University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Adrian Goldstone:

An Inventory of His Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Descriptive Summary

Creator Goldstone, Adrian H., 1897-1977
Title Adrian Goldstone Collection
Dates: 1922-1977
Abstract: Correspondence and manuscripts reflect Goldstone's interest in John Steinbeck, Edwin B. Hill, and Rockwell Kent.
RLIN record #: TXRC00-A16
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-1651
Extent: 3 document boxes, 3 card file boxes (1.68 linear feet), 2 galley folders (gf)
Language: English.
Repository: Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Adrian Homer Goldstone, 1897-1977, grew up in the area around Monterey, California. An avid book collector all of his life, he is particularly well know for his bibliographies of Arthur Machen and John Steinbeck, both of which were published through the University of Texas. While working on the Steinbeck bibliography with research librarians at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, he also worked out the sale and gift of part of his extensive Steinbeck library to the Center. The rest of his collection went to institutions in California.

Scope and Contents

The Adrian Goldstone Collection, 1922-1977, is composed primarily of correspondence, which often includes typescripts and revised copies of works in progress, much of it relating to his research on Edwin B. Hill and John Steinbeck, as well as his interest in Rockwell Kent. The collection is organized into four series: Series I. Personal Correspondence and Papers, 1950-1977 (.5 box); Series II. Edwin B. Hill, 1965-1973 (2 folders); Series III. John Steinbeck, 1966-1975 (1.5 boxes); and Series IV. Rockwell Kent, 1922-1975 (1 box). Most of the material in the third series was previously considered part of the John Steinbeck collection and all of the material in the fourth series was previously considered part of the Rockwell Kent collection. Incoming and outgoing correspondence is interfiled throughout the collection.

The Personal Correspondence and Papers series holds letters written between Goldstone and various friends and fellow book collectors. Correspondents include Nathan Bengis, J. Rives Childs, and others. Individual correspondents are listed in the Index of Correspondents at the end of this guide.

The Edwin B. Hill series contains letters and book lists that chronicle Goldstone's search for information on Hill. His correspondence with Carl Hertzog and Gertrude Muir was particularly productive. With the exception of the Hertzog letters, Goldstone's correspondence on this topic is arranged chronologically rather than alphabetically. Individual correspondents are listed in the Index of Correspondents at the end of this guide.

The John Steinbeck series contains a vast array of correspondents, demonstrating the lengths to which Goldstone went to complete his Steinbeck bibliography. Of particular note is his correspondence with the Harry Ransom Center. This batch of letters provides the three-way correspondence which took place between Goldstone, John Payne, and Warren Roberts as they worked out details of his bibliography and the transfer of a portion of Goldstone's vast Steinbeck collection to the Center. Other correspondents on this topic include Herman Abromson, Preston Beyer, Lee Hayman, and others. Correspondence with Preston Beyer and John Payne contains a quantity of draft material and book lists related to Goldstone's Steinbeck bibliography. With the exception of institutions and people in the Various book collections and Various libraries and publishers folders, individual correspondents are listed in the Index of Correspondents at the end of this guide.

The Rockwell Kent series is composed of correspondence between Kent and Goldstone who admired each other's work, as well as letters between Goldstone and Dan Bourne Jones and various book collectors and sellers regarding Jones' bibliography of Kent's works. With the exception of institutions and people in the Various book sellers and Kent collectors folder, individual correspondents are listed in the Index of Correspondents at the end of this guide.



Open for research. Part or all of this collection is housed off-site and may require up to three business days notice for access in the Ransom Center’s Reading and Viewing Room. Please contact the Center before requesting this material:

Index Terms

Abromson, Herman.
Bengis, Nathan L.
Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987.
Chord, James Timothy.
Hayman, Lee Richard.
Hertzog, Carl
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971.
Muir, Gertrude H.
Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.
Document Types

Related Material

Other materials associated with Adrian Goldstone may be found in the following collections at the Ransom Center:

  • Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
  • Armstrong, T.I.F.
  • Cather, Willa Seibert
  • Kent, Rockwell
  • Machen, Arthur
  • Shiel, Matthew Phipps
  • Steinbeck, John

Separated Material

Elsewhere in the Ransom Center are 14 vertical files containing collected newspaper clippings and other printed matter relating to biographical information and literary criticism regarding John Steinbeck as well as material about book collecting, book sales and auctions, and related events and an additional 56 Vertical Files associated with the works and activities of Rockwell Kent.

Administrative Information


Gifts and purchases, 1970-1976

Processed by

Chelsea S. Dinsmore, 2000; Betsy Nitsch, 2012

Adrian Goldstone Collection--Folder List

Series I. Personal Correspondence and Papers, 1950-1977

Box Folder
1 1 A-Z
2 Bengis, Nathan L., 1960-1974
gf 1 Burlingame: Of Making Books, undated
Box Folder
1 3 Childs, J. Rives, 1958-1973
4 Iraldi, James C., 1970
Box Folder
3 8 Robinson, Beth and George, 1974 1950-1963
Box Folder
1 5 Van Vechten, Carl, 1950-1963
gf 2 Obolensky, Ivan, Rogue's Travels, unrevised galley proofs, 104 pages, undated

Series II. Edwin B. Hill, 1965-1973

Box Folder
1 6 Correspondence and research material
7 Hertzog, Carl, 1965-1973

Series III. John Steinbeck 1966-1975

Box Folder
1 8 A-Z
9 Abromson, Herman, 1972-1973
10 Beyer, Preston, 1963-1973
11-12 Harry Ransom Center, 1971-1974
Box Folder
2 1-3 Harry Ransom Center, 1971-1974 (continued)
Box Folder
3 8 Hayashi, Dr. Tetsumaro, 1968-1969
Box Folder
2 4 Hayman, Lee Richard, 1969-1974
Box Folder
3 8 John Steinbeck Society, 1977
Box Folder
2 5 Lynch, Gregory, Mrs., 1972-1974
Box Folder
3 8 Miller, William V. letter to members of the Steinbeck Quarterly, 1972
Box Folder
2 6 Various book collectors and dealers
7 Various libraries and publishers
Research Material
4-6 Bibliographic card file
Box Folder
3 8 Steinbeck, John, Rationale, 6 pages, undated
Box Folder
2 8 Scrapbook of Steinbeck articles published in the New York Herald Tribune, June-December 1943
9 Photocopies of Steinbeck scrapbook

Series IV. Rockwell Kent, 1922-1975

Correspondence between Rockwell Kent and
Box Folder
3 1 Chord, John Timothy, 1933-1947
2 Crowninshield, Frank, 1922
3 Goldstone, Adrian H., 1966-1967
Correspondence between Adrian Goldstone and
Box Folder
3 4 Jones, Dan Bourne, 1968-1971
5 Spector, George, 1975
6 Various book sellers and Kent collectors, 1966-1974
7 Rockwell Kent biographical sketch and bibliography, typescripts, bibliography is thought to be by Dan Bourne Jones, undated

Adrian Goldstone Collection--Index of Correspondents

  • Abromson, Herman--1.9
  • Anderson, Arthur C.--1.8
  • Associates of the University of Virginia Library--1.1
  • Belch, David E.--1.8
  • Bengis, Nathan L.--1.2
  • Bertram Rota, Ltd.--1.1
  • Beyer, Preston--1.10
  • Carlin, Lianne--1.1
  • Carlson, Norman V.--1.8
  • Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987--1.3
  • Chord, James Timothy--3.1
  • Clemens, Cyril--1.1
  • Collins, Tom--1.8
  • Contact Talent Associates--1.8
  • Criscione, John--1.8
  • Crowninshield, Frank, 1872-1947--3.2
  • De Mott, Bob--1.8
  • Gerber, Helmut E., 1920- --1.8
  • Goldblatt, Kenneth A.--1.6
  • Goldsmith, Alfred F.--1.1
  • Gover, Sherwood--1.8
  • Guymon, E.T., Jr.--1.1
  • Harry Ransom Center (John Payne, Warren Roberts)--1.11-2.3
  • Hayashi, Tetsumaro--3.8
  • Hayman, Lee Richard--2.4
  • Hertzog, Carl--1.7
  • Iraldi, James C.--1.4
  • Jones, Dan Bourne--1.1, 3.4
  • Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971--3.1-3
  • Lepper, Gary--1.8
  • Lynch, Gregory, Mrs.--2.5
  • Mott, Howard S.--1.1
  • Muir, Gertrude H.--1.6
  • Mystery Writers of America--1.1
  • O'Flanagan, Desmond--1.8
  • Potter, Jack--1.1
  • Powell, Lawrence Clark--1.1
  • Siefker, Donald L.--1.8
  • Spector, George--3.5
  • Starrett, Vincent, 1886-1974--1.6
  • Swester, Wes--1.1, 1.6
  • Thorsen, W.B.--1.6 (5)
  • Todd, William B.--1.8 (3 with Lepper, Gary)
  • Valjean, Nelson, 1901- --1.8 (5)
  • Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964--1.5 (7)
  • Vanderwood, Paul J.--1.8 (11)

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