Bryn Mawr College Library Special Collections



Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton Collection, 1907-1945

Part I: Description

Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library
Collection Number: M 9

Copyright © 2000 by Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library

July 2000
Last Updated: November 14, 2013


Total Boxes: 1
Linear Feet: 0.50

Administrative Information


Acquired by purchase and gift from various sources.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton Collection is the physical property of the Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.

Cite as:

Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton Collection, Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library.

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.





The American novelist Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton was born in San Francisco on 30 October 1857, where she was raised by her father after her parents divorced when she was two. In 1876, she married George H.B. Atherton and had two children. She began writing articles and novels, and after her husband's death in 1887, pursued a writing career. Atherton's writings include novels (many of them historical, such as The Conqueror, based on the life of Alexander Hamilton), as well as nonfiction books, including an autobiography, Adventures of a Novelist. She died on 14 June 1948 in San Francisco.



The collection mainly consists of letters from Atherton to Clifford Smyth, editor of The New York Times Saturday Review of Books and Art, in which she discusses her own work and that of other writers, and sends her comments on the Saturday Review. Many of the remaining letters in the collection are responses to fan letters, in which Atherton discusses her writing. There is also a corrected typescript of an article by Atherton, "Marie Haye, Intellectual Romantic"; a questionnaire from The Manuscript Club that was filled out by Atherton; and a photograph of her that she inscribed to Clifford Smyth.

PART II: Box and Folder List

Processing and description by Miriam Spectre.


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