PAPERS OF EMERSON HOUGH

MsC 628

Collection Dates: 1902 -- 1975
.5 linear ft.

Collection Guide

This document describes a Manuscript Collection held by the

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From the dust jacket of The Man Next Door, 1917

Guide Contents

Administrative Information

Biographical and Historical Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Related Materials

Acquisition and Processing Information

Box Contents List


Administrative Information

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Biographical Note

Emerson Hough was born in 1857 in Newton, Iowa where his parents, Joseph B. and Elizabeth Hough had moved from their native Virginia in 1852. After graduating from Newton high school in 1875 Hough taught in a rural school and then entered the State University of Iowa. He received a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1880 and pursued the study of law with a firm in Newton. Looking for a new start, Hough moved west to White Oaks, New Mexico where he opened a law firm and worked as a reporter for The Golden Era, the White Oaks newspaper. After returing to the midwest in 1886 Hough worked on newspapers in Iowa, Kansas, and Ohio as well as contributing freelance articles to hunting and fishing magazines. He was hired by Forest and Stream in 1889 and later worked for Field & Stream and the Saturday Evening Post. Hough became known as a avid outdoorsman and was dedicated to conserving Western wildlife. After spending time in Yellowstone in 1893 and seeing herds of buffalo decimated, Hough wrote several articles influencing Congress to take action. In 1897 Hough secured the reputation of being a Western author with the publication of The Story of the Cowboy. Hough would eventually become the author of more than twenty-one works focused on frontier life and the American west. Hough served as a captain in the Army Intelligence Division during World War I and became engaged in regular correspondence with President Roosevelt, a fellow conservationist and outdoorsman. Two of his novels, The Covered Wagon (1922) and North of Thirty-Six (1923), were turned into screenplays by Hough and became enormously popular silent films, making him one of the first Western authors to enter into the motion picture industry. Hough died in 1923 from heart failure following an operation. He is buried in Evanston, Illinois.

A. Neville, August 2005


Scope and Contents

Photographs: Box 2

The papers of Emerson Hough consist of essays and articles written by and about Hough, photographs, advertising and promotional materials, several letterpress books, and miscelleneous materials.


Related Materials

See Emerson Hough's American West by Carole M. Johnson.

There are seven letters from Hough to Alice Applegate Sargent, dated March 1, 1920 through Mary 4 1921 in the Southern Oregon Historical Society in Jacksonville, Oregon.


Acquisition and Processing Information

Guide posted to Internet: August 2005.


Box Contents List

Box 1

Advertisement materials for set of Emerson Hough books, McKinlay, Stone & Mackenzie.

Advertisement for The Covered Wagon motion picture at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City, Iowa.

Correspondence

List of correspondence names, pages, dates

To Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bigelow

12 February 1912

22 December 1914

10 December 1915

13 December 1915

11 January 1917

24 January 1917

6 February 1917

26 February 1917

13 July 1917

23 October 1917

20 December 1917

12 November 1918

22 January 1919

7 March 1919

30 April 1919 with enclosed letters from J. S. Phillips

1 November 1919

29 November 1919

25 December 1919

29 June 1920

21 September with enclosed letters from O. A. Byinton

18 October 1920

25 January 1921 with enclosed newpaper article The One Hundred Per Cent American

10 February 1921

6 May 1921

22 June 1921

3 August 1921

21 March 1922 small note with two newspaper clippings

1 May 1922 article American Misgivings by Cornelia James Cannon

4 May 1922

1 June 1922

2 September 1922

12 September 1922

6 November 1922

23 January 1923

3 March 1923

Christmas calling card reading "Emerson is spending his Christmas in the hospital."

To Edward H. Cave

4 January 1904

4 September 1908

22 November 1917

29 December 1917

2 December 1918

2 March 1919

28 June 1922

23 March 1923

To Conrad A. Goeth

13 June 1903

28 June 1903

4 August 1903 with enclosed Montgomery Ward & Co. House Sale Ticket

3 September 1903

10 March 1904

27 April 1904

11 June 1904

25 June 1904

14 July 1904

15 July 1904

18 July 1904

9 August 1904

10 August 1904

21 November 1904

18 February 1905

23 March 1905

13 April 1905 with enclosed United States Department of Agriculture document

2 May 1905

12 June 1905

19 July 1905

2 August 1905

7 August 1905

19 August 1905

5 September 1905

12 September 1905

18 September 1905

20 September 1905

2 November 1905

2 July 1906

18 July 1906

30 July 1906

7 November 1906

16 November 1906

23 November 1906

18 December 1906

23 July 1907

30 October 1907

4 December 1907

8 January 1908

20 January 1908

31 January 1908

4 March 1908 with two enclosed newspaper clippings

20 April 1909

4 May 1909

19 September 1909

8 October 1909

14 October 1909

16 December 1909

24 December 1909

27 December 1909 from E. Hough's lawyer, Graham H. Harris

24 December 1912

To O. C. Guessaz

9 March 1904

14 July 1904

To Robert Underwood Johnson

4 January 1901

18 January 1901

4 February 1901

8 March 1901

26 March 1901

28 September 1901

8 January 1902

To James B. Pinker

28 March 1905

19 July 1905

A Dedication to the Memory of Emerson Hough, by Richard Hopkins Gray. Arizona and the West, vol. 17, no. 1. Spring (1975).

Emerson Hough, by Delbert E. Wylder. Southwest Writers Series, no. 19. (1969).

Emerson Hough - Historian of the Far West, by Fred L. Holmes. The Dearborn Independent. August 19, 1922.

Emerson Hough's The Story of the Outlaw: A Critique and a Judgement, by Carole M. Johnson. Arizona and the West, (1975).

History and alumni register of Iriving Institute of the State University of Iowa with introductory essay by Emerson Hough. May, 1908.

Miscellaneous.

Obituary proofs, ran in The Saturday Evening Post [May 17], 1932.

Promotional booklets for The Covered Wagon, the Paramount motion picture, 1923. (2 copies)

She Do Move. Holograph and typescript

Time to Call a Halt, by Emerson Hough. Izaak Walton League Monthly, vol. 1, no. 1. August (1922).

Under the Ditch in Texas, by Emerson Hough. Outing, vol. 53, no. 5. February (1909).

Box 2

Photographs.

Emerson Hough in military uniform, undated

Emerson Hough, undated

Emerson Hough, negative

Man walking down road, inscribed on front and back

Man and woman sitting, inscribed on front and back, July 1918

Dog, inscribed on back

Letterpress books of C.A. Goeth

July 18, 1902 -- February 1, 1904

January 28, 1904 -- May 17, 1905

May 17, 1905 -- September 21, 1906

1903 -- 1912

1904 -- 1905

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