Guide to the Joseph Henry Steele Papers, 1927-1972

Department of Special Collections
Green Library
Stanford University Libraries
Stanford, CA 94305-6004
Phone: (650) 725-1022
© 1999
The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Joseph Henry Steele Papers, 1927-1972

Collection number: M0239

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

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  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
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Date Completed:
1974 Jan.
© 1999 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Joseph Henry Steele Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1927-1972
Collection number: Special Collections M0239
Creator: Steele, Joseph Henry.
Extent: .5 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Partially restricted: for more information contact the Manuscripts Librarian.

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.


Gift of Joseph Henry Steele, 1974.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Joseph Henry Steele Papers, M0239, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Scope and Content

The collection is comprised of correspondence between J.H. Steele and various people re: Steele's biography of Ingrid Bergman. One box contains correspondence between J.H. Steele and Ingrid Bergman only. In addition to the correspondence, there are a few legal documents and some financial papers magazines.

Items on Loan

Steele, J.H. Long term loan - out
May 18, 1976
On this date Mr. Joseph Henry Steele Picked up the following materials from his collections donated to the Stanford University Libraries (M-167 and M-239), Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections:
M 239
3 envelopes from sealed container
Box 2 2 scrapbook
Box 1 Fld. 4 itemm 12 : Hollywood Museum certificate
Received by: [signature : Joseph Henry Steele]
Joseph Henry Steele
Authorized by: [signature : J. Palmer]
Patricia J. Palmer, Manuscripts Librarian
Witnessed by: [UNK] [UNK]

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1



1. 1958, Feb. 10.Los Angeles, Ca. JHS to Constance Smith.

Physical Description: TL 1p.

2. 1958, Feb. 24.Los Angeles, Ca. JHS to [Constance] Smith.

Physical Description: TL 2pp.

3. 1958, Feb. 25.[Los Angeles, Ca.]. JHS to [Constance] Smith.

Physical Description: TL 2pp.

4. 1958, Mar. 3.[Los Angeles, Ca.]. JHS to Walter _____(?)

Physical Description: TL 2pp.

5. 1961, March 10.New York, N.Y. Constance Smith to JHS.

Physical Description: TLS 1p.

6. 1961, March 13.[Los Angeles, Ca.]. JHS to Connie [Constance] Smith. TL. 1p. A Statement of Facts in re Modern Screen by JHS, attached.


7. 1961, April 27.New York, N.Y. Harriet F. Pilpel (of Greenbaum, Wolff & Ernst) to Constance Smith, JHS and Ken Rawson.

Physical Description: TLS 3pp.

8. 1961, Oct. 2.New York, N.Y. Julia Perles (of Greenbaum, Wolff & Ernst) to JHS.

Physical Description: TLS 1p.

9. 1961, Oct. 6.Same as # 8.


10. 1961, Nov. 2.Same as # 8.


11. 1965, (?).The Hague, Holland. G.F. Kaal to Heer A. Gans, in Dutch.

Physical Description: TLS 1p.

12. 1966(?).The Hague, Holland. C. Th. Vogelesang (of Zuid-Hollandsche Vitgevers Maatschappij) to Heer A. Gans.

Physical Description: TLS 1p.

13. 1967 (?).Same as # 12.


14. 1967, Feb. 24.New York, N.Y. Patricia Schartle (of McIntosh and Otis, Inc.) to JHS.

Physical Description: TLS 1p.
Box 1, Folder 2

FAN MAIL - ALS & TLS's - 1959-1963, 1965-1966.

Box 1, Folder 3



1. 1932, Dec. 2.New York, Clare Boothe Brokaw, Managing Editor - Vanity Fair, to JHS re: publication of the book Sister Aimes.

Physical Description: TLS 1p.

2. 1943, May 21.Hollywood, Ca. Ruth Waterbury (of Movieland) to J[HS] re: Bergman book.

Physical Description: TLS 1p.

3. 1948, June 11.Los Angeles, Ca. Charles Boyer to JHS re: script Deadlock.

Physical Description: TLS 1p.

4. 1950, Mar. 7.New York, N.Y. Princess Barbara Troubetzkoi to J[HS].

Physical Description: TLS 1p.

5. 1959, May 6.Los Angeles, Ca. William H. Powell to J[HS].

Physical Description: ANS 1p.

6. 1959, July 1.Los Angeles, Ca. Guy Endore to JHS.

Physical Description: ALS 1p.

7. 1962, Oct. 12.Beverly Hills, Ca. Dick Irving Hyland to JHS re: book All the Questions a Cop Would Ask.

Physical Description: TNS 1p.

8. 1967, June 1.[Stanford, Ca.]. Ralph W. Hansen, Manuscripts Librarian, to Mr. & Mrs. Richard K. Mohler.

Physical Description: TL. 1p.

9. 1968, Jan. 15.NP. Bob _____(?) to J[HS] and Beatrice [Steele].

Physical Description: ALS.

10. ND.Los Angeles, Ca. H.H. Chou, Asst. Prof., Univ. of Ca., L.A., to To Whom It May Concern.

Physical Description: TNS 1p.

11. ND.NP. Dad [JHS?] to Olivia and Dick.

Physical Description: TNS 1p.
Box 1, Folder 4



1. Last Will and Testament: Joseph Henry Steele and Beatrice Salvador Steele, Addendum to Will.


2. JHS and David McKay Co., Inc., May 9, 1958.


3. JHS and Constance Smith Associates, June 25, 1959.


4. JHS and Almquist & Wiksell/Gebers Forlag AB, Aug. 11, 1959.


5. JHS and Alfred Scherz Verlag, Aug. 14

Physical Description: (two copies).

6. JHS and Carit Andersen's Forlag, Oct. 14, 1959.


7. JHS and John Griegs Forlag, Oct. 29, 1959.


8. JHS nad Zuid-Hollandsche Vitgevers Maatschappij, March 15, 1960.


9. JHS and Plaza & Janés, Nov. 17, 1960.


10. JHS and Dell Publishing Co., Nov. 1961.


11. Certificate of Charter Membership in the Writer's Guild of America, JHS, Aug. 25, 1954.


12. Certificate from Hollywood Museum Associates acknowledging receipt of gifts from JHS. Mar. 26, 1964.



13. Application for Registration of a Claim to Renewal Copyright - blank form.

Box 1, Folder 5

FINANCIAL PAPERS RE: royalties on book from: Barclays Bank Limited; A.M. Heath & Co., Ltd.; Plaza & Janés, S.A.; Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co.; Chemical Bank New York Trust Co.; McIntosh and Otis, Inc.; David McKay Co., Inc Almquist & Wiksell/Gebers.

Box 1, Folder 6


Box 1, Folder 7



1. Map of Paris - 1927


2. Typescript: A Little Matter over Mind by Joseph H. Steele.


3. Foreign currency - one note, 100,000 mark.


4. Inscription on matting of photo portrait of David O. Selznick - written by Selznick to J[HS]. 1943, Nov.


5. Program - Agua Caliente Jockey Club, 1931.


6. Two tape recordings: interview with Ingrid Bergman - transatlantic to Paris.


7. Key and key chain - JHS.

Box 2



1. Allers Magazine, Oct. 8, 1972.


2. Life Magazine, Vol. 33, No. 9, 1952, Sept. 1.


3. Life Magazine, Vol. 53, No. 25, 1962, Dec. 1.


4. Look Magazine, Vol. 16, No. 3, 1962, Jan. 29.


5. Look Magazine, Vol. 16, No. 4, 1962, Feb. 12.


6. Novella Magazine, 1958, April 13.


7. Novella Magazine, 1958, April 20.


8. Novella Magazine, 1958, April 27.


9. Novella Magazine, 1958, May 4.


10. Pleasure Magazine, Vol. 1, 1957, May.



Physical Description: THREE VOLUMES
Box 2, Volume 1

1. Good Housekeeping, Vol. 149, No. 1, July 1959.


2. Svensk Damtidning, Aug. 13, 1959(Swedish)


3. Svensk Damtidning, Sept. 24, 1959(Swedish)


4. Svensk Damtidning, Nov. 26, 1959(Swedish)


5. Svensk Damtidning, Sept. 10, 1959(Swedish)


6. Svensk Damtidning, Nov. 3, 1959(Swedish)

Box 2, Volume 2

1. L'Europeo, July 5, 1959(Italian)


2. Woman, Vol. 45, No. 1170, Nov. 14, 1959


3. Woman, Vol. 45, No. 1169, Nov. 7, 1959

Box 2, Volume 3

1. American Weekly, Los Angeles Examiner, Sept. 14, 1952


2. American Weekly, Los Angeles Examiner, Sept. 21, 1952


3. Quick Magazine, April 30, 1960(German)


4. Quick Magazine, May 7, 1960(German)


5. Quick Magazine, May 14, 1960(German)


6. Quick Magazine, May 21, 1960(German)


7. Quick Magazine, May 28, 1960(German)


8. Quick Magazine, June 11, 1960(German)



Physical Description: TWO VOLUMES
Box 2, Volume 1

Re: Ingrid Bergman, 1942-1951, 1955, 1957-1958

Box 2, Volume 2

Re: Ingrid Bergman and Steele's biography of Bergman, 1956-1960


long term loan to J.H. [UNK]
Box 3

BERGMAN, INGRID CORRESPONDENCE. One large manila envelopes sealed until Miss Bergman's death. (in safe).

Access Information



(The other 3 are on long term loan to J.H. Steele)