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Finding Aid to the Collection of Ambrose Bierce Papers, 1875-1925, bulk 1890-1913
BANC MSS C-H 62  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Collection of Ambrose Bierce papers
    Date (inclusive): 1875-1925,
    Date (bulk): bulk 1890-1913
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-H 62
    Creators : Bierce, Ambrose, 1842-1914?
    Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes, 1 volume, and 1 oversize folder Linear feet: 0.75
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: Contains outgoing correspondence, including letters to his daughter Helen D. Cowden, a young friend Amy L. Wells, fellow writers William Chambers Morrow and James Tufts, and publisher Walter Neale. See container list for a complete listing of correspondents. Also includes a sketch of Bierce by Wells, clippings about and by Bierce, writings by Amy L. Wells, a letter to Wells asking for information pertaining to Bierce's disappearance, and poems by brother Albert Sherwood Bierce. The album of letters to Helen D. Cowden includes two photographs of Ambrose Bierce, a copy of a poem, and transcriptions of Bierce's letters to his daughter.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    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

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94270-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Collection of Ambrose Bierce Papers, BANC MSS C-H 62, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    Part of the collection is available on microfilm, see container list for details. (BANC FILM C-H 62 and BANC FILM 2166)

    Related Collections

    Ambrose Bierce papers. (BANC MSS 75/57)
    Herman George Scheffauer papers. (BANC MSS C-H 89; BANC MSS 73/87; BANC MSS 84/22)
    Ina Donna Coolbrith collection of letters and papers. (BANC MSS C-H 23)
    Partington family papers: additions. (BANC MSS 81/143)
    Ambrose Geinett Bierce papers at Stanford University.
    Papers of Ambrose Bierce at the Clifton Waller Barrett Library, the University of Virginia.

    Separated Material

    Bierce Cartoon of the "Aviator Second Trip" has been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library. (BANC PIC 19xx.067--C)

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Bierce, Ambrose, 1842-1914?
    Bierce, Ambrose, 1842-1914?--Correspondence
    Bierce, Ambrose, 1842-1914?--Portraits
    Cowden, Helen D. --Correspondence
    Wells, Amy L. --Correspondence
    Morrow, W. C. (William Chambers), 1853-1923--Correspondence
    Tufts, James--Correspondence
    Neale, Walter, 1873-1933--Correspondence
    Bierce, Albert Sherwood--Poetic works
    Authors, American--19th century--Correspondence
    Satirists--Correspondence
    Letters
    Clippings
    Poems
    Photographs

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Collection of Ambrose Bierce Papers were given to and purchased by The Bancroft Library from various sources over many years. Items in the collection are identified with respect to provenance on folders.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Processing Information

    Re-Processed by Alison E. Bridger in 2007.

    Biographical Information

    Ambrose Bierce, born June 24, 1842 in Meigs County, Ohio, was an American author best known for his satire and supernatural stories. Many of his stories also came from his experiences serving in the Union Army during the American Civil War.
    After the war, Bierce moved to San Francisco, where he worked on several publications including Overland Monthly, the San Francisco Argonaut, the Wasp, and the San Francisco Examiner. In 1896, he moved to Washington, D.C. where he lobbied for William Randolph Hearst while still contributing to many newspapers and magazines.
    Bierce married Mollie Day, a wealthy miner's daughter, in 1871, and they had two sons, Day and Leigh, and a daughter, Helen. The couple separated in 1888, then divorced in 1905.
    Late in 1913, Ambrose Bierce joined Pancho Villa in the Mexican Revolution, where all trace of Bierce was lost. It is believed that Bierce probably died in the battle of Ojinaya on January 11, 1914.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Contains outgoing correspondence, including letters to his daughter Helen D. Cowden, a young friend Amy L. Wells, fellow writers William Chambers Morrow and James Tufts, and publisher Walter Neale. See container list for a complete listing of correspondents. Also includes a sketch of Bierce by Wells, clippings about and by Bierce, writings by Amy L. Wells, a letter to Wells asking for information pertaining to Bierce's disappearance, and poems by brother Albert Sherwood Bierce. The album of letters to Helen D. Cowden includes two photographs of Ambrose Bierce, a copy of a poem, and transcriptions of Bierce's letters to his daughter.