University of Texas at Austin

Adrian Goldstone:

An Inventory of His Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator Goldstone, Adrian H., 1897-1977
Title Adrian Goldstone Collection
Dates: 1922-1977
Extent: 3 document boxes, 3 card file boxes (1.68 linear feet), 2 galley folders (gf)
Abstract: Correspondence and manuscripts reflect Goldstone's interest in John Steinbeck, Edwin B. Hill, and Rockwell Kent.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-1651
Language: English.
Access 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:

Administrative Information

Acquisition Gifts and purchases, 1970-1976
Processed by Chelsea S. Dinsmore, 2000; Betsy Nitsch, 2012

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.

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.

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


Adrian Goldstone Collection--Folder List