Guide to the Steinbeck - Ainsworth Collection

Stewart Nielson, Michelle Traub, and Bill O'Hanlon
Department of Special Collections
Green Library
Stanford University Libraries
Stanford, CA 94305-6004
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The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Steinbeck - Ainsworth Collection

Collection number: M1501

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California
Processed by:
Michelle Traub, Bill O'Hanlon, Stewart Nielson
Date Completed:
2008
Encoded by:
Bill O'Hanlon
© 2008 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Steinbeck - Ainsworth collection
Dates: 1880-1992
Collection number: M1501
Creator: Steinbeck, John
Creator: Ainsworth, Elizabeth Steinbeck
Collection Size: 3 linear feet
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Abstract: A collection of materials relating to John Steinbeck, including letters manuscripts, photographs, books, and other materials.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

Preferred Citation

Steinbeck - Ainsworth collection, M1501. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 2005. Accession 2005-274.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection features 65 letters and cards from John Steinbeck to his sister Beth Steinbeck Ainsworth during the 1950s and 1960s, and 10 additional letters written jointly to Ainsworth and another sister, Esther Steinbeck Rodgers. Additional correspondence includes letters from Elaine Steinbeck to Beth, and to Jean Groshong; several letters from John Steinbeck to "Uncle Joe" Hamilton; and other letters among members of the Steinbeck and Hamilton families. Manuscript material includes several short stories composed in the 1920s, and a galley proof of "East of Eden" with at least six minor corrections in John Steinbeck's hand. Other material includes legal documents, photographs, and scrapbook clippings. Individual letters have scope and content notes provided by members of the Wiltshire familiy, descendents of Elizabeth Steinbeck Ainsworth.

Other Finding Aids

Steinbeck (John) Collection, 1902-1979 (M0263) Steinbeck (John). Steinbeck : A Life of Letters : production materials, 1975 (M0354) Steinbeck (John). Wells Fargo Steinbeck Collection, 1892-1981 (M1063)

Container List

 

Series 1 Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 1

From Elizabeth Otis to Beth 5/24/1962

Physical Description: letter, typed, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Returning El Gabilan and pictures; typed on McIntosh & Otis notepaper; ; location(s): NYC, M&O office
Box 1, Folder 2

From Elizabeth Otis to JS no date

Physical Description: letter, typed, 3 p.

Scope and Content Note

Lots of news, then a P.S. - a Mr. Wallace arrived and they agreed on "$3000 a piece"; typed on McIntosh & Otis notepaper; location(s): NYC, M&O office
Box 1, Folder 3

From Beth to Family 1905, 1914

Physical Description: 5 letters, booklet, hand pencil and ink, 23 total p.

Scope and Content Note

Beth's letters home from Mills College with Esther; one letter to "Dear Chicken Pox" (John), one to "Brother"; with a 1905 piano recital booklet in which Esther is listed; location(s): Mills College
Box 1, Folder 4

From Beth to Bea and Stanford Steinbeck 2/6/1969

Physical Description: letter, typed, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Talks of John going to Stockton and being with her during her husband's sickness and death; location(s): Pacific Grove
Box 1, Folder 5

From Beth to Elaine no date

Physical Description: letter, typed, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

After Beth's hip replacement; in response to John and Elaine's request for some addresses; she mentions that it's not easy to understand the Steinbecks; location(s): Pacific Grove(?)
Box 1, Folder 6

From Elaine to Bethie 2/1/1965

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Elaine adds to Beth's coin collection from Ireland; desribes their trip, bad week; news of Harold Guinzberg dying (on previous trip to Dublin); Mary is gone; John got sick; location(s): Ireland(?)
Box 1, Folder 7

From Elaine to Bethie; John Steinbeck Memorial 1/31/1969; February 1970

Physical Description: 2 letters, hand, felt pen (copy), 2 total p.

Scope and Content Note

Elaine quotes Robert Louis Stevenson's poem, which Henry Fonda read at John's funeral; location(s): NYC
Box 1, Folder 8

From Elaine to Bethie; Mrs. Riggs 2/25/1975

Physical Description: 2 letters, hand, 4 total p.

Scope and Content Note

Elaine's letter to Beth explaining "Pigasus" (original); second letter from Elaine to Mrs. Riggs with "ad astra per alia parci" (Latin), translated "to the stars on the wings of a pig", or "go as high as you can with the equipment you've got" (copy); location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd
Box 1, Folder 9

From Elaine to Bethie - and Liz+Jim 7/24/1989

Physical Description: letter, reviews, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Clippings about Grapes of Wrath play in London; location(s): Sag Harbor
Box 1, Folder 10

From Elaine to Bethie no date

Physical Description: letter, hand pencil, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Referring to enclosed Middle Eastern coins for Beth's collection; location(s): Sag Harbor
Box 1, Folder 11

From Elaine to Beth no date

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 4 p.

Scope and Content Note

John's gall bladder attack (fall of the year of the attack); they're good, getting better; life together; location(s): NYC, 206 E 72nd
Box 1, Folder 12

From Elaine to Bethie no date

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Note about some money John left for Beth, etc.; location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd
Box 1, Folder 13

From Elaine to Darling (Beth) no date

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

About spending a day together just prior; after John died; location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd
Box 1, Folder 14

From Elaine to Beth no date

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 5 p.

Scope and Content Note

After Gwyn died; the boys making overtures about writing a damning book about John, etc.; possibly 2.5 years after John's death; explaining she shares copies of royalties which have gone into 2nd copyright after John's death; the judgements; threats from the boys; location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd
Box 1, Folder 15

From Elaine to Dear Ones no date

Physical Description: letter, typed, 17 p.

Scope and Content Note

Trip to Russia, Poland, Eastern European countries
Box 1, Folder 16

From Elaine to Jean/Bean-bag/Darlink 1969-1975

Physical Description: postcard, 4 letters, hand, ink, 7 total p.

Scope and Content Note

location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd/Sag Harbor
Box 1, Folder 17

From Elaine to Jean 8/8/1972

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 4 p.

Scope and Content Note

With envelope; location(s): Sag Harbor
Box 1, Folder 18

From Elaine to Darling One (Jean) 1/6/1975

Physical Description: letter, clippings, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

With envelope; reviews of Broadway revival of Of Mice and Men; location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd
Box 1, Folder 19

From Elaine to Liz 3/1/1994

Physical Description: letter proof, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Letter with cover of Parini proof; location(s): NYC
Box 1, Folder 20

From Elaine to Steinbeck House Guild(?) no date

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 3 p.

Scope and Content Note

Appears to be a speech to the Steinbeck House Guild (re: recipe book, John's love of California food); date unknown, but appears to be after 1975; location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd
Box 1, Folder 21

From JS to Beth and Gene 8/25/1937

Physical Description: postcard, hand, ink, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Will not stay in Pennsylvania for rehearsals; location(s): Doylestown, PA
Box 1, Folder 22

From JS to Beth 8/5/1951

Physical Description: letter, hand pencil, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Pat Hamilton's death and the end of the Hamilton name; while writing East of Eden; Liz arriving; location(s): Nantucket, MA
Box 1, Folder 23

From JS to Beth 10/16/1952

Physical Description: postcard, hand pencil, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

John working on speeches and Elaine is running "the talent pool" for election in November; location(s): NYC, 206 E 72nd
Box 1, Folder 24

From JS to Beth 5/23/1957

Physical Description: letter, typed, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

location(s)Rome
Box 1, Folder 25

From JS to Beth no date (1959?)

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

location(s): Somerset
Box 1, Folder 26

From JS to Beth no date (1959?)

Physical Description: letter, hand pencil and ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Date sometime while in Somerset; discussion of recent illness; location(s): Somerset
Box 1, Folder 27

From JS to Beth no date (1959?)

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Easter Sunday from Somerset; refers to Mary's illness; rain; US vs. England; location(s): Somerset
Box 1, Folder 28

From JS to Beth no date (1959?)

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 4 p.

Scope and Content Note

Boys with Beth while JS and Elaine are in the UK; lamenting about boys; sending guns to the safe; going home in October; selling house at 206 E 72nd for $90-$100K (bought for $50K) or rent for $600 or $700 per month; seems to be short of money; political references to Stevenson, Averrill, Harriman; location(s): England
Box 1, Folder 29

From JS to Beth Summer 1959

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Boys' studies and time with Beth; location(s): NYC, 206 E 72nd(?)
Box 1, Folder 30

From JS to Beth 7/1/1959

Physical Description: air letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

location(s): Somerset
Box 1, Folder 31

From JS to Beth 7/19/59(?)

Physical Description: air letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

location(s): Somerset
Box 1, Folder 32

From JS to Beth and Boys 7/20/1959

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Boys' studies and American kids in general; location(s): Somerset
Box 1, Folder 33

From JS to Beth 8/27/59(?)

Physical Description: letter, typed, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Misc., including itinerary while in the UK; location(s): Somerset
Box 1, Folder 34

From JS to Beth 3/18/1960

Physical Description: letter, hand pencil, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Thom received 1st prize State of Connecticut, 1st prize nationally; location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd
Box 1, Folder 35

From JS; Tom to Beth; JS 6/9/1960

Physical Description: 2 letters, typed; hand, ink, 4 total p.

Scope and Content Note

3 typed pages from John to Beth, 1 in pen from Tom to John (no date); a year after the boys stayed with Beth; laments about Gwyn, the boys, money; mentions Jean's forthcoming baby; his plans to travel the USA in a truck any why; location(s): Sag Harbor
Box 1, Folder 36

From JS to Beth 6/22/1960

Physical Description: letter, hand pencil, 3 p.

Scope and Content Note

Truck to be delivered in a week; working on Winter of Our Discontent, first line from Richard III; concern for Esther; Holiday magazine buying 25K words of Travels; location(s): NYC or Sag Harbor
Box 1, Folder 37

From JS to Bethie no date (1961?)

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Just after Beth's hip operation; John is 59, has written 26 books; words came to him while awake at 3am...RELAX!
Box 1, Folder 38

From JS to Beth 6/1/1961

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Writes of sending special edition of Winter of Our Discontent to Beth, other copies to Mary and Esther; still working on Charley; going to Sag Harbor. NOTE - he says he means the words in the dedication "To Beth, my sister, whose light burns clear". (Has just turned down an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of California.); location(s): NYC, 206 E 72nd(?)
Box 1, Folder 39

From JS to Beth 7/26/1961

Physical Description: postcard, hand, ink, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

To Beth in Fresno hospital; refers to Beth's hip surgery; location(s): Sag Harbor
Box 1, Folder 40

From JS to Beth 7/30/1961

Physical Description: postcard, hand, ink, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

To Beth who was in Fresno Community Hospital, general update; location(s): Sag Harbor
Box 1, Folder 41

From JS to Beth 12/7/1961

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Traveling with the boys; concern for Esther at Carroll Rodgers' death; mentions Christmas at the Vatican, midnight mass seats for Pope and choir; location(s): Florence
Box 1, Folder 42

From JS to Beth no date (1962?)

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Talks of speech for Nobel Prize; asking Beth to clean out his mess at 147 11th St. and mentions the safe ("in our garage")
Box 1, Folder 43

From JS to Beth 2/1/1962

Physical Description: letter, hand pencil and ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Boys in northern Italy; Mary off on a tirp; Holiday magazine; location(s): Villa Panorama, Capri
Box 1, Folder 44

From JS to Beth 2/17/1962

Physical Description: letter, hand pencil, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Mary on cruise to Europe; boys to join in a few days; speaks highly of Terrance McNally working with the boys; awaiting news of John Glenn's space trip; more ramblings; location(s): Capri
Box 1, Folder 45

From JS to Beth 2/19/1962

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

location(s): Villa Panorama, Capri
Box 1, Folder 46

From JS to Beth 8/9/1962

Physical Description: letter, hand pencil and ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Ramblings; location(s): NYC, 206 E 72nd(?)
Box 1, Folder 47

From JS to Beth no date (Fall 1962?)

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Late Nov./early Dec. before accepting the Nobel Prize in 1962; Natalia Lovejoy's address; London, then Sweden Dec. 7-18
Box 1, Folder 48

From JS to Esther and Beth no date (Christmas 1962?)

Physical Description: letter, typed, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Last Christmas in this house; refers to new apartment; location(s): NYC, 206 E 72nd
Box 1, Folder 49

From JS to Beth and Esther 1/2/1963

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Mary's cancer and going to Washington; location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd(?)
Box 1, Folder 50

From JS to Beth 1/31/1963

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Talk of selling the house and moving into an apartment (condo); location(s): NYC, 206 E 72nd(?)
Box 1, Folder 51

From JS to Beth 3/16/1963

Physical Description: letter, hand, felt pen, 3 p.

Scope and Content Note

More on the problems with the boys, very detailed; location(s): NYC(?)
Box 1, Folder 52

From JS to Beth 5/16/1963

Physical Description: letter, hand pencil, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Death of Charley: John planted willow tree over him, Sag Harbor townspeople planted flowers all around it; dinner with Kennedys, sent copy of Red Pony to their children, Jackie sent a letter which was enclosed, asked to be returned; location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd(?)
Box 1, Folder 53

From JS to Beth Fall 1963

Physical Description: letter, clippings, hand, ink, 3 p.

Scope and Content Note

Beth's hip problem; going to Washington, visiting desks in advance of Europe trip, leaving next Mon. or Tues.; seeing Ed Murror tomorrow (old friend); visiting Berlin Wall and Russia (news clip, 12/12/63)
Box 1, Folder 54

From JS to Beth and Esther and Beth(?) 12/2/1963

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Kennedy's death, but proceeding with trip; lots of rumors about his health - all untrue; Sag Harbor house robbed; location(s): Hotel Sacher, Vienna
Box 1, Folder 55

From JS to Beth 1/20/1964

Physical Description: letter, hand, felt pen, 5 p.

Scope and Content Note

Letter meant for Esther and Mary also; full description of problems with Thom and John and then Gwyn; location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd(?)
Box 1, Folder 56

From JS to Beth 1/28/1964

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Beth's typewriter; Gwyn, the boys; weather, etc.; location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd(?)
Box 1, Folder 57

From JS to Beth 2/25/1964

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Howard Hunter died; want to get Esther to fly east in spring for a couple of weeks; location(s): Sag Harbor
Box 1, Folder 58

From JS to All 3/23/1964

Physical Description: letter, typed (dictated), 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Describes going to court with Gwyn; eve of trip to Rome; location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd
Box 1, Folder 59

From JS to Beth 5/8/1964

Physical Description: letter, hand pencil, 3 p.

Scope and Content Note

Visit from Liz and Jim and mother-in-law; trial next day, suit from Gwyn and the sons; location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd(?)
Box 1, Folder 60

From JS to Mary and Esther and Beth 6/22/1964

Physical Description: letter, typed, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Boys a bit settled; doing a lot for LBJ and wants to help him get re-elected; location(s): Sag Harbor
Box 1, Folder 61

From JS to Beth 10/9/1964

Physical Description: letter, typed, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Pat Covici with cancer and ulcer; will ride in "Galway Hunt" at Christmas, Johhny Huston is co-master; losing weight; location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd
Box 1, Folder 62

From JS to Beth 10/10/1964

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 3 p.

Scope and Content Note

Concern for Mary's health; location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd(?)
Box 1, Folder 63

From JS to Bethie 12/7/1964

Physical Description: letter, typed, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Description of flight from San Francisco to Pittsburgh (spelled twice without the "h"); visited kennel for P.B. Floyd (later Angel); Christmas presents - Beth to purchase for Nat Benchley and Robert Wallston; Elaine away taking care of her aunt; location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd
Box 1, Folder 64

From JS to Sisters 1/20/1965

Physical Description: letter, hand, felt pen, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

To US ambassador for inauguration address of LBJ; to Normandy and home in about a week; location(s): Paris
Box 1, Folder 65

From JS to Esther and Beth 1/26/1965

Physical Description: letter, typed, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Death of Mary; location(s): England(?)
Box 1, Folder 66

From JS to Beth 3/12/1965

Physical Description: postcard, hand pencil, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Just received Angel; location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd
Box 1, Folder 67

From JS to Bethie 5/19/1965

Physical Description: postcard, typed, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Working hard to finish "this book" "before the 30th"; going to Nantucket to stay with Benchleys over anniversary of meeting Elaine, taking Angle who attracts many ticks; location(s): Sag Harbor
Box 1, Folder 68

From JS to Esther and Beth no date (August 1965?)

Physical Description: letter, typed, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Refers to pictures of new pool; "Thom was 21 this month"; location(s): Sag Harbor
Box 1, Folder 69

From JS to Esther and Beth 10/23/1965

Physical Description: letter, typed, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Planning trip to England; location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd
Box 1, Folder 70

From JS to Beth 11/2/1965

Physical Description: letter, hand pencil and ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Refers to Gwyn; writing weekly letters for Long Island paper Newsday
Box 1, Folder 71

From JS to Sisters 11/17/1965

Physical Description: letter, hand, carbon copy, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Commissions for Newsday and San Francisco Chronicle
Box 1, Folder 72

From JS to Beth and Esther 1/9/1966

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Seeing Mary in the hotel room; travels around Ireland; with envelope; location(s): Waterville, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Box 1, Folder 73

From JS to Beth and Esther 2/13/1966

Physical Description: air letter, hand, ink, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Misc. travels, including Red Sea; location(s): Israel
Box 1, Folder 74

From JS to Bethie 3/29/1966

Physical Description: postcard, typed, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Beth's upcoming trip; location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd
Box 1, Folder 75

From JS to Bethie no date (Spring 1966?)

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Gift to Beth for her trip; no date but before Beth goes to Japan; location(s): Sag Harbor(?)
Box 1, Folder 76

From JS to Bethie 5/28/1966

Physical Description: letter, hand pencil, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

John going to Vietnam; Beth is in Japan; location(s): Sag Harbor
Box 1, Folder 77

From JS to Beth 12/6/1967

Physical Description: postcard, hand, ink, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Recuperating
Box 1, Folder 78

From JS to Beth 3/9/1968

Physical Description: postcard, typed, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Beth's health; visitors; Thom's orders for Vietnam; location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd
Box 1, Folder 79

From JS to Beth 3/23/1968

Physical Description: postcard, hand, ink, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Death of Cal; location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd
Box 1, Folder 80

From JS to Beth 3/26/1968

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

With envelope; location(s): NYC
Box 1, Folder 81

From JS to Beth 4/10/1968

Physical Description: letter, typed, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

First color TV; dinner that night at a testimonial for Henry Fonda; Pres. Johnson has asked them to the White House for dinner and to stay overnight; location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd(?)
Box 1, Folder 82

From JS to Beth 4/24/1968

Physical Description: letter, typed, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Remote control on TV (bought color TV for Beth); going for checkup; location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd(?)
Box 1, Folder 83

From JS to Beth no date

Physical Description: postcard, hand, ink, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Recuperating; location(s): NYU Medical Center
Box 1, Folder 84

From JS to Beth no date

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

One week out of hospital; sent article from magazine "Motorboating"; location(s): NYC, 190 E 72nd
Box 1, Folder 85

From JS to Beth no date

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Flying pig at top of page; Beth seeing Jane off; before Mary died; location(s): Sag Harbor(?)
Box 1, Folder 86

From JS to Beth no date

Physical Description: letter, hand pencil, 3 p.

Scope and Content Note

Refers to John in school
Box 1, Folder 87

From JS to Beth no date

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

On embossed letterhead; refers to going to New Orleans, following Gwyn there
Box 1, Folder 88

From JS to Bethie no date

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

The boys go off to school tomorrow; no clue as to date or location
Box 1, Folder 89

From JS to Beth no date

Physical Description: letter, hand pencil and ink/typed, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Possibly October, after Moscow; talks of the boys, Mrs. Shepherd (her letter enclosed); Mary coming; look for manuscripts which he gives away for tax purposes; location(s): Sag Harbor
Box 1, Folder 90

From JS to Read the card first (Beth?) no date

Physical Description: letter, hand, felt pen, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

About John - he and a girlfriend took a motor scooter without permission, "she was badly bruised," JS fearing a felony charge; worried enough to put off trip to Pittsburgh to get a dog and a family dinner at the White House with President and Mrs. LBJ
Box 1, Folder 91

From JS to Beth no date

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

About Beth with new hip in Fresno; unpleasant story about John
Box 1, Folder 92

From JS to Beth no date

Physical Description: letter, hand pencil, 3 p.

Scope and Content Note

Ramblings; Charley selling well; Pat Covici failing (?); boys off to school
Box 1, Folder 93

From JS to Beth no date

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Something nice an "Ed" said about Beth
Box 1, Folder 94

From JS to Beth no date

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Katz; "The Pearl"; post-WWII?; location(s): Cuernavaca, Morelia, Mexico
Box 1, Folder 95

From JS to Beth(?) no date

Physical Description: cablegram, typed, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Note from JS; Gwyn trying to reach him; location(s): Moscow
Box 1, Folder 96

From JS to All no date

Physical Description: letter, typed, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Annie Laurie Williams stationary from some hotel room in New York; letter written while Tortilla Flat and another unnamed play were being rehearsed on Broadway; with Carol, planning to leave for Denmark in 2 weeks; before WWII (NYC?)
Box 2, Folder 1

From JS to Joe/Uncle Joe/Joe and Gussie 1939-1940

Physical Description: 3 letters, hand, ink/typed, 6 total p.

Scope and Content Note

Discussing the war and JS's potential involvement; motion picture being filmed in Mexico; with envelope dated 5/25/39; location(s): Los Gatos/Mexico City
Box 2, Folder 2

From JS to Joe 10/23/1939

Physical Description: letter, typed (copy), 3 p.

Scope and Content Note

Joe is in DC; JS writes of his past writing, has lots of questions about his future; location(s): Los Gatos
Box 2, Folder 3

From JS to Thom and Cal(?) (sons) no date

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

To the boys as they were spending the summer with Beth in Pacific Grove; JS claims he will get off their backs as they get older; location(s): NYC(?)
Box 2, Folder 4

From Clark C. Steinbeck to Cousin Will (Hamilton) no date (1937?)

Physical Description: letter, typed, 4 p.

Scope and Content Note

Reports of Grosssteinbeck farm; refers to photos; with 2 copies, 6 photos; location(s): Peking, China
Box 2, Folder 5

From Earl Steinbeck to Beth 12/30/1968

Physical Description: 2 letters, typed/hand, ink (copy), 3 total p.

Scope and Content Note

Condolences; news about family; with copy of letter JS sent to Earl Steinbeck 1/28/63 while in Sag Harbor; location(s): Burlingame
Box 2, Folder 6

From Joe R. Hamilton to Will, Ollie, George 12/1/1924

Physical Description: letter, typed, 6 p.

Scope and Content Note

Trip to Ireland; family history in Ireland; with 40-50 pages of letters from cousins in Ireland dated 1920s-1930s; location(s): Chicago
Box 2, Folder 7

From Various Hamiltons to Various Hamiltons 1910s-1930s

Physical Description: letters, typed/hand, ink, Many p.

Scope and Content Note

To, from and about cousins of the Hamilton family in Ireland; location(s): Various
Box 2, Folder 8

From Olive Hamilton (Steinbeck) to Bethie Girl 5/18/2025

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 8 p.

Scope and Content Note

With envelope; location(s): Salinas
Box 2, Folder 9

From Tom Hamilton to Beth 1912

Physical Description: 3 letters, hand, ink/typed, 4 total p.

Scope and Content Note

location(s): San Francisco
Box 2, Folder 10

From Mary to Beth and Esther 3/30/1962

Physical Description: air letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

On cruise ship Empress of Canada off Mallorca; has sinus infection; writes of her visit with JS and Elaine; writes of JS's health and that he now dislikes crowds and noise; location(s): Palma de Mallorca
Box 2, Folder 11

From E. Tenney(?) to J.A. Steinbeck 11/11/1874

Physical Description: postcard, hand, ink, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Advising that his family started to California this morning (via Worcester, Albany, Buffalo, Chicago and Omaha); location(s): Leominster, MA
Box 2, Folder 12

From Nash Briggs, et al to All the Members of the Order of the Eastern Star 12/19/1883

Physical Description: postcard, typed/hand, ink, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Stating that John E. Steinbeck is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star; location(s): Hollister
Box 2, Folder 13

From Gwyn to Beth 6/20/1943

Physical Description: letter, hand pencil, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

John gone; giving Beth requested address; refers to lost baby/miscarraige?; location(s): NYC(?)
Box 2, Folder 14

From Susan F. Riggs, Stanford University to Beth 7/13, 10/4/79

Physical Description: 2 letters, typed, 2 total p.

Scope and Content Note

To Beth in Pacific Grove; identifies some letter from JS to Kate Beswick; with copies of Stanford Quad photos, summaries of correspondence; location(s): Stanford
Box 2, Folder 15

From Mattie U. Russell, Duke University to Beth 7/3/1974

Physical Description: letter, typed, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Asking Beth for JS materials, etc.; location(s): Durham, NC
Box 2, Folder 16

From Nancy C. Kester to Beth 1/22/1969

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 4 p.

Scope and Content Note

Note to Beth upon JS's passing
Box 2, Folder 17

From Yevtushenko to Beth 3/20/1979

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Handwritten tribute to JS, on back of flyer of his two readings at Berkeley and USF; location(s): San Francisco
Box 2, Folder 18

From Jackson J. Benson to Beth 10/20/69-12/31/70

Physical Description: 4 letters, typed, 6 total p.

Scope and Content Note

About writing JS's biography; lots of questions; includes 1 letter to Mrs. Taylor; San Diego Stage College stationery; with two envelopes; location(s): San Diego
Box 2, Folder 19

From Jackson J. Benson to Beth 6/10/1987

Physical Description: letter, typed, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Requesting permission to use a photo of Beth and Burgess Meredith; with envelope; location(s): La Mesa, CA
Box 2, Folder 20

From Bob Gamble(?), Dept. of Interior to Beth 3/17/1971

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Thanks for Pacific Grove house tour; location(s): Washington, DC
Box 2, Folder 21

From Stephanie Kraft to Jane Thomson, Valley Guild 12/17/1978

Physical Description: letter, typed, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Describes Salinas house; location(s): Amherst, MA
Box 2, Folder 22

From Jay Parini to Liz, Beth and Jim 1/16/1992

Physical Description: letter, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Thanks for information; location(s): Middlebury, VT
Box 2, Folder 23

From Robert DeMott to Beth 5/23/1980

Physical Description: letter, typed, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

With 18-pg. biographical essay about JS; location(s): Athens, OH
 

Series 2 Literary Works

Box 2, Folder 24

The Gifts of Iban 1927(?)

Physical Description: short story, typed, 12 p.

Scope and Content Note

The Gifts of Iban; 3400 words; typed original with a few corrections in pencil; location(s): Long Beach, CA
Box 2, Folder 25

I Go Back to Ireland 1/31/1953

Physical Description: article photocopies, 6 p.

Scope and Content Note

I Go Back to Ireland, Collier's Magazine
Box 2, Folder 26

My War with the Ospreys 3/1/1957

Physical Description: article photocopies, 6 p.

Scope and Content Note

My War with the Ospreys, Holiday Magazine
Box 2, Folder 27

An Autograph no date

Physical Description: poem or song, typed, 4 p.

Scope and Content Note

An Autograph
Box 2, Folder 28

In the old days, when men knew that virtue should be rewarded....; no date

Physical Description: song, typed, 4 p.

Scope and Content Note

In the old days, when men knew that virtue should be rewarded...; 4 copies
Box 2, Folder 29

Untitled no date

Physical Description: short story, typed, 13 p.

Scope and Content Note

Untitled story about a young girl and a nymph; carbon copies; many corrections
Box 2, Folder 30

Oyez no date

Physical Description: poem, typed, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

Oyez, Old English poem; carbon copies
Box 2, Folder 31

In June in the month of roses....; 1856?

Physical Description: poem, hand, ink, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

In June in the month of roses....; appears to be about JS Sr. marrying into the Hamilton family; very uncertain authorship; possibly 1856; original and two copies
Box 7, Folder 1

East of Eden [1951-1952?]

Physical Description: novel proof print, p.

Scope and Content Note

Unrevised proof of East of Eden for The Viking Press.
 

Series 3 Documents and Ephemera

Box 2, Folder 32

2/10/1888

Physical Description: dance card, hand pencil, 2 p.

Scope and Content Note

With JS Sr. and brothers listed; location(s): Salinas
Box 2, Folder 33

1923-1924

Physical Description: 3 report cards, hand, ink, 3 p.

Scope and Content Note

For Spring 1923, Fall 1923, Spring 1924; English major; average grades; Everett W. Smith signature; location(s): Stanford
Box 2, Folder 34

7/24/28-8/22/28

Physical Description: deed, letter, typed, 6 p.

Scope and Content Note

Deed and papers relating to purchase of laboratory space; sold for $7000; location(s): Monterey
Box 2, Folder 35

1939

Physical Description: card, hand, ink, 1 p.

Scope and Content Note

Certificate awarded to "Mr. J. Steinbeck, man of letters" for joining the International Society of Creative Intellectuals; location(s): Paris
Box 2, Folder 36

1940s

Physical Description: envelopes, hand, ink, many p.

Scope and Content Note

Ed Ricketts' stamp collection; envelopes from Mexico, England, Denmark, etc.
Box 2, Folder 37

1/1/1941

Physical Description: deed, typed, 3 p.

Scope and Content Note

Deed to Santa Clara house; two copies; location(s): Santa Clara
Box 2, Folder 38

1969?

Physical Description: sermon, letter, typed, 5 p.

Scope and Content Note

Sermon from JS's funeral(?); with a letter from "Doris" to Beth
Box 2, Folder 39

11/4/69-11/2/72

Physical Description: letters, typed, many p.

Scope and Content Note

Steinbeck Estate letters relating to Beth
Box 2, Folder 40

1970s?

Physical Description: flyer, typed, 4 p.

Scope and Content Note

Informational flyer about the Steinbeck House, luncheons; location(s): Salinas
Box 2, Folder 41

1/11/1977

Physical Description: articles, bylaws, typed, 9 p.

Scope and Content Note

Articles and bylaws of the John Steinbeck Foundation; location(s): Salinas
Box 2, Folder 42

April 1977-3/5/810

Physical Description: 3 articles, 2 letters, typed, 5 p.

Scope and Content Note

Biographical newspaper articles about JS, with letters
 

Series 4 Photos

Box 3, Folder 1

John Adolph Steinbeck family photos no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 3, Folder 2

John Ernst Steinbeck no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 3, Folder 3

Olive Hamilton Steinbeck no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)

Scope and Content Note

Photos taken of her alone
Box 3, Folder 4

Olive Hamilton Steinbeck no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)

Scope and Content Note

Group photos
Box 3, Folder 5

Hamilton Family no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)

Scope and Content Note

Miscellaneous photos
Box 3, Folder 6

Steinbeck, John and Almira no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)

Scope and Content Note

50th Anniversary Photos
Box 3, Folder 7

Olive and Ernst with grandchildren no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 3, Folder 8

Young pictures and group shots no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 3, Folder 9

John and Mary with Red Pony no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 3, Folder 10

John Steinbeck school photos no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 3, Folder 11

John and Gwyn with Thom (in pool) no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 3, Folder 12

Gwyn and sons no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 3, Folder 13

John, Elaine and boys in Sag Harbor (boys ~ 4 and 6 years old) no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 3, Folder 14

Thom and John Jr. without parents no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 3, Folder 15

Thom and John Jr. mid teens ca. 1961 1962

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 3, Folder 16

John Steinbeck Nobel Prize in Stockholm 12/10/1962

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 3, Folder 17

John Steinbeck Cruises abroad no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 3, Folder 18

John Steinbeck with Wiltshires in Japan, ca 1967 1967

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 3, Folder 19

John Steinbeck and John Jr. no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 3, Folder 20

John Steinbeck- misc. photos as a younger man no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 3, Folder 21

John Steinbeck- misc. photos as an older man no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 3, Folder 22

John Steinbeck and Beskov portraits- copies of paintings no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 3, Folder 23

John Steinbeck and Elaine no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 3, Folder 24

Sag Harbor no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 3, Folder 25

Sag Harbor- 'Travels with Charley' truck no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 3, Folder 26

John and Angel (dog) 1965

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 3, Folder 27

John, Elain, Thom, and John Jr. no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 3, Folder 28

Angel (Dog) no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 3, Folder 29

Elaine, John Jr. and Blake at Steinbeck House, ca. 1970-75 no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 4, Folder 1

Pacific Grove cottage misc no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 4, Folder 2

Salinas Steinbeck house no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 4, Folder 3

Hollister house- Residence of John Adolphus Steinbeck no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 4, Folder 4

Beth Steinbeck, misc. no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 4, Folder 5

Esther Steinbeck, young no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 4, Folder 6

Mary Steinbeck no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 4, Folder 7

Esther's Watsonville house- including Thanksgiving photo album no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 4, Folder 8

Eugene Ainsworth no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 4, Folder 9

Salinas Library statue of John Steinbeck no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 4, Folder 10

Cannery Row bronze bust dedication no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 4, Folder 11

Hamilton 50th Anniversary no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 4, Folder 12

Hamilton Ireland house no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
Box 8, Folder 1

Steinbeck Family no date

Physical Description: photograph(s)
 

Series 5 Miscellaneous

Box 5, Volume 1

Scrapbook and notes 1865-1910

Scope and Content Note

French Language, poems, literary newspaper clippings and religious notes.
Box 5, Volume 2

Abstract of Property from the City of San Jose concerning land in Santa Clara. 9/10/1908

Box 5, Volume 3

By Laws of Stock and Fruit Farmers Association. no date

Scope and Content Note

Articles of company and minutes.
Box 6, Volume 1

Mason's Bible of John Ernst Steinbeck 1902

Scope and Content Note

Presented by The California Convention of Annointed High Pirests to John E. Steinbeck, Consecration, San Franscisco, April 15, 1902. Franklin St Day, Recorder
Box 6, Volume 2

1938 paperback edition of 'Of Mice and Men' 1938

Scope and Content Note

Title page drawings and inscription 'To Neale from George'
Box 6, Volume 3

A French Reader, Aldrich and Foster 1923

Scope and Content Note

Inscribed: John E. Steinbeck Stanford University 1923, Encina Hall 32
Box 6, Volume 4

Bound certificate from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts no date

Scope and Content Note

Induction of John A. Steinbeck as Master Mason, 12th November ---- (Masonic Date)
 

Series 6 Scrapbook

Box 9, Folder 1

Scrapbook 1880-1906

Scope and Content Note

Scrapbook collection of various newspaper clippings and some photographs from approximately 1880 onwards. Incompelete. Unused materials collated in separate box.