Mary Hunter Austin (1868-1943) was an American novelist, essayist and political activist. She is best known for her portrayals of life in California and New Mexico, and her writings include: Land of little rain (1903), The flock (1906), and her autobiography, Earth horizon (1932).
Scope and Content
The collection consists of the literary and personal papers of Mary Hunter Austin. It includes correspondence and literary manuscripts by both Austin and numerous other authors, editors and friends. Literary manuscripts include Austin's personal journals, short stories, poems, essays, and numerous drafts of novels. The correspondence deals with Austin's personal life and business dealings as well as her activities with Indian rights and the water right controversies in California's Owens Valley and in the Southwest. There are also materials related to Austin's interests in folklore and religion in New Mexico and the Southwest. Persons represented in the collection include: Louis Adamic, Any Adams, Ansel Adams, Frank Guy Applegate, Gertrude Atherton, Albert Maurice Bender, William Rose Benét, Van Wyck Brooks, Witter Bynner, Arthur L. Campa, Henry Seidel Canby, Marion Ponsonby Gause Canby, Willa Cather, Ina Donna Coolbrith, Bronson M. Cutting, Frances Densmore, John Chipman Farrar, Robert Frost, Hamlin Garland, Franci Grierson, Frederick Webb Hodge, Henry Holt, Herbert Hoover, Lou Henry Hoover, Fannie Hurst, Robinson Jeffers, Paul Underwood Kellogg, Oliver La Farge, Sonya Levien, Sinclair Lewis, Walter Lippman, Charmian London, Jack London, Amy Lowell, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Daniel Trembly MacDougal, Carey McWilliams, H.L. Mencken, Robert Ezra Park, Ezra Pound, Diego Rivera, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Thompson Seton, William Haskell Simpson, Upton Sinclair, George Sterling, Frances Toor, Henry Chester Tracy, Louis Untermeyer, Carl Van Doren, Mark Van Doren, Ryan Walker, and Mary Hunter Wolf. The collection also contains correspondence with various publishers and publications, including: Bobbs-Merrill Company, The Century Company, The Forum, Houghton Mifflin Company, The Nation, National Folk Festival (St. Louis, Mo.), The New Republic, Southwest Review, World Celebrities (booking agency), and Yale University Press.