Scope and Content
Title: Maurice S. Sullivan Papers on Jed
Collection number: MS 19
Sullivan, Maurice S.
Extent: 4 boxes
University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of
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Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Maurice S. Sullivan Papers on Jed Smith, MS
19, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific
Having contracted tuberculosis, New Jersey newspaperman, essayist and
friend of H.L. Mencken, Maurice Sullivan (1893-1935), left his home for
California in the early 1920s. He settled at Redlands, where he worked first as
a writer and ultimately an editor of the
San Bernardino Daily Sun. Sullivan devoted
much of the rest of his short life to researching and writing the books on
Jedediah Smith upon which his reputation rests. Sullivan initiated
correspondence with various members of the Smith family and gained access to
primary sources which were not then in public collections. His most important
discovery was an 1831 transcription of several of Jedediah Smith's journals
that had been preserved by the family since the explorer's death.
Scope and Content
Sullivan's papers, which were given to Holt Atherton in 1965 by Helen
Morgan, consist of four series of materials. Series 1 is Sullivan's Smith
correspondence. Series 2 consists of Sullivan's notes on Smith. Series 3 is
made up of several copies of an 1831 transcript of Smith's journal. Series 4
consists of four versions of draft chapters of Sullivan's book
Jedediah Smith: Trader & Trailbreaker
and an early version of Sullivan's edited form of the Smith journals
The Travels of Jedediah Smith.