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Guide to the Steinbeck - Ainsworth Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Other Finding Aids

  • 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


    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)