Guide to the Carlton Sheffield John Steinbeck collection, 1933-1984

Processed by Special Collections staff; machine-readable finding aid created by Steven Mandeville-Gamble
Department of Special Collections
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The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Carlton Sheffield John Steinbeck collection, 1933-1984

Collection number: M0824

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
  • Phone: (650) 725-1022
  • Email: speccoll@sulmail.stanford.edu
  • URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/
Processed by:
Special Collections staff
Date Completed:
1987
Encoded by:
Steven Mandeville-Gamble
© 1999 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Carlton Sheffield's John Steinbeck collection,
Date (inclusive): 1933-1984
Collection number: Special Collections M0824
Creator: Sheffield, Carlton.
Extent: .75 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

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.

Provenance

Gift of Carlton Sheffield, 1984.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Carlton Sheffield John Steinbeck collection, M0824, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biography

Carlton Sheffield was a friend and Stanford roommate of the late author, John Steinbeck. He continued his friendship with Steinbeck after their college years and throughout his writing career through correspondence with Steinbeck and his wife. Sheffield also amassed a collection of clippings, fliers, and articles both about and by Steinbeck, which constitutes the source of this collection.
Sheffield also interacted with and collected information about several foundations and organizations concerning Steinbeck. Most notable in this collection are the Steinbeck Library in Salinas and the Steinbeck Festival, the John Steinbeck Society of America, and the Steinbeck Center Foundation, of which Sheffield was an Honorary Director.

Scope and Content

Included in the collection are carbon copies of Sheffield's correspondence with John and Elaine Steinbeck through the years 1944-1971. There are also copies of Sheffield's correspondence with Peter Lisca, another friend of Steinbeck. The clippings Sheffield collected are also included, covering Steinbeck's books, articles, Nobel Prize, exchanges with Communist writers, tour in Vietnam, and death. Clippings concerning several biographies of Steinbeck and a few related topics (i.e. Steinbeck Country and Cannery Row, and the "Oakies") are also included. Additionally, Sheffield collected clippings of almost any mention of Steinbeck in the newspaper, which we have arranged by date.
The collection also contains a typed carbon manuscript, "The Man in the Shining Silk Hat," by Carol Steinbeck, ca. 1933.

Access Terms

Lisca, Peter.
Sheffield, Carlton.
Steinbeck, Carol.
Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.
American literature--20th century.


Container List

 

Series I: Sheffield's Correspondence, 1945 - 1971

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence from Sheffield to Steinbeck (1945-59)

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence from Sheffield to Mr. and Mrs. Steinbeck (1961-68)

Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence from Sheffield to Elaine Steinbeck (1968-71)

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence between Sheffield and Peter Lisca (1959)

Box 1, Folder 5

"The Man in the Shiny Silk Hat": carbon typescript, by Carol Steinbeck (1933)

 

Series II: Steinbeck's works (clippings)

Box 1, Folder 6

Pastures of Heaven

Box 1, Folder 7

Flight

Scope and Content Note

(clippings and commemorative edition publishing info.)
Box 1, Folder 8

Tortilla Flat

Box 1, Folder 9

"Burning Bright" (play)

Box 1, Folder 10

"Viva Zapata" (film directed by Eliza Kazan)

Box 1, Folder 11

East of Eden

Box 1, Folder 12

Sweet Thursday and musical adaptation, "Pipe Dream"

Box 1, Folder 13

The Short Reign of Pippin IV

Box 1, Folder 14

The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

Box 1, Folder 15

The Winter of Our Discontent

Box 1, Folder 16

Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters

Box 1, Folder 17

Steinbeck's articles (in Playboy, Esquire, etc.)

Box 1, Folder 18

Other Steinbeck works

Box 1, Folder 19

Adaptations of "Of Mice and Men"

Box 1, Folder 20

Adaptations of "Cannery Row"

Box 1, Folder 21

quotes by and about Steinbeck

 

Series III: Newspaper Clippings by Date, 1937 - 1984

Box 1, Folder 22

1937-38

Box 1, Folder 23

1940-55

Box 1, Folder 24

1957-59

Box 1, Folder 25

1960-67

Box 1, Folder 26

1968-71

Box 1, Folder 27

1972-80

Box 1, Folder 28

1981-82

Box 1, Folder 29

1983-84

Box 1, Folder 30

no date

 

Series IV: Steinbeck's Personal Occasions and Connections

Box 1, Folder 31

Steinbeck and "the Communists"

Scope and Content Note

(clippings)
Box 1, Folder 32

1962 Nobel Prize in Literature

Scope and Content Note

(clippings)
Box 1, Folder 33

Steinbeck in Vietnam

Scope and Content Note

(articles by Steinbeck, clippings)
Box 1, Folder 34

Steinbeck's Death (clippings)

Box 1, Folder 35

Commemorative Stamp and Coin

Scope and Content Note

(clippings, fliers)
Box 1, Folder 36

Steinbeck and Sheffield

Scope and Content Note

(clippings, article, marriage certificate, etc.)
Box 1, Folder 37

Steinbeck and Covici

Scope and Content Note

(clippings)
Box 1, Folder 38

Steinbeck and Stanford

Scope and Content Note

(clippings and fliers)
 

Series V: Biographies of Steinbeck

Box 1, Folder 39

Steinbeck: A Life in Letters by Elaine Steinbeck

Scope and Content Note

(clippings)
Box 1, Folder 40

Steinbeck: The Errant Knight by Nelson Valjean

Scope and Content Note

(clippings)
Box 1, Folder 41

Friends of John Steinbeck collection of biographical vignettes

Scope and Content Note

(publicity)
Box 1, Folder 42

In Search of Steinbeck by Anne-Marie Schmitz

Scope and Content Note

(clippings)
Box 1, Folder 43

The Intricate Music by Thomas Kiernan

Scope and Content Note

(clippings)
Box 2, Folder 1

The True Adventures of John Steinbeck by Jonathan Benson

Scope and Content Note

(clippings)
 

Series VI: Libraries, Memorials, Foundations, and Centers in memory of Steinbeck

Box 2, Folder 2

Steinbeck Library and Festival

Scope and Content Note

(fliers, clippings)
Box 2, Folder 3

John Steinbeck Foundation

Scope and Content Note

(letters, clippings)
Box 2, Folder 4

Steinbeck House and Memorial

Scope and Content Note

(fliers, clippings)
Box 2, Folder 5

Steinbeck Center Foundation

Scope and Content Note

(letters, clippings)
Box 2, Folder 6

John Steinbeck Society of America

Scope and Content Note

(newsletters, fliers)
Box 2, Folder 7

Steinbeck Research Center - SJSU

Scope and Content Note

(fliers, clippings)
Box 2, Folder 8

California Historical Society

Scope and Content Note

(newsletters)
 

Series VII: Remembering Steinbeck

Box 2, Folder 9

KQED Documentary

Scope and Content Note

(fliers, clippings, invitation)
Box 2, Folder 10

College courses on Steinbeck - various schools

Scope and Content Note

(fliers, clippings)
Box 2, Folder 11

Steinbeckiana

Scope and Content Note

(fliers, pamphlets)
 

Series VIII: Related Subjects

Box 2, Folder 12

Steinbeck Country and Cannery Row

Box 2, Folder 13

California Oakies