Pauline L. Pearson Collection of Oral History Interviews

Collection Title

Pauline L. Pearson Collection of Oral History Interviews

Collection Cataloged By
Various, including Mary Gamble, John Hooper, Herb Behrens, and Lisa Josephs

Finding Aid Prepared By
Lisa Josephs

Date Range
ca 1969 to 1987

Biographical Information

Pauline Pearson (March 10, 1926 to January 14, 2014) was a children’s librarian and local Steinbeck historian who worked for the Salinas Public Library. Her family arrived in Salinas in 1934, where she lived the rest of her life. Through the 1970s and 80s, she recorded oral history interviews with individuals who knew John Steinbeck or were otherwise familiar with local history, dating from the early 1900s to the 1960s.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of three formats: cassette tapes (originals and copies), CDs, and digital audio files. Approximately 130 individuals were interviewed, resulting in over 250 hours of audio interviews. Subjects vary widely, but typically focus on John Steinbeck or the life and conditions in Salinas and the Central Coast from the 1900s to the 1960s, especially the 1930s and 40s.

A, B, C

  • Richard Albee •Richard Andolsen•Geoffrey Ashe •Horace Balbo •Jack Balbo •Anne Baxter •Bert Bell •Phil Biddle •Angelo Binsacca •William Black •Sam Bottoms •Eugenia Boyd •Lloyd Bridges •Carol Steinbeck Brown •Donald A. Bussey •Herb Caen •Josephine Dorneidon Cahill •Joseph Campbell •Manuel Campos •Sylvester M Carriaga •Beatrice Vivian Casey •William Church •Vincent Colletto •Ruth Wright Colvin •Elton Laurence Conner •Ignatius Cooper •James Costello

D, E, F

  • Eldon Dedini • Michael de Guzman • Alicia Harby de Noon • Dorothy Donahue • Sparky Enea • Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. • Peter Ferrante • Ceil Flickinger • Flora’s Girl • Robert W. Ford

G, H, I

  • Michael Gazzo • Max Gordon • Bonnie Jean Grab • Robert Grab • Ellwood Graham • Dr. John Gratiot • Glenn Tracy Graves • Billy V. Greer • Henry J. Happ • Mildred Kellogg Hargis • Elita Rose Hawley • Helen “Lena” O’Shea Hayes • Maria Hilton • Herb Hinrichs • J. Richard Hughes • Lucille Gordon Hughes • John Inman

J, K, L

  • Daniel James • Bill Johnson • Elvina Iverson Johnson • Lewis G. Johnston • Stuart Kadison
  • Rev. Manford Llewellyn Kemper • Charles Kurault • Dorothy Lacey • Ted La Fleur • George Leonard • Margaret Lial • Peter Lisca • Frank Lloyd• Marjory Lloyd • Henrietta Rianda Locatelli • James Locatelli • Arthur Lotton • Henry Lusignan

M, N, O

  • Pauline McCleary • Arthur McDougall • Walter S. Markham • E.G. Marshall • Elsie Martinez
  • Richard Masur, Barney Rosenzweig, Ken Wales • Dale Mauzey • Burgess Meredith • Bernice Wilde Scott Mors • Col. George Mors • Dennis Murphy • Thad Nance • Clifford Narvaez • Dan T. Nguyen • Don Noggle, Sparky Enea, Jimmy Costello • Soon-Teck Oh

P, Q, R

  • Pauline Pearson • Budd Peaslee • William Pellissier • Frank Perez • Helen Hamilton Pettitt
  • Paul Pioda • Frank Raineri • Efrain Ramirez • Edward Reeder • Louis Rivers (nee Lou Costello) • George Robinson • James Root


  • Virginia Caldwell Scardigli • Tony Schmidt • Hilda Fenchel Seasons • Jane Seymour
  • Col. Thomas J. Patrick Michael Shaughnessy • Carlton Sheffield • William Smart • Joe Sommatino • Gus Sonniksen • Jo Stallard • Elaine Steinbeck • Steinbeck House Tour • Jacob Clemens Stock (Pappy Jake) • Clotilda Stoffey • Ralph Storm • Webster Street


  • Leo Tavernetti • Mel Thatcher • Romualda Vicente • Max Wagner • Richard Wagner • Marie Heinzen Welcome • Irma Werner • Rev. Ron Wilkinson • Florus Williams • Mona Williams