folder 15

Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910 [1902?]

folder 16

Cooley, Charles Horton, 1864-1929 Feb. 13, 1903

folder 17

Crosby, Ernest Howard, 1856-1907 Feb. 17, 1903

folder 18

Daugherty, Harry Micajah, 1860-1941 Apr. 7, 1924

folder 19

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963 Feb. 5, 1903

folder 20

Finch, William Rufus, 1847- May 3, 1902

folder 21

Fisher, Philip Melancthon, 1852- Sept. 10, 1895

folder 22

Fisher, Willard Clark, 1865- Mar. 10, 1903

folder 23

Fort, John Franklin, 1852-1920 Oct. 16, 1902

folder 24

Giddings, Franklin Henry, 1855-1931 Apr. 7, 1903

folder 25

Grosset & Dunlap July 5, 1932

folder 26

Heath, Harold, 1868-1951 May 24, 1930

folder 27

Henderson, Charles Richmond, 1848-1915 Jan. 30, 1903

folder 28

Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1841-1935 1902 & 1903

folder 29

International Association of Machinists Oct. 15, 1920

folder 30

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Aug. 8, 1915

folder 31

Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology Mar. 30, 1910

folder 32

Lea, Henry Charles, 1825-1909 Jan. 17, 1903

folder 33

Maitland, Frederic William, 1850-1906 Nov. 30, 1902

folder 34

Mallock, W. H. (William Hurrell), 1849-1923 Nov. 29?, 1902

folder 35

Mathews, Shailer, 1863-1941 Feb. 17, 1903

folder 36

Morrison, William Douglas, 1853-1943 July 21, 1902

folder 37

National Committee on Prisons 1916

folder 38

Northwestern University. School of Law. April 2, 1908

Additional Note

By Frederic Beers Crossley, 1872-
folder 39

Reed, Thomas B. (Thomas Brackett), 1839-1902 Oct. 17, 1902

folder 40

San Francisco Chronicle Dec. 19, 1932

Additional Note

By Frederick Faber Forbes, d. 1933
folder 41

San Francisco Examiner Nov. 5, 1921

Additional Note

By Edward Clarke
folder 42

See, T. J. J. (Thomas Jefferson Jackson), 1866- May 24, 1916

folder 43

Sharpless, Isaac, 1848-1920 Apr. 14, 1903

folder 44

Socialist Party (U.S.) Sept. 4, 1918

Additional Note

Letter and certificate by Oliver C. Wilson
folder 45

Socialist Party (U.S.) California. 1921 & 1922

Additional Note

2 letters by Isabel King
folder 46

University of California, Berkeley. Library. 1937-1938

Additional Note

By Harold Lewis Leupp and Bess Lowry
folder 47

Vincent, John Heyl, 1832-1920 Feb. 26, 1903

folder 48

Wayland, Francis, 1826-1904 Nov. 29, 1902

Additional Note

Written for him by William Frederic Foster
folder 49

Weatherly, Ulysses Grant, 1856- Feb. 16, 1903

folder 50

White, Trueman Clark, 1840-1912 Feb. 15, 1903

folder 51

Wigmore, John Henry, 1863-1943 1906

folder 52

Wilson, George Grafton, 1863-1951 Apr. 15, 1903

Additional Note

Also signed by James Quayle Dealey, 1861-
folder 53

Young, Clark Montgomery, d. 1908 Apr. 14, 1903

folder 54

Young, Frederick George, 1858-1929 Apr. 18, 1903


Series 2: Correspondence of Miriam Allen De Ford, 1926-1955

Box 1, folder 55

A-Z Miscellaneous 1926-[1943?]


All-America Anti-Imperialist League Aug. 24, 1926

Additional Note

Signed by Manuel Gomez

["Behaving Naturally" mss on versos] [Sept. 1, 1926]


California Earthworm Farms Nov. 11, 1940

Additional Note

Signed by Mary B. Leosure

China's Children Fund Inc. Feb. 28, 1939

Additional Note

Clarke, L. Calvitt

Hunter, Beatrice Wigmore (Mrs. Joel D.) July 5, [1943?]


Pratt, James A., Superintendent, Maryland Training School for Boys Jan. 1, 1935

folder 56

Adamic, Louis, 1899-1951 Apr. 18, 1939

folder 57

Bell, Eric Temple, 1883-1960 Jan. 15, 1955

folder 58

Haycraft, Howard, 1905- Aug. 26, 1935

folder 59

Sullivan, Noël, 1890-1956 1934-1938

folder 60

Thurtle, Ernest Oct. 4, 1935

folder 61

Truth Seeker 1935-1940

Additional Note

By George Everett Macdonald and Charles Smith
folder 62

Wigmore, John Henry, 1863-1943 Jan. 19, 1943


Series 3: Writings of Maynard Shipley, ca. 1895-1912

Box 1, folder 63

The Abolition of Capital Punishment in Italy and San Marino Mar./Apr. 1906

folder 64

Abolition of Capital Punishment in Switzerland Sept./Oct. 1905

folder 65

Beautifying America n.d.

folder 66

The Call of Conscience 1912

Physical Description: (a play)
folder 67

The Effects of Immigration on Homicide in American Cities 1906

folder 68

Herbert Bashford n.d.

Physical Description: (clipping of Shipley's first printed article)
folder 69

His Wife's Friend n.d.

Physical Description: (a play)
folder 70

Homicide and the Death Penalty in Mexico 1907

folder 71

Justice and Crime in Abyssinia Sept./Oct. 1906

folder 72

Resolved: the Earth and all Life upon it Are the Result of Evolution

Physical Description: (speech)
folder 73

Resolved: That the Teaching of Evolution Should Be Debarred from Tax-supported Schools

Physical Description: (speech)
folder 74

Results of the Practical Abolition of Capital Punishment in Belgium 1905

folder 75

Scientific Anticipation from Thales to Lucretius

folder 76

Should the Death Penalty Be Abolished?

Additional Note

(based in part on letters received)
folder 77

Some are Born Delinquent

Physical Description: (incomplete draft)
Box 2, folder 1-2

[Studies of Capital Punishment in Various Countries, A-Z (v. II-III)] ca. 1895-1905

folder 3


Physical Description: (poem)
folder 4

Turning out Criminals

Physical Description: (incomplete draft)
folder 5

The Unity of Nature

folder 6

Where Criminals Are Made

Box 3, folder 1-6

The Physiology and Pathology of Morals ca. 1900

Additional Note

(unpublished; complete?)

Series 4: Personal Miscellany, ca. 1902-1929

Box 3, folder 7

Bibliography 1905-1911

folder 8

Lecture announcements ca. 1910-1912

folder 9


folder 10

Materials re Science League of America, including articles of incorporation, pamphlets, etc. 1924-1929

folder 11

Shipley Family history

folder 12

Marriage certificates, etc. 1906-1921

folder 13

Music and theater reviews, program 1902-1924

folder 14

Musical score to Mendelssohn's Antigone with annotations, as performed by Stanford University 1902

folder 15

Biographical sketches of Maynard Shipley by Miriam Allen de Ford

oversize Oversize, folder 1

Do You Remember? (The Marin Hikers' Song) n.d.

Additional Note

Manuscript of musical score: words by Miriam Allen de Ford, music by Maynard Shipley

"There's a Star in Your Heart; "The Service Flag Song

Additional Note

Manuscript of musical score: words by M. A. de Ford, music by Howard Shipp

Science League of America: state registration of Articles of Incorporation Aug. 31, 1925


Certificate of Nomination of Maynard Shipley for candidate as representative in Congress (6th district), Socialist Party Sept. 21, 1920


Advertisement: The Country Calendar, directory of schools, Vol 11 #(p.?) 3 July 1905


The Palo Alto Academy manuscript


The Daily Palo Alto,Stanford University. Apr. 16, 1902

Scope and Content Note

Vol. XX, no. 67, clipping re: lecture

Lecture notices:


The Issue is Socialism


The Impending Crisis

folder 2

Lecture notice: From Nebula to Man