Finding Aid to the Julie Helen Heyneman papers, 1886-1942

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Finding Aid to the Julie Helen Heyneman papers, 1886-1942

Collection number: BANC MSS C-H 152

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Julie Helen Heyneman papers
Date (inclusive): 1886-1942
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-H 152
Creator: Heyneman, Julie Helen
Extent: Number of containers: 9 boxes, 1 carton and scrapbook.
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Abstract: Correspondence, manuscripts of some of her writings, clippings and photographs. Relating mainly to her study of art and her travels in Europe, her association with prominent English artists and writers, and her work with California House and Kitchener Houses during World War I.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English, French, German
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Julie Helen Heyneman papers, BANC MSS C-H 152, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Alternate Forms Available

From Ctn. 1, "Tite Street and around the corner"; from Box 3, letters written to Miss Heyneman: Sargent, John Singer (132 letters); from Box 2, letters written to Miss Heyneman: Ormond, Violet (32 letters); letters written to Miss Heyneman: Sargent, Emily (19 letters) : also available on microfilm with call number BANC FILM 2601.
Copies of "Americans"; "The Hon. Mary Gratton"; "In the Night"; "London-in Spring"; "The 'Man of Marble'"; "The Maryrdom of Miss Emilia"; "Mrs. Bernstein Moves Out"; "Nootrallity"; The Painter and the Portrait"; "The Passing of a Great Soldier"; "Professional Etiquette"; "Tite Street and Around the Corner" [John S. Sargent]; and "Women for Parliament" : also available on microfilm with call number BANC FILM 2525.

Separated Material

Photographs of portraits (oversize) have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Libary.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
World War, 1914-1918
Manuscripts for publication

Administrative Information

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Julie Helen Heyneman, artist and writer, was born in San Francisco, September 5, 1868. In 1891 she went abroad to study art in Paris and London. Her funds being limited, she earned money by writing and illustrating articles for various San Francisco newspapers under the pen name Van Dyck Brown. In 1892 she became a pupil of John Singer Sargent, the noted portrait painter, and remained a life long friend.
In 1915 Miss Heyneman founded the California House for disabled Belgian soldiers, the first institution to give occupational training to maimed soldiers who were still in hospitals. The House was maintained by voluntary contributions, principally from California subscribers. Bruce Porter acted as San Francisco agent for the House during most of its existence. In 1917 the British Red Cross, with the help of Miss Heyneman, started the Kitchener Houses for wounded British soldiers, utilizing techniques developed in California House.
Miss Heyneman pursued her dual careers, writing and painting, concurrently. She also divided her life between London and San Francisco. Her portraits of well known people gained considerable recognition, particularly in London. Her published works include the biography, Arthur Putnam, Sculptor; Woman at the Crossroads, a survey of woman's post-war position, written in collaboration with Mary S. Allen; and Headline Stuff, a novel dealing with yellow journalism.

Scope and Content

Her papers were given to the Bancroft Library in May 1963 by her nephew, Paul Heyneman. Covering the period 1886 to 1924, they consist of correspondence, manuscripts of some of her writings, clippings and photographs, relating to her study of art and her travels in Europe, her association with John S. Sargent and friendships with prominent English writers and artists, and her work with California House and Kitchener House during World War I. The papers also include a file of drawings by Arthur Putnam and some letters written to him and by him.
The Container List which follows describes the papers in greater detail, and a list of the more important correspondents in the collection is also included below.

Partial List of Correspondents

  • Correspondence Miscellany, A-Z
    • Gump (S. & G. ) Company, San Francisco
      • Letter, July 27, 1940
    • Haig, Douglas Haig, 1st earl, 1861-1928
      • Letter, Dec. 12, 1925
    • James, Alice Howe (Gibbens) [Mrs. William James]
      • Letter, Jan. 1, 1916
    • Johnson, Hiram Warren, 1866-1945
      • Letter, Feb. 21, 1940
    • Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931
      • Letter, Apr. 9, 1923
    • London. National Gallery
      • Letter, Oct. 18, 1926
    • New York. Grand Central Art Galleries
      • Letter, Nov. 9, 1927
    • New York Times
      • Letter, Apr. 22, 1925
    • Norris, Charles Gilman, 1881-1945
      • Letter, Oct. 7, 1930
    • Parsons, Alfred, 1847-1920
      • Letter, undated
    • Pepper, Claude Denson, 1900-
      • Letter, June 18, 1940
    • San Francisco Journal
      • Letter, May 17, 1922
    • Sullivan, Noël, 1890-1956
      • Letter, Nov. 9, 1932
    • Wall, Albert Chandler, 1866-1945
      • Letter, Sept. 25, 1934
    • Weill, Raphael, 1837-1925
      • Letter, Sept. 10, 1915
    • Wilbur, Ray Lyman, 1875-1949
      • Letter, undated
  • Allan, Maud
    • 2 letters, undated
  • Bosqui, Francis Lawrence, 1868-
    • 26 letters, 1899-1927 & undated
  • Carlsen, Emil, 1853-1931
    • 3 letters, 1896 & undated
  • Charteris, Hon. Evan Edward, 1864-
    • 7 letters, ca. 1927
  • Damrosch, Frank Heino, 1659-1937
    • 8 letters, 1886
  • Draper, Ruth, 1884-1956
    • 2 letters, undated
  • Elder (Paul) & Company, San Francisco
    • 2 letters, 1936. Written by Paul Elder
  • Galsworthy, Ada [Mrs. John Galsworthy]
    • 4 letters, 1925-1927
  • Galsworthy, John, 1867-1933
    • 34 letters, 1910-1920
  • Garnett, Porter, 1871-1951
    • Letter, Mar. 2, 1911, addressed to Arthur Putnam. [In Putnam correspondence, Box 4]
  • Garvin, Christina [Mrs. James L. Garvin]
    • 3 Letters, 1914 & undated
  • Garvin, James Louis, 1868-
    • 33 letters, 1916-1937
  • Gibbs, Sir Philip Hamilton, 1877-
    • 3 letters, 1920-1921
  • Haig, Dorothy Maud (Vivian) Haig, countess
    • 3 letters, 1918
  • Hoover, Lou Henry
    • 4 letters, 1919-1939
  • Jacomb-Hood, George Percy, 1857-1929
    • 10 letters, 1897-1908
  • James, Alice (Runnells) [Mrs. William James, Jr.]
    • 3 letters, 1927-1939
  • James, Henry, 1843-1916
    • 5 letters, 1907-1915
  • James, William, 1882-
    • 3 letters, 1936-1942
  • Jeffers, Una (Call), 1885-1950
    • 7 letters, 1932-1939
  • Lyttelton, Edith
    • 11 letters, 1930-1941
  • Manning, Frederic
    • 2 letters, 1912-1923
  • Moncheur, Charlotte, baroness
    • 121 letters, ca. 1916-1940
  • Morley, Charles, 1853-1916
    • 10 letters, 1906-1908-
  • Norris, Kathleen (Thompson), 1880-
    • 22 letters, 1909-1930
  • Ormond, Violet (Sargent) [John S. Sargent's sister]
    • 32 letters, 1918-1937
  • Porter, Bruce, 1865-
    • 129 letters, ca. 1906-1940
  • Porter, Margaret (James) [Mrs. Bruce Porter]
    • 22 letters, 1917-1932 & undated
  • Putnam, Arthur, 1873-1930
    • 7 letters, 1905-1921 & undated
  • Robertson, Walford Graham, 1866-1948
    • 14 letters, undated
  • San Francisco. Art Association
    • 2 letters, 1906-1923
  • Sargent, Emily [John S. Sargent's sister]
    • 19 letters, 1908-1930 & undated
  • Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925
    • 132 letters, 1892-1924 & undated
  • Shiels, John Wilson, 1868-1929
    • Letter, Aug. 11, 1910, addressed to Arthur Putnam. [In Putnam correspondence, Box 4]
  • Skinner, Robert P., 1866-
    • 2 letters, 1930
  • Spreckels, Alma (de Bretteville)
    • 2 letters, 1920-1921, addressed to Arthur Putnam. [In Putnam correspondence, Box 4]
  • Stanford University. Library. Hoover Library on War, Revolution and Peace
    • 2 letters, 1940
  • Sutro, Alfred, 1869-1945
    • 4 letters, 1933
  • Sutro, Oscar, 1874-1935
    • 2 letters, 1931 & undated
  • Witt, Sir Robert Clermont, 1872-1952
    • 2 letters, 1926-1938


Letters written to Miss Heyneman. 1886-1942

Physical Description: Boxes 1-4


Arranged alphabetically by name of person or organization. Single letters have been placed in Correspondence Miscellany (Box 1) and unidentified correspondents at the end (Box 4).
box 1


box 2

N-Sargent, Emily

box 3

Sargent, John Singer

box 4

Sb-Z, and miscellaneous or unidentified

box 4

Letters re California and Kitchener Houses. 1915-1920


Mainly letters of appreciation from foreign governments and officials.
box 4

Misc. letters re her biography of Arthur Putnam. 1932-1933


Mainly fan mail.
box 4

Letters written to and by Arthur Putnam. 1905-1921


Putnam's copies of his letters (some written in a notebook), and letters from Porter Garnett, Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, and J. Wilson Shiels.
box 4

Correspondence, in German script, between Miss Heyneman's parents, Herman and Helene Heyneman. 1852-1880


Letters written by Miss Heyneman. 1886-1941

Physical Description: Boxes 5-7


Arranged chronologically. Most of the letters, 1892-1907, were written from Europe to members of her family. Many of the later letters are draft copies, and many letters are undated.
box 5


box 6


box 7


carton 1

Mss. of her writings


Manuscripts of short stories, articles and novels, publish and unpublished. Included is her reminiscence of John S. Sargent, "Tite Street and Around the Corner. "
box 8-9

Subject files, clippings and photographs

Additional Note

Many photographs have been removed from the collection and catologed separately, with the call number Portrait 6342-6369. Some scketches and photographs have been removed to Pictorial Collection.

Putnam, Arthur






Sargent, John Singer - photographs and clippings of his portraits






Miss Heyneman's notes




California House, Kitchener House - World War I


Clippings re Miss Heyneman


Clippings of newspaper articles written by her Clippings of magazine articles and stories written by her


Clippings re her books, Woman at the Crossroads and Arthur Putnam, Sculptor


Photographs of portraits done by Miss Heyneman


Photographs of unidentified portraits




Notes on Miss Heyneman by Paul Heyneman

oversize scrapbook

Clippings from San Francisco newspapers. kept by her brother, Lionel. ca. 1889-1895