Guide to the John Russel Hastings Papers, 1909-1942

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Guide to the John Russel Hastings Papers, 1909-1942

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 454

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Processed by:
The Bancroft Library staff
Date Completed:
ca. 1967
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1996 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: John Russel Hastings Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1909-1942
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 454
Creator: Hastings, John Russel, 1878-1972
Extent: Number of container: 1 carton
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Primarily letters from William R. Hearst and other members of his staff, and copies or drafts of Hastings' replies. Hastings was editor of the New York Journal, 1906-26, and supervising editor of several newspapers in the Hearst Service, 1926-42. Included also are Mss. of two of his plays and letters from actors and producers relating to his efforts to have them performed; clippings; and biographical information.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Russel Hastings Papers, BANC MSS C-B 454, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Biographical Sketch

John R. Hastings was supervising editor of the Hearst newspapers from 1926 until his death in 1942. He began his long newspaper career, after graduation from high school, on the Los Angeles Express, going from there to the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Examiner, the New York Press and Evening Telegram, the New York Daily News, the New York Globe the New York Times, and the New York Journal, for which he served as managing editor from 1906 to 1926.

Scope and Content

These papers, which were given to the Bancroft Library in June 1950 by his widow, relate primarily to his association with the Hearst newspaper organization. Included are letters from William Randolph Hearst and other members of his staff, 1909-1942, and copies or drafts of Hastings replies; letters relating his efforts to have his plays produced, 1910-1912; copies of his plays; clippings; and biographical information about him assembled by his wife.
Letters written by Hastings are arranged chronologically; letters to him, alphabetically be name of correspondent with a miscellany of single letters at the beginning of the file. Letters from play producers and actors relating to his playwriting follow the rest of the correspondence. All of the material is housed in one carton. A list of the more important correspondents follows. Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collection.
Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial collections of The Bancroft Library.

Partial List of Correspondents




Coblentz, Edmond David, 1882-1959


Letter, Nov. 10, 1937


Lindner, Clarence Richard, 1890-


Letter, Jan. 14, 1936.

Additional Note

Copy, addressed to J. Willicombe.

White, Thomas Justin, 1884-1948


Telegram, Feb. 13, 1931.

Additional Note

Copy, addressed to E. C. Simmons.

Young, George Gilray, 1876-


Letter, Sept. 12, 1929.

Additional Note

Enclosure: telegram from Frank Knox.

Bitner, Harry Murray, 1883-


12 letters, 1928-1935


Brisbane, Arthur, 1864-1936


53 letters, 1909-1936


Carvalho, Solomon Solis, 1856-


3 letters, 1912-1918


Hearst, William Randolph, 1863-1951


299 letters, 1915-1940 & n. d.


Hearst Newspapers. Executive Council


4 letters, 192 6-1932


Knox, Franklin, 1874-1944


28 letters, 1927-1930


Moore, Joseph Arthur, 1879-1937


2 letters, 1920-1922


Newmyer, Arthur G.


4 letters, 1935


Willicombe, Joseph


40 letters, 1921-1940


Playwriting correspondence

Physical Description: (1 folder)

Ames, Winthrop, 1871-1937


3 letters, 1910-1912


Bowes, Edward J., d. 1946


Letter, Aug. 22, 1912


Fiske, Minnie Maddern, d. 1932


Letter, n. d.


Frohman, Daniel, 1851-1940


Letter, Aug. 16, 1912


Megrue, Roi Cooper, 1883-1927


2 letters, 1911


Miller, Henry, 1860-1926


Letter, Mar. 8, 1911


Ware, Helen, 1877-1939


2 letters, 1911