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Kathleen Bernath Papers

 Collection
Identifier: H-Mss-0124

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection contains articles, clippings, correspondence, and photographs relating to Kathleen Bernath’s life and career, including family photographs and materials relating to her tenure at the Huntington Library. The collection also includes Bernath's correspondence with Allen T. Hazen, including letters and greeting cards, from 1961-1977. Hazen was a Professor of English and Library Service at Columbia University and wrote a bibliography on Horrace Walpole and the Strawberry Press using the Wilmarth S. Lewis Collection on Walpole at Yale University. Additional subjects of collection include: Harris Newmark, Lyle Wright, Mischa Elman, and Vietnam War correspondence.

Dates

  • 1914-2005

Creator

Language of Materials

Languages represented in collection: English.

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.

Biography / Administrative History

Kathleen Bernath was born on November 11, 1910, to Joseph Philip Loeb and Amy Kahn Loeb and was the great-granddaughter of Prussian-American businessman, philanthropist, and historian Harris Newmark. She attended Los Angeles High School and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles. At age 50, she earned a Masters in Library Science from Columbia University. In 1961, she and her husband Edward Bernath moved to Ontario, California, and Kathleen became the Americana Cataloguer at the Huntington Library, a position she held for 16 years. Following her departure from the Huntington Library, Bernath became the Director of the Upland Public Library. In 1983, she moved to Claremont Manor with her husband and volunteered as Head Librarian of Claremont Manor Library for 14 years. She died on August 31, 2010.

Source: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/obituary.aspx?n=kathleen-loeb-bernath&pid=145159442

Extent

0.4 Linear Feet (1 document box)

Abstract

Kathleen Bernath, the great-granddaughter of Harris Newmark, was the Americana Cataloguer at the Henry E. Huntington Library for 16 years before serving as Director of the Upland Public Library. She and her husband moved into Claremont Manor and she spent years volunteering as Head Librarian of Claremont Manor Library. This collection contains articles, clippings, correspondence, and photographs relating to Kathleen Bernath’s life and career, including family photographs and materials relating to her tenure at the Huntington Library.

Organization and Arrangement

Materials are in their original folders and retain their original folder titles and organization.

Physical Location

Please consult repository.

Accruals

No additions to the collection are anticipated.

Related Material

The following collections located in the archives of Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library contain some relational materials to this collection:

  • Jose Maria Maytorena Papers, H1967.1
  • Bernath Collection of Maytorena manuscript
  • Processing Information

    This collection was minimally processed to facilitate access. Front matter written by Felicity Walston, Pomona College. Collection processed by Special Collections staff.

    Creator

    Title
    Kathleen Bernath Papers
    Status
    Completed
    Author
    Felicity Walston
    Date
    2020 May
    Description rules
    Describing Archives: A Content Standard
    Language of description
    English
    Script of description
    Latin
    Language of description note
    English

    Repository Details

    Part of the 01 - Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library Repository

    Contact:
    800 North Dartmouth Ave
    Claremont CA 91711 United States