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Finding Aid to the Collection of Bret Harte Letters and Papers, 1857-1959, bulk 1857-1901
BANC MSS C-H 57  
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Collection of Bret Harte letters and papers
    Date (inclusive): 1857-1959,
    Date (bulk): , bulk 1857-1901
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-H 57
    Creators : Harte, Bret, 1836-1902.
    Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes, 1 oversize volume, and 1 roll. Linear feet: 1.25
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Abstract: Contains correspondence and writings. Correspondence includes outgoing letters, one incoming letter and several letters about Bret Harte. Correspondents include John H. Carmany, Harte's wife, Anna Griswold Harte, James Osgood, Elisha Bliss, Jr., Thomas Starr King and Lady Gregory. Writings include a diary from 1857-1858 and manuscripts including, The Heathen Chinee. Also includes a United States flag put together by Harte and his sister during the American Civil War, clippings, papers relating to Harte's employment in the U.S. Branch Mint, San Francisco and some miscellaneous papers and items relating to Harte.
    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, with the following exceptions: the United States Flag in Roll 1 is RESTRICTED.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or reproduce must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-6000. 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.
    Copyright 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 Bret Harte Letters and Papers, BANC MSS C-H 57, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    Part of the collection is also available on microfilm, see call numbers BANC MSS C-H 57 FILM, BANC FILM 2165 and BANC FILM 2693, reel 1.

    Related Collections

    Bret Harte papers, 1869-1895. (BANC MSS 76/192)
    Bret Harte papers, 1870-1898. (BANC MSS 77/166)
    Bret Harte papers, circa 1869-1897. (BANC MSS 79/47)
    Bret Harte letter to Ralph Keeler. (BANC MSS 88/34)
    Bret Harte letters to his wife in London. (BANC MSS 88/146)
    Bret Harte letters to his family. (BANC MSS 88/181)
    Bret Harte letter, Washington, D.C., to E.A. Buck. (BANC MSS 91/55)
    Bret Harte correspondence on microfilm. (BANC FILM 2693)
    J. Ross (John Ross) Browne papers. (BANC MSS 78/163)
    Ina Donna Coolbrith collection of letters and papers. (BANC MSS C-H 23)
    George Davidson papers. (BANC MSS C-B 490)
    Charles Warren Stoddard collection of papers. (BANC MSS C-H 53)
    Overland Monthly records. (BANC MSS C-H 97)
    Mark Twain Papers at The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley.

    Separated Material

    Drawings transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1960.008--A)

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Harte, Bret, 1836-1902--Correspondence
    Harte, Bret, 1836-1902--Manuscripts
    Harte, Bret, 1836-1902 -- Heathen Chinee
    Mints--California--San Francisco
    Flags--United States
    Authors, American
    Manuscripts (for publication)
    Poems
    Diaries
    Cards
    Clippings
    Carmany, John H
    Harte, Anna Griswold
    Osgood, James R. (James Ripley), 1836-1892
    Bliss, Elisha, 1822-1880
    Gregory, Lady, 1852-1932
    King, Thomas Starr, 1824-1864
    Honeyman, Robert B. Collection
    Norris, Thomas W. (Thomas Wayne). Collection

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Collection of Bret Harte Letters and Papers were given to and purchased by The Bancroft Library over many years including items from the Thomas W. Norris collection and the Robert B. Honeyman collection.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Reprocessed by Alison E. Bridger in 2006.

    Biographical Information

    Francis Bret Harte (August 25, 1836-May 6, 1902) was an American author and poet, best remembered for his accounts of pioneering life in California. Born in Albany, New York, he moved to California in 1854, later working there in a number of capacities, including miner, teacher, messenger, and journalist.
    -From "Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia," 2006 June.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Contains correspondence and writings. Correspondence includes outgoing letters, one incoming letter and several letters about Bret Harte. Correspondents include John H. Carmany, Harte's wife, Anna Griswold Harte, James Osgood, Elisha Bliss, Jr., Thomas Starr King and Lady Gregory. Writings include a diary from 1857-1858 and manuscripts including, The Heathen Chinee. Also includes a United States flag put together by Harte and his sister during the American Civil War, clippings, papers relating to Harte's employment in the U.S. Branch Mint, San Francisco and some miscellaneous papers and items relating to Harte.