Date Published: 1888-1942
Gertrude Atherton was a prominent and prolific American author. In addition to novels, she wrote short stories, essays, and articles for magazines and newspapers on such issues as feminism, politics, and war. Atherton was an early feminist well acquainted with the plight of women. She was strong-willed, independent-minded, and sometimes controversial. Charlotte S. McClure in a Dictionary of Literary Biography essay said that Atherton "redefined women's potential and presented a psychological drama of a woman's quest for identity and for a life purpose and happiness within and beyond her procreative function".
This collection contains 12 items; 2 Autographed Letters Signed (ALS), 4 Typed Letters Signed (TLS), 1 Autographed Note Signed (ANS), 1 Black & White Photo, 1 Book signed and 3 Ephemera dating from 1888 to 1942.
2 ALS, 4 TLS, & 1 ANS;
• ALS to Mr. Lecker, 23 December ?, Fort Ross, California, thanking him for the check and that she has no idea what he means “stamp” (she encloses a 2¢ stamp).
• ALS with envelope to William Plohr, 11 December 1928, thanking him for his appreciation of her Greek books.
• TLS to Mark Sullivan, 10 June 1941, re his book, “Our Times: 1900-1925”, requesting that he bring it up to date (“Do give us Hoover and your own story of the Depression—but above all, Roosevelt. He is still a sort of Sphinx… I want not only your Roosevelt but your Mussolini, Hitler, and Stalin.”).
• TLS to Miss Brennan, 5 February ?, noting that “The House of Lee” will be broadcast on radio and that two of her books are in Braille.
• TLS to National Broadcasting Company, inc., 14 July 1942, re radio broadcast of her story, “The Striding Place”, in condensed form. Signed page, 1916, with a picture of Atherton from a newspaper.
• TLS addressed “Dear Sir”, 6 Sept ember 1910, “I have relieved my mind once more, and send you the result as usual. If you like it I should not mind having a proof, if there is time.”
• ANS, n.d., 14 lines, “The moon shone on….”
• B&w photo of Atherton and Dr. Clayton, San Francisco surgeon, 8 January 1924, when Atherton opened a glandular clinic, First National Pictures, Inc.
1 Book with signed card;
• Gertrude Atherton writing as "Frank Lin", her first book, What Dreams May Come: A Romance (Chicago, New York, and San Francisco: Belford, Clarke and Co. Publishers, 1888), signed white card (1928), affixed to the front pastedown, dark blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, t.e.g., rubbing on the spine and edges, a good copy in a clamshell box. Provenance of Lucy Smith Doheny Battson (1893-1993) of Southern California.
• Post card signed on the front (Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen), postmarked 11 December 1908, addressed to Henry H. Hari in San Francisco.
• Signature dated 1916 mounted on card with a B&W newspaper photo of Atherton.
• Atherton, Gertrude: signed envelope with her return address post-marked 2 November 1940 to Charles P. Geer.
This collection is on consignment with LDRB.