James, George Wharton, 1858-1923

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Lecturer and writer on the Southwest. Author of numerous works, including Picturesque Pala (Pasadena, Calif. : Radiant Life Press, c1916)

From the description of Letter : San Diego, Calif., to [Edward E.] Ayer, 1916 June 24. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 38133245

George Wharton James was born on September 27, 1858 to a lower class family in Gainsborough, England, and died as a wealthy man on November 8, 1923 in San Francisco, California. He grew up studying literature and poetry from his father's not insignificant library. The teenager mouthing poems before a mirror in an English industrial town would go on to enthrall overflow audiences at the San Diego Exposition of 1916. Away from the podium, he would earn large reputations as an anthropologist, explorer, and social reformer. Above all he would write, producing much froth, such as "The Story of Captain: The Horse with the Human Brain." On the other end of the spectrum were many works on the Southwest such as "The Wonders of the Colorado Desert" or "The Grand Canyon of Arizona: How to See It." Cline Library possesses many of these works.

From the guide to the George Wharton James, 1903., (Cline Library. Special Collections and Archives Department.)

Author of books on the American Southwest; photographer.

From the description of Photograph album, ca. 1898. (Southern Methodist University). WorldCat record id: 17682181

Biographical note: Writer and lecturer; George Wharton James wrote more than 40 books and numerous articles and lectures about California, the Southwest, and Native Americans.

From the description of Writings, 1885-1918. (Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division). WorldCat record id: 317554707

Most of the photographs in this collection were taken by George Wharton James, California writer and promoter of the West.

From the guide to the George Wharton James Photograph Collection, 1890-1909, (University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research)

George Wharton James (1858-1923), an author and lecturer of the Southwest, preached on the Methodist circuit until 1889, when he left the church and turned to the desert to recover his health. He explored the Grand Canyon, studied the Indians, and was made a member of several tribes. In his later years he lectured on the Chautauqua circuit, and he wrote many books and articles on the Soutwest. He also edited The craftsman (1904-05) and Out west, formerly called Land of sunshine (1912-14).

From the description of Papers of George Wharton James, 1871-1921. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 82219739

George Wharton James was born in Lincolnshire, England in 1858, was ordained as a Methodist minister, and came to the United States in 1881, settling first in Nevada, then in California. Following his acrimonious 1889 divorce, James traveled through Arizona and New Mexico, and eventually wrote over 40 books and pamphlets on the American West, celebrating in particular the area's natural bounty and the lives of its indigenous population. James was also a popular lecturer. he died in San Francisco in 1923.

From the description of George Wharton James letters, 1902-1923. (California State Library). WorldCat record id: 420627290

Author of books about the western United States.

From the description of A vacation with Joseph LeConte, [1888] (University of Nevada, Reno). WorldCat record id: 40643459

George W. James was an author, lecturer, and photographer. He was well-known for his study of Native Americans. He lived in Pasedena, California.

From the description of Native American photograph, circa 1870-1923. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 367933743

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Nelson, Van Kirke. Van Kirke Nelson photography collection, ca. 1880-ca. 1940. The Heard Museum Library
creatorOf Bicknell, John Dustin, 1838-1911. Papers of John Dustin Bicknell, 1872-1914 (bulk 1887-1897). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Lockley, Fred, 1871-1958. Papers of Fred Lockley, 1859-1950. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf George Wharton James Photograph Collection, 1890-1909 University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research
creatorOf Keeler, Charles Augustus, 1871-1937. Papers of Charles Augustus Keeler, 1895-1944. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Pierce, C. C. (Charles C.), 1853-1946. George Wharton James photograph collection [picture]. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
referencedIn Bass, William Wallace, 1848-1933. Bass family photographs, 1875-1933, 1980 (bulk 1890-1920). Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division
referencedIn Bland, Henry Mead, 1863-1931. Letter, 1922, Nov. 11, San Jose, California [to] Mr. Edwin Markham, New York City. / Henry Mead Bland. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940. Letter 1918 August 16, Staten Island, [to] George Wharton James, Unknown / Edwin Markham. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf James, George Wharton, 1858-1923. Letters, 1907-1918, Pasadena, Calif., to Harold G. Rugg. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Bland, Henry Mead, 1863-1931. Letter, 1918, June 29, Los Angeles, California [to] Mr. Edwin Markham, New York City. / Walter B. Lowenstein. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf James, George Wharton, 1858-1923. A vacation with Joseph LeConte, [1888] University of Nevada, Reno, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
creatorOf James, George Wharton, 1858-1923. Letter : San Diego, Calif., to [Edward E.] Ayer, 1916 June 24. Newberry Library
creatorOf James, George Wharton, 1858-1923. Photograph album, ca. 1898. Southern Methodist University, DeGolyer Library
creatorOf James, George Wharton, 1858-1923. Writings, 1885-1918. Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division
creatorOf James, George Wharton, 1858-1923. [Account book / George Wharton James]. California State Library
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Henry Meade Bland Papers, ca. 1905-1931 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Nicholson, Grace, d. 1948. Papers and Addenda of Grace Nicholson, 1784-1975 (bulk 1900-1951). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Sheet Music Collection, 1898-1970 Autry National Center. Institute for the Study of the American West
referencedIn Muir, John, 1838-1914. Papers of John Muir [manuscript], 1885-1915. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940. Letter 1922 February 6, Staten Island. N.Y. [to] James Wharton James, Unknown / [Edwin Markham]. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf Coolbrith, Ina D. (Ina Donna), 1842?-1928. Ina Coolbrith correspondence : ALsS, 1916-1924, 1932. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf James, George Wharton, 1858-1923. Native American photograph, circa 1870-1923. American Primers
referencedIn James Dix Schuyler papers, 1886-1912, 1896-1907 Water Resources Collections and Archives
creatorOf James, George Wharton, 1858-1923. George Wharton James letters, 1902-1923. California State Library
creatorOf Coues, Elliott, 1842-1899. Papers regarding "On the trail of a Spanish pioneer", [ca. 1900] / compiled by Elliott Coues. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Perry, Belmont. Indians of the Southwest : [collection of journal articles]. The Claremont Colleges, Claremont University Consortium
creatorOf Stevenson, Matilda Coxe, 1850-1915. Letters to George Wharton James : Santa Fe, N.M., 1914. The California Digital Library
creatorOf Braun Research Library (Los Angeles, Calif.). Sheet Music Collection, 1898-1970 [manuscript materials] : at the Autry National Center. The Autry Museum of the American West, Autry Library and Braun Research Library
creatorOf Cornell, Sarah Hughes, 1862-1938. Papers of Sarah Hughes Cornell, 1899-1939. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931. [Publications]. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor, 1869-1924. Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue architectural drawings and papers, 1882-1980. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf James, George Wharton, 1858-1923. Papers of George Wharton James, 1871-1921. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf George Wharton James, 1903. Cline Library. Special Collections and Archives Department.
creatorOf Markham, Anne Catherine, 11859-1938. Letter 1918 May 7, Staten Island [to] George Wharton James, Unknown / [Anne Catherine Markham?]. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
referencedIn Van Kirke Nelson Photography Collection, ca. 1880 - ca. 1940 The Heard Museum
creatorOf Frazee, Isaac Jenkinson,. Isaac J. Frazee correspondence. 1892-1942. California State Library
creatorOf Marquis, Neeta. Papers of Neeta Marquis, 1862-1957. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940. Letter 1908 Nov. 12, Staten Island, [to] Henry Meade Bland, Berkely, Cailf. / Edwin Markham. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf Coolbrith, Ina D. (Ina Donna), 1842?-1928. Papers of Ina D. Coolbrith, 1889-1932 (bulk 1906-1927). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue architectural drawings and papers, 1882-1980 Columbia University. Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Department of Drawings & Archives,
creatorOf Reed, Virginia Elizabeth Backenstoe. Virginia Reed letter concerning The Donner Party : and material related to its publication, 1847 May 16 and 1912. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Sterling, George, 1869-1926. George Sterling, autograph manuscript : ode on Robert Browning's centenary, 1912 / [compiled by George Wharton James]. California State Library
referencedIn Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (inclusive) 1820-1888 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Bland, Henry Mead, 1863-1931. Letter, 1917, Sept. 10, San Jose, California [to] Mr. Edwin Markham, New York City. / Henry Mead Bland. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
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correspondedWith Ayer, Edward Everett, 1841-1927 person
associatedWith Bass, William Wallace, 1848-1933. person
associatedWith Bicknell, John Dustin, 1838-1911. person
associatedWith Bland, Henry Mead, 1863-1931. person
correspondedWith Bland, Henry Meade, 1863-1931 person
associatedWith Bracken, Thomas, 1841-1898. person
associatedWith Braun Research Library corporateBody
associatedWith Braun Research Library (Los Angeles, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Browning, Robert, 1812-1889 person
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
associatedWith Coolbrith, Ina D. (Ina Donna), 1842?-1928. person
associatedWith Cornell, Sarah Hughes, 1862-1938. person
associatedWith Coues, Elliott, 1842-1899. person
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Frazee, Isaac Jenkinson, person
associatedWith Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor, 1869-1924. person
associatedWith Hall, E. E. person
associatedWith Hall, Elmer E. person
associatedWith Jackson, Helen Hunt, 1830-1885. person
associatedWith Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931. person
associatedWith Keeler, Charles Augustus, 1871-1937. person
associatedWith LeConte, Joseph, 1823-1901. person
associatedWith Lockley, Fred, 1871-1958. person
correspondedWith Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882 person
associatedWith Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928. person
associatedWith Markham, Anne Catherine, 11859-1938. person
associatedWith Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940. person
associatedWith Marquis, Neeta. person
associatedWith Maude & Company corporateBody
associatedWith Maude, F. H. (Frederic Hamer) person
associatedWith Muir, John, 1838-1914. person
associatedWith Nelson, Van Kirke. person
associatedWith Newberry Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Nicholson, Grace, d. 1948. person
associatedWith Pierce, C. C. (Charles C.), 1853-1946 person
associatedWith Rugg, Harold Goddard, 1883-1957. person
associatedWith San Antonio de Pádua (Mission) corporateBody
associatedWith Schuyler, James D. (James Dix), 1848-1912 person
associatedWith Southwest Museum of the American Indian corporateBody
associatedWith Sterling, George, 1869-1926. person
associatedWith Stevenson, Matilda Coxe, 1850-1915. person
associatedWith Wait, Frona Eunice, 1859-1946. person
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California
California--Pala
California--Pa sadena
New Mexico
California--San Diego
New Mexico
Arizona
United States
Arizona
Surprise Valley (Calif.)
California
Southwest, New
Subject
Indians of North America--Photographs
Booksellers and bookselling--Accounting
Hopi Indians--Rites and ceremonies
Navajo Indians
Physiognomy
Tourism--Southwest, New--History
Church buildings--New Mexico
Indians of North America--Anthropometry
Missions--History--20th century--Sources
Acoma Indians
Autographs--Collectors and collecting
Correspondence
Zuni Indians
Pueblo Indians
Periodical editors--Archives
Hopi Indians--Photographs
Fasts and feasts--Photographs
Manuscripts, American
Indian art--North America
Trading posts--Arizona--Keams Canyon
Photographers
Snake dance
Pueblos--New Mexico
Summer school
Authors, American--20th century--Archives
Indians of North America
Hopi Indians
Authors, American--Biography
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Birth 1858-09-27

Death 1923-11-08

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