Foster family collection of Ambrose Bierce materials, 1858-1986
- Physical description
- 3 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 half-box, 1 flat box)
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Limited on-site access
Researchers in the Stanford community can request to view these materials in the Special Collections Reading Room. Entry to the Reading Room is by appointment only.
|M2146 BOX 1||In-library use|
|M2146 BOX 2||In-library use|
|M2146 FLAT BOX 3||In-library use|
|M2146 HALF BOX 4||In-library use|
- Finding aid
- Finding aid available online
- Organization & arrangement
- Organized into eight series: 1. Photographs; 2. Books and notebooks; 3. Ambrose Bierce army records; 3. Civil War maps; 4. Newspaper articles; 5. Letters, correspondence, and receipts; 7. Miscellaneous; 8. Drafting tools and desk.
- Consists of correspondence (including one letter from Ambrose Bierce to a family member), photographs, maps, field notes, receipts, dispatches, telegrams, newspapers, and printed material. Material chiefly about the Civil War career of Bierce as a surveyor as well as his extended family in Indiana, especially sister Almeda Sophia Bierce Pittenger (the original source of this collection), father Marcus Aurelius and brothers Albert and Addison Bierce.
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- Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.
- Cite as
- [identification of item], Foster family collection of Ambrose Bierce materials (M2146). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
- While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.
- Gift of Cindra Heston and Debra Van Dyke, 2016. Accession MSS 2016-175.
- The collection also includes several of Bierce's surveying and drafting tools as well as his field desk. These items are currently housed at Stanford's David Rumsey Map Center.
- Ambrose Bierce was an American journalist, author, and editorialist who was born in Indiana. He served in the Union Army during the American Civil War, where he saw action in several battles and worked as a topographical engineer.
- D.W. "Jim" Strauss originally loaned this collection to the Elkhart County Historical Society in Bristol, Indiana on behalf of his late wife Betty Ann, who had inherited it from her mother Grace Juanita Bussing Foster, Almeda's daughter. After Strauss's death, their daughters Cindra Heston and Debra Van Dyke donated the collection to Stanford.
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