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Guide to the Charles Augustus Keeler Papers, 1858-1949
BANC MSS C-H 105  
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Description
Correspondence, writings, diaries, notes, and clippings concerning Keeler's literary works and his life in Berkeley. Correspondents include: William Frederic Bade, Mary Bird Clayes, Ina Donna Coolbrith, Mary Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Bernard Maybeck, C. Hart Merriam, John Muir, and August Vollmer.
Background
Charles Augustus Keeler was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on October 7, 1871. His father died a few years later, and, in l875, his mother married James K. Bartlett, a prominent physician. Through Dr. Bartlett's extensive library, Keeler was introduced to the world of art and literature. He was educated in both public and private schools and spent summers and other spare time pursuing his interest in biological science. In 1887, the family moved to Berkeley, California. Keeler continued high school and entered the University of California with the Class of 1893 but family illness prevented him from earning a degree. Instead, he accepted a position with the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. In 1893, the year of his marriage to Louise Mapes Bunnell, the Academy published his first book, Evolution of Colors of North American Land Birds. Although he seemed headed toward a career in science, Keeler realized that he wanted to devote his life to writing poetry and drama. His first book of poems, A Light Through the Storm, was published in San Francisco in 1894. During his lifetime he published more than a dozen books, primarily poetry, many illustrated by his wife. In addition, he gave hundreds of readings of his poetry and plays.
Extent
Number of containers: 12 boxes, 14 cartons Linear feet: 22.5
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
Collection is open for research.