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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: George Sterling papers
    source: Blaettler, Rudolph
    source: Bynner, Witter
    source: Bender, Albert M. (Albert Maurice), 1866-1941
    creator: Sterling, George, 1869-1926
    Identifier/Call Number: M0021
    Physical Description: 1 Linear Feet : 2 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1909-1942
    Date (bulk): bulk


    The majority of the Sterling papers came to Stanford as a gift of Rudolf Blaettler, collector. The Bynner-Sterling correspondence is a gift of Witter Bynner. (Oct 1960)

    Biographical / Historical

    American poet and playwright George Sterling was born in Sag Harbor, N.Y. on December 1, 1869. He was educated on the East Coast and attended St. Charles College in Maryland. In 1896 he married Carrie Rand of Oakland, California, and from 1898 to 1908 he was private secretary to Frank C. Havens of that city.
    Sterling's first volume of poems, “ Testimony of the Suns and Other Poems, was published in 1903. After that time, there were nine other volumes and a number of separate poems published. From 1908 to 1915, Sterling was one of the leaders of the artist colony at Carmel, California. He died on November 18, 1926, by his own hands.

    Scope and Contents

    The Sterling Papers date from 1909 to 1942 with the bulk of material falling between 1920 and 1926. Those dated 1946 are memorial items marking the twentieth anniversary of his death. The collection includes correspondence, literary typescripts and manuscripts, printed poems and songs, a galley proof, photographs and clippings. Some of the material is in photostat form from originals in the University of Pennsylvania Library. Correspondents include: Edwin Markham, Theodore Dreiser, Robinson and Una Jeffers and Witter Bynner.

    Separated Materials

    Death mask is stored with Special Collections framed pictures.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] George Sterling collection, M0021, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    Gift of Rudolph Blaettler, Witter Bynner, and Albert M. Bender.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Blaettler, Rudolph
    Bynner, Witter
    Bender, Albert M. (Albert Maurice), 1866-1941
    Sterling, George, 1869-1926