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Guide to the John Russel Hastings Papers, 1909-1942
BANC MSS C-B 454  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: John Russel Hastings Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1909-1942
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 454
    Creator: Hastings, John Russel, 1878-1972
    Extent: Number of container: 1 carton
    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: Primarily letters from William R. Hearst and other members of his staff, and copies or drafts of Hastings' replies. Hastings was editor of the New York Journal, 1906-26, and supervising editor of several newspapers in the Hearst Service, 1926-42. Included also are Mss. of two of his plays and letters from actors and producers relating to his efforts to have them performed; clippings; and biographical information.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], John Russel Hastings Papers, BANC MSS C-B 454, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Biographical Sketch

    John R. Hastings was supervising editor of the Hearst newspapers from 1926 until his death in 1942. He began his long newspaper career, after graduation from high school, on the Los Angeles Express, going from there to the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Examiner, the New York Press and Evening Telegram, the New York Daily News, the New York Globe the New York Times, and the New York Journal, for which he served as managing editor from 1906 to 1926.

    Scope and Content

    These papers, which were given to the Bancroft Library in June 1950 by his widow, relate primarily to his association with the Hearst newspaper organization. Included are letters from William Randolph Hearst and other members of his staff, 1909-1942, and copies or drafts of Hastings replies; letters relating his efforts to have his plays produced, 1910-1912; copies of his plays; clippings; and biographical information about him assembled by his wife.
    Letters written by Hastings are arranged chronologically; letters to him, alphabetically be name of correspondent with a miscellany of single letters at the beginning of the file. Letters from play producers and actors relating to his playwriting follow the rest of the correspondence. All of the material is housed in one carton. A list of the more important correspondents follows. Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collection.
    Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial collections of The Bancroft Library.