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mssHM 50981-51034  
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  • Overview of the Collection
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  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: George S. Pelton Papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1905-1914
    Bulk dates: 1912-1914
    Collection Number: mssHM 50981-51034
    Creator: Pelton, George S.
    Extent: 54 items in 3 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection contains papers of investor George Pelton concerning Pelton's agreement and disputes in the early 1900s with novelist Jack London concerning the film rights of London's novel The Sea Wolf (1904), and with director Cecil B. DeMille concerning various productions of plays.
    Language: English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. George S. Pelton Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Purchased from Dawson's Book Shop, May 23, 1985.

    Biographical Note

    George S. Pelton (active 1905-1915) was a businessman and investor who entered into agreements with Jack London and Joseph J. Noel regarding the dramatic rights to The Sea Wolf. He also invested with Cecil B. DeMille in various productions of plays.

    Scope and Content Note

    This collection contains papers concerning George S. Pelton's agreement and disputes with Jack London concerning the film rights of his novel, The Sea Wolf (1904), and with Cecil B. DeMille concerning various productions of plays and Pelton's efforts to recover money advanced for plays that were never produced.
    Persons represented by 5 or more pieces:
    • DeMille, Cecil Blount: 4 letters (1912-1913), HM 50983-50986; 2 documents (1912), HM 50987.
    • London, Jack: 2 manuscripts (ca. 1912 and ca. 1913), HM 50991-50992; 4 letters (1905-1914), HM 50993-50996. 1 document (1906), HM 50997.
    • Noel, Joseph J.: 4 manuscripts (1911-ca. 1914), HM 50999-51002; 3 letters (1914), HM 51003-51005; 2 documents (1908-1914), HM 51006-51007.
    • Pelton, George S.: 21 letters and telegrams (1912-1914), HM 51009-51030; 4 documents (1911-1914), HM 51031-51033.
    Some notable items include:
    • Bradstreet Company. Private investigator's reports on the financial status of Jack London, 1913, September 27, and 1914, April 1. HM 50981-50982.
    • London, Jack. The Judge: play; typescript, and carbon copy of early draft, (ca. 1912-ca. 1913), HM 50991-50992. Note: Although the play was ascribed to Jack London, he repudiated it in a letter to George S Pelton, March 27, 1914, listed below. London, Jack. Letter (1914, March 27) to George S Pelton accusing Pelton and Joseph J Noel of double-crossing him over the sale of the rights to The Sea Wolf, HM 50995.
    • Noel, Joseph J. Letters (1914, April 3 and May 10) to George S Pelton discussing Jack London and the Sea Wolf rights disagreement, HM 51004-51005.
    • Pelton, George S. Letters and telegrams (1914) to his lawyer, Fred W Heath, discussing a possible lawsuit against Cecil Blount DeMille over money advanced to produce plays, HM 51015-51019.
    • Pelton, George S. Letter (1914, March 31) to Jack London responding to London's accusations concerning The Sea Wolf, HM 51021. Note: This letter is a carbon copy; its original is part of the Jack London Collection, JL 16417.
    • Pelton, George S. Letters (1914) to Joseph J Noel discussing Jack London and the Sea Wolf disagreement, HM 51025-51029.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    DeMille, Cecil B. (Cecil Blount), 1881-1959.
    London, Jack, 1876-1916. Sea-wolf.
    Noel, Joseph J.
    Pelton, George S.
    Copyright -- Motion pictures.
    Motion picture plays.


    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 20th century.
    Plays -- United States -- 20th century.

    Alternate Authors

    DeMille, Cecil B. (Cecil Blount), 1881-1959.
    London, Jack, 1876-1916.
    Noel, Joseph J.


    Arranged in the following order:
    • Boxes 1-2: Manuscripts and correspondence, arranged alphabetically by author.
    • Box 3: Xerox copies