Scope and arrangement
This is a synthetic collection consisting of 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  to , to Paul P. Appel, George Pashe, Louis Untermeyer, and others, as well as letters relating to the author, dating from 1940 to 1943, between various correspondents including Arthur Altschul, Archibald MacLeish, and Harry Thornston Moore. There is a letter to Steinbeck from Louis Untermeyer written in October 1962.
The John Steinbeck collection of papers are arranged in three series: