Guide to the Frederick Schiller Faust Papers, ca. 1910-1992 (bulk 1911-1944)

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Guide to the Frederick Schiller Faust Papers, ca. 1910-1992 (bulk 1911-1944)

Collection number: BANC MSS C-H 69

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Processed by:
John Hawk
Completed by:
Mary Morganti
Date Completed:
October 1994
Encoded by:
James Lake
© 1996 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved..

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Frederick Schiller Faust Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1910-1992
Date (bulk): (bulk 1911-1944)
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-H 69
Creator: Faust, Frederick Schiller, 1892-1944
Extent: Number of containers: 5 boxes, 3 cartons Linear feet: 5.85
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: Consists of Frederick Schiller Faust's personal and family correspondence, and working papers, spanning his career from the 1910s to his death in 1944, as well as posthumous reviews, articles, and biogrphical studies. The bulk of the collection concerns Faust's writings, and includes prose, poetry, and screenplays, along with notes and notebooks.

Includes biographical material gathered and written by Robert Olney Easton, Faust's son-in-law, as well as correspondence between John Schoolcraft, Leonard Bacon, and Easton, 1944-1975. Included among letters of condolence to Faust's wife Dorothy are reminiscences of Faust by Carl Brandt, Cass Canfield, Walter Morris Hart, and Grace Flandreau. Also includes Schoolcraft's typescript, The Fabulous Faust : His Life and Letters, and annotated mockups of The Fabulous Faust Fan-Zine, edited by Darrell C. Richardson. Also includes a small group of papers of Dorothy Faust, containing family letters and correspondence with publishers.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Access restricted: written permission of the donor, Robert Easton, or his heirs or assigns required for use. This restriction is to be reviewed every five years. Next review: January 1999.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Frederick Schiller Faust Papers, BANC MSS C-H 69, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Materials Cataloged Separately

  • Printed materials have been transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library.
  • Photographs have been transferred to Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Frederick Schiller Faust papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Dorothy Faust in 1955, with additions by Faust's son-in-law, Robert Easton in 1970, 1972, 1988, and 1993.


FAUST, FREDERICK SCHILLER (May 29, 1892-May 12, 1944), poet and popular author, better known as "Max Brand," was born in Seattle, Washington, the second child of Gilbert Leander Faust and his third wife, Elizabeth Uriel, of (respectively) German and Irish background. Faust's father was a lawyer, land speculator, bank president, and lumber-mill owner in Seattle and in California. Faust's mother died when he was eight; his father died five years later.
On his own at thirteen, Faust lived and worked on a succession of farms and ranches in central California and attended nineteen different public schools. In 1911, after graduating from Modesto (Calif.) High School, Faust entered the University of California. Although his major was social science, he was active as the editor of the Pelican, a campus humor magazine; he also served on the staff of the Occident, and the 1915 yearbook. Faust left the University during his senior year. Over the next two years he worked on a Honolulu newspaper, served short terms in the Canadian and American armies, contracted influenza -which left him with a weak heart -and tried to make a living by writing. On May 29, 1917 he married Dorothy Shillig. They had three children: Jane, John Frederick, and Judith Anne.
Faust sold his first stories to All-Story Weekly, and Argosy, magazines in 1917 under the pseudonym "Max Brand." Two years later his first novel, The Untamed, launched him upon the career which eventually earned him the title "The King of the Pulp Writers." His novels and stories were so successful that he purchased the Villa Negli Ulivi in Florence, where he lived from 1926 to 1938. He then became a writer for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Brothers studios, adapting his own works for motion picture production (most notably the Dr. Kildare series) and working on scenarios for other movies. In 1944 he became a war correspondent for Harper's. That May, at the age of fifty-one, he was killed in action in the assault on Santa Maria Infante, Italy.
Faust was one of the most prolific American writers. It has been estimated that he published more than 30,000,000 words during his lifetime, the equivalent of at least 400 full-length books; and he reportedly left 15 additional novels in manuscript form. He wrote both prose and poetry. His work covered many genres: westerns, historical romances, spy thrillers, mysteries, and poetry. Though best known as "Max Brand," Faust signed at least eighteen pen-names to his writing, including "George Challis," "Evan Evans," "George Owen Baxter," "David Manning," "Peter Henry Morland," "Frederick Frost," and "Walter C. Butler."
(excerpted from Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement Three 1941-1945

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1973; p. 264)

Scope and Content

The Frederick Schiller Faust Papers consist of Faust's personal and working papers, spanning his career from the 1910s to his death in 1944, as well as posthumous reviews, articles, and biographical studies which were gathered by his family as late as 1992.
The bulk of the collection concerns Faust's writings, and includes prose, poetry, and screenplays by Faust. While much of the prose is in the form of photocopies of published works, Faust's poems present a fuller representation of his unpublished works, and many are in draft form. His writings are supplemented extensively by notes and notebooks, which provide insight to Faust's plots, story sketches, and dialogue. In addition to John Schoolcraft's work on Faust's life, are collected reviews, articles, and fanzines, along with biographical material gathered and written by Robert Olney Easton.
Faust's personal and family papers includes an extensive group of letters written to his wife, Dorothy, providing insight to Faust's personality, thoughts, and family life. Among the family's personal papers are several reminiscences and letters of condolence and Faust's military service records, wedding and obituary documents. Finally, a small group of personal papers of Dorothy Faust consists of family letters, correspondence with publishers, and a personal miscellany.

Container List

Box 1, folders 1-13

Series 1: Personal Correspondence, 1915-1944

Scope and Content Note


Arranged alphabetically, and then chronologically.
Contains primarily outgoing correspondence, with some incoming correspondence interfiled.
Box 1, folder 1

Miscellaneous, A-Z, including 1916-40; n.d.


George W. Barnes


George A. Smithson


H. Morse Stephens

folder 2

Davis, Robert H. (Robert Hobart), 1869-1942 1917

folder 3

Downey, Thomas 1915

folder 4-5

Flandreau, Grace 1942; n.d.

folder 6

Greely, Florence 1932-35; n.d.

folder 7

Hart, Walter Morris, 1872- 1931-41

folder 8

McLean, Pinckney 1939-44

folder 9

Myers, Alice Lee 1933

folder 10

Norton, Daniel Silas, 1908-1951 1934-40

folder 11

Rooney, Harvey 1918-34

folder 12

Saxton, Gene, and Canfield, Cass, 1897- 1940

folder 13

Tillson, Adele Downey 1924

Box 1, folders 14-21; Boxes 2-3

Series 2: Family Correspondence, 1918-1944.

Scope and Content Note


Divided into two sub-series: letters sent and letters received.
Letters sent consist of those written by Faust to his wife, Dorothy. Letters received are from Faust's son-in-law, Robert Olney Easton.

Letters Sent, 1918-1944.

Box 1, folder 14-21

to Dorothy 1918-19

Box 2, folder 1-4

to Dorothy 1921

folder 5-16

to Dorothy 1928-33

folder 17-21

to Dorothy 1936-37

Box 3, folder 1-6

to Dorothy 1938-39

folder 7-8

to Dorothy 1941

folder 9-12

to Dorothy 1944

folder 13

to Dorothy ca. 1918-30

Physical Description: [typed transcripts]
folder 14

to John Faust 1933-41

folder 15-16

to Jane Faust and Robert Easton 1939-43


Letters Received, 1941-1942.

Box 3, folder 17

from Robert Olney Easton 1941-42

Carton 1; Carton 2, folders 1-16

Series 3: Writings, ca. 1910-1974.

Scope and Content Note


Divided into three sub-series: Prose, Poetry, and Plays and Screenplays; arranged alphabetically by title.
Contains copies of published materials as well as materials in typescript or draft form.


Ctn. 1, folder 1

After April June 10, 1944

Physical Description: (photocopy of article published in Saturday Evening Post)
folder 2

Casanova n.d.

Physical Description: (sketch for film studio)
folder 3

The Collector n.d.

Physical Description: (typescript of article)
folder 4

Explaining Margot Dec. 1933

Physical Description: (photocopy of article published in Corner Magazine)
folder 5

The Fate of Llewellyn Cadmon June 1911

Physical Description: (photocopy)
folder 6

I am the Emperor June 1911

Physical Description: (photocopy)
folder 7

John Ovington July 1974

Additional Note

(published in Argosy)
folder 8

The King is Dead 1910

Physical Description: (photocopy of typescript)
folder 9

The King is Dead 1910

Physical Description: (photocopy of published form)
folder 10-11

Some Doubted n.d.

Physical Description: (typescript)
folder 12-13

The Squadron ca. 1943-44

Physical Description: (typescript)
folder 14

We Are Going Home 1940

Physical Description: (photocopy from 25th Reunion, Class of 1915, University of California)
folder 15

Wycherly (Civil War) n.d.

Physical Description: (typescript)


Ctn. 1, folder 16

Balin 1922

folder 17

Briaereis n.d.

folder 18

Dionysus in Hades 1933

Physical Description: (mock-up and reviews)
folder 19

Gethsemane n.d.

folder 20

Heaven on Earth n.d.

folder 21

Sapho n.d.

folder 22

St. Francis n.d.

folder 23

Tristan and Iseult n.d.

Physical Description: (typescript)
folder 24

The Wonderful Maid 1916

Additional Note

(published in The Bang)
folder 25-26

Miscellaneous poems, A-Z n.d.

Ctn. 2, folder 1-3

Drafts of poems n.d.

Physical Description: (untitled)
folder 4

The Sycamore June 1911

folder 5-12

The Occident 1913-14

folder 13

Poems published in The Occident ca. 1916

Physical Description: [copyprints]

Plays and Screenplays

Ctn. 2, folder 14

The Conspirators June 7, 1943

Physical Description: (screenplay)
folder 15

The Prophet n.d.

Physical Description: (typescript)
folder 16

Rimini n.d.

Physical Description: (typescript)
Carton 2, folders 17-26; Carton 3, folders 1-4; Box 4

Series 4: Notes and Notebooks, 1934-1944 & n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Working notes relating to various topics and projects. Several notebooks contain dialogue and vocabulary notes, with typed notecards and small pocket notebooks in Box 4.
Ctn. 1, folder 17

Notes on The Tempest May 1942

folder 18

War notes ca. 1942-44

folder 19-21

Notes - miscellany n.d.

folder 22

Notebook: dialogue n.d.

folder 23

Notebook: Early California, Dogs, and The Lost San Saba Mines n.d.

folder 24

Notebook: Gypsies, Hoboes, and Montana n.d.

folder 25

Notebook: Silk, Woolen and Worsted Glossary, Weaves, Lace and Embroidery, and Printing n.d.

folder 26

Notebook: [story sketches] n.d.

Box 4, folder 1-12

Notecards n.d.

folder 13

Notes n.d.

folder 14-22

Notebooks n.d.

Ctn. 3, folder 1-4

Notebooks n.d.; 1934

Carton 3, folders 5-27

Series 5: Biographical Material, 1915-1992.

Scope and Content Note

Contains bibliographies, articles and reviews, fanzines, and biographies, as well as correspondence, notes, and reminiscences collected by Faust's biographers, John Schoolcraft and Robert Olney Easton.
Ctn. 3, folder 5

Bibliographies ca. 1948

folder 6

Collected Reviews 1919-92

folder 7-8

Magazine articles and reviews 1915-87

folder 9-12

The Fabulous Faust fanzines 1948-51

Physical Description: (annotated mockups)

Additional Note

(Vol. 1, Nos. 1-3 ; Vol. 2, No. 1)
folder 13-16

The Fabulous Faust: His Life and Letters by John Schoolcraft ca. 1955

Physical Description: (typescript)
folder 17

Robert Olney Easton, Unforgettable 'Max Brand' 1982; 1985

folder 18

Letters sent to John Schoolcraft and Leonard Bacon, including 1916-17; 1950, n.d.


R. H. Davis


Pinckney McLean

folder 19

Correspondence between John Schoolcraft and Leonard Bacon 1944-51

folder 20

Correspondence between John Schoolcraft and Robert Easton 1944-75

folder 21

Letters sent to Robert Easton, including 1944-75


Brandt & Brandt


John A. Cooper


Thomas B. Costain


Dwight D. Eisenhower


Mamie Dowd Eisenhower


W. R. Hearst, Jr.


Archibald McLeish


Gene Tunney


Thornton Wilder

folder 22

Reminiscences sent to John Schoolcraft and Leonard Bacon, including 1944-51, n.d.


F. E. Blackwell


John A. Cooper, M.D.


Grace Flandreau


Ben Knapp


Pinckney McLean


Kenneth Perkins


Harvey Roney

folder 23

Reminiscences, miscellaneous, including 1944-49


Carl Brandt


Cass Canfield


Dana Burnet

folder 24

Reviews of Robert Olney Easton's Max Brand, The Big "Westerner" 1970

folder 25

Max Brand stories made into film 1918-59

folder 26

Magazine articles, clippings re television shows 1963-77

folder 27

Robert Olney Easton's notes for Max Brand 1965-68

Box 5

Series 6: Personal and Family Papers, 1915-1992.

Scope and Content Note

Letters of condolence and reminiscences sent to Dorothy Faust and other family members. Also contains a small group of Faust's personal papers, including a diary, letters of introduction, and military, wedding, and obituary documents. Personal papers of Dorothy Faust, 1932-1952, include family letters to George Winthrop "Dixie" Fish, correspondence with Faust's publishers, and a personal miscellany.
Box 5, folder 1

Reminiscences and letters of condolence to Dorothy, including 1944-49


Carl Brandt


Cass Canfield


Walter Morris Hart


Grace Flandreau

folder 2

Reminiscences and letters of condolence to family members, including 1944-92


Jane Easton


Robert Easton


George Winthrop "Dixie" Fish

folder 3

Diary 1925-26

folder 4

Military service records 1915-16

folder 5

Wedding announcement and marriage license 1917

folder 6

Letters of introduction, including 1944


Henry M. Snevily, North American Newspaper Alliance


Richard Aldington


Robert A. Lovett [to Cass Canfield]

folder 7

Biographical miscellany 1918-44

folder 8

Obituaries 1944

folder 9-13

Letters to George Winthrop "Dixie" Fish from John, Jane, and Dorothy 1932-45

folder 14

Dorothy Faust correspondence with publishers 1944-52

folder 15

The Cruise of the "Afros" in the Southern Aegean, April-May 1931 by Dino Spranger, with letter of transmittal to Dorothy Faust 1951

folder 16

Dorothy Faust personal miscellany ca. 1940