Title:Milicent Washburn Shinn papers, circa 1882-1906
Milicent W. Shinn papers
Creator/Contributor:Shinn, Milicent Washburn, 1858-1940, creator
Creator/Contributor:Cheney, May, correspondent.
Creator/Contributor:Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910, correspondent.
Creator/Contributor:Gilder, Richard Watson, 1844-1909, correspondent.
Creator/Contributor:Gilman, Daniel C. (Daniel Coit), 1831-1908, correspondent.
Creator/Contributor:Pomeroy, John Norton, 1828-1885, correspondent.
Creator/Contributor:Peixotto, Ernest C., 1869-1940, correspondent.
Creator/Contributor:Peixotto, Jessica B. (Jessica Blanche), 1864-1941, correspondent.
Creator/Contributor:Royce, Josiah, 1855-1916, correspondent.
Creator/Contributor:Sill, Elizabeth Newberry, correspondent.
Creator/Contributor:Stoddard, Charles Warren, 1843-1909, correspondent.
Creator/Contributor:Talbot, Marion, 1858-1948, correspondent.
Creator/Contributor:Shute, H. Josephine, correspondent.
Letters written to her, many from contributors to the Overland Monthly or commenting on her editorship of the magazine; and
school compositions written by her and her sister. Correspondents include May Cheney, Samuel L. Clemens, Richard W. Gilder,
Daniel C. Gilman, John N. Pomeroy, Ernest C. Peixotto, Jessica Peixotto, Josiah Royce, Elizabeth N. Sill (Mrs. Edward R. Sill),
Charles W. Stoddard, and Marion Talbot. Letters from H. Josephine Shute relate to proposed educational reforms in California.
Shinn, Milicent Washburn -- 1858-1940 -- Archives
Shinn, Milicent Washburn -- 1858-1940 -- Correspondence
Overland monthly (San Francisco, Calif. : 1868)
Women periodical editors -- California
Women journalists -- California
Education -- California
Milicent Washburn Shinn papers, circa 1882-1906, BANC MSS 68/152 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Related collection: Milicent Washburn Shinn papers, 1889-1935 (BANC MSS 90/180 c).
A native Californian, Milicent W. Shinn was born in 1858 to parents who emigrated from the East and established a farming
homestead in Niles, California, where she lived her entire life. In 1879, at the age of 25, she became editor of the Overland
Monthly, a literary magazine that had fallen on hard times in post-Civil War California. Dividing her time between the family
ranch and the journal, Shinn cared for her aging parents, ran the ranch with her brother and his wife, and helped care for
their daughter, Ruth, who was born in 1890. Inspired by personal interest in her niece, Shinn applied her writer's skills
to create a carefully recorded and minutely detailed two-year account of her niece's physical growth and emotional development.
Delivered as a paper entitled "The First Two Years of the Child" at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, Shinn's
observational study was hailed as the first of its kind in America. Convinced by others that her work represented a significant
contribution to child psychology, Shinn resigned from the Overland Monthly in 1894 and enrolled as a doctoral candidate at
the University of California at Berkeley, completing the degree with the publication of her dissertation in 1898.
1 box (.4 linear feet)
BANC MSS 68/152 c box 1