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Preston Beyer Collection of John Steinbeck

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Beyer, Preston C., 1912-1999

Preston Beyer was a businessman and cofounder (1966) of the John Steinbeck Society of America.

The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, and ephemera by and relating to John Steinbeck collected by Preston Beyer. Included is a large amount of correspondence (circa 1939-1993) of Beyer with bibliographers, critics, collectors, biographers, universities, friends, and relatives concerned with the life and works of John Steinbeck. Some of these correspondents are Gwendolyn and Elaine Steinbeck (former wife and widow, respectively), Carlton Sheffield (Steinbeck's roommate at Stanford), John Hargraves, Adrian H. Goldstone, Robert J. Demott, John Ditsky, Warren G. French, author of John Steinbeck's Fiction Revisited (1994), Tetsumaro Hayashi, author a A New Steinbeck Bibliography, 1971-1981 (1983), Roy S. Simmonds, Nelson Valjean, and Robert Wallsten, editor, with Elaine Steinbeck, of Steinbeck: A Life in Letters (1994). Also present is correspondence with university libraries containing collections of Steinbeck books and manuscripts, such as San Jose State University and Ball State University.

Original Steinbeck material includes 27 cards and letters (1951-1967), some written by his secretaries, to Lemuel and Shirley Ayers, Preston Beyer, Mary Bradford, one to Martin Luther King (March 31, 1965), June Hunderson, and a few others. In addition, there is a photograph (1962) of Steinbeck taken by Carlton Sheffield, a three-page, typed, signed article entitled "Rationale," and a signed copy of his Nobel Prize acceptance speech (1962). Related materials include a holograph review (1939) by George Stevens of Steinbeck's Uncovered Wagon, and a script (1954) for a dance-drama adaptation by John H. Jones of Steinbeck's The Pearl. Also included are 13 photographs from the 1992 John Steinbeck Conference in Nantucket, as well as other Steinbeck Society events.

Gift of Lynne B. Sagalyn, Barbara A. Rice, and Marilyn S. Shuffler. Some materials found in repository and added in 2018: AM 2018-106.

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New materials added and finding aid updated by Chloe Pfendler in May 2018.

These items were not kept with the manuscript portion; they were separated out and put with the main book collection:

"Pacific Weekly, A Western Journal of Fact and Fiction," pub. Nov. 9, 1936, vol. V, no. 19, contains JS's story "Breakfast" (1 p.), later used in The Grapes of Wrath.

"Vanderbilt Clinic by John Steinbeck," a report for the friends and supporters of the Hospital, pub. March 1947.

"The Monterey Beacon, The Literary Magazine of the West," June 22, 1935, vol. 1, no. 44, stamped "This Book Belongs to Carol and John Steinbeck," contains JS's story "The Snake."

"The Smoker's Companion," March 1927, 2 photostat copies of JS's[?] story "The Gift of Iban" by John Stern (pseud.?), also photostat of the table of contents (2 pp.), order form for the copy from the New York Public Library, & letters to the National Assoc. of Tobacco Distribution in search of this story.

Dinner program in honor of Carl Sandburg on his 85th birthday, and the publication of his book of poems Honey and Salt, June 6, 1963, the guest list includes Mr. & Mrs. John Steinbeck.

Note: See the curator of the Rare Books Division for information concerning the Preston Beyer Collection of John Steinbeck books and related published material.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2002
Access Restrictions

Open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence (circa 1939-1993), arranged alphabetically, of Beyer with many bibliographers, critics, collectors, biographers, friends, libraries, and others concerned with the life and works of Steinbeck.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Physical Description

16 boxes

A, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

American Studies Research Institute, 1970-1974. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Astro, Richard, 1969-1974. 1 folder.
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1 folder

B-Be, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Benson, Deborah, 1971-1989. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Ber-By, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

C-Cu, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Cohn, Marcia Yarmus, 1971-1986. 1 folder.
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1 folder

D-De, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

DeMott, Robert, 1971-1981. 1 folder.
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1 folder

DeMott, Robert, 1982-1985. 1 folder.
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1 folder

DeMott, Robert, 1986-1989. 1 folder.
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1 folder

DeMott, Robert, 1990-1992. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Di, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Ditsky, John, 1973-1979. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Ditsky, John, 1982-1989. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Ditsky, John, 1990-1992. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Do-Dr, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Dunbar, Maurice, 1972-1976. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Dunbar, Maurice, 1977-1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

E, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

F, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Fontenrose, Joseph, 1972-1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

French, Warren, 1964. 1 folder.
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1 folder

French, Warren, 1965-1968. 1 folder.
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1 folder

French, Warren, 1969-1973. 1 folder.
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1 folder

French, Warren, 1974-1982. 1 folder.
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1 folder

French, Warren, 1983-1995. 1 folder.
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1 folder

G, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Goldstone, Adrian, 1963-1971. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Goldstone, Adrian, 1972. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Goldstone, Adrian, 1973-1974. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Goldstone, Adrian, 1975-1977. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Gressley, Gene M, 1960-1986. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Ha, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hargrave,John, 1970-1972. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Harmon, Robert, 1979-1991. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hayashi, Tetsumaro, 1965-1966. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hayashi, Tetsumaro, 1967-1969. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hayashi, Tetsumaro, 1970. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hayashi, Tetsumaro, 1971 January-1971 July. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hayashi, Tetsumaro, 1971 August-1971 December. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hayashi, Tetsumaro, 1972. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hayashi, Tetsumaro, 1973. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hayashi, Tetsumaro, 1974-1975. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hayashi, Tetsumaro, 1976-1977. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hayashi, Tetsumaro, 1978-1979. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hayashi, Tetsumaro, 1980-1982. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hayashi, Tetsumaro, 1983-1985. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hayashi, Tetsumaro, 1986-1988. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hayashi, Tetsumaro, 1989. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hayashi, Tetsumaro, 1990. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hayashi, Tetsumaro, 1991. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hayashi, Tetsumaro, 1992-1995. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hayman, Lee R, 1970-1991. 1 folder.
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1 folder

He-Hu, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

I, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

John Steinbeck Library, Salinas, Ca, 1967-1993. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Jones, Lawrence W, 1970-1971. 1 folder.
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1 folder

K, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Kansai University (Kiyoshi Nakayama), 1979-1993. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Kansai University (Kiyoshi Nakayama), 1984-1987. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Kansai University (Kiyoshi Nakayama), 1988-1990. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Kansai University (Kiyoshi Nakayama), 1991-1993. 1 folder.
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1 folder

La-Le, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lehner, Lois, 1965-1980. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Li, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lisca, Peter, 1955-1990. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lo-Ly, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

M, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

McIntosh & Otis, Inc.(J.S's agent), 1955-1979. 1 folder.
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1 folder

McMahon, Elizabeth, 1969-1975. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Morioka, Sakae, 1965-1970. 1 folder.
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1 folder

N, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

O, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

P, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Perez, Betty, 1972-1973. 1 folder.
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1 folder

R, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Sa-Sh, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Sheffield, Carlton A. ("Dook"), 1972-1975. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Sheffield, Carlton A. ("Dook"), 1976-1978. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Sheffield, Carlton A. ("Dook"), 1979-1986. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Sheffield, Carlton A. ("Dook"), 1987-1990. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Si, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Simmonds, Roy S., 1970 January-1970 August. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Simmonds, Roy S., 1970 September-1970 December. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Simmonds, Roy S., 1971 January-1971 June. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Simmonds, Roy S., 1971 July-1971 December. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Simmonds, Roy S., 1972. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Simmonds, Roy S., 1973. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Simmonds, Roy S., 1974. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Simmonds, Roy S., 1975. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Simmonds, Roy S., 1976 January-1976 August. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Simmonds, Roy S., 1976 September-1976 December. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Simmonds, Roy S., 1977 January-1977 February. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Simmonds, Roy S., 1977 March-1977 November. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Simmonds, Roy S., 1978-1979. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Simmonds, Roy S., 1980-1981. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Simmonds, Roy S., 1982-1983 August. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Simmonds, Roy S., 1983 October-1985. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Simmonds, Roy S. et al. on William March, 1984-1985. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Simmonds, Roy S., 1986-1987. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Simmonds, Roy S., 1988. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Simmonds, Roy S., 1989. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Simmonds, Roy S., 1990. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Simmonds, Roy S., 1991. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Simmonds, Roy S., 1992-1995. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Simmonds, Roy S., undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Sn-Sp, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Spies, George, 1969-1979. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

St-Sy, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Steinbeck, Elaine, 1973-1994. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Steinbeck, Gwendolyn, 1969-1972. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Steinbeck Festival, 1990. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Postcard sent to Preston Beyer from attendees of the 1990 Steinbeck Festival.

Physical Description

1 folder

Steinbeck Research Center, San Jose, 1970-1976. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

(see also: DeMott, Robert)

Physical Description

1 folder

Steinbeck Research Center, San Jose, 1977-1989. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Steinbeck Research Center, San Jose, 1990-1993. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Sturz, Herbert, 1991-1992. 1 folder.
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1 folder

T, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

U, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

V, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Valjean, Nelson: letters from, 1970-1971. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Valjean, Nelson: letters from, 1972-1975. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Valjean, Nelson: letters to, 1971-1975. 1 folder.
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1 folder

W, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Wallsten, Robert, 1973. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

X-Y-Z, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Unidentified, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of papers related to John Steinbeck, including correspondence and manuscripts.

Arrangement

This series is arranged into two subseries: John Steinbeck Letters, and John Steinbeck Manuscripts.

Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

Consists of the correspondence of John Steinbeck, with individuals such as Lemuel Ayers, Barnaby Conrad, and Herbert Sturz, as well as others.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Physical Description

1 box

Physical Description

1 box

3 TLsS, 3 ALsS, 1953-1957. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Description

1 box

3 TLsS, 2 ALsS, 1 AL (by secretary N. Pearson), undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1 TL(carbon) to JS (by Beyer), 1963-1967. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Description

1 box

2 ACsS, 1 TL (by secretary J. Beckman), 1963-1964. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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1 box

1 TLS, 1963. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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1 box

2 TLs(copies), 1 TLS by Conrad to [Beyer], 1952-1953. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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1 box

1 TLS, 1963. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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1 box

1 L(copy) orig. in Olin Library, Cornell, circa 1938. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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1 box

1 L (copy) [sent to P. Beyer by J. Hargrave in 1971], 1937. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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1 box

1 TLS (with cat. description), 1958. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Description

1 box

1 TLS, 1965 March 31. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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1 box

2 ALs (by secretary N. Pearson), 1965. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Description

1 box

1 ALS, 1951. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Description

1 box

1 TCS, 1964. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Description

1 box

1 ALS (Xerox copy), 1953. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Description

1 box

1 ALS (fragment), undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1 ALS (Xerox copy) to "Dear John", undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of the manuscripts of John Steinbeck, including "Rationale," a Nobel Prize acceptance speech, a photograph of John Steinbeck, and clippings of Steinbeck.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of material.

Physical Description

1 box

"Rationale," TMsS, 3 pp, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, prepared text by The Viking Press, signed by JS, TMsS, 2 pp, 1962 December 10. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1 photograph (copy) of JS taken by Carlton A. Sheffield (Dook), 1962 April. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

See Sheffield's letter to Beyer, July 2, 1987.

Physical Description

1 folder

Clippings (2) signed by JS, photos of JS and his work den, 1968. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of memorabilia and materials related to John Steinbeck, including reviews, articles, photographs, a t-shirt, and other printed matter.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of material.

Physical Description

3 boxes

Steinbeck's "Uncovered Wagon": Review by George Stevens, AMsS, 7 pp., pub. in "Saturday Review of Literature", 1939 April 15. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

The Pearl: dance-drama adaptation by John H. Jones, TMsS (Xerox copy) spring 1954, in 2 parts, (1) staging, (2) vocal script, 78 pp., undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Also: related correspondence with J.H. Jones, Robert Guy Barrows and the Univ. of Ca., a program and reviews, 1954-1974. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

John Steinbeck Memorial: photo of JS house in Salinas, Ca., certificate for Beyer of Memorial gift, 1971. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

The Grapes of Wrath: Steppenwolf Theatre Co. Chicago, Ill, publicity material and reviews of the dramatic production of GOW, directed and adapted by Frank Galati, 1988. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Published articles and reviews (copies) about Steinbeck, collected by Roy S. Simmonds, undated. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

Ephemera: includes a location list of JS works translated into Japanese, event programs, first-day cover stamps, and a William Blake quote printed by Ives St. Press, 1983. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

T-Shirt: The Grapes of Wrath, 1939-1989 made for An "Interdiscipline Forum, March 16-18, 1989, San Jose State University", 1989. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Photographs: Preston Beyer and Friends, Including Steinbeck Locations, 1970s-1980s. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes black and white and color snap shots of Preston Beyer and associates, as well as black and white images (circa 1970s) of Steinbeck locales.

Physical Description

1 folder

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Consists of miscellaneous materials relating to Preston Beyer's interest in John Steinbeck, mainly his participation in The Steinbeck Society.

Physical Description

1 box

Beyer Notes on Steinbeck and Book Collecting, 1980s. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Beyer Research File on Letters to Alicia, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Subject File: The Steinbeck Society, 1968-1992. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Materials and ephemera relating to the Steinbeck Society, founded in 1966 by Tetsumaro Hayashi and Preston Beyer, including membership forms, event descriptions, and publication announcements of the Steinbeck Quarterly.

Physical Description

1 folder

Photographs: Steinbeck Society, 1968-1993. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes photographs of the Steinbeck Conference of 1992 in Nantucket, as well as other Steinbeck Society events. Also includes a group photograph of the Kyushu American Literary Society with an accompanying note. .

Physical Description

1 folder

Print, Suggest