Pauline Pearson Collection of Oral History Interviews, Tours, and Research
Collection Cataloged By
Various, including Mary Gamble, John Hooper, Herb Behrens, and Lisa Josephs
Finding Aid Prepared By
ca 1969 to 1990s
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 1980s, 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. She also researched and wrote various guides to Monterey County locations, including Guide to Steinbeck Country as well as training materials for tour guides for specific locations.
Oral History Interviews
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. Also included in this collection are some files of supporting materials. See:
Archival Miscellany Box 2. Formerly Sealed Materials, 1 Box
- Mona Williams (1 cassette), Interview transcript and notes (1 file)
- Pauline Pearson (3 cassettes), Index to tapes (1 file)
- George Robinson (1 cassette)
- Joel Sommatino (1 cassette)
- Pearson’s Walking Tour background (3)
- Dick Criley letters and transcript (1 file)
- Flavia F. Edgren Interview transcript and notes (1 file)
- Letter from Albee to DeMott (1 file)
- Material from Margaret Sherrill (1 file)
- Notes regarding formerly sealed materials (1 file)
Gwyn Steinbeck Interview Materials, 2 Boxes
- Interview cassette tapes, two copies of each tape (26 cassettes)
- Interview transcript
Interview Audio Recordings
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
Richard Albee: His first meeting with Steinbeck and their relationship; Steinbeck’s marriages to Carol and Gwyn; background for The Grapes of Wrath and Tortilla Flat; Steinbeck’s personality/philosophy; Edward Ricketts; Rich and Tal Lovejoy; Steinbeck’s relationship with George Albee and Ann Albee; Steinbeck’s reaction to success and the changes in his relationships with his friends; letters written by Steinbeck to George and Richard; Steinbeck’s stories of Big Sur; sources of Steinbeck’s works, Salinas lettuce strike; compares Steinbeck and Ricketts, in terms of philosophies and personalities
Richard Andolsen: Purchased 222 Central Avenue in Pacific Grove, the home Elizabeth Hamilton lived in until her death in 1918. Later, it was jointly owned by John Steinbeck and sisters, Elizabeth Ainsworth and Esther Rodgers.
Geoffrey Ashe: Glastonbury, burial site of King Arthur; Steinbeck’s interested in Arthurian legend; excavation of Cadbury Castle; visitors to Elaine and John Steinbeck in England; Mary Steinbeck Dekker’s death.
Horace Balbo: Owner and skipper of the purseiner “City of Monterey.” Discusses methods and development of the fishing industry in Monterey.
Jack Balbo: Manager of a gas station on the Monterey wharf. Discusses Edward Ricketts; John Steinbeck Sr.; John Steinbeck’s Monterey years; Cannery Row characters; Steinbeck’s Monterey friends.
Anne Baxter: Discusses friendship with John and Elaine Steinbeck; Zachary Scott; problems filming the East of Eden miniseries; favorite Steinbeck works; Elaine’s marriage to Scott; Steinbeck’s relationship to Waverly Scott (Elaine’s daughter); Steinbeck’s drinking habits.
Bert Bell: Born in Salinas 1918 and his parents owned Bell’s Candy Shop, mentioned in East of Eden. Discusses his father’s job as police commissioner; gambling and prostitution in Salinas; China Town in early Salinas history; Steinbeck Family; John Steinbeck in high school; the reaction of the Bell family to their name being mentioned in East of Eden; brief history of the Bell family.
Carol Steinbeck Brown: First wife of John Steinbeck. Interview discusses her experiences working for Edward Ricketts in his laboratory on Cannery Row.
Donald A. Bussey: Born in Watsonville and worked as a laundry delivery man during the Depression. He describes Lee Chong’s, Flora Woods’, the Murray Mansion, and the fires on Cannery Row and in the Chinese village. He discusses seeing Steinbeck at a Pacific Grove gas station and in Los Gatos; various Steinbeck works and historical events on Monterey Peninsula.
Herb Caen: Columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and met Steinbeck many times when he was in San Francisco. Gives information on Steinbeck’s life in New York and discusses their disagreement on the Vietnam War during their last meeting.
Josephine Dorneidon Cahill: Long-time Salinas resident. Discusses her family history; schools she attended; members of the Steinbeck family; Salinas’ reaction to the Dust Bowl migrants and Steinbeck’s works; 1906 earthquake; Salinas businesses; WWI; 1936 Lettuce Strike; children’s activities, social events, and early Salinas Rodeos.
Joseph Campbell: Friend of Steinbeck’s in the early 1930s and author of several books. He discusses Carol Steinbeck; Steinbeck’s work habits in the 30s; Steinbeck’s relationship with Edward Ricketts; Campbell’s trip to Alaska with Ricketts and Calvin; Campbell’s misunderstanding with Steinbeck; Pat Covici’s funeral; and various other incidents.
Manuel Campos: Tavern owner and musician who knew Steinbeck during his Pacific Grove years. He discusses the characters Danny and Pilon, “Doc” Ricketts, and other Cannery Row characters. He discusses his family history, musical career, and playing a party for John and Carol Steinbeck.
Sylvester M. Carriaga: Long-time Salinas resident, who lived on Stone Street, around the block from the Steinbeck family. He discusses Steinbeck as a boy; other families nearby; early businesses in Salinas; Steinbeck’s friendship with Max Wagner; and incidents in Steinbeck’s childhood. He discusses characters in East of Eden, Cannery Row, Sweet Thursday, and Pipe Dream, some of which were members of the Carriaga family. He also discusses Flora Woods’ and Jenny’s house on Californian Street and some personality characteristics of Steinbeck.
Beatrix Vivian Casey: Her father was a pioneer newspaperman in King City in the early 1900s; describes King City in the early 1900s. Discusses Tom Hamilton (Steinbeck’s uncle) riding into King City from the Hamilton ranch. She discusses reactions to Steinbeck in Salinas and Monterey; mountains in East of Eden; development of the Casey newspaper business in the 1960s and 70s.
William Church: He discusses Steinbeck’s high school years; Steinbeck family; Steinbeck’s early writing in the high school yearbook, El Gabilan; Steinbeck’s family and friends in Salinas; and Church family history.
Vincent Colletto: Monterey fisherman who knew John Steinbeck in the 1930s. His brother Ratzi Colletto was a deckhand aboard the Western Flyer on Steinbeck’s 1940 Sea of Cortez trip. He discusses Monterey history; incidents of Steinbeck at parties; Flora’s girls; Edward Ricketts’ lab on Cannery Row; effects of success on Steinbeck, family, and friends.
Ruth Wright Colvin: Babysitter for Edward Ricketts’ children. She discusses her background; Ricketts’ physical description and characteristics; the Pacific Grove home; Ricketts’ dress and the lab, then and now; Ricketts’ first wife, Anna Maker Ricketts; the lab fire; present-day Cannery Row; Ricketts’ death; Flora; Ricketts’ Ouija Board and children.
Elton Laurence Conner: Born in Salinas in 1908 and grew up in “Butch” Beaver’s house on Monterey Street. He discusses early Salinas; people and places in East of Eden; the Coyote Club; Salinas Rodeo; famous black cowboys; Lettuce Strike in 1936; Okies; World War II; Japanese internment camps.
Ignatius Cooper: Long-time Salinas resident. He relates his family history as one of the few black families in Salinas. He discusses Steinbeck’s house, neighborhood, family, and personality; leisure activities in Salinas; World War I activities; his own reactions to Steinbeck as a writer and to his death.
James Costello: Costello was the editor of the Monterey Peninsula Herald and knew John and Carol Steinbeck during the Depression. He discusses the background of Tortilla Flat and the paisanos; John and Carol’s life in Pacific Grove and Los Gatos; John’s later marriages to Gwyn Conger and Elaine Scott; Steinbeck and the “Puma” incident, and Flora Woods’ “houses” on Cannery Row.
D, E, F
- Eldon Dedini • Michael de Guzman • Alicia Harby de Noon • Dorothy Donahue • Sparky Enea • Peter Ferrante • Ceil Flickinger • Flora’s Girl • Robert W. Ford
Eldon Dedini: Dedini gives a private tour of Ed Ricketts’ lab building to a few invited guests. He gives the ownership history of “the lab” and its interior description; a short biography of the Dedini family and himself; the Hamilton family and the Hamilton ranch; a description of Ed Ricketts; the history of Cannery Row and Cannery Row today.
Michael De Guzman: Michael De Guzman is the screen writer for The Winter of Our Discontent, a Lorimar production filmed in Pacific Grove in September of 1983. De Guzman discusses his screenplay, his feelings about Steinbeck, and characters in both the book and play, as well as locations and elements not in the screenplay.
Alicia Harby de Noon: Present owner of “Wing Chong’s” on Cannery Row. She describes her childhood days on “the Row,” John Steinbeck, and “Doc” Ricketts. She gives physical description and personal characteristics of Steinbeck and Ricketts. She gives a description of the Wing Chong Building and its history. She discusses characters in Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday and their relation to real-life counterparts. She talks about some of the “misinformation about John Steinbeck.”
Dorothy Donohue: She gives her family background and career and information on Steinbeck’s growing up in Salinas. She describes the schools they attended together, his home and family, his personality, and friends in Salinas. She gives her opinion of his writing and the reaction of Salinas’ old-timers. Miss Donahue also corresponded with, and visited Steinbeck while he was married to Elaine and living in New York.
Sparky Enea: Enea was a member of the crew of the “Western Flyer.” He talks about the Sea of Cortez trip aboard the Western Flyer and gives information on the crew members and route. In addition, he talks about Cannery Row and Tortilla Flat characters and settings.
Peter Ferrante: An attorney who attended Stanford with Steinbeck. He returned to the Monterey area after leaving school, remained friends. Ferrante knew Ed Ricketts, Webster Street and was involved in planning the Sea of Cortez trip. Ferrante visited Steinbeck in New York (1955) and relates his experiences with him there. Following the interview there is an explanation by George Robinson of Ferrante’s death on 6/26/75; Rev Wilkinson’s reads his obituary.
Ceil Flickinger: Talks about the Lara/Soto Adobe where The Pearl was written; Mary Steinbeck Dekker; the Steinbeck family; and John and Mary. Also mentioned are buildings of the area, Flora Woods, doctors of the area, Flora Woods’s granddaughter, and Flora’s death.
Flora’s Girl: An anonymous interview with a woman who worked for Flora Woods. “Mary” discusses location and description of Flora’s credit policy for fisherman, personnel and organization of staff, types of clients at Flora’s, Ed Ricketts’ lab across the street from Flora’s, and the girls’ relationships with him. She describes Flora’s background and laer businesses after Gen. DeWitt closed up her establishment on Cannery Row.
Robert W. Ford: Ford talks about his father R. J. Ford, possible model for “Tall Bob Smoke” in Tortilla Flat and the “Bob” in Cannery Row. He discusses incidents in the stories about life of this Salinas and (later) Carmel Valley. Ford raised horses and appeared at every Salinas Rodeo carrying the flag. At one time he was a security guard for the fish canneries. He mentions some animosity toward Steinbeck (after Tortilla Flat appeared). He also discusses his later occupations as a contender for the position of Monterey Sheriff, Salinas Pound. In cartoons drawn by Hank Ketchum.
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
Michael Gazzo: He played the character of Marulo in “ The Winter of Our Discontent,” filmed in Pacific Grove in 9/1983. Gazzo met Steinbeck and he discusses his New York background, Steinbeck’s physical appearance in 1955, Steinbeck’s drinking, and Gazzo’s characterization of Marulo. He also talks about Steinbeck and Saroyan, the 1955 East of Eden movie, and Of Mice and Men. He also discusses Steinbeck in Monterey (1945), the movie’s locale, Steinbeck’s letter to Adlai Stevenson, and society today.
Max Gordon: Gordon is retired managing editor of the Salinas Californian. He discusses his relationship with John Steinbeck and reads Steinbeck’s letters written to him at the newspaper (for help in writing East of Eden).
Bonnie Jean Grab: Owner of Hamilton family ranch, Hamilton Canyon, near King City; born in King City, 1931, moved to ranch in 1956. Grab is the mother of Robert Grab. She talks about history and size of ranch, present state, surrounding ranches, Hamilton family, role in East of Eden. She discusses the original buildings on the Hamilton ranch and their locations. Tom Hamilton had his own section of the Hamilton house. Samuel Hamilton’s blacksmith shop, locales of The Long Valley and The Red Pony are also discussed.
Robert Grab: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Grab and he resides on the old Hamilton Ranch (now the S.O.S. Ranch) located 10 miles southeast of King City. Robert Grab was raised on this ranch. The Grab family remodeled the original Hamilton house. Other buildings were also saved. The East of Eden miniseries and East of Eden locales, the Hamilton ranch in East of Eden, the Tom Hamilton incidents and his suicide are all mentioned.
Ellwood Graham: Artist who was commissioned by Steinbeck to do his portrait. He describes Steinbeck’s method of writing and parties at his Pacific Grove home. He discusses Steinbeck’s sources for Tortilla Flat and Pastures of Heaven. He mentions Ricketts’ and Steinbeck’s influences on his painting career, anecdotes about Steinbeck’s personality and sense of humor, and parties at Ricketts’ lab. Steinbeck’s marriages with Carol and Gwyn, and his relationship with Ricketts.
Dr. John Gratiot: Dr. Gratiot attended Edward Ricketts after his accident. He describes details of the surgery performed, and Ricketts’ condition and subsequent death. Postscript by Robinson states that Gratiot suffered a stroke and is unable to remember visits to Lab parties.
Glenn Tracy Graves: Grew up in Salinas with Steinbeck, one of his close boyhood friends. He relates his family background, details of the Central Avenue neighborhood, schools he attended, information about friends of Steinbeck’s, Steinbeck’s family, Steinbeck’s personality, and school activities. He gives his opinion of Steinbeck’s writing and Salinas’ reaction to his writing. Second interview describes photos from Graves’ family album. Copies of the photos are in the Steinbeck Collection.
Billy V. Greer: Mr. Greer met Steinbeck in Vietnam, 1966. Greer discusses conversations with Steinbeck, Steinbeck’s visit with his sons, Elaine Steinbeck, and his conversations with Steinbeck about the Vietnam War. Other topics include Steinbeck’s back surgery, heart attacks, and death.
Henry J. Happ: Mr. Happ, born in Salinas in 1899, tells of early days of Salinas: 4,000 people and 49 saloons. He discusses people and places in East of Eden. He also tells of John Steinbeck’s early years; 1906 earth- quake; China Town in Salinas; World War I; Jenny, queen of madams; people and places in East of Eden; flu epidemic; Steinbeck’s father; World War II; Japanese people; lettuce strike; “Oakies” in Salinas.
Mildred Kellogg Hargis: Tape discusses the Hargis family background; the Steinbeck family members, the vulgarity in Steinbeck’s books, the Hamilton Ranch and Steinbeck’s visits to Tom Hamilton; and the Steinbeck Family home after the death of Olive and Ernst Steinbeck. She also describes her meeting with Beth Steinbeck at age 7 while both were taking piano lessons and her lifelong friendship with Beth Steinbeck Ainsworth and the Steinbeck family. (During the 1930’s, the Hargis family lived in the Steinbeck home with John Steinbeck, Sr.) Mrs. Hargis talks about John and Carol’s life in Pacific Grove, and Salinas’ reaction to The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden.
Alita Rose Hawley: Mrs. Hawley was a friend of Mary Steinbeck. She describes the Steinbeck house and family, prominent Salinas families and businesses, schools in Salinas, Mrs. Hawley’s education and career, Salinas’ reaction to Steinbeck’s writing, stores on Main Street, and World War I activities.
Helen “Lena” O’Shea Hayes: Mrs. Hayes was a nurse at the Old Salinas Valley Hospital and was placed in Valjean’s book about Steinbeck. She discusses the prostitutes of Salinas; early hospital affairs; Salinas doctors; Olive Steinbeck’s stay in the hospital; Steinbeck’s visits to his mother; Valjean and Valjean’s book about Steinbeck; Olive’s attitude toward her son; the Wanderer’s Club and Steinbeck’s books; and Olive’s death.
Maria Hilton: Mrs. Hilton knew John and Carol Steinbeck in Eagle Rock, California, when her family rented a house to them. She describes Steinbeck’s writing habits, Carol’s personality, and their lifestyle in Eagle Rock. She also discusses Flora Woods and bootleggers in Monterey during Prohibition.
Herb Hinrichs: Hinrichs lived a few blocks from Steinbeck, walked to school with Steinbeck & Glenn Graves. He describes the various schools attended, school activities, information on friends, pranks, Steinbeck’s personality, appearance, dress, ability as a student. He also discusses Salinas, World War I, prohibition, bootlegging, Main Street businesses, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and visits with Steinbeck in later years. He also discusses: Rancho Sausal, the Sherwood Ranch, Steinbeck’s friendship with Tom Sherwood, the Silacci Ranch, the Bardin property, the Soberanes Adobe, the old picnic ground and the railroad tracks, the Williams Ranch, the old Salinas picnic grounds placed in East of Eden, the old Toro Park picnic grounds and, Silacci Grove–the most popular picnic grounds in Salinas. Side 2 the Hartnell Adobe, the Marie Bardin Scoenberg property, the Grover Tholke Ranch, the Williams Ranch & family, Matthew Sterling.
Richard Hughes: He was born in Salinas in 1903, tells of the Hughes- Storm families and early days in Salinas. Discusses his friendship with Steinbeck and their youth; Steinbeck already dedicated author in high school; Steinbeck vs. produce men, and The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden; Nobel Prize; death. He also talks about the attitudes the people of Salinas had toward Steinbeck.
Lucille Gordon Hughes: Mrs. Hughes lived across the street from the Steinbeck’s house when she was a child and was special friend of Beth Steinbeck. She describes Steinbeck family members and home and her continuing friendship with John Steinbeck.
John Inman: Inman discusses John Steinbeck’s burial in the Garden of Memories, Salinas, CA.
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
Daniel James: James discusses his background and that of his wife Lilith, James’ meeting with John & Carol Steinbeck at the home of a member of the John Reed Club, the Watsonville strike, the 1936 Salinas Lettuce strike, Francis Whitaker, days at the lab, Steinbeck’s favorite haunts, Tom Steinbeck, Carol and Bill Brown are also discussed. James visit to Los Gatos with Charlie Chaplin, his visit to Steinbeck the day of Tom’s birth.
Bill Johnson: Discusses early Monterey businesses, buildings, and homes. The Horse Show Bar, a favorite bar of Steinbeck’s is also mentioned, along with “the Keg” visited by Steinbeck on his travels with Charley. Johnson also discusses his meeting with Steinbeck on Cannery Row circa 1937. Flora Woods, the Black community in Monterey, Pilon’s death, Steinbeck’s portrayal of real people, James Neale, Jon & Thom, Steinbeck’s sons’ nurse, and Elizabeth Ainsworth are also mentioned.
Elvinia Iverson Johnson: Attended Salinas High School with John Steinbeck. She describes his family, high school activities and friends and talks about her attitude and the attitude of the Salinas community, toward Steinbeck’s writing and death. She talks about Steinbeck’s life in Pacific Grove in the 1930’s. She also describes transportation to Soledad while she was growing up, her family’s first car, and her family background and career.
Lewis G. Johnston: Met Steinbeck in the 1930’s while he was stationed in Monterey. According to Johnston, Steinbeck enjoyed meeting the soldiers in the bars. He discusses Monterey in the 30’s; soldier’s activities (1934-40) in Monterey; characters, places on Cannery Row, Monterey; Flora’s; the Blue Bell Bar; the boiler incident in Cannery Row. He also mentions the Salinas Rodeo, 11 th Calvary, Spreckels, the Depression, Grapes of Wrath, Sweet Thursday, and local attitude toward soldiers.
Stuart Kadison: Kadison discusses the lawsuit brought by Berny Byrens Productions, Inc. against John Steinbeck concerning the proposed movie of Cannery Row (1940’s). Other topics include Steinbeck and World War II, Edith Merillees, Arthur Farmer, a Fort Ord Court Marshal noted by Steinbeck and the Wanda Van Brunt correspondence.
Reverend Manford Llewellyn Kemper: Born 1899, he met Steinbeck at Spreckels, 1919; became pastor of First United Presbyterian Church, Salinas, 1937. He talks about history of the church and of Salinas, Steinbeck’s works and Salinas’ attitudes, and the Japanese people in Salinas.
Charles Kurault: Part of a regular series on the arts and literature in the United States; Kurault describes Cannery Row today and interviews George Robinson. Robinson describes Doc’s lab and the reasons why Steinbeck wrote Cannery Row.
Dorothy Lacey: Mrs. Lacey was born and grew up in Salinas and played with Beth Steinbeck Ainsworth when they were children. She describes Steinbeck family members and home as she remembers them; comments on two reactions to Steinbeck’s writings.
Ted La Fleur: La Fleur reached California in 1943. He owned a liquor store in Monterey. A 30 year resident, he discusses Monterey in the 40’s; “Pop Ernest’s” restaurant and the Central Hotel; Steinbeck in the Casa Munras bar, 1948; Steinbeck’s appearance, his relationship with the public, and his knowledge of Monterey. Other topics include Bruce and Jean Ariss, Steinbeck’s friends; and Monterey’s reception of Tortilla Flat.
George Leonard: Leonard, a Monterey fisherman, first met Steinbeck about 1935 and knew him as a patron of Brucia’s Bar and the Halfway House bar in Monterey. He talks about Steinbeck’s relationship with fisherman; Cannery Row as an inaccurate reflection of the place; Edward Ricketts and Flora Woods; Steinbeck’s drinking; and Steinbeck and women are also mentioned. In addition, Steinbeck’s patronage of Monterey restaurants and cafes and the Steinbeck family home in Pacific Grove are all mentioned.
Margaret Lial: Mrs. Lial operated a music shop in Monterey and was friendly with Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts. She describes their musical interests, record collections, and friendship. Having had a career as a violinist, she had a concert room and gallery above her shop.
Peter Lisca: Mr. Lisca, English Professor at Florida State University, wrote a critique of Steinbeck’s works in 1958. He participated in the annual Steinbeck Festival in 1981. On this cassette he discusses Steinbeck and his work; Pascal Covici; Steinbeck’s birthday party in 1953; Elaine Steinbeck; Ed Ricketts; and religious overtones in Steinbeck’s works.
Frank Lloyd: He met Steinbeck in Monterey during the Depression years. He talks about Steinbeck’s personality and appearance, meeting Ricketts in 1930, Ricketts’ personality, appearance, Carol Steinbeck, Mary Dekker, Steinbeck’s travels, researching books, divorce from Carol, marriage to Gwyn Conger, relationship with his sons, reactions to Steinbeck’s writing, career, and political opinions.
Marjory Lloyd: Mrs. Lloyd met John and Carol Steinbeck during the Depression while they lived in Pacific Grove. She discusses parties at the Steinbeck’s home, Carol’s influence upon John’s writing, Sue Gregory and Beth Ingels as Steinbeck’s sources for Tortilla Flat and Pastures of Heaven, the effect of wealth on Steinbeck’s personality and writing, and his marriage to Gwyn Conger .She talks about Carol Steinbeck, Idell Bud (Carol’s sister),Carol’s pregnancy, attitudes toward Gwyn, relationship with Carol & Gwyn, Webster Street’s house hunting, the Steinbeck move to the Williams House, The Pearl, Ed and Tony Ricketts, Tony’s child, the lab, Mary/Bill Dekker, Hillary Bellow, lack of phones, and strip poker. She mentions Steinbeck’s houses, the house at 222 Central in Pacific Gove. She mentions friends’ attitudes toward his money, fame.
Henrietta Rianda Locatelli: Henrietta talks about her early life in Gonzales; the Rianda Dairy; and early Salinas are discussed. Pete Locatelli’s purchase of “Jenny’s house” ( East of Eden character) in 1923; the house and its interior; and some of the early businesses on Main Street that were mentioned in East of Eden are also considered. (See also the James Locatelli interview)
James Locatelli: Came to Salinas in 1913 and grew up on a dairy ranch in the Natividad area. His father, Pete Locatelli, purchased “Jenny’s House” (described in East of Eden); went to school with Max Wagner, friend of Steinbeck. He talks about the other houses of prostitution, the “red light district,” early Salinas businesses (some of which were mentioned in East of Eden), the effects of World War II and the lettuce strike in Salinas, and “Okies” in Salinas.
Arthur Lotton: Was at Pacific Biological Lab in 1930. He talks about Ed Ricketts, his family, personal characteristics, the Lab, Cannery Row. He also mentions the Marks Ranch and lettuce industry in Salinas, World War II, and Depression.
Henry Lusignan: Lusignan purchased the Lara Soto Adobe from Steinbeck in 1945. Dr. Lusignan discusses the Adobe where The Pearl was written, his memory of Steinbeck, and changes made in the adobe after its purchase.
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
Pauline McCLeary: A Monterey resident for most of her life, Mrs. McCleary knew John and Carol Steinbeck during a period when all three worked for the W.P.A. She discusses Steinbeck’s relationship with Susan Gregory (Monterey High School teacher) and Beth Ingles, who provided Steinbeck with her ideas for Pastures of Heaven.
Arthur McDougall: Arthur McDougall was born in 1894 and has lived in Salinas since 1986. Numerous photos of old Salinas buildings and businesses are described and discussed. (These photos are in the Library Collection). Names of Salinas citizens, shop owners, and town “characters” are mentioned. Page citations to East of Eden are given for reference to actual people and businesses in Salinas.
Walter S. Markahm: Markham talks about the Walter S. Markham Ranch in Corral de Tierra which he purchased in 1938. He describes the history of the ranch, livestock raised there and the future of his ranch and other Corral de Tierra ranches. The “Castle” is on the Markham property.
E.G. Marshall: E.G. Marshall plays Mr. Baker in the Lorimar production of The Winter of Our Discontent for Hallmark. Marshall mentions some of his screen credits, some information about his personal life, and his interpretation of Mr. Baker. Locales for the television film, some background in the book, Marshall’s opinion about moral decay, and his feelings about insecticides and construction are also mentioned.
Elsie Martinez: Mrs. Martinez, wife of Xavier Martinez, member of the “Bohemian” group of artists, writers in Monterey, Carmel in the early 20th century. She describes their lifestyle and discusses, among others, George Sterling, Carlton/Laura Bierce, David Starr Jordan, Jack London. Mrs. Martinez describes Carmel/Monterey’s houses, trees, etc., and Old Del Monte Hotel as the center of culture.
Richard Masur, Barney Rosenzweig, Ken Wales: East of Eden (TV miniseries) movie set, Salinas. Richard Masur portrays Will Hamilton; analyzes his interpretation of the role, Biblical relationships of characters. Ken Walls, co-producer, is responsible for Salinas Valley location sets; describes scope, content of film. Barney Rosenzweig, producer, describes history of present film version of East of Eden, search for writers, alterations for TV miniseries.
Dale Mauzey: Born 1908, attended Pacific Grove schools, Mauzey describes Pacific Grove and Cannery Row in 1930’s, Ed Ricketts and the Lab, Wing Chong’s, Flora Woods, Bear Flag Restaurant, “Okies” and the “Arkies” on Cannery Row, and Steinbeck’s novels relating to the area.
Burgess Meredith: Meredith discusses his meeting with Steinbeck, Steinbeck’s method of writing Moon Is Down, Bombs Away, Of Mice and Men (movie and book), East of Eden, and Travels with Charley. He talks about Steinbeck and the California wine industry, and Meredith’s proposed role of Doc in Cannery Row. Meredith discusses Max Wagner, Steinbeck’s three wives, the Los Gatos home, Steinbeck’s farewell to California, Benchley’s Frogs of Spring (about Steinbeck), the Nassau treasure trip, East of Eden and Winter of Our Discontent, Faulkner, Hemingway, and Steinbeck’s comments about “Of Mice and Men” (film). Meredith and Steinbeck met for first time on set of original movie Of Mice and Men. Steinbeck wrote The Moon Is Down and Bombs Away at Meredith’s home in New York. Meredith talks about Steinbeck in England during World War II; Ed Ricketts; Steinbeck and California; Steinbeck and his sons; Steinbeck and women. He mentions the trip to Bahamas in 1957; his friendship with Steinbeck was never the same after that.
Bernice Wilde Scott Mors: Born in Hollister in 1897, she moved to Salinas in 1922. She describes Salinas at this time, Wanderers Club, Mrs. Steinbeck (John’s mother), Steinbeck home, Depression and World War II in Salinas, local reactions to Steinbeck’s books and filming of TV movie “East of Eden”.
George Mors: Col. Mors knew John Steinbeck at Stanford University (1919-1920) when both were students; spent summer, in 1919, at the Steinbeck home. Later, he spent time with John and Carol Steinbeck. Mors recalls anecdotes from his association with Steinbeck.
Dennis Murphy: Murphy, a lifelong friend of Steinbeck’s, a novelist and screenwriter, discusses: Steinbeck’s burial, Steinbeck’s friendship with John Murphy, and the Salinas burning of Grapes of Wrath. Murphy then talks about his own life, his friendship with Henry Miller, and Steinbeck’s jealousy of that friendship. Steinbeck’s 5/26/56 letter to Murphy is also read. Murphy and brother, Michael as the good /bad brothers- models for Cal/Aaron Trask . He discusses the Esalon Institute, Steinbeck’s trip to Big Sur, the impact of East of Eden in Salinas, the Murphy family & East of Eden, Max Wagner, The Red Pony, his opinion of The Winter of Our Discontent. Murphy discloses topics not discussed in conversations with Steinbeck, Murphy/Steinbeck in NYC, Murphy’s gambling debts and novel. He mentions Steinbeck’s wives and reads three letters.
Thad Nance: Nance lived near Steinbeck’s home in Salinas He gives his family history and talks about schools in Salinas, his visits to the Steinbeck home as a delivery boy from Farmer’s Mercantile, Steinbeck family members, his opinion of Steinbeck’s writings, the 1906 earthquake, the 1936 lettuce strike, Salinas’ “red light” district, Salinas and World War I and II, and prominent families in Salinas.
Clifford Narvaez: Mr. Narvaez has been a resident of Salinas since 1915, when he was six. He discusses his family background and relatives. Father trained horses for old Salinas families. Max Wagner (Steinbeck’s boyhood friend) was the nephew of C.Z. Hebert, one of his father’s employers. Clifford talks about John Steinbeck as a young man, as a student, his classmates, his father, etc. He mentions events in Salinas and sites of old Salinas homes. He discusses Travels with Charley and “The Red Pony” (film). He mentions Henry Fenchel, the tailor (mentioned in East of Eden). Narvaez and Lee talk about old Salinas buildings, businesses, and locales, discuss historical incidents in Salinas and numerous people (and places) mentioned in East of Eden and America and Americans.
Dan T. Nguyen: Mr. Nguyen, born in Vietnam in 1934 and left with his family just before the fall of Saigon. Mr. Nguyen met John Steinbeck IV in Vietnam who then introduced him to John and Elaine Steinbeck. Nguyen became an aide to Steinbeck and the two traveled together on weekends. Nguyen recalls conversations with Steinbeck and his last illness and death.
Don Noggle, Sparky Enea, and Jimmy Costello: Noggle worked at the canneries and was a bar owner. Enea was a fisherman. Costello was a newspaperman in Monterey. They discuss John & Carol Steinbeck’s home in Pacific Grove, the Steinbeck’s sources, Ed Ricketts, the Sea of Cortez trip, Cannery Row parties, Steinbeck’s wives, Gwyn and Elaine, the “Puma” incident of 1959, the “Monterey Monster” incident, Steinbeck’s effect on Cannery Row, and Ricketts’ death.
Soon-Teck Oh: On location at “East of Eden” (TV miniseries) movie set, Salinas; Soon-Teck Oh portrays Lee in “East of Eden”. In the interview he gives his analysis of Lee character, discusses other Steinbeck works, details of film production, and Steinbeck’s Timshel theme.
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
Pauline Pearson: No summary available.
Budd Peaslee: Col. Peaslee (U.S.A.F., Ret.) grew up in Salinas. He was in the 1922 Salinas High School graduating class with Mary Steinbeck. He was a member of the Hi Y, DeMolay groups with John Steinbeck and worked with him on summer jobs for Spreckels and the County Surveyor. He discusses schools & businesses in Salinas, Steinbeck’s writing, early rodeos and a barn in Salinas, and his career in the Air Force.
William Pellissier: Pellissier grew up in the same neighborhood as John Steinbeck. In his interview, he gives information on his family history, education and career, John, Mary, and John Steinbeck, Sr., Salinas’ businesses, citizens, the “red light” district and China Town, ethnic groups in Salinas, the 1936 Rodeo, and his opinion of Steinbeck’s works.
Frank Perez: Perez is the news editor of the Philippines. He relates his arrival in the U.S. in 1929 in San Francisco. He worked as a farm laborer in Salinas and Watsonville and in the canneries in Monterey. He became acquainted with Steinbeck and William Saroyan and he compares the two. (Steinbeck was questioning field workers in 1936). He mentions Steinbeck’s physical appearance and personal characteristics and talks about onditions of the migrant workers.
Helen Hamilton Pettitt: Born in King City in 1905. Her grandfather’s brother was founder of King City. She traces the King and Hamilton families’ histories. Her family not connected to Steinbeck’s relatives, a long-time source of confusion. The two Hamilton families were friends and Helen Pettitt knew John Steinbeck’s family.
Paul Pioda: Pioda’s parents were friendly with the Steinbeck family in Salinas and he was a playmate of John’s. He describes members of the Steinbeck family and their home on Central Avenue, boyhood activities, and friends of Steinbeck’s. He gives his opinion of Steinbeck’s writing.
Frank: Raineri: Born 1914, San Jose; worked for Steinbeck at Biddle Ranch, 1935. Describes his relationship with John and Carol Steinbeck, Steinbeck’s writing habits, Grapes of Wrath and “Okies” in California, changes in Los Gatos area.
Efrain Ramirez: Tape begins with Jana O’Brien’s introduction film, “Flight”. Ramirez, the star of “Flight”, discusses the 30-minute version of the film, feelings as he viewed the film, the filming, Steinbeck’s remark about the film, Steinbeck’s introduction to the film-background, the screen tests for the film-life after making film, his experiences in Hollywood; his marriage, present work with maltreated children, his philosophy-influence of East of Eden.
Edward Reeder: Mr. Reeder was born in 1924 in Castroville and is related to Juan B. Castro, the founder. The tape covers a driving tour of Castroville, its history, description, and old family names. Reeder points out places in or near Castroville that are described in “Johnny Bear.”
Louis Rivers (nee Lou Costello): Rivers talks about the Carmel Mission and the Indians; the Costello family; William Nesbitt; Steinbeck’s youth; Steinbeck in Hollywood; the Silacci family; the Bardin family; the Tularcitos Ranch; Bill Martin; the Matthew Williams family; Max Wagner’s home, early Salinas rodeos; and Glen Graves, Steinbeck’s boyhood friend. Rivers discusses characters and events in East of Eden; and his (Rivers’) own career. Also mentioned are The Grapes of Wrath and “Okies” in Salinas; characters in Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row; World War II years in California; Rivers’ concern about social conditions of today, and his (Rivers’) personal philosophy.
George Robinson: Robinson describes his first meeting with Ed Ricketts and John Steinbeck, activities at the Lab, Ricketts’ clothing, friends, and work at the tide pools, Cannery Row characters, and Ricketts’ accident and death. Robinson talks about the disposition of Ricketts’ belongings, Steinbeck’s marriage to Gwyn Conger, Steinbeck’s Pacific Grove house, and Steinbeck’s philosophy of life and religion.
James Root: Col. Root (U.S.A., Ret.) was in Vietnam during John Steinbeck’s visit there in November or December 1966. He relates his impressions of Steinbeck, and his behavior during the visit.
- 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
Virginia Caldwell Scardigli: Retired English teacher who knew Ed Ricketts, his circle at the Lab in the 1930’s. She talks about Ricketts’ personality, physical appearance, relationships people, like Toni Jackson. She talks about the inner circle, which included John and Carol Steinbeck, Rich and Tal Lovejoy, Dick and Jan Albee, and Bruce and Jean Ariss. Mrs. Scardigli also talks about Flora Woods, her “girls,” her recollections of John, Carol Steinbeck. She also mentions the research on Sea of Cortez and Ed Ricketts, the relationship between Ricketts and Steinbeck, Steinbeck’s works and his relationships with other people, Ed Ricketts’ funeral. Scardigli talks about her role as teacher of Steinbeck’s works, her analysis of his writing and of books about Steinbeck.
Tony Schmidt: A field nurse in the migrant camps-established under the Farm Security Administration in 1937. She describes the camps, migrant workers from Dust Bowl area, children, superstitions, suspicions, illnesses, lives. She talks about the agonies over conditions in camps. She says Steinbeck’s description of the “Okies” accurate. She met Steinbeck in 1939 in migrant camp. She confronted Steinbeck with her opinion and talked about how “Okies” feel about him her feelings about him.
Hilda Fenchel Seasons: Born in Salinas in 1900; classmate of John Steinbeck. Her father came from Germany and was a tailor by trade; her mother was born in Salinas. She describes Salinas in early 1900’s. Discusses school days with John Steinbeck; World War I; Steinbeck and sister taunt Fenchel the tailor (this incident placed in East of Eden); feelings of Mrs. Seasons regarding East of Eden; discusses people and places in East of Eden.
Jane Seymour: Seymour played the part of Cathy/Kate Ames in the 1981 ABC Television miniseries East of Eden. She talks about the role–a once-in-a-life-time part for which stardom has been predicted for her. Other roles Seymour is now being offered, and leading actors and actresses with whom she would like to work.
Col. Thomas J. Patrick Michael Shaughnessy: Shaughnessy discusses Steinbeck’s visit to Vietnam.
Carlton Sheffield: He describes meeting & friendship with Steinbeck at Stanford University. He talks about Steinbeck’s activities at Stanford, his jobs their correspondence, Steinbeck’s trip to New York and his marriage to Carol. Sheffield talks about Ed Ricketts and gives some background on Steinbeck’s works. In addition, he describes the formal funeral services for Steinbeck in New York and the private memorial service at Pt. Lobos.
William Smart: Smart gives his family history. He talks about people in Salinas, settings and characters for Of Mice and Men East of Eden, and The Grapes of Wrath, and Salinas’ history and reaction to Steinbeck’s writings.
Joe Sommatino: No summary available.
Gus Sonniksen: Sonniksen talks about his family history and career at Spreckels Company ranches and sugar mill. (He worked with Steinbeck at Ranch #9, near Soledad.) He also talks about John Steinbeck, Sr.’s job at Spreckels. Sonniksen talks about the Sonniksen family homes, the 1906 earthquake in Salinas and Spreckels, World War I in Salinas, and the history of the Spreckels Mill. Sonniksen talks about Spreckels history and the Barlow family history. Sonniksen talks about settings and characters in East of Eden. Sonniksen talks about the history of towns in the Salinas area.
Jo Stallard: He discusses working in the canneries, Ed Ricketts, Monterey, Pacific Grove in the 1940’s, Alvarado Street Bar, and Johnny Garcia. He gives a description of Steinbeck’s personal characteristics. He talks about Pong Chung, characters on Alvarado and Steinbeck’s reaction to the death of Ricketts. He mentions the area’s reaction to the death of Ricketts, Ricketts’ sister, New Monterey in the late 40’s, and Ellwood Graham houses. He also talks about Cannery “Okies,” Flora Woods, and Kennedy’s assassination.
Elaine Steinbeck: She was a guest on Easton’s talk show, promoting Steinbeck: A Life In Letters. They discuss some of the problems involved in putting the book together and some of John Steinbeck’s works.
Steinbeck House Tour: Tape describes the rooms in the house, owernship and use of the house by the Newman Club, and the Steinbeck House ghost. Individuals on the tour include John Gross, Pauline Pearson, Bill Cole, and Liz Roberts.
Jacob Clemens Stock (“Pappy Jake”): He has lived in Monterey since 1938, is contractor and stone mason, and plays in “The Abalone Stompers Band.” Stock remembers Steinbeck from encounters at San Carlos Hotel, Monterey. He talks about Carol Steinbeck, production of Pipe Dream, Cannery Row, the Lab, musicians at Flora Wood’s, La Ida’s Joint, and opinion of Steinbeck’s books.
Clotilda Stoffey: Mrs. Stoffey worked at a flower shop across the street from the Steinbeck’s home, and later had a flower shop in the Cominos Hotel. She talks about the Steinbeck family, composites of characters and events used in Steinbeck’s works, and Salinas businesses, Chinatown, and houses of prostitution.
Ralph Storm: Classmate of Steinbeck’s, he discusses his life and antecedents, as well as Salinas schools, teachers, classmates, school events, the high school yearbook, activities of youth in Salinas. He also talks about Steinbeck’s family, his Monterey jobs, his stay in Lake Tahoe, Steinbeck’s relationship with him (Storm), and his death. He also mentions Max Wagner, Jenny’s place, Moss Landing Whaling Station, some of the locales for his novels and the character of Stony in The Winter of Our Discontent.
Webster Street: Describes his first meeting & friendship with Steinbeck at Stanford University and his life-long association with Steinbeck. He talks about Steinbeck’s activities during his absences from Stanford, the background of some of Steinbeck’s works, Steinbeck’s three marriages, Steinbeck’s personality and relationship with Ed Ricketts, and information on the Sea of Cortez trip. He also talks about To a God Unknown, “Johnny Bear”, “The Snake”, “The Chrysanthemums.” Then he talks about Ed Ricketts; Steinbeck as a letter writer; Steinbeck’s writing habits; and Steinbeck in Sag Harbor. He talks about Steinbeck’s use of his story “The Green Lady” as source of To A God Unknown, Steinbeck’s classes, professors at Stanford, and Mary Steinbeck at Stanford. He also talks about John and Carol in Pacific Grove, sources of Steinbeck’s works, Steinbeck’s life in New York and Sag Harbor with Elaine, and his opinion of works written about Steinbeck.
- Leo Tavernetti • Mel Thatcher • Romualda Vicente • Max Wagner • Richard Wagner • Marie Heinzen Welcome • Irma Werner • Rev. Ron Wilkinson • Florus Williams • Mona Williams
Leo Tavernetti: Tavernetti talks about his family history and attending Salinas High School with Steinbeck. He also talks about Salinas history, East of Eden settings, and his opinion of Steinbeck’s writings.
Mel Thatcher: A migrant worker in California during the Depression (1933-35). He met John Steinbeck at a San Jose labor camp in 1935. Steinbeck talked to Thatcher about migrant work and read the diary which Thatcher had started in 1934. Thatcher relates numerous experiences he had in working and traveling around. He also provides much detailed information about wages paid to migrant workers and prices they paid for food, clothing, and other items.
Romualda Vicente: Vicente was acquainted with Steinbeck and other famous people; Vicente discusses several restaurants and Steinbeck’s visits. Also mentioned are locales in Cannery Row.
Max Wagner: Wagner gives his family background (he lived on the Sherry Hebert Ranch outside Salinas). He talks about his friendship with Steinbeck and Glenn Graves; John’s relationship with his sister, Mary; John’s personality; and his father’s personality. He describes Salinas schools, businesses. In later years, Max and Jack Wagner were involved in movies made from Steinbeck’s works. Max introduced Steinbeck to Gwyn Conger.
Richard Wagner: Richard Wagner discusses Steinbeck’s relationship with Wagner family members, including Edith G. Wagner, the little girl in “How Edith McGillcuddy met R.L.S.;” Max Wagner, Steinbeck’s boyhood friend; and Jack Wagner, his collaborator on A Medal for Benny.
Marie Heinzen Welcome: Born 1894, moved to Salinas, California, in 1898, then to Los Coches Adobe in Soledad. She gives history of Los Coches. Ann Heinzen worked for Steinbeck family. She also discusses the Boronda Adobe (Salinas), changes in Salinas (1905-1980), World War I, and working for the telephone company. She gives a physical description of John Steinbeck and talks about him riding a pony in 1911. She also mentions the Depression and World War II.
Irma Werner: Mrs. Werner was born in Spreckels in 1909-early 1900’s in Spreckels, Salinas. She talks about: World War I; the flu epidemic; her job on staff of Salinas Californian; the lettuce strike; John Steinbeck; the reactions of people in Salinas to Grapes of Wrath; Carol Steinbeck’s friends and her family; John Steinbeck’s research in Salinas on East of Eden; Nelson Valjean (biographer); and Steinbeck’s death. Mrs. Werner discusses his obituary and recalls reactions of local people to his death.
Reverend Ron Wilkinson: Rev. Wilkinson has done Ph.D. research on John Steinbeck, and is interested in the Timshel (“Thou mayest”) theme in East of Eden and in tracing the characters and locales of Steinbeck’s works. Rev. Wilkinson and Robinson also discuss Carol Steinbeck’s influence upon Steinbeck’s works and her photo album.
Florus Williams: Williams talks about his background, career, and life in Pacific Grove. He also describes his relationship with Steinbeck and Ricketts. Williams’ service station is mentioned in Cannery Row and he talks about characters and places along Cannery Row.
Mona Williams: With husband, Henry, met John Steinbeck in 1936 in Carmel. She describes John and Carol Steinbeck, their home in Pacific Grove and their relationship.
Tour Research and Guides Scope and Contents
This sub-section of the Pauline Pearson Collection includes finished tour books, guides, and training material and the research notes made in the course of producing these guides. There are also images of historical buildings and slides of locations on the tours.
- Monterey County Bus Tour (2 carousels)
- Salinas Walking Tour (1 carousel)
- Bus Tours: Steinbeck’s Salinas (2 binders), Pacific Grove (1 binder), Steinbeck’s Monterey Peninsula (2 binders)
- Walking Tours: Steinbeck’s Salinas (3 binders), East of Eden (1 binder)
- Notes, research, and proposed South County tour
- “Steinbeck’s Salinas: A Walking Tour” (revised edition)
- sheets regarding walking tour
- Festival Tour training guide
- Steinbeck Festival tour, master sheets
- Images for walking tours
- Word processing disks (6)
- Floppy disks (19)
Pauline Pearson Guide to Steinbeck Country
- Copy for correction of graphics
- Pauline’s 1 st submission, typed
- Obsolete pages
- Masters for photocopying
- 1 st editions, signed (4 volumes)
- 1 st editions, unsigned (2 volumes)
- Subsequent editions (5 volumes)
- Early draft to the “Guide to Steinbeck Country”
- Draft of “Guide to Steinbeck Country” with corrections/changes
- Salinas area bus tour training packet, Salinas Public Library
- Salinas walking tour training packet
- Walking tour of Historical sites
- John Steinbeck Festival Walking Tour historical photographs
- Monterey Bus Tour
Tour Box 1
- Walking tour book used for the 1998 Festival (5 files)
- Photos for Walking Tours
Scope and Contents
This sub-section of the Pauline Pearson Collection includes Pearson’s research on a number of topics, including films, the Steinbeck and Hamilton families, John Steinbeck fact sheets, and other research into the history and residents of Monterey County.
Archival Miscellany Box 1
- Notes on music
- Tours & Locales
- Notes on Dogs
- Eardly House notes (Gwyn tapes)
- Castilian Rose
- Daniel James
- Monterey County Recorders Office
- East of Eden (1955)
- Notes on Steinbeck’s Funeral
- Steinbeck Family notes
- Hamilton Family notes
- Steinbeck property in Hollister
- Tour of Steinbeck Country
Archive Miscellany Box 2
- Miscellaneous material collected by Salinas Public Library Researcher, Pauline Pearson
- Interview questions prepared by Pauline Pearson
- Bound for Glory
- Cannery Row
- East of Eden
- Festival Film Brochure
- Flight (Pauline/Graham Wilson)
- Forgotten Village
- Grapes of Wrath
- A Medal for Benny
- The Moon is Down
- Of Mice and Men
- Of Mice and Men (ballet)
- The Pastures of Heaven
- The Pearl
- The Red Pony
- Steinbeck & TV
- Steinbeck & Steinbeck Country
- Tortilla Flat
- Treasure Island
- Viva Zapata!
- The Wayward Bus
- Winter of our Discontent