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Finding Aid to the Joseph Cummings Rowell Papers, 1884-1937
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Box 1

Outgoing letters, mainly carbon copies, 1884-1937

 

Incoming letters, A-L

 

Arranged alphabetically. Single items have been placed in an A-Z Miscellany. A partial list of correspondents will be found at the end of this report.

Box 2

Incoming letters, M-Z

 

Papers relating to the purchase of the Bancroft Library, including:

 

Certificate of appraisal of the collection

 

Documents and miscellaneous papers relating to the transfer of the library to the University, 1905

 

Rowell: Misc. speeches

 

Miscellaneous items relating to the San Francisco earthquake and fire, 1906

 

Clippings, roughly sorted by subject: book reviews, California School of Mechanical Arts, San Francisco; Rowell; misc.

 

Misc.

 

Scrapbook, 1 v., containing literary quotations, obits, clippings re Rowell and libraries, especially that of the University of California, circa 1884-1935.

Box 3

Material re libraries

 

California Library Association:

 

Circulars, menus, programs, notices of meetings, and statistics on English fiction in libraries, ca, 1896-1907

 

Library classification:

 

Misc, papers, mainly devoted to the elaboration of Rowell's own classification scheme.

 

Travel notes on libraries, including blank forms used by other libraries.

 

Misc, relating to the University of California Library, including lecture notes, information on history of the library, misc, pertaining to the library's map collection, and papers relating to the dismissal of two library employees, 1902-1903

Partial List of Correspondents

 

A-Z Miscellany

 

Adams, George Plimpton, 1882-

 

Letter, Nov. 16, 1917

 

American Library Association

 

Letter, Mar. 26, 1903, by Mary W. Plummer

 

Atherton, Gertrude Franklin (Horn), 1857-1948

 

Letter, Dec. 28, 1916

 

Bacon, Thomas Rutherford, 1850-1913

 

Letter, Dec. 2, 1898

 

Barnes, William H. L., 1836-1902

 

Letter, Feb. 12, 1897

 

Barry, James Henry, 1856-1927

 

Letter, Oct. 18, 1907

 

Bidwell, A. R.

 

Letter, Dec. 18, 1934. Information re E. R. Sill.

 

Boas, Franz, 1858-1942

 

Letter, Nov. 18, 1887

 

British Museum

 

Letter, Sept. 13, 1910, by G. K. Fortescue

 

Brown University. John Carter Brown Library.

 

Letter, Nov. 7, 1906, by H. L. Koopman

 

Buckham, John Wright, 1864-1945

 

Letter, May 20, 1935

 

Budd, James Herbert, 1853-1908

 

Letter, Nov. 30, 1883

 

Butterfield, Harry Morton, 1887-

 

Letter, Jan. 23, 1935

 

California. University, Berkeley. Library Committee

 

Letter, Mar. 15, 1880, by Frank Soulé

 

Cambridge, Eng. University. Library

 

Letter, Feb. 8, 1893, by F. J. H. Jenkinson

 

Chamberlain, Annette J.

 

Letter, Sept. 29, 1938, containing her recollections of the Howisons.

 

Cheney, William Atwell, 1848-1925

 

Letter, June 8, 1917

 

Cleveland, Ohio. Public Library

 

Letter by W. H. Brett, undated

 

Coblentz, Stanton Arthur, 1896-

 

Letter, May 26, 1931

 

Cornell University, Library

 

Letter, Nov. 22, 1888, by G. W. Harris

 

Crane, Frances Grayson

 

Letter, Feb. 27, 1904, re A. J. Grayson's bird illustrations

 

Croudace, Lenore

 

Letter, Sept. 4, 1910

 

Davis, Horace, 1831-1916

 

Letter, Sept. 24, 1908

 

Detroit, Mich. Public Library

 

Letter, May 29, 1894, by H. M. Utley

 

Edwards, George

 

Letter, Oct. 4, 1906 re Bancroft Library

 

Forbes Library, Northampton, Mass.

 

Letter, Feb. 13?, 1902, by C. A. Cutter

 

Gayley, Charles Mills, 1858-1932

 

Letter, Dec. 1, 1898

 

Green, Samuel Swett, 1837-

 

Letter, July 30, 1898 . Enclosing letter of Herbert Putnam, re disposal of Bancroft Library.

 

Hall of White Cooks, Waiters and Employees Protective Union

 

Letter, May 1, 1886

 

Hallidie, Andrew Smith, 1836-1900

 

Letter, Dec. 2, 1898, relating to the importance of the Bancroft Collection.

 

Harrison, William Greer, 1835-1916

 

Letter, May 19, 1902

 

Hart, Walter Morris, 1872-1964

 

Letter, Apr. 7, 1935

 

Hittell, Theodore Henry, 1830-1917

 

Letter, July 18, 1898, re value of Bancroft Collection

 

Honcharenko, Agapius, 1831-1916

 

Letter, Dec. 1, 1907

 

Hoover, Herbert Clark, 1874-1964

 

Letter, Mar. 29, 1935

 

Howard, Emma Shafter

 

Letter, Aug. 14, 1902

 

Howison, George Holmes, 1834-1916

 

Letter, Dec. 1, 1898, re importance of acquiring the Bancroft Collection

 

James, George Wharton, 1858-1923

 

Letter, Dec. 16, 1909

 

Jastrow, Morris, 1861-1921

 

Letter, June 3, 1913

 

John Crerar Library, Chicago

 

Letter, Sept. 14, 1904, by C. M. Andrews

 

Johnson, Hiram Warren, 1866-1945

 

Letter, June 3, 1935

 

Jones, Clarence Miller

 

Letter, Feb. 11, 1908, Letter written by his secretary, F. A. Weed, with inscribed booklet: From Rime to Reason...

 

Jones, William Carey, 1854-1923

 

Letter, Dec. 1, 1898, re value of acquiring the Bancroft Collection

 

Keeler, Charles Augustus, 1871-1937

 

Letter, May 8, 1894

 

Kip, William Ingraham, 1811-1893

 

Letter, Sept. 14, 1884

 

Knowles, William A. L.

 

Letter, Jan. 2, 1907, re Kaweah

 

Kofoid, Charles Atwood, 1865-1947

 

Letter, Mar. 30, 1937

 

Kyne, Peter Bernard, 1880-1957

 

Letter, [Jan, 1916]

 

Le Conte, Joseph, 1823-1901

 

Letter, Dec. 6, 1898, re importance of acquiring the Bancroft Library

 

Lindley, Curtis Holbrook, 1850-1920

 

Letter, Oct. 17, 1907

 

Little, George Thomas, 1857-1915

 

Letter, Aug. 18, 1902

 

Lubin, David, 1849-1919

 

Letter, Dec. 12, 1898, with copy of his pamphlet, Shall It Be Labor Or Shall It Be Service?

 

McGaffey, Ernest, 1861-

 

Letter, Aug. 26, 1937

 

Manly, William Lewis

 

Letter, Feb. 3?, 1895

 

Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940

 

Letter, Aug. 29, 1900

 

Martin, James John, 1845-1938?

 

Letter, July 27, 1912, re Kaweah

 

Marye, George Thomas, 1849-1933

 

Letter, Mar. 17, 1924

 

Massachusetts. State Library, Boston

 

Letter, Feb. 28, 1887, by C. B. Tillinghast

 

Michigan. University, Ann Arbor, Library

 

Letter, Oct. 24, 1907, by Theo. W. Koch

 

Mighels, Ella Sterling (Clara), 1853-1934

 

Letter, Feb. 12, 1931

 

Milne, Frances Margaret (Tener), 1846-

 

Letter, Mar. 29, 1906

 

Moses, Bernard, 1846-1930

 

Letter, Dec. 3, 1898, re value of Bancroft Collection

 

Muir, John, 1838-1914

 

Letter, Oct. 15, 1901, commenting on two fragments of writings of William P. Gibbons, enclosed.

 

New York. State Library, Albany

 

Letter, Mar. 5, 1912, by James L. Wyer

 

Nye, Alfred Bourne

 

Letter, Apr. 18, 1910, written as Controller, State of California

 

Oak, Henry Lebbeus, 1844-1905

 

Letter, July 15, 1898, concerning value of the Bancroft Collection

 

Oak, Ora

 

Letter, July 1, 1906

 

Olney, Mary (McLean), 1873-1965

 

Letter, Dec. 7, 1934, re E. R. Sill

 

Olney, Warren, 1870-1939

 

Letter, Aug. 22, 1904

 

Parker, William Belmont, 1871-1934

 

Letter, May 2, 1930

 

Perkins, George Clement, 1839-1923

 

Letter, Jan. 14, 1902

 

Pratt, Alice Edwards

 

Letter, Dec. 22, 1934, re E. R. Sill

 

Redstone, Albert E.

 

Letter, July 11, 1912, concerning Kaweah

 

Richardson, Ernest Cushing, 1860-1939

 

Letter, Jan. 30, 1912

 

Richardson, Leon Joseph, 1868-1964

 

Letter, Mar. 8, 1935

 

Rieber, Charles Henry, 1866-

 

Letter, Jan. 1, 1918

 

Royce, Josiah, 1855-1916

 

Letter, July 23, 1898, re valuation of the Bancroft Collection

 

Royce, Katharine (Head) [Mrs. Josiah Royce]

 

Letter, Nov. 28, 1934, re Josiah Royce

 

Salem, Mass. Public Library

 

Letter, Oct. 1, 1890, by G. M. Jones

 

San Francisco. Public Library

 

Letter, Jan. 19, 1909, by W. R. Watson

 

Setchell, William Albert, 1864-1943

 

Letter, Apr. 6, 1937

 

Spreckels, Rudolph, 1872-1958

 

Letter, Nov. 20, 1908

 

Stephens, Henry Morse, 1857-1919

 

Letter, May 8, 1910

 

Stillman, John Maxson, 1852-1923

 

Letter, Dec. 8, 1914, containing recollections of Christy.

 

Swett, John, 1830-1913

 

Receipt, June 1, 1904

 

Taylor, Harvey

 

Letter, July 2, 1931, including list of Mss. and books of and about Jack London, and other California authors

 

U.S. Bureau of Mines

 

Letter, Mar. 22, 1917, by Lauson Stone

 

U.S. Surgeon-General's Office

 

Letter, Jan. 6, 1885, by John S. Billings

 

U.S. Weather Bureau

 

Letter, Aug. 24, 1906, by Alexander McAdie

 

Van Name, Addison, 1835-1922

 

Letter, Nov. 9, 1892

 

Vogdes, Anthony Wayne, 1843-

 

Letter, Dec. 1, 1901

 

Wagner, Arthur Lockwood, 1853-1905

 

Letter, Oct. 21, 1897

 

Washington. University, Seattle. Library

 

Letter, July 9, 1908

 

Waste, William Harrison, 1868-1940

 

Letter, May 22, 1919

 

Weed, Benjamin

 

Letter, Nov. 27, 1915, with printed copy of his poem, Dance of Iris

 

Wesleyan University. Library

 

Letter, Feb. 24, 1892, by W. J. James

 

Wheeler, Charles Stetson, 1863-1923

 

Letter, Sept. 13, 1909

 

White, Stephen Mallory, 1853-1901

 

Letter, Aug. 1, 1897

 

Whitney, Charlotte Anita, 1867-

 

Letter, May 11, 1913

 

Wood, Charles Esrkine Scott, 1852-1944

 

Letter, Feb. 12, 1928

 

Yale, Charles Gregory

 

Letter, Dec. 13, 1887

 

Abbot, Carlisle Stewart, 1828-

 

2 letters, 1917

 

Ames, Joseph Sweetman, 1864-1943

see Johns Hopkins University

 

Andrews, Clement Walker, 1858-1930

see John Crerar Library, Chicago

 

Avery, Samuel Putnam, 1822-

 

2 letters, 1896-[1897]

 

Bancroft, Hubert Howe, 1832-1918

 

2 letters, 1898-1900

 

Barrows, David Prescott, 1873-1954

 

4 letters, 1919-1938. 1919 letter as president, University of California

 

Belcher, Rebecca Anne

 

2 letters, 1935, containing information re E. R. Sill

 

Billings, John Shaw, 1839-1913

see New York. Public Library.

See also U.S. Surgeon-General's Office

 

Bliss, Henry Evelyn, 1870-1955

see New York. City College. Library

 

Bonté, John Harmon C., d. 1896

see California. University. Regents

 

Bradley, Harold Cornelius, 1878-

 

3 letters, 1934-1935

 

Brett, William Howard, 1846-1918

see Cleveland, Ohio. Public Library

 

Burgess, Gelett, 1866-1951

 

2 letters, 1894-1896

 

California. State Library, Sacramento

 

7 letters, 1903-1935, by J. L. Gillis, William R. Watson, Milton J. Ferguson and Mabel R. Gillis.

 

California. University. President

 

8 letters, 1903-1919, by Benjamin Ide Wheeler and Farnham P. Griffiths.

See also Barrows, David Prescott; Sproul, Robert Gordon; and Reid, William Thomas

 

California. University. Press

 

2 letters, 1912-1935. 1935 letter by Samuel T. Farquhar.

 

California. University. Regents

 

4 letters, 1893-1905, by V. H. Henderson and J. H. C. Bonté, Some are copies only.

 

California. University. Vice-President

 

3 letters, 1934-1938, by M. E. Deutsch

 

Campbell, William Wallace, 1862-1938

 

2 letters, 1904-1919. 1904 letter written as director, Lick Observatory.

 

Canfield, James Hulme, 1847-1909

see Columbia University. Library

 

Cheney, John Vance, 1848-1922

 

3 letters, 1890-1901. 1898 letter re valuation of the Bancroft Collection.

 

Chicago. University. Library

 

3 letters, 1898-1919, by Zella A. Dixson and J. C. M. Hanson

 

Columbia University. Library

 

3 letters, 1884-1907, by James H. Canfield and Melvil Dewey. 1884 letter is signed printed form letter.

 

Coolbrith, Ina Donna, 1842-1928

 

4 letters, 1880-1909, mainly as librarian, Oakland Public Library

 

Cutter, Charles Ammi, 1837-1903

see Forbes Library, Northampton, Mass.

 

Davidson, George, 1825-1911

 

6 letters, 1898-1910. 1898 letters re valuation of Bancroft Collection

 

Deutsch, Monroe Emanuel, 1879-1955

see California. University. Vice-President

 

Dewey, Melvil, 1851-1931

see New York, University.

See also Columbia University. Library

 

Doyle, John Thomas, 1819-1906

 

3 letters, 1898-1904. 1898 letter relates to the value of the Bancroft Collection.

 

Eames, Wilberforce, 1855-1937

see New York. Public Library

 

Farquhar, Samuel Thaxter, 1890-

see California. University. Press

 

Fletcher, William Isaac, 1844-1917

 

2 letters, 1901-1905

 

Fortescue, George Knottesford, 1847-1912

see British Museum

 

French, John Calvin, 1875-

see Johns Hopkins University

 

Geller Lilenthal Inc.

 

1 letter, dated Feb. 20, 1929

 

Gillis, James Louis, 1857-1917

see California, State Library, Sacramento

 

Greene, Charles Samuel, 1856-1930

 

2 letters, 1891-1908. 1891 letter written as manager of the Overland Monthly.

 

Griffiths, Farnham Pond, 1884-1958

see California, University. President

 

Hanson, James Christian Meinich, 1864-1943

see Chicago. University. Library

 

Harris, George William, 1849-1917

see Cornell University. Library

 

Hart, Jerome Alfred, 1854-1937

 

2 letters, 1906-1907

 

Harvard University. Library

 

2 letters, 1881-1891, by Justin Winsor

 

Henderson, Victor H.

see California, University. Regents

 

Henry, William Elmer, 1857-1936

see Washington. University, Seattle. Library

 

Henshaw, Frederick William, 1879-1929

 

2 letters, 1887-1915

 

Hittell, John Shertzer, 1825-1901

 

2 letters, undated and 1898. 1898 letter re value of Bancroft Library.

 

Illinois. University, Urbana

 

2 letters, 1905-1906, by K. L. Sharp

 

Jenkinson, Francis John Henry, 1853-1923

see Cambridge, Eng. University. Library

 

Jepson, Willis Linn, 1867-1946

 

2 letters, 1937

 

Johns Hopkins University

 

3 letters, 1934, by John C. French and J. S. Ames

 

Keith, Mary (McHenry), 1855-1947 [Mrs. William Keith]

 

3 letters, 1930

 

Keith, William, 1838-1911

 

2 letters, undated

 

Kellogg, Martin, 1828-1903

 

2 letters, 1898, re acquisition of Bancroft Library

 

Koch, Theodore Wesley, 1871-1941

see Michigan. University, Ann Arbor. Library

 

Koopman, Harry Lyman, 1860-1937

see Brown University. John Carter Brown Library

 

Leupp, Harold Lewis, 1877-1952

 

4 letters, 1913-1934. Copies only.

 

Lick Observatory

see Campbell, William Wallace

 

Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928

 

3 letters, 1909-1915

 

McAdie, Alexander George, 1863-1943

see U.S. Weather Bureau

 

McChesney, Alice

 

2 letters, 1930, re E. R. Sill

 

McEnerney, Garret William, 1865-

 

2 letters, 1909 and undated

 

McLafferty, May Benton

 

3 letters, 1922-1930, re E. R. Sill

 

Mills, William Hathorn, 1848-

 

3 letters, 1919-1920

 

Moffitt, James Kennedy, 1866?-1955

 

5 letters, 1897-1906

 

Nash, Herbert Charles, 1857-1902

 

2 letters, 1899-1901. 1899 letter written as librarian, Stanford University.

 

New York. City College. Library

 

3 letters, 1913, by Henry E. Bliss. Reprint of his article on library classification at end of folder.

 

New York. Public Library

 

5 letters, 1898-1906, by Wilberforce Eames, J. S. Billings. and Adelaide R. Hasse. 1898 letters relate to the sale of Bancroft's Library.

 

New York. State University

 

2 letters, 1891-1901, by Melvil Dewey

 

Palmer, Martha (Belcher) [Mrs. L. F. Palmer]

 

7 letters, 1935, re E. R. Sill

 

Pardee, George Cooper, 1857-1941

 

3 letters, 1889-1902

 

Phelan, James Duval, 1861-1930

 

2 letters, 1898-1916. 1898 letter re importance of acquiring Bancroft Library

 

Plummer, Mary Wright, d. 1916

see American Library Association

 

Poole, William Frederick, 1821-1894

 

5 letters, 1880-1893

 

Putnam, Herbert, 1861-

 

3 letters, 1907-1912. 1907 letter written for U.S. Library of Congress.

See also Green, Samuel Swett.

 

Reid, William Thomas, 1843-1922

 

2 letters, 1882-1885. 1885 letter written as president, University of California.

 

Richards, Charles O.

 

10 letters, 1898-1899, re sale of Bancroft's Library

 

Sather, Jane K.

 

3 letters, 1902-1903

 

Savage, Thomas, 1823-

 

2 letters, 1898, re value of Bancroft Collection

 

Sharp, Katharine Lucinda, 1865-1914

see Illinois. University

 

Sherman, Edwin Allen, 1829-

 

2 letters, 1898. Also brochure re Sloat Monument

 

Shinn, Milicent Washburn, 1858-1940

 

21 letters, 1902-1937. Many re E. R. Sill papers, Include 4 letters, 1930, addressed to Miss Dora Smith.

 

Slack, Charles W., 1858-

 

4 letters, 1896-1901. 1898 letters relate to the acquisition of the Bancroft Collection

 

Smith, Walter McMynn, 1869-1938

see Wisconsin. University, Madison. Library

 

Soulé, Frank, 1845-1913

see California. University, Berkeley. Library Committee

 

Spofford, Ainsworth Rand, 1825-1908

see U.S. Library of Congress

 

Sproul, Robert Gordon, 1891-

 

5 letters, 1929-1938. Some as president, University of California.

 

Stanford University. Library

 

4 letters, 1891-1906, by Edwin H. Woodruff and Melvin G. Dodge.

See also Nash, Herbert Charles

 

Stebbins, Horatio, 1821-1902

 

4 letters, 1881-1898. 1898 letter re valuation of Bancroft Collection.

 

Stone, Lauson, 1883-1947

see U.S. Bureau of Mines

 

Stratton, George Malcolm, 1865-1957

 

3 letters, 1934-1938

 

Talbot, Clare (Ryan)

 

4 letters, 1934-1935, concerning her work on book-plates

 

Thwaites, Reuben Gold, 1853-1913

 

2 letters, 1906-1907. 1906 letter written as secretary of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Report submitted to the President and Regents of the University of California upon the condition and marketable value of the Bancroft Library included at end of folder.

 

Tillinghast, Caleb Benjamin, 1843-1909

see Massachusetts. State Library, Boston

 

U.S. Library of Congress

 

4 letters, 1898-1918, by A. R. Spofford and others. 1898 letter re valuation of Bancroft Collection.

See also Putnam, Herbert.

 

Utley, Henry Munson, 1836-1917

see Detroit, Mich. Public Library

 

Voorsanger, Jacob, 1852-1908

 

2 letters, 1898-1904. 1898 letter re value of the Bancroft Collection.

 

Watson, William Richard, 1867-1926

see California. State Library, Sacramento

See also San Francisco. Public Library

 

Wheeler, Benjamin Ide, 1854-1927

see California. University. President

 

Winsor, Justin, 1831-1897

see Harvard University. Library

 

Wisconsin. University, Madison. Library

 

2 letters, 1903-1914, by W. M. Smith

 

Woodruff, Edwin Hamlin, 1862-1941

see Stanford University. Library

 

Wyer, James Ingersoll, 1869-

see New York. State Library, Albany

 

Zeitlen, Jake

 

1 letter to U.C. Library, dated Feb. 8, 1929