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Neighbors, S. J. collection of John Steinbeck papers
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Preferred Citation
  • Related Materials
  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: S.J. Neighbors collection of John Steinbeck papers
    Identifier/Call Number: M2467
    Physical Description: 3.21 Linear Feet (6 manuscript boxes, 1 half box, 2 oversize flat boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1859-1999
    Abstract: This collection consists of manuscripts and printed materials created by the Nobel Prize winning author John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr., by members of the Steinbeck family, and related colleagues and friends. About half of the items in the collection consist of John Steinbeck’s correspondence, including both original signed letters as well as carbon copies. The collection is rich in Steinbeck family history as well, including the original diary of his grandfather, John A. Steinbeck, written while in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War, and journals of Almira Steinbeck, his grandmother, during her trip to Jaffa.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use. Folders in boxes 1-3 can only be viewed one folder at a time.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of S.J. Neighbors, 2019. Accession 2019-052.

    Biographical / Historical

    John Steinbeck (1902-1968), the author of many novels and short stories dealing with social issues, particulary the struggling working class, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962. Born in Salinas, California, he attended Stanford University intermittently but did not graduate.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], S.J. Neighbors collection of John Steinbeck papers (M2467). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California

    Related Materials

    Among several collections on Steinbeck, Stanford holds the John Steinbeck collection (M0263): https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/4082967

    Scope and Contents

    The collection is organized into eight series: Series 1: Letters by John Steinbeck. Series 2: Letters to John Steinbeck. Series 3: Correspondence - other. Series 4: Works by and about John Steinbeck. Series 5: Official documents. Series 6: Gabilan High School and Stanford University. Series 7: Family (with 5 subseries) and Series 8: Other.
    In order to find more detailed descriptions of items on the donor's listing (Appendix A, located in Box 4, Folder 0), the donor's item number is written in brackets below the box/folder number on each folder, and in brackets on the finding aid.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/spc/using-collections/permission-publish.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
    Nobel Prize winners
    American literature -- 20th century.
    Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968
    Steinbeck, John A.
    Steinbeck, Elaine A.
    Lyons, Leonard, 1906-1976
    Meredith, Burgess
    Gossage, Howard, 1917-1969
    Bennett, Robert