London, Joan, 1948-

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Joan London was born in Oakland, California, in 1901, to Jack London (1876-1916) and his first wife, Elizabeth Maddern London. She began a career in writing early in life with a series of newspaper and periodical articles in the 1920s. From 1926-1927, her novel, Sylvia Coventry, was published as a serial within the Oakland Tribune. In the late 1930s, Joan London began compiling information on the life and work of her father, material that she would use in writing his biography, Jack London and his times (1939). Until shortly before her death, she had been at work on a book detailing her relationship with her father and her experiences in a single-parent home, a work tentatively titled Visiting rights only. London also dedicated her time and energy to furthering political causes (most especially the labor movement), and for more than twenty years she was the librarian for the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. With Henry P. Anderson, she wrote a history of the farm labor movement entitled So shall ye reap (1971). She passed away in Oakland on January 19, 1971.

From the description of Papers of Joan London, 1899-1975 (bulk 1937-1970). (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 78492185

London is the daughter of Calif. author Jack London. She is the author of a biography of her father called Jack London and his times, published in 1939.

From the description of Joan London letter : to Ernestine : ALS, [1964]. (California Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 122368969

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creatorOf Sisson, James E. James E. Sisson papers, circa 1950-1986. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf American Book Collector (Chicago, Ill.). Archives of the American Book Collector, 1950-1976. Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
referencedIn Draper, Anne, 1917-1973. Anne Draper papers, 1938-1973. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Walling, Anna Strunsky, 1879-. Papers of Anna Strunsky Walling, 1877-1958. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf London, Joan. Papers of Joan London, 1899-1975 (bulk 1937-1970). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Bell, T. H. (Thomas H.), 1867-1942. Papers of Thomas Hastie Bell, 1922-1942. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf London, Joan. Joan London letter : to Ernestine : ALS, [1964]. California historical society
creatorOf London, Joan. Joan London papers, 1962-1970. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Hunter, Robert, 1874-1942. Papers, 1904-1948 (bulk 1934-1942). Indiana Historical Society Library
referencedIn Senate resolution relative to the passing of Joan London Miller / the following resolution was offered by Senator Nicholas C. Petris of the Eleventh Senatorial District and Senator John W. Holmdahl of the Eighth Senatorial District. Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library
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associatedWith Abbott, Bart. person
associatedWith Abbott, Helen, fl. 1965-1971. person
associatedWith American Book Collector (Chicago, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Anderson, Henry P. person
associatedWith Arthur, Chester Alan, 1901-1972. person
associatedWith Bell, T. H. (Thomas H.), 1867-1942. person
associatedWith Bubka, Tony. person
associatedWith Bykov, Vilʹ. person
associatedWith California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. corporateBody
associatedWith Chaney, William Henry. person
associatedWith Chavez, Cesar, 1927-1993. person
associatedWith Clemens, Cyril, 1902-1999. person
associatedWith Cole, Ella. person
associatedWith Cortés, Carlos. person
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associatedWith Draper, Anne, 1917-1973. person
associatedWith Freeman, A. W., 1921- person
associatedWith Fujiwara, Sakae. person
associatedWith Galarza, Ernesto, 1905-1984. person
associatedWith Ghent, William James. person
associatedWith Hunter, Robert, 1874-1942. person
associatedWith John Howell Books (San Francisco, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Jones, Leslie S. A. person
associatedWith Kettler, Ernestine Hara, 1896- person
associatedWith Kingman, Russ. person
associatedWith Kuntschev, Boschidar. person
associatedWith London, Charmian. person
associatedWith London, Jack, 1876-1916. person
associatedWith Macmillan Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Maddern, Merle. person
associatedWith Malamuth, Charles, 1899-1965. person
associatedWith Nelson, Eugene, 1929- person
associatedWith North, Richard, fl. 1965-1971. person
associatedWith Oittinen, Anna. person
associatedWith Paul Warren Associates. corporateBody
associatedWith Random House (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith Seltz, Julie Ann Abbott. person
associatedWith Shipley, Miriam. person
associatedWith Shivers, Alfred. person
associatedWith Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968. person
associatedWith Sisson, James E. person
associatedWith Sterling, George, 1869-1926. person
associatedWith Thomas Y. Crowell, Publishers. corporateBody
correspondedWith Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940 person
associatedWith Turner, Ethel Duffy, 1885-1969. person
associatedWith Tweney, George H. person
associatedWith University of Washington. Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Untermann, Ernest. person
associatedWith Walker, Dale L. person
associatedWith Walling, Anna Strunsky, 1879- person
associatedWith Weiderman, Richard, fl. 1968-1970. person
associatedWith Wing, Willis Kingsley, 1899-1985. person
associatedWith Woodbridge, Hensley Charles, 1923- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Labor leaders
Labor movement
Single-parent families
Strikes and lockouts
Women labor leaders
Publishers and publishing
Agricultural laborers
Authors, American
Authors, American
Women authors, American
Children of authors


Birth 1948-07-24





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