CWC Collection at the Bancroft Library (UC–Berkeley)

The California Writers Club archives its historic original papers at the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, one of the largest and most heavily used libraries of manuscripts, rare books, and unique items in the United States.

The collection contains club correspondence, meeting minutes, photographs, scrapbooks, and clippings, and is stored part onsite, part offsite. Advance notice is required for use. The CWC marked its centennial by presenting a time capsule recording the changes unfolding in the world of publishing. It is scheduled to be opened in 2035 in commemoration of Mark Twain’s bicentennial.

Also included in the collection is material documenting the origins of Woodminster Amphitheatre and Writers Memorial Grove, an early CWC project in Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland, CA.

The Bancroft additionally maintains papers of early California writers associated with the CWC, among them Gertrude Atherton, Ina Coolbrith, and Jack London.

For information about accessing these resources, visit, email, or phone 510-642-6481.