Garland (Hamlin) Collection Edit

Summary

Identifier
0200

Dates

  • 1890-1940 (Creation)

Extents

  • 181.41 Linear Feet (Whole)

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Notes

  • Abstract

    The Hamlin Garland Collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, literary notebooks, photographs, and other memorabilia, by and about the American realist writer (1860-1940).

  • General Physical Description note

    173 boxes, loose material

  • Scope and Content

    The Hamlin Garland Collection consists of nearly eight hundred manuscripts of Garland's writings, dozens of his literary notebooks, many hundreds of photographs and other memorabilia, and parts of Garland's personal library (cataloged separately in the USC Libraries OPAC, Homer). It also contains 8,000 pieces of correspondence, largely unpublished, including many letters from such famous correspondents as James M. Barrie, Joseph Conrad, Thomas Hardy, and A. A. Milne of England, and from Americans such as Walt Whitman, William Dean Howells, Stephen Crane, Gertrude Atherton, and Willa Cather.

  • Access

    Advance notice required for access.

  • Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Hamlin Garland Collection, Collection no. 0200, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

  • General note

    The checklist which makes up this finding aid was originally completed for Hamlin Garland : Centennial tributes and a Checklist of the Hamlin Garland papers in the University of Southern California Library by Lloyd A. Arvidson, originally published in the University of Southern California Library Bulletin no. 9 (1962). In 1999, an electronic version of the checklist was produced, and in 2012, this electronic version was modified to produced this finding aid.

  • Historical note

    By the terms of his bequest, a large part of Hamlin Garland's library came to the University of Southern California in 1939-40. The author died in March of 1940, and in November the University Library announced the acquisition by purchase of Garland's personal papers and correspondence. Although he had drawn quite close to USC during his final decade, receiving an honorary doctorate from the University in 1935, Garland long held out the idea of placing his papers with an institution in the East or Mid-West, geographically closer to the parts of the country he most closely identified with. He left final disposition of the archive to Mrs. Garland, however, who saw the merit of adding her husband's papers to the USC library's growing American Literature collection.

    In the years immediately following, much Garland material which the author had loaned for exhibition was retrieved by USC. His first scholarly biographer, Eldon C. Hill at the the University of Miami (Ohio), also returned letters, books, and manuscripts which Hamlin Garland had placed at his disposal during the writing of Hill's dissertation. The Garland Collection moved out of cartons and file cabinets after 1950, when Professor Bruce E. McElderry (English) assumed the task of describing and analyzing the entire archive. Concurrently, Lloyd Arvidson of the library staff, with particular responsibility for the American Literature holdings, was preparing his Bibliography of the Published Writings of Hamlin Garland; and it became his next goal to draw up the detailed checklist of the Garland Collection, which the library published as a paper-bound octavo booklet in 1962.

    Through the good offices of Professor Mark Rocha, an addendum to the Garland Collection was acquired in 1988, consisting for the most part of family memorabilia (photographs, scrapbooks, personal correspondence) belonging to Garland's two daughters.

    John B. AhouseAmerican Literature Curator University of Southern California October 8, 1999

  • Related Materials

    Additional information on Hamlin Garland, his life and work, can be accessed at http://libguides.usc.edu/hamlingarland

  • Processing note

    The collection has been processed at the item level. The numbers preceding individual items in this finding aid are unique item numbers.

    Each Garland manuscript here listed is revised in the author's hand unless the entry specifically states that it is a fair copy or is unrevised (unrev.). Revision of manuscripts written by others (series 11, subseries D) is, however, noted. A date or approximate date which has been supplied from sources other than the manuscript described is placed in brackets, with a question mark if it is unverified. When a manuscript has obviously been post-dated by Mr. Garland, this has been noted, since such post-dating is not always reliable. Titles of entries for manuscripts are those of the published work or of the final draft. Variant titles of earlier drafts are placed in quotation marks.

    A separate explanatory note for the checklist of correspondence may be found at the beginning of that series.

    1. ALS. Autograph letter, signed

    2. c. circa

    3. cm. centimeter(s)

    4. Ch. Chapter

    5. cop. copyright

    6. ms. (mss.) manuscript(s)

    7. n.d. no date shown on manuscript and not determined from other sources

    8. n.y. month and day shown on manuscript, but not year

    9. rev. revised

    10. unrev. unrevised

  • Processing note

    The collection has been processed at the item level. The numbers preceding individual items in this finding aid are unique item numbers.

    Each Garland manuscript here listed is revised in the author's hand unless the entry specifically states that it is a fair copy or is unrevised (unrev.). Revision of manuscripts written by others (series 11, subseries D) is, however, noted. A date or approximate date which has been supplied from sources other than the manuscript described is placed in brackets, with a question mark if it is unverified. When a manuscript has obviously been post-dated by Mr. Garland, this has been noted, since such post-dating is not always reliable. Titles of entries for manuscripts are those of the published work or of the final draft. Variant titles of earlier drafts are placed in quotation marks.

    A separate explanatory note for the checklist of correspondence may be found at the beginning of that series.

  • Organization

    The Hamlin Garland Collection is organized into 12 series; each series corresponds generally to a format or a broad subject area. Within each series, items are generally arranged alphabetically by title or subject (when appropriate). Occasionally, as for the Garland notebooks, a chronological arrangement is used. This arrangement was created for the original checklist of the collection.

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