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Annie Laurie Williams records, 1922-1971

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: Ms Coll\A. L. Williams,MS#1839
Bib ID 4079625 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Williams, Annie Laurie, 1894-1977
Title Annie Laurie Williams records, 1922-1971
Physical Description 91 linear feet (210 boxes)
Language(s) English .

Cataloged correspondence boxes 1-20 and 5A, Steinbeck materials, and books from the collection are located on-site. Boxes 21-210 are located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.



Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged alphabetically.



Correspondence files and financial papers. The files include correspondence, contracts, clippings and programs, ledgers and financial accounts, submission books, and calendars and memorandum books. Authors for whom there are extensive files include the following: Truman Capote; Patrick Dennis; John Dos Passos; Lloyd C. Douglas; John Hersey; Alice Tisdale Hobart; Paul Horgan; William Humphrey; Frances Parkinson Keyes; Margaret Mitchell; Alan Paton; Kenneth Roberts; Lillian Smith; John Steinbeck; George R. Stewart; Ben Ames Williams; and Kathleen Winsor

1985 addition: Steinbeck's jeans and Mexican belt worn by Bruce Covert in the 1939 production of OF MICE AND MEN.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Conditions Governing Access

Cataloged correspondence boxes 1-20 and 5A, Steinbeck materials, and books from the collection are located on-site. Boxes 21-210 are located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Annie Laurie Williams Records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Alternate Form Available

Pearl S. Buck letter is on: microfilm.

John Steinbeck correspondence and his manuscripts of "The New Order" and "The Wizard of Maine" are on: microfilm.

John Steinbeck manuscripts of "Cannery Row" and "Of Mice and Men" are on: microfilm.

Steinbeck, John "The Last Joan", New York, 1948, acting script - Burgess Meredith's copy. From Box 15-Cataloged Manuscripts is on: microfilm. [#2005-1030].

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Annie Laurie Williams, 1971-1974.

Gift of Bruce Covert, 1985.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Records Entered in AMC 12/05/1990.

Newsletter processed HR 10/09/1998.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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Calendars (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Cashbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Contracts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Essays Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fiction (general genre) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Financial records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Galley proofs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Ledgers (account books) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Notebooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Outlines (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Phonograph records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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American literature -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Anderson, Maxwell, 1888-1959 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Auslander, Joseph, 1897-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors and publishers -- United States -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, American -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, English -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brown, Joe E (Joe Evan), 1892-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Buck, Pearl S (Pearl Sydenstricker), 1892-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Canby, Henry Seidel, 1878-1961 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Capote, Truman, 1924-1984 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Composers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dennis, Patrick, 1921-1976 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Douglas, Lloyd C (Lloyd Cassel), 1877-1951 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dowling, Eddie Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dramatists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Fairbanks, Douglas, Jr., 1909-2000 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fast, Howard, 1914-2003 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ferrer, José, 1912-1992 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gassner, John, 1903-1967 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Golden, Harry, 1902-1981 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Henreid, Paul Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hersey, John, 1914-1993 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hobart, Alice Tisdale, 1882-1967 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Horgan, Paul, 1903-1995 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Humphrey, William Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kaufman, George S (George Simon), 1889-1961 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kazan, Elia Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Keyes, Frances Parkinson, 1885-1970 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lee, Harper Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Litvinov, Ivy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Luce, Claire Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Meredith, Burgess, 1907-1997 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Moore, Douglas, 1893-1969 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Musicians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nevins, Allan, 1890-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Paton, Alan Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Perkins, Frances, 1880-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rice, Grantland, 1880-1954 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ritchard, Cyril, 1897-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rose, Billy, 1899-1966 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Russell, Rosalind Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Selznick, David O., 1902-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Smith, Lillian (Lillian Eugenia) (1897-1966) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Songs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Theater -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wagner, Robert F (Robert Ferdinand), 1910-1991 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Williams, Ben Ames, 1889-1953 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Winsor, Kathleen Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women dramatists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women novelists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zanuck, Darryl Francis, 1902-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

New York drama and motion picture agent who founded her firm in 1929.

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Series I: Correspondence

Subseries I.1: Cataloged Correspondence

Box 1 Correspondence: A-G

Box 2 Correspondence: H-Z (Excluding Alan Paton, and John and Eleanor Steinbeck; see boxes 3-5)

Box 3 Correspondence: Paton, Alan

Box 4 Correspondence: Steinbeck, John:, 1933-1948

Box 5 Correspondence: Steinbeck, John:, 1949-1967

Box 5A Correspondence: re: John Steinbeck and his family (Not on microfilm)

Box 6 John Steinbeck: photocopies of letters and duplicates

Subseries II.2: Uncataloged Correspondence

Box 21 A (misc)-Aps

Box 22 Ar-At

Box 23 Au-Ax (plus misc)

Box 24 B (misc)-Baker

Box 25 Baker

Box 26 Baker-Bauer

Box 27 Bayer

Box 28 Bayless

Box 29 Bea-Beu

Box 30 Bevan (1)

Box 31 Bevan (2)

Box 32 Bevan (3)

Box 33 Bew-Bla

Box 34 Ble-Bre

Box 35 Bri-Bud

Box 36 Burning Bright: Play Rides

Box 37 Bur-By

Box 38 B (misc

Box 39 C (misc)-Caldwell

Box 40 Caldwell-Canby

Box 41 Capote, Truman

Box 42 Capote, Truman: The Glass Harp (1971)

Box 43 Capote, Truman: The Glass Harp: Play Rides

Box 44 Car-Carroll

Box 45 Carroll (cont'd)-Chamberlain

Box 46 Chamberlain-Chris

Box 47 Chris-Coy

Box 48 Craig-Curry

Box 49 D (misc)-Dav

Box 50 Day

Box 51 Dee-Di

Box 52 Douglas, L: Printed Stories

Box 53 Douglas, Lloyd C: A-F

Box 54 Douglas, Lloyd C: G-M

Box 55 Douglas, Lloyd C: N-Z

Box 56 Do-Du

Box 57 E (misc)-Eh

Box 58 Ei-Erd

Box 59 Ers-Farness

Box 60 Farr-Feibleman

Box 61 Fi-Fu

Box 62 G (misc)-Ge

Box 63 Gilbert-Gilbreth

Box 64 Gilbreth-Giz

Box 65 Gl-Gu

Box 66 H (misc)-Hall

Box 67 Ham-Harding

Box 68 Harding

Box 69 Harding-Hei

Box 70 Hen-Hersey

Box 71 Hersey-Hill

Box 72 Hillis-Hobart

Box 73 Hobart

Box 74 Hobart

Box 75 Hobart, Alice Tinsdale

Box 76 Hobart-Hod

Box 77 Hog-Horgan

Box 78 Horgan (cont'd)-Houghton-Mifflin

Box 79 Houghton-Mifflin-Hu

Box 80 Hu (cont'd)-Jen

Box 81 Jer-Kay

Box 82 Kay-Ken

Box 83 Key-L (misc)

Box 84 L (misc)-Laswell

Box 85 Laswell-Lawrence

Box 86 Lawrence (cont'd)-Lee, H

Box 87 Lee, M-Lloyd

Box 88 Lloyd-Lydgate

Box 89 Lyndon-M (misc)

Box 90 M (misc)-Marshall, C

Box 91 Marshall, R-Moore

Box 92 Mitchell, Margaret

Box 93 Moore-Morgan

Box 94 Morgan (cont'd)-Mu

Box 95 N (misc)-Ol

Box 96 Om-Par

Box 97 Paton (1)

Box 98 Paton (2)

Box 99 Paton (3)

Box 100 Paton (4)

Box 101 Paton (5)

Box 102 Paton (6)-Phillips (1)

Box 103 Phillips (2)-Post

Box 104 Pratt-Put

Box 105 Q-Reback (1)

Box 106 Reback (2)

Box 107 Reback (3)-Roberts (1)

Box 108 Roberts (2)-Rourke

Box 109 Rubin-S (misc)

Box 110 S (misc)-San

Box 111 Say-Shea

Box 112 Sergel

Box 113 Sh-Skid

Box 114 Skin-Smith

Box 115 Smith, L-Stevens

Box 116 Steinbeck, John: General: A-E

Box 117 Steinbeck, John: General: F-G

Box 118 Steinbeck, John: General: H-M

Box 119 Steinbeck, John: General: N-R

Box 120 Steinbeck, John: General: S-Z

Box 121 Steinbeck, John: The Moon is Down

Box 122 Steinbeck, John: Of Mice and Men (1)

Box 123 Steinbeck, John: Of Mice and Men (2)

Box 124 Steinbeck, John: Of Mice and Men (3): Play Rides

Box 125 Steinbeck, John: The Pearl

Box 126 Steinbeck, John: Misc corr and photos

Box 127 Steinbeck, John: printed materials

Box 128 Steinbeck, John: printed materials and clippings

Box 129 Stew-Sto

Box 130 Str-Stuart (1)

Box 131 Stuart (2)

Box 132 Stuart (3)-Sw

Box 133 T (misc)-Ti

Box 134 Tu-Ve

Box 135 Vi-W (misc) (1)

Box 136 W (misc) (2)-War

Box 137 Wat-Wilk

Box 138 Williams: A-D

Box 139 Williamson-Winsor (1)

Box 140 Winsor (2)

Box 141 Winsor (3)

Box 142 Winston-Wy

Box 143 XYZ (misc)-Young, J

Box 144 Young, M-Zif

Subseries I.3: Unsorted Correspondence

Box 146 C-Cu

Box 147 D

Box 148 E-H

Box 149 I-L

Box 150 L-P

Box 151 O-S

Box 152 S-U

Box 153 Unsorted

Box 154 Chronological

Box 155 HMC-WWII and printed

Box 156 Pub. & her arts; Texas

Box 157 Pre-1930

Box 158 Maurice Crain miscellaneous

Box 159 Miscellaneous unsorted correspondence

Box 162 Memorabilia

Series II: Manuscripts

Box 7 Miscellaneous Manuscripts: Truman Capote; John Hersey; Paul Horgan; William Humphrey; Margaret Mitchell;Lillian Smith; Patrick Tanner

Box 8 Douglas, Lloyd C: Manuscripts: Christmas Armistice; Doctor Hudson's secret Journal; Forgive us our trespasses; Home for Christmas; The Robe; White Banners

Box 9 Douglas, Lloyd C: Manuscripts: Disputed Passage

Box 10 Douglas, Lloyd C: Manuscripts: Green Light

Box 11 Douglas, Lloyd C: Manuscripts: Invitation to Live

Box 12 Paton, Alan: Manuscripts: A-South Africa

Box 13 Paton, Alan: Manuscripts: South Africa (cont'd)-Z

Box 14 Steinbeck, John: Manuscripts: America and Americans; Benny's Medal; The Best of Steinbeck; Burial at Sea; Burning Bright; Cannery Row; Christopher Columbus; Chrysanthemums; The Cursed Comet

Box 15 Steinbeck, John: Manuscripts: East of Eden; The excavations under St Peter's; Flight; The Full House; His Father; How Edith McGillicuddy met RLStevenson; How Mr Hogan robbed a bank; The last Joan; Lifeboat; May be the furniture; A Medal for Benny

Box 16 Steinbeck, John: Manuscripts: The Moon is Down; The New Order; Old man Stalin's dead; Pipe dream; Release; Speech upon the death of Harry Hopkins; The Story of Juan Diego; The thirties; This our America; To a God unknown; Tortilla Flat

Box 17 Steinbeck, John: Manuscripts: Of Mice and Men

Box 18 Steinbeck, John: Manuscripts: The Red Pony* [*The Red Pony by Aaron Copeland Narration by John Steinbeck See John Steinbeck to AL Williams, 2 September 1964 in correspondence file on microfilm], September 1964

Box 19 Steinbeck, John: Manuscripts: Travels with Charlie; The Vikings; The Wayward Bus; We're holding our own; The Witches of Salem; The Wizard of Maine; Zapata; Photographs

Box 20 Winsor, Kathleen: Manuscripts: America, with Love; Forever Amber

Box 20A Oversize catalogued materials

Series III: Business Files

Subseries III.1: Contracts

Box 164 Car-Dz

Box 165 E-G

Box 166 H

Box 167 I-L

Box 168 M-Ph

Box 169 Pr-Ri

Box 170 Ri-S

Box 171 T-Wil

Box 172 Win-Z

Box 173 Contract forms

Subseries III.2: Memo and Day Books

Box 174 Memo and Day Books (1)

Box 175 Memo and Day Books (2)

Box 176 Memo and Day Books (3)

Box 177 Memo and Day Books (4)

Subseries III.3: Submission Books

Box 178 Submission Books (1)

Box 179 Submission Books (2)

Box 180 Submission Books (3)

Box 181 Submission Books (4)

Box 182 Submission Books (5)

Subseries III.4: Card Files

Box 208 Contacts Cardfile, A-Z, Author Cardfile A-Fis

Box 209 Author Cardfile Fit-O

Box 210 Author Cardfile P-Z

Subseries III.5: Fincancial Papers

Box 163 Corporate Papers and Financial Ledgers

Box 183 Author's ledger, 1950-1959

Box 184 Financial (bills)

Box 185 Ledgers: regular and special accounts 1946-54

Box 186 Financial ledgers and author ledgers

Box 187 Ledger, 1957-1958

Box 188 Ledgers--cashbooks

Box 189 Ledgers--general

Box 190 Ledgers--Crain-cashbook; general ledger

Box 191 Deposit slips, etc. 1954-1957 (1), 1954-1957

Box 192 Deposit slips, etc. 1954-1957 (2), 1954-1957

Box 193 Deposit slips, etc. 1954-1957 (3), 1954-1957

Box 194 Deposit slips, etc. 1954-1957 (4), 1954-1957

Box 195 Deposit slips, etc. 1954-1957 (5), 1954-1957

Box 196 Miscellaneous financial material (1)

Box 197 Miscellaneous financial material (2)

Box 198 Miscellaneous financial material (3)

Box 199 Miscellaneous financial material (4)

Box 200 Miscellaneous financial material (5)

Box 201 Miscellaneous financial material (6)

Box 202 Miscellaneous financial material (7)

Box 203 Miscellaneous financial material (8)

Box 204 Financial papers (1)

Box 205 Financial papers (2)

Box 206 Financial papers (3)

Box 207 Deposit slips, 1967-1971

Series IV: Photographs

Box 145 Personal Photographs

Box 160 Miscellaneous photographs

Box 161 Photographs: A.L. Williams; Kathleen Winsor

Series V: Cataloged Oversize Material


Mapcase 14-N-3 Whipper, Leigh Rollin (1977-1975). "Not Without Orchids. . . Dedicated to John Steinbeck. [1939]

Silkscreened poem with a painted orchid (11.5 x 15.5 inches)

Letter by Bernie Robynson; matted 19.5 x 15 inches.


Mapcase 14-N-3 Palensky, R.H. [Constance Lindsay Skinner at the Olym[pic Theatre]. New York. n.d. (Pen and ink drawing, 13.5 x 8.5 inches)

Signed and inscribed by C.L.Skinner


Mapcase 14-N-3 Lindsay, Howard & Russel Crouse. "Life with Father". [New York, 8 November 1939]. 11 x 14 inches.

Photograph by Vandamm of the opening of the play, includes Lindsay, Crouse, Dorothy Stickney, A.L. Williams and others. (Matted 13.5 x 16.5 inches)

Additions to the collection

Play MSS: Author Cardfile:

Box 1 A-E

Box 2 F-K

Box 3 K-R

Box 4 S-Z

Play MSS: Title Cardfile:

Box 5 A-E

Box 6 F-L

Box 7 Mc-R

Box 8 S-Z

Author Cardfile:

Box 9 A-H

Box 10 I-S

Box 11 T-Z

Manuscript Cardfile:

Box 12 A-Bo

Box 13 Br-Det

Box 14 Dev-F

Box 15 G-H

Box 16 I-Li

Box 17 Lo-M

Box 18 N-Po

Box 19 Pr-Sk

Box 20 Sl-Th

Box 21 Ti-V

Box 21A W-Z; foreign requests for books A-Z

Source Cardfile:

Box 22 A-McIntosh & Otis

Box 23 M & O (Juvenile)-end

Publisher Cardfile:

Box 24 Appleton-Century-Henry Holt

Box 25 Houghton Mifflin-Roy Publishers

Box 26 Scribners-Misc.; Miscellaneous publisher cardfile A-Z

Oversize correspondence:

Box 1 Box Office Statements

Box 2 Box Office Statements (2); old checks, 1954-1955

Box 3 Cancelled checks--all accounts 1956-1960 1961-1963, 1956-1960, 1961-1963

Box 4 Check stubs 1958-1963 bank statements and cancelled checks--regular and special accounts 1964-1965, 1958-1963, 1964-1965

Box 5 Bank deposits 1964-1967 bank statements and cancelled checks--regular and special accounts 1966, 1964-1967, 1966

Box 6 All papers and cancelled checks, 1967