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Anne Hawkins papers

Identifier: 0122

Scope and Content

This collection contains notebooks, drafts and outlines for Anne Hawkins' books Too Like the Lightning, Pony Express, and To the Swift, all of which are about the Pony Express in early California. Also included are galleys for Too Like the Lightning and typescripts and notes for two other works, a mystery and a novel about striking mine workers. In addition, the collection contains photocopies of Hawkins' correspondence with her agent and some of her personal correspondence from the period between 1948 and 1955. Some of Hawkins' notes are written in shorthand.


  • 1940 - 1955


Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection contains published materials; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Anne Hawkins was born in San Francisco and educated at the University of California and the London School of Economics. Before writing To the Swift, she worked as a stenographer, court reporter and publicity writer. She lived in Southern California.


1.46 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection contains notebooks, galleys, drafts, and outlines for Anne Hawkins’ books about the Pony Express, along with some of her correspondence. Hawkins was a stenographer who lived in Southern California and was the author of Too Like the Lightning, Pony Express and To the Swift.


The copies of Anne Hawkins' correspondence from Columbia University's Butler Library were donated to USC by George Garrigues.

Location of Originals

The originals of the photocopied material in this collection can be found at Columbia University's Butler Library in New York City.

Separated Materials

A copy of To the Swift (Harper, 1949) included in the collection has been cataloged in to the American Literature Rare Books Collection.

Finding Aid of the Anne Hawkins papers
Rebecca Hirsch
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The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-0189 United States