John Steinbeck Resources and Research

by Paul Vieth and Mette Flynt

Listed below is a selections of resources related to John Steinbeck. Click on the blue title of any of the resources to learn more. 

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Steinbeck Now

This website is an independent informational resource with no institutional affiliation -- a not-for-profit, non-commercial educational portal developed to benefit the public.


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The National Steinbeck Center 

This is a museum and 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Salinas, CA that honors Nobel prize winning author John Steinbeck.

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Stanford University Libraries Wells Fargo Steinbeck Collection 

The collection features previously unknown writings by California's only Nobel laureate in literature as well as many rare family photographs that cast new light on Steinbeck's life.

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San Jose State University Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies 

This is the only university research archive in the world dedicated solely to John Steinbeck's life and work. The center promotes Steinbeck's goals of empathy and understanding by supporting education, inquiry, and the literary arts.

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University of Virginia Libraries John Steinbeck Collection

The collection contains movie stills from The Moon is Down, personal correspondence, a life mask of John Steinbeck, and uncorrected galley proofs of The Grapes of Wrath.

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New York Public Library Archives

The John Steinbeck Collection of Papers contains a manuscript, a typescript, correspondence, and legal documents. The manuscript, in Steinbeck's hand, is the foreword to his novel, Tortilla Flat, and the typescript is an article about the author by Joseph Henry Jackson. The correspondence consists of letters from the author, dating from 1937 to 1962. The library's digital collection features film adaptations stills, portraits of Steinbeck, advertisements for stage and screen adaptations, and interviews.

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Ball State University Libraries John Steinbeck Collections 

The collections document the literary career of John Steinbeck through manuscripts and publications by the author, and literary criticism of his work. The collection contains first editions, foreign language editions, issues and manuscripts of the Steinbeck Quarterly and the Steinbeck Monograph Series, Steinbeck Society records, literary criticism, biographies, bibliographies, galley proofs, pamphlets, periodicals, correspondence, and photographs. The Steinbeck Collection consists of over 1,000 volumes and 25 cubic feet of manuscript material.

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University of Texas at Austin Harry Ransom Center Steinbeck Collections 

These collections consist of over 900 volumes including many signed firsts, multiple later editions, and translations into more than fifty languages. Highlights include two first editions of Steinbeck's first published work, A Cup of Gold; a publisher's prospectus for Grapes of Wrath; and an annotated presentation copy of Steinbeck's Nobel prize acceptance speech (1962). 

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Library of Congress John Steinbeck Papers 

This collection consists of typescripts with holograph corrections of The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and Sea of Cortez (1941), the latter coauthored by Edward Flanders Ricketts, together with related material; and a letter (1962 March 24) written by Steinbeck to Cynthia and Robert Wallsten, describing Steinbeck's stay on Capri Island, Italy.

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Steinbeck in the Schools Program at San Jose State University

Steinbeck in the Schools includes summaries of Steinbeck's works, historical context, and lesson plans.

Princeton Library

Preston Beyer Collection of John Steinbeck at the Princeton University Library

This collection includes correspondence, ephemera, and mansucripts crafted by or related to Steinbeck.

UC Santa Cruz

John Steinbeck Collection at UC Santa Cruz Special Collections and Archives

The John Steinbeck Collection at the University of California, Santa Cruz includes correspondence, bibliographical materials, and clippings.

Morgan Library

The Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan Library and Museum holds correspondence and manuscripts associated with Steinbeck.

Columbia University Libraries

Columbia University Libraries

The library's collections include ephemera and correspondence, such as the papers of film agent Annie Laurie Williams.

Bancroft Library

The Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley

The Bancroft Library holds Steinbeck correspondence, manuscripts, and photographs.

Houghton Library at Harvard University

The Houghton Library at Harvard University

The Houghton Library at Harvard has correspondence and four of Steinbeck's early short stories. 

Monterey Library

The Monterey Public Library

Researchers will find rare photos, correspondence, clipping files, and ephemera. The library offers significant holdings on Ed Ricketts.

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Steinbeck Review

Steinbeck Review publishes scholarly articles focused on the life of John Steinbeck. The publication also includes notes, book and performance reviews, creative writing, and original artwork. 

John Steinbeck Resources and Research