Guide to the George Sumner Albee Papers, [ca. 1929-1958]

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Arts and Humanities --Literature --American Literature

Guide to the George Sumner Albee Papers, [ca. 1929-1958]

Collection number: BANC MSS C-H 120

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Processed by:
The Bancroft Library staff
Date Completed:
Jan. 9, 1962
Encoded by:
James Lake
© 1996 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: George Sumner Albee Papers,
Date (inclusive): [ca. 1929-1958]
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-H 120
Creator: Albee, George Sumner, 1905-1964
Extent: Number of containers: 3 boxes, 1 carton and 2 v.
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Mainly correspondence and manuscripts of his novels and short stories. Some royalty statements, contracts and financial papers also included.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], George S. Albee Papers, BANC MSS C-H 120, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Biographical Sketch

George Sumner Albee was born in Wisconsin, May 12, 1905. After the death of his father, he was taken by his mother to California. He graduated from the University of California in 1927 and then traveled in France, North Africa, China and Japan. He returned to Los Angeles, writing for the motion picture studios and fan magazines. In the mid-thirties he moved to New York City to concentrate on a writing career. Failing to find a publisher immediately, he worked for an advertising agency and wrote commercials for the DuPont radio program, Cavalcade of America. During the war, he worked for the Treasury Department, writing bond-selling speeches.
Mr. Albee has written a number of short stories, published in such magazines as Saturday Evening Post, McCall's, Cosmopolitan and Collier's. His novels include Not In a Day (1935), Young Robert (1937), Girl on the Beach (1953), and The Boys (1957). He died in Sarasota, Florida, on January 28, 1964.

Scope and Content

Mr. Albee presented his papers to Bancroft Library in September-October 1960. Covering the period 1929 to 1958, they consist mainly of letters written to him, carbon copies of some of his outgoing correspondence and manuscripts of short stories and novels. Included also are some royalty statements, contracts, clippings, and miscellaneous financial Papers.

Boxes 1 & 2

Letters written to Albee.

Scope and Content Note


Arranged alphabetically by name of individual or organization. Single letters have been placed in miscellanies preceding each letter of the alphabet. Miscellaneous fan letters & unidentified correspondents are at the end of the file. A list of the more important correspondents is appended to this report.
Box 3

Letters written by Albee.

Additional Note

Carbon copies, arranged chronologically, 1929-1958. The file is obviously incomplete.



Royalty statements


Reviews, clippings, etc.


Contracts and leases


Financial records, etc.

Ctn. 1 & vols.

Mss. of short stories, novels, novellas, radio scripts, etc., including The Boys, By the Sea, The Honorables, The Sunday Past, Waste Products, Young Robert, The Old Fool.


A - Miscellany


Acheson, Barclay


Letter, June 9, 1938


Adams, James Truslow


Letter, May 17, 1931


American Mercury


3 letters, 1930

Scope and Content Note

Signed by Charles Angoff and H. L. Mencken.

Ballantine Books, Inc.


4 letters, 1958

Scope and Content Note

Written mainly by Joan Seidenman.

Boodin, John Elof


9 letters, 1940-1942


The Bookman


5 letters, 1930-1932

Scope and Content Note

Written by Seward Collins and Dorothea Brande.

C - Miscellany


Clair, Rene


Letter, Aug. 26, 1931


Dakers, Andrew Herbert, 1887-


14 letters, 1937-1942


E - Miscellany


Edman, Irwin


Letter, Dec. 10, 1940


Eunson, Dale


13 letters, 1932-1952

Scope and Content Note

Include letters written by his wife, Katherine (Katherine Albert).

Freeman, Joseph


2 letters, 1940-1951


G -Miscellany


Grayson, Charles


Letter, Mar. 28, 1941


Guinness, Alec


Letter, May 23, 1955


Good Housekeeping


2 letters, 1957-1958


H - Miscellany


Hardwicke, Cedric Webster, Sir


Letter, June 10, 1955


Hearst, William Randolph, (1908- )


Letter, Sept. 23, 1952


Hemingway, Ernest


5 letters, 1931-1932


K - Miscellany


Knopf (Alfred A.) Inc.


Letter, Apr. 29, 1935

Scope and Content Note

Signed by Blanche Knopf.

Kronenberger, Louis


5 letters, 1933-1935

Scope and Content Note

Some written for Alfred A. Knopf Inc.

L - Miscellany


Lerner, Alan Jay


[ca. July 1949]


Lowry, Malcolm


Letter, Mar. 17, 1957


Lehman, Benjamin Harrison


11 letters, 1929-1940


Lowry, Margerie (Mrs. Malcolm Lowry)


2 letters, 1958


M - Miscellany


MacLeish, Archibald


Letter, May 20, 1937


Morganthau, Henry


Letter, Nov. 24, 1943


Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures


5 letters, 1949-1950

Scope and Content Note

Many signed by Dore Schary.

N - Miscellany


Nathan, Robert


Letter, Aug. 1, 1948


New Yorker


3 letters, 1952

Scope and Content Note

Written by Robert Henderson.

O - Miscellany


O'Brien, Edward Joseph Harrington


Letter, Dec. 22, 1932


R - Miscellany


Raine, Norman Reilly


Letter, Aug. 12, 1949


Reynal and Hitchcock, Inc.


Letter, Aug. 19, 1937

Scope and Content Note

Signed by Curtice Hitchcock.

Robinson, Edward G.


Letter, May 2, 1935


Roosevelt, Eleanor (Roosevelt)


Letter, Aug. 6, 1957


Rosenman, Samuel Irving


Letter, Oct. 16, 1943


Rukeyser, Muriel


Letter, Mar. 31, 1943


S - Miscellany


Saroyan, William


Letter, Mar. 30, 1934


Sinclair, Upton Beall


Letter, Nov. 1, 1933


Stegner, Wallace Earle


Letter, Mar. 16, 1951


Scribner's (Charles) Sons


10 letters, l930-1937

Scope and Content Note

Several written by Kyle S. Crichton.

Steinbeck, John


51 letters, 1930-1950

Scope and Content Note

With these: letter, Oct. 11, [1935] from Carol H. Steinbeck; and postcard, ca. Sept. 20, [1951] from Elaine S. Steinbeck.

T - Miscellany


Thompson, Dorothy


Letter, Jan. 12, 1937


Tully, Jim


2 letters, Oct. 17, 1930 & n.d.


V Miscellany


Vanity Fair


Letter, Oct. 9, 1930

Scope and Content Note

Signed by Clare Boothe Brokaw.

Villard, Oswald Garrison


Letter, Dec. 14, 1937


W Miscellany


Wood, Grant


Letter, Feb. 10, 1940


Wright, Richard


Letter, Apr. 30, 1940