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Finding Aid for the Stephen Longstreet Papers, 1940-1963
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  • Organization and Arrangement
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Stephen Longstreet Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1940-1963
    Collection number: 380
    Creator: Longstreet, Stephen, 1907-
    Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.) 2 oversize boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Stephen Longstreet (1907- ) was a painter, writer, art critic, lecturer on art, and professor of modern writing at the University of Southern California (1975-80). The collection consists of literary manuscripts, drawings and collages by Stephen Longstreet.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Stephen Longstreet, 1994.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Stephen Longstreet Papers (Collection 380). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 2221037 


    Longstreet was born on April 18, 1907 in New York City; attended Rutgers University (1926) and Harvard University (1927), and graduated from the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (1929); also studied in Paris with Matisse and Bonnard, as well as in Rome, London and Berlin; became painter, writer, art critic, and lecturer on art; literary critic for Reader's Syndicate (1952-80) and for the Los Angeles Daily News; designed stage sets for RexRoth poetry jazz, 1952; president, Los Angeles Art Association. (1972-75); professor of modern writing, University of Southern California (1975-80); wrote radio plays, screenplays, and dozens of books ranging from novels to biography to travel, including: Decade, 1929-1939 (1940), The Pedlocks :A Family (1951), Gettysburg (1961), The World Revisited (1953), and The Real Jazz, Old and New (1956).

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of literary manuscripts, drawings and collages by author and artist Stephen Longstreet. Manuscripts include: Decade, 1929-1939, A Century on Wheels: the Story of Studebaker, Eagles Where I Walk, A Few Painted Feathers, The Flesh Peddlers, Gettysburg, Jazz Lexicon, Never Look Back, The Pedlocks, The Promoters, The Real Jazz, Old and New, The World Revisited, and Man of Montmartre (with Ethel Longstreet). Artwork includes 40 ink and water color drawings as well as wash drawings and collages of jazz musicians and singers.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Literary manuscripts (Boxes 1-3).
    2. Ink and water color drawings of jazz musicians and singers (Box 1).
    3. Collage on stretched canvas (Box 4, oversize).
    4. Wash drawings of jazz figures, collages (Box 5, oversize).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Longstreet, Stephen, 1907- --Archives.
    Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources.
    Artists--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
    Manuscripts for publication.