Scope and arrangement
The papers, 1891-1945, contain correspondence and a typescript draft of the novel The Sturdy Oak. The correspondence consists chiefly of incoming letters from American authors and women's suffrage supporters. There are a few carbon replies from Jordan. Henry James (1843-1916), American author and playwright, was a prominent correspondent who maintained a long friendship with Jordan. James's letters, 1904-1909, relate mainly to his American lecture tour and his contribution to Harper's Bazar.
Other prominent correspondents include the following: Susan B. Anthony, Gertrude Atherton, Mary Hunter Austin, Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon, Alice Brown, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Dorothy Canfield Fischer, Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain), Margaret Deland, William Dean Howells, Jack London, Anna H. Shaw, Otis Skinner, Henry Van Dyke and Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
The Sturdy Oak is a typescript draft edited by Jordan. This draft does not contain chapter 13 by Mary Hunter Austin; there are two copies or versions of most of the chapters.
The Elizabeth Garver Jordan papers are arranged in two series:
This series is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. The bulk of the letters, 1891-1945, are to Elizabeth Garver Jordan from authors, writers, acquaintances, and suffragists. There are a few carbon replies. There are also a few literary typescripts, and photographs of individuals. Correspondents most heavily represented include Gertrude Atherton, Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon, Alice Brown, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Margaret Deland, William Dean Howells, Julia Ward Howe, Henry James, Kate Douglas Wiggin (Riggs), Margaret E. Sangster, Effie Shannon, Anna Howard Shaw, Henry Van Dyke, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Mary Wilkins Freeman, and Edith Wyatt. Other correspondents in this series include: Susan B. Anthony, John Kendrick Bangs, Samuel L. Clemens, Fannie Hurst, Otis Skinner, and Henry Van Dyke.
This series contains a typescript drafts of the various chapters The Sturdy Oak: a composite novel of American politics submitted to Jordan by the authors. Only chapter thirteen by Mary Hunter Austin is missing. Included also are two folders of correspondence about the book, including letters from the contributors, most notably, William Allen White.