The magazine's first issue was in July 1868, published by Bret Harte in San Francisco, and continued until the late 1875. The original publishers, in 1880, started The Californian, which became The Californian and Overland Monthly in October 1882. In January 1883, the effort reverted to The Overland Monthly (starting again with Volume I, number 1). It was based in San Francisco until at least 1921. In 1923 the magazine merged with Out West to become Overland Monthly and the Out West magazine, and ended publication in July 1935.
Noted writers, editors, and artists associated with the magazine included:
- Ambrose Bierce
- Alice Cary
- Willa Cather
- Frona Eunice Wait Colburn
- Bret Harte
- Ina Coolbrith
- Edgar Fawcett
- Henry George
- John Brayshaw Kaye
- Clarence King
- Jack London
- Josephine Clifford McCracken
- Joaquin Miller
- John Muir
- Hugo Wilhelm Arthur Nahl
- Lola Ridge - poet, had her first poem published in the US in 1908 here
- Stephen Powers - on California Native Americans.
- William Saroyan
- Clark Ashton Smith
- Charles Warren Stoddard
- Augustus Gabriel de Vivier Tassin
- Mark Twain
- Joseph Pomeroy Widney - contributed 8 articles.
- Milicent Shinn 1882-1894
- Archive 1868–1900: University of Michigan
- More issues, into the 1900s: Archive.org
- Guide to the Overland Monthly Records, at The Bancroft Library
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- Online Books: University of Pennsylvania
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