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Julia Cooley Altrocchi (1893-1972) was an American poet and prose author.


Altrocchi graduated from Vassar College. She lived in Berkeley, California, and was married to Rudolph Altrocchi, professor of Italian at the University of California, Berkeley. She was an honorary member of the Ina Coolbrith Circle, San Francisco, the Browning Society of San Francisco, and Poets of the Pacific.[1]


Her best known work is Snow Covered Wagons (1936), a Narrative poem about the Donner Party Expedition. Other works include The Old California Trail (1945), and Spectacular San Franciscans (1949).[1]


At age 75 she won first prize in Poet Lore’s National Narrative Poem Contest for "Chicago: Epic city".



  • The Poems of a Child: Being poems written between the ages of six and ten (edited by Richard Le Gallienne). New York: R.H. Russell, 1904.
  • The Dance of Youth, and other poems. Boston: Sherman, French, 1917.
  • Scenes at Canossa. New York: America Press, 1935.
  • Snow Covered Wagons: A pioneer epic: The Donner party expedition, 1846-1847. New York: Macmillan, 1936.
  • Girl with Ocelot, and other poems. Boston: Bruce Humphries, 1946.
  • The Golden Wheel: A collection of poetry (E-book). Xlibris, 2007.[2]


  • Wolves against the Moon. New York: Macmillan, 1940.


  • The Old California Trail. Caldwell, ID: Caxton Printers, 1945.
  • The Spectacular San Franciscans. New York: Dutton, 1949.
  • A Gallant Company of Trappers. Stockton, CA: University of the Pacific, 1978.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[3]

See also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Background, Register of the Altrocchi (Julia Cooley) Poetry Collection, 1908-1974, Online Archive of California. Web, May 31, 2015.
  2. The Golden Wheel: A Collection of Poetry, Web, May 31, 2015.
  3. Search results = au:Julia Cooley Altrocchi, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, May 31, 2015.

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