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Steinbeck Bibliography of secondary materials contains over 9,000 abstracted citations in a multi-variate searchable format. 

Other Steinbeck Collections and Resources

Books by Steinbeck:

The Center is a repository of all of the author's published works in various editions and languages. The collection includes several signed first editions.

Primary Bibliography is in progress and should be available soon:  a searchable database of the author's works. 

Steinbeck Contributions to Books and Periodicals:

The Center houses original editions of anthologies containing Steinbeck's contributions as well as numerous periodicals containing his stories, essays, articles and serialized or condensed books. Xerox copies of all his nonfiction are available. 

Manuscripts, Galley Proofs, Typescripts, Movie and Television Scripts: 

The major autograph manuscripts held by the Center include the Long Valley Ledger, containing journal entries and drafts of short stories in The Long Valley

Manuscript copies of the Le Figaro articles with photocopied typescripts; the Elaine Steinbeck manuscript and letters collection; the Sharon Brown Bacon collection of letters and manuscripts of Carol Henning Steinbeck; and shorter Steinbeck manuscripts including an autograph original of the author's obituary for Ernie Pyle, a typescript for the screen play of The Pearl, and the original manuscript of The Wizard, an early attempt at playwriting. The Center houses a photocopy of the autograph manuscript of The Grapes of Wrath as well as photocopies of the corrected galley proofs and typescripts of bothThe Grapes of Wrath and Sea of Cortez. In addition, the Center has photocopies of Steinbeck's original script for the filmThe Forgotten Village


A growing number of original letters and postcards are among the Center's holdings, including the Elaine Steinbeck Collection donated to the Center in 1996 by Elaine Steinbeck: over 275 letters to Steinbeck from prominent 20th century Americans. The University of Virginia has also provided photocopies of Steinbeck's letters. Xerox copies of the Harry Guggenheim collection of letters from John Steinbeck are held by the Center. 

Material Related to the Life and Works of John Steinbeck:

The Center houses copies of virtually every book published about Steinbeck and his work, as well as the world's most extensive collection of scholarly articles, newspaper articles, reviews, and commentaries of general interest. The Center houses the Carol Steinbeck scrapbooks, one Gwyndolyn Steinbeck scrapbook and correspondence and manuscripts donated by Elaine Steinbeck. Scrapbooks compiled by the Center contain clippings relating to Steinbeck's works, including announcements and reviews of his plays, as well as background information about his friends, homes, and haunts.

Dissertations and Theses:

The Center's holdings include all doctoral dissertations and selected Masters theses relating to Steinbeck.

 (a searchable database is in progress): 

A particularly rich collection of over 2,000 photographs of the writer and his family, play and movie stills, and historical photos of areas associated with Steinbeck, are part of the Center's holdings. 


The Center's collection includes copies of most of Steinbeck's films in DVD, VHS, and reel-to-reel. The Center holds reel-to-reel of Of Mice & Men (1939), The Forgotten Village, The Pearl, and Flight. DVDs are available for viewing on a walk-in basis. 

Oral Histories

Available at the Center are numerous taped interviews by Dr. Martha Cox and Dr. Susan Shillinglaw with relatives, friends, and associates of the author.


Furnishings in the Center include six dining room chairs that belonged to the author, the gift of Gwyndolyn Steinbeck as well as the Cannery Row collection, artifacts from the Hovden Cannery and Santa Barbara High School. Original oil, charcoal, and pencil drawings and paintings include portraits of Carol Steinbeck (by Richard Lofton), Gwyn Steinbeck, John Steinbeck (one by Pepe Romero, one by Ellwood Graham, one by Judith Deim, one by Barnaby Conrad), Ed Ricketts (by Ellwood Graham) and friends. The Center also houses all artwork that John had on the walls of "Joyous Garde," his Sag Harbor writing house, as well as two pencils from that room. The Center houses the Carol Henning Steinbeck collection of letters, photographs, and scrapbooks. 

The Center also houses film memorabilia from East of EdenOf Mice and MenThe Grapes of Wrath, and other films. Press books, lobby cards, and posters are included. 

Edward F. Ricketts Material:

The collection also houses items relating to Edward Ricketts and his Pacific Biological Laboratory, including two of the Laboratory's catalogs, and some preserved specimens. Of particular note is a photocopy of a forty-nine page verbatim transcription of Ricketts's notes on the Gulf of California trip as well as numerous photographs of Ricketts donated to the Center by Mr. George Robinson and Ed Ricketts, Jr. 

The Center's Collections by Name:

Elaine Steinbeck Collection, Virginia Scardigli Collection, Edward F. Ricketts Collection, Barnaby Conrad Letters, Joel Hedgepath Letters, Peter Stackpole Letters, Lee Richard Hayman Collection.