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MS Am 1532

Powell, Lawrence Clark, 1906-2001. Lawrence Clark Powell papers concerning John Steinbeck, 1935-1941: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 1532
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Powell, Lawrence Clark, 1906-2001.
Title: Lawrence Clark Powell papers concerning John Steinbeck,
Date(s): 1935-1941
Quantity: 1 collection (2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers concerning American author John Steinbeck, assembled for bibliographic work by UCLA Librarian Lawrence Clark Powell.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of Lawrence Clark Powell, University Library, UCLA, Los Angeles, California; received: 1941 October 8.
See curatorial file for additional information and original list of gift.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Lawrence Clark Powell Papers Concerning John Steinbeck, 1935-1941 (MS Am 1532). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

See also: John Steinbeck Letters to Lawrence Clark Powell and Essays (fMS Am 1190-1190.1).

Biographical / Historical

John Steinbeck (1902-1968) was an American author. Lawrence Clark Powell (1906-2001) was University Librarian at the University of California at Los Angeles and director of their William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. Among his other interests, Powell conducted bibliographical studies on Steinbeck and collected Steinbeck's first editions.


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Scope and Contents

Papers assembled for Powell's bibliographic research on author John Steinbeck. Correspondence is between Powell and Steinbeck's friends, editors, publishers, collectors of his books, etc... Includes a typescript volume of unpublished poems and illustrations by Carol Steinbeck (his first wife) and three 1935 issues of The Monterey Beacon, including verse by Carol Steinbeck. Also includes other Steinbeck-related materials: Powell's manuscripts and printed copies of his articles on Steinbeck; reviews, articles, advertisements, and announcements of Steinbeck's books; clippings concerning The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, The Long Valley, and others; and other bibliographic and biographical data.
With photographs of John Steinbeck and many of Powell's book collection and a 1938 Los Angeles Public Library exhibition of Powell's Steinbeck materials.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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