California History

A quarterly historical journal that publishes scholarly articles dedicated to the study and promotion of all aspects of California and Western history, from pre-Columbian to modern times.

Articles from Vol. 87, No. 2, Spring

2009 Annual Report of the California Historical Society
THAT WAS THE YEAR (AND A HALF) THAT WAS It has been several years since CHS has presented an annual report to our members. Since many of you have inquired about the financial health of the organization during these difficult times, we are happy...
An Uncommon Voice
Very like leaves / upon this earth are the generations of men," says one warrior to another in the passage from The Iliad that opens this introduction to Jeffers' life and work. The lines are spoken by Glaukos, a Trojan, when Diomedes, a Greek, meets...
"A Revelation": Leigh Wiener's Portraits of Robinson Jeffers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One fall day in 1956, the photographer Leigh Wiener (1929-1993) knocked on Jeffers' Tor House door requesting to photograph him. He emerged three days later with more than 300 photographs of the poet whose work he had read...
Big Sur in 1932: On the Precipice of Change
Though Big Sur was settled as early as the 1850S, it was not until the commercial and recreational development of the early to mid-twentieth century that California's central coast shed its reputation as a remote pioneering community. The 1930s especially...
Collecting Historical Views of the Central Coast
A particularly welcoming gateway to rich primary source materials, images are an integral part of conducting historical research. As powerful records of people, places, events, and landscapes that change over time, they provide raw data and basic building...
Donors
The California Historical Society is deeply grateful to the following individuals, corporations, foundations, and government and business organizations for their contributions. INDIVIDUALS $50,000 and above Anonymous The Estate of J. Lowell...
On View at the California Historical Society's Exhibition, Think California
This painting of View of Carmel Bay, by William Keith (1838-1911), dates to after 1906 when many painters, musicians, writers and other artists escaped from the devastation of San Francisco's Great Earthquake & Fire to the Monterey coast. Keith...
Robinson Jeffers: A Brief Biography
THE EARLY YEARS (1887-1913) Robinson Jeffers was born in Pittsburgh on January 10, 1887, to Presbyterian minister and biblical scholar Dr. William Hamilton Jeffers and his wife, Annie Robinson Tuttle Jeffers. Dr. Jeffers took an active interest...
Selected Bibliography of Robinson Jeffers
POETRY The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers. 5 Volumes. Edited by Tim Hunt. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1988-2001. The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers. Edited by Tim Hunt. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2001. ...
Telling Jeffers' Story
A little more than fifteen years ago, I joined a small group in Carmel that was raising money to save Robinson Jeffers' Tor House. The poet's son Donnan had died some years earlier, leaving a widow and a mortgage. The family wanted to preserve the...
The Big Read: California Artists Respond to Jeffers' Poetry
In his introduction to the National Endowment for the Arts' Reader's Guide to The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers, Dana Gioia characterized Jeffers as "magnificent, troubling, idiosyncratic, and uneven," his ideas "big, naked, howling," and his poetry filled...
The Poet as Ethnographer: Robinson Jeffers in Big Sur
Robinson Jeffers settled on the thinly populated coast of central California in the early twentieth century and began writing stories of pioneering families and their majestic surroundings that would define the poet and the place called Big Sur. In...
Welcome Back
Some people never knew that the poet Robinson Jeffers had ascended to spectacular literary prominence, and that he also had departed from acclaim. Some never knew he was featured on Time magazine's cover or viewed by his contemporaries as the nation's...