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Finding aid to the H. Morse Stephens papers, [ca. 1890-1919]
BANC MSS C-B 926  
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Description
Correspondence, manuscripts of articles and books, lecture notes and clippings, mainly relating to his career as professor of history, University of California, and to his activity in the acquisition of the Bancroft Library.

Also included: material relating to Rudyard Kipling, and some papers of Stephen's sister, Amy Ellen
Background
Henry Morse Stephens, professor of history and founder of the University of California Extension, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on October 3, 1857. He attended Radley College School, then studied with a private tutor while in France. He later entered Haileybury College, which he left after five years to go to Balliol College, Oxford, where he took a "first" in History in treats. He married in 1880, shortly after completing his studies at the University. He coached at Oxford for a short time, leaving to complete research for his book on the history of the French Revolution. During this period he also wrote many articles for various weekly newspaper, reviewing books, exhibit, concerts, opera and theatre. After a serious breakdown of his health he moved to the country and traveled extensively in Europe, particularly in France. At this time he wrote Albuquerque, edited a two volume work on the orators of the French Revolution, and published Portugal as part of the series of the History of the Nations. He returned to Oxford to work on India, and gave his first history lectures, which were immediately successful. He soon joined the university extension lectures, offering history courses in southern England and on the Isle of Wight. He also became an editor of "India", a new monthly, and at this time accepted a position as lecturer in Indian history at Cambridge.
Extent
Number of containers: 8 boxes, 8 cartons and portfolio, 1 oversize folder
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.