Guide to the Register of the Ina Coolbrith Papers: Additions, [ca. 1882-1928]

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Guide to the Register of the Ina Coolbrith Papers: Additions, [ca. 1882-1928]

Collection number: BANC MSS 70/117 c

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University of California, Berkeley

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Date Completed:
ca. 1970
Encoded by:
James Lake
© 1997

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Ina Coolbrith Papers: Additions,
Date (inclusive): [ca. 1882-1928]
Collection Number: BANC MSS 70/117 c
Origination: Coolbrith, Ina Donna, 1842-1928
Extent: Number of containers: 5 boxes and 1 carton
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; MSS of poems and lectures; poems set to music; printed copies of poems; notes and notebooks; personalia; biographical sketches; tributes to and articles about her; poems dedicated to her; autograph book containing contributions by George Sterling, Joaquin Miller, Xavier Martinez and others; bibliography; clippings, etc.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ina Coolbrith Papers: Additions, BANC MSS 70/117 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Related Collections

Title: Ina Donna Coolbrith Collection of Letters and Papers,
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS C-H 23

Materials Catalogued Separately

  • Miscellaneous photographs and portraits have been removed to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.

Scope and Content

These additions to the Ina Coolbrith papers were purchased from her grandniece, Mrs. Charles Graham, in February 1970. They include letters addressed to her; letters written by her to her niece, Mrs. Ina Peterson, and to her grandniece, and copies of a few letters addressed to others; letters of condolence addressed to Mrs. Peterson after Miss Coolbrith's death; manuscripts of her poems and lectures; and other miscellaneous material.

Key to Arrangement

Boxes 1-3

Letters written to Miss Coolbrith

Additional Note

Arranged alphabetically by name of person or organization, with a miscellany of single letters at the beginning of Box 1. A partial list of correspondents follows the Key.
Box 3

Letters about Miss Coolbrith

Additional Note

Letters of condolence and other letters addressed either to Mrs. Peterson or to Mrs. Graham.
Box 4

Letters written by Miss Coolbrith, 1882-1927

Additional Note

Arranged chronologically.
Box 5

Music (words by Miss Coolbrith)

Additional Note

Miscellaneous copies of Everywoman containing material relating to Miss Coolbrith
carton Carton

Manuscripts of poems


Manuscripts of lectures on Charles Warren Stoddard, on John Greenleaf Whittier, and on early California writers


Manuscript of Wings of Sunset


Printed copies of poems

Physical Description: (clippings, tearsheets, etc.)

Notes and notebooks


Autograph book presented to her by, "her sincere friends of the Pacific Coast Women's Press Association," with contributions from Herman Whitaker, Charles Keeler, Joaquin Miller, Jack London, Mary Hallock Foote, George Sterling, and others, and a sketch by Xavier Martinez.


"Daily Reminder, 1906" [very few entries]


Address books


Statement re Ina Coolbrith's early days in San Francisco, from Mrs. Greentree


Material re benefits for Miss Coolbrith


Invitations, programs, etc.


Christmas cards, greeting cards, etc.


Calling cards




Tributes to and articles about Miss Coolbrith


Poems dedicated to her


Biographical sketches


Bibliography by Delpha Stevens




Material re Lord Byron


Material re PPIE


Material re Poetry Society of America


Material re Pacific Coast Women's Press Association


Material re California Writers Club


Material re Richard Realf


William Dallam Armes: The Beginnings of California Literature

Additional Note

Galleys of a paper read June 30, 1915, at the Congress of Authors and Journalists held in connection with the Panama Pacific International Exposition.

John Steven McGroarty copies of poems and annotated copy of The Mission Play



List of Major Correspondents


Correspondence Miscellany (single letters)


Anderson, Melville Best


Nov. 26, 1907


Anglin, Margaret


Nov. 7, 1918


Aydelort, Clio Lee


Aug. 3, 1927


Barker, Elsa


Mar. 23, 1914


Baxter, Sylvester, 1850-1927


Sept. 6, 1915


Bergson, Henri Louis, 1859-1941


May 24, 1915


Boalt, Elizabeth J.


Mar. 30, 1907


Bridges, Robert Seymour, 1844-1930


Mar. 23, 1914


Bryce, James


May 19, 1915


Burbank, Luther


Feb. 15, 1926


Canton, William, 1845-1926


June 9, 1914


Carmany, John H.


May 23, 1910


Clark, Galen


Dec. 17, 1909


Clayes, Mary Bird


Mar. 29, 1927


Cone, Helen Gray


June 28, 1915


Connor, Torrey


July 19, 1906


Coolidge, Dane




Daley, Edith


Feb. 6, 1928


Dell, Ethel M.


Jan. 16, 1916


Field, Sara Bard


Sept. 19, 1927


Gatlin, Lillian


Jan. 10, 1928


Hardy, Iza Duffus


Mar. 14, 1913


Howells, Mildred


Mar. 31, 1907


Howells, William Dean


Nov. 23, 1919


Lehmer, Derrick Norman


June 9, 1927


London, Jack


Dec. 15, 1906


Markham, Anna Catherine


Dec. 8, 1927


Millard, Bailey


Jan. 19, 1920


Mitchell, Ruth Comfort


Apr. 17, 1927


Monroe, Harriet


Mar. 24, 1914


Noguchi, Yone


Dec. 11, 1896


Older, Cora (Baggerly)


Jan. 8, 1928


Pardee, George Cooper


July 16, 1906


Payne, Ninetta Eames


Dec. 23, 1927


Proctor, Edna Dean


May 11, 1922


Richards, John E.


Apr. 26, 1928


Severance, Caroline Maria (Seymour) 1820-1914


Oct. 14, n.y.


Taylor, Edward Robeson


May 22, 1915


Tilden, Douglas


Mar. 3, 1928


Tracy, Louis, 1863-1928


Mar. 22, 1914


Tully, Richard Walton


June 15, 1915


Wagner, Harr


Jan. 23, 1885


Whitaker, Herman


Dec. 5, 1913


Authors Club


4 letters, 1908-1909. From Rossiter Johnson, treasurer, concerning financial help for Miss Coolbrith after the 1906 earthquake.


Bender, Albert Maurice


3 letters, 1923-1927


Bland, Henry Mead


7 letters, 1827-1929 & n.d.


Bohemian Club, San Francisco


7 letters, 1899-1928


Buckley, Nancy


5 letters, 1927-1928


Church, William Conant


2 letters, 1914-1915


Cook, Ina (Peterson)


2 letters, 1921-1922


Dawson, Miles Menander


5 letters, 1924-1927


Dobie, Charles Caldwell


4 letters, 1919-1927. Some written on behalf of PEN.


Gerberding, Elizabeth (Sears)


2 letters, 1909


James, George Wharton


9 letters, 1906-1910 & n.d. Some are addressed to Charles Warren Stoddard.


Kinross, AIbert


6 letters, 1898-1923


Lummis, Charles Fletcher


3 letters, 1925-1928


Mighels, Ella Sterling (Clark)


40 letters, 1898-1918


Morrow, William Chambers


Letter, Mar. 11, 1907 & statement


Muir, John


4 letters, 1907-1913


Older, Fremont


2 letters, 1927 -1928


Phelan, James Duval


9 letters, 1906-1930


Phillips, Charles


30 letters, 1909-1928


Sterling, Caroline (Rand)


2 letters, 1912


Walsh, Thomas


7 letters, 1911-1921. Concerning Charles Warren Stoddard.


Wilson, John Fleming


10 1etters, 1906-1920